The Word Became Flesh
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome1:5 Or understood it.
6There was a man sent from God whose name was John. 7He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all might believe. 8He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.
9The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
14The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
15(John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ ”) 16Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and1:18 Some manuscripts but the only Son, who is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
John the Baptist Denies Being the Messiah
19Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders1:19 The Greek term traditionally translated the Jews (hoi Ioudaioi) refers here and elsewhere in John’s Gospel to those Jewish leaders who opposed Jesus; also in 5:10, 15,16; 7:1,11,13; 9:22; 18:14,28,36; 19:7,12,31,38; 20:19. in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. 20He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.”
21They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?”
He said, “I am not.”
“Are you the Prophet?”
He answered, “No.”
22Finally they said, “Who are you? Give us an answer to take back to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?”
23John replied in the words of Isaiah the prophet, “I am the voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord.’ ”1:23 Isaiah 40:3
24Now the Pharisees who had been sent 25questioned him, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the Prophet?”
26“I baptize with1:26 Or in; also in verses 31 and 33 (twice) water,” John replied, “but among you stands one you do not know. 27He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.”
28This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.
John Testifies About Jesus
29The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! 30This is the one I meant when I said, ‘A man who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’ 31I myself did not know him, but the reason I came baptizing with water was that he might be revealed to Israel.”
32Then John gave this testimony: “I saw the Spirit come down from heaven as a dove and remain on him. 33And I myself did not know him, but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The man on whom you see the Spirit come down and remain is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’ 34I have seen and I testify that this is God’s Chosen One.”1:34 See Isaiah 42:1; many manuscripts is the Son of God.
John’s Disciples Follow Jesus
35The next day John was there again with two of his disciples. 36When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”
37When the two disciples heard him say this, they followed Jesus. 38Turning around, Jesus saw them following and asked, “What do you want?”
They said, “Rabbi” (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”
39“Come,” he replied, “and you will see.”
So they went and saw where he was staying, and they spent that day with him. It was about four in the afternoon.
40Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). 42And he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter1:42 Cephas (Aramaic) and Peter (Greek) both mean rock.).
Jesus Calls Philip and Nathanael
43The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”
44Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida. 45Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”
46“Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.
“Come and see,” said Philip.
47When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching, he said of him, “Here truly is an Israelite in whom there is no deceit.”
48“How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.
Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”
49Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the king of Israel.”
50Jesus said, “You believe1:50 Or Do you believe…? because I told you I saw you under the fig tree. You will see greater things than that.” 51He then added, “Very truly I tell you,1:51 The Greek is plural. you1:51 The Greek is plural. will see ‘heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending on’1:51 Gen. 28:12 the Son of Man.”
Hann A Ɛwɔ Sum Mu
1Ansa na wɔrebɛbɔ ewiase no, na Asɛm no wɔ hɔ dada. Na Asɛm no ne Onyankopɔn na ɛwɔ hɔ. Na Asɛm no yɛ Onyankopɔn. 2Ahyɛaseɛ no, na Asɛm no ne Onyankopɔn na ɛwɔ hɔ. 3Ɛnam ne so na wɔbɔɔ adeɛ nyinaa. Wɔankwati no anyɛ biribiara. 4Ne mu na nkwa wɔ; na saa nkwa no na ɛma nnipa hann. 5Hann no hyerɛn wɔ esum mu a esum no ntumi nni hann no so.
6Onyankopɔn somaa ɔbarima bi a wɔfrɛ no Yohane. 7Ɔbɛdii hann no ho adanseɛ sɛdeɛ ɛbɛma nnipa afa ne so agye hann no adi. 8Ɛnyɛ ɔno ankasa ne hann no, na mmom, ɔbaa sɛ ɔrebɛdi hann no ho adanseɛ.
9Saa hann yi ne nokorɛ hann a ɛba ewiase ma ɛhyerɛn nnipa nyinaa so no. 10Saa ɛberɛ no, na Asɛm no wɔ ewiase. Ɛwom sɛ Onyankopɔn nam ne so na ɔbɔɔ ewiase deɛ, nanso ɔbaa ewiase no, ewiase anhunu no. 11Ɔbaa nʼankasa ne ɔman mu, nanso ne manfoɔ annye no anto mu. 12Na wɔn a wɔgyee no, na wɔgyee ne din diiɛ no, ɔmaa wɔn tumi ma wɔbɛyɛɛ Onyankopɔn mma 13wɔ honhom fam, a ɛmfiri onipa anaa ɔhonam fam, na mmom ɛfiri Onyankopɔn ankasa.
14Asɛm no bɛyɛɛ onipa ne yɛn bɛtenaeɛ ma yɛhunuu nʼanimuonyam sɛ ɔba korɔ a ɔfiri Agya no nkyɛn a adom ne nokorɛ ahyɛ no ma.
15Yohane kaa ne ho asɛm sɛ, “Yei ne deɛ mekaa ne ho asɛm sɛ, ‘Deɛ ɔdi mʼakyi reba no yɛ kɛse sene me, ɛfiri sɛ, ɔwɔ hɔ ansa na wɔwoo me no.’ ” 16Ɔfiri ne mmɔborɔhunu a ɛtoɔ ntwa da no mu hyira yɛn nyinaa daa daa. 17Onyankopɔn nam Mose so de mmara maa yɛn, nanso ɛnam Yesu so na yɛnyaa adom ne nokorɛ. 18Obiara nhunuu Onyankopɔn da, gye ne Ba korɔ no a ɔno nso yɛ Onyankopɔn no, deɛ ɔwɔ Agya no nkyɛn na wada no adi no.
19Yudafoɔ mpanin a wɔwɔ Yerusalem somaa asɔfoɔ ne Lewifoɔ kɔɔ Yohane nkyɛn kɔbisaa no sɛ, “Wone Agyenkwa no anaa?” 20Yohane antwentwɛn asɛm no mmuaeɛ so. Ɔpaee mu ka kyerɛɛ wɔn prɛko pɛ sɛ, “Ɛnyɛ mene Agyenkwa no.”
21Wɔbisaa no sɛ, “Ɛnneɛ, na wone hwan, Elia anaa?”
Ɔbuaa wɔn sɛ, “Dabi.”
Wɔbisaa no bio sɛ, “Wone Odiyifoɔ no?”
Ɔsane buaa wɔn sɛ, “Dabi”.
22Wɔsane bisaa no sɛ, “Ɛnneɛ, na wone hwan? Ka kyerɛ yɛn na yɛnkɔbɔ wɔn a wɔsomaa yɛn no amaneɛ. Asɛm bɛn na wowɔ ka fa wo ho?”
23Yohane buaa wɔn sɛ, “Mene nne a ɛfiri ɛserɛ so a ɛreteam, sɛdeɛ Odiyifoɔ Yesaia hyɛɛ nkɔm sɛ, ‘Monsiesie mo ho mma Awurade ba a ɔbɛba no no.’ ”
24Afei, wɔn a Farisifoɔ no somaa wɔn no bisaa Yohane bio sɛ, 25“Sɛ ɛnyɛ wone Agyenkwa no anaa Elia anaa Odiyifoɔ no a, adɛn enti na wobɔ asu?”
26Yohane nso buaa sɛ, “Me deɛ, nsuo na mede bɔ asu, nanso obi wɔ mo mfimfini ha a monnim no, 27a ne mpaboa mpo memfata sɛ meworɔ; ɔno na ɔbɛdi mʼakyi aba.”
28Saa asɛm yi sii Betania a ɛwɔ Asubɔnten Yordan agya, faako a na Yohane rebɔ asu no.
Yesu, Onyankopɔn Dwammaa No
29Adeɛ kyeeɛ a Yohane hunuu Yesu sɛ ɔreba ne nkyɛn no, ɔteaam kaa sɛ, “hwɛ, Onyankopɔn Dwammaa a ɔyi ewiase bɔne korɔ no! 30Yei ne deɛ mekaa ne ho asɛm sɛ, ‘Deɛ ɔdi mʼakyi reba no yɛ kɛse sene me, ɛfiri sɛ, na ɔwɔ hɔ ansa na mereba.’ 31Me deɛ, na mennim no, nanso mede nsuo bɛbɔɔ asu, sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ na mɛda no adi akyerɛ Israel.”
32Na Yohane dii adanseɛ sɛ, “Mehunuu Honhom no sɛ asiane aba ne so sɛ aborɔnoma a ɔresiane firi soro. 33Na anka mennim no, nanso ɛberɛ a Onyankopɔn somaa me sɛ memfa nsuo mmɔ asu no, ɔka kyerɛɛ me sɛ, ‘Onipa a wobɛhunu sɛ Honhom no bɛsiane aba ne so no, ɔno ne deɛ worehwɛ nʼanim no. Ɔno na ɔde Honhom Kronkron bɛbɔ asu.’ 34Mahunu yeinom nyinaa sɛ aba mu na medi ho adanseɛ sɛ yei ne Onyankopɔn Ba no.”
Yesu Asuafoɔ A Wɔdi Kan
35Adeɛ kyeeɛ a Yohane ne nʼasuafoɔ no mu baanu gyina baabi no, wɔhunuu sɛ Yesu retwam. 36Yohane hwɛɛ no, kaa sɛ, “Yei ne Onyankopɔn Dwammaa no!”
37Asuafoɔ baanu no tee deɛ ɔkaeɛ no, wɔkɔdii Yesu akyi. 38Yesu twaa nʼani hunu sɛ wɔdi nʼakyi no, ɔbisaa wɔn sɛ, “Ɛdeɛn na morehwehwɛ?”
Wɔn nso bisaa no sɛ, “Rabi” (a ne nkyerɛaseɛ ne Ɔkyerɛkyerɛfoɔ), “ɛhe na wote?”
39Ɔbuaa wɔn sɛ, “Mommra mmɛhwɛ.”
Enti, wɔne no kɔ kɔhwɛɛ faako a ɔte no ne no tenaa hɔ firi awia nnɔnnan kɔsii anwummerɛ.
40Nnipa baanu a wɔtee Yohane asɛm no enti ɛmaa wɔkɔdii Yesu akyi no mu baako ne Simon Petro nua Andrea. 41Adeɛ a ɛdi ɛkan a Andrea yɛeɛ ne sɛ, ɔkɔhwehwɛɛ ne nua Petro ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Yɛahunu Mesia no.” 42Ɔde Petro kɔɔ Yesu nkyɛn.
Yesu hwɛɛ Petro dinn ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Wone Simon, Yohane ba no. Nanso, ɛfiri ɛnnɛ rekɔ wɔbɛfrɛ wo Kefa.” Ɛno ara ne Petro a nʼasekyerɛ ne Ɔbotan no.
Yesu Frɛ Filipo Ne Natanael
43Adeɛ kyeeɛ no, Yesu yɛɛ nʼadwene sɛ ɔbɛkɔ Galilea. Ɔhunuu Filipo ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Di mʼakyi.”
44Filipo nso na ɔfiri Betsaida a ɛhɔ na Petro ne Andrea nso firi. 45Filipo firi hɔ kɔɔ Natanael nkyɛn kɔka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Yɛahunu Agyenkwa no a Mose ne adiyifoɔ no hyɛɛ ne ho nkɔm no no. Wɔfrɛ no Yesu. Ɔyɛ Yosef a ɔfiri Nasaret no ba.”
46Natanael bisaa Filipo sɛ, “Ade pa bi bɛtumi afiri Nasaret aba?”
Filipo nso ka kyerɛɛ no sɛ, “Bra na bɛhwɛ.”
47Ɛberɛ a Yesu hunuu Natanael sɛ ɔreba no, ɔkaa sɛ, “Israelni nokwafoɔ ni ampa.”
48Natanael bisaa Yesu sɛ, “Woyɛɛ dɛn hunuu sɛdeɛ meteɛ?”
Yesu nso buaa no sɛ, “Ɛberɛ a wowɔ borɔdɔma dua no ase hɔ no na mehunuu wo ansa na Filipo rebɛfrɛ wo.”
49Natanael kaa sɛ, “Ɔkyerɛkyerɛfoɔ, wone Onyankopɔn Ba, Israelhene no!”
50Yesu bisaa no sɛ, “Esiane sɛ meka kyerɛɛ wo sɛ mehunuu wo wɔ borɔdɔma dua no ase enti na wogye di anaa? Wobɛhunu nneɛma akɛseɛ a ɛsene yeinom. 51Mereka nokorɛ akyerɛ mo sɛ, mobɛhunu sɛ ɔsoro abue na Onyankopɔn abɔfoɔ redi aforosiane Onipa Ba no soɔ.”