I. John’s Introductiona
1. “The Word Was Made Flesh”
1In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2He was in the beginning with God;
3all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made.
4In him was life, and that life was the light of men.
6There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.b 7He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all men through him might believe. 8He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light.
9The true light that lights every man was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and yet the world knew him not. 11He came to his own and his own received him not. 12But to as many as received him, who believed in his name, to them he gave power to become sons of God, 13born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. 15John bore witness to him and cried, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks before me, for he was before me.'" 16And from his fullness have we all received, and grace upon grace. 17For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18No one has seen God; but God's only Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, he has made him known.
(Jn. 1:1–4, 6–18)
a "John's Introduction"—These are the words of John Zebedee, the apostle who wrote the New Testament book of John, which is the source of this introduction.
b "There was a man sent from God, whose name was John."—John the Baptist. (See Section IV.)
Jn. 1:7 all men through him might believe. (KJV) / all might believe through him. (RSV)
Jn. 1:9 that lights every / that enlightens every (RSV)
Jn. 1:10 made by him, (KJV) / made through him, (RSV)
Jn. 1:11 own and his own received (KJV) / own home and his own people received (RSV)
Jn. 1:12 to as many as received (KJV) / to all who received (RSV) • become sons of (KJV) / become children of (RSV)
Jn. 1:13 born, (KJV) / who were born, (RSV)
Jn. 1:14 Word was made flesh (KJV) / Word became flesh (RSV)
Jn. 1:16 received, and grace (KJV) / received, grace (RSV)
Jn. 1:17 given by Moses, but grace (KJV) / given through Moses; grace (RSV)
Jn. 1:18 has seen God; but God's only (KJV) / has ever seen God; the only (RSV)
For an explanation of the numbers in the text and the verse notes, see “How to Read the Numbers and Reference Notes.”