John 1And they returned, and prepared perfumes and aromatics; and they rested on the sabbath, as it is commanded.1 In the beginning, was the Word; and the Word was with God; and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 Every thing was by his hand; and without him, was not any thing whatever that existed. 4 In him was life ; and the life was the light of man. 5 And this light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness apprehended it not. 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came for testimony, to bear witness concerning the light. 8 He was not himself the light, but came to bear witness concerning the light. 9 The true light was that, which enlighteneth every man who cometh into the world. 10 He was in the world; and the world was by his hand; and the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own people; and his own people received him not. 12 But such as received him, to them gave he the prerogative to be children of God; even to them that believe on his name; 13 who are born, not of blood, nor of the pleasure of the flesh, nor of the pleasure of man, but of God. 14 And the: Word became flesh, and tabernacled with us: and we saw his glory, a glory as of the only begotten from the Father, that he was full of grace and truth. 15 John testified of him, and cried, and said: This is he, of whom I said, That he cometh after me, and is before me; for he was prior to me. 16 And of his plenitude have we all received, and grace for grace. 17 For the law was given by the hand of Moses; but the reality and grace was by the hand of Jesus Messiah. 18 No man hath ever seen God; the only begotten God, he who is in the bosom of his Father, he hath declared him. 19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews of Jerusalem sent to him priests and Levites, to ask him, Who art thou? 20 And he confessed, and denied not, but confessed I am not the Messiah. 21 And they asked him again: Who then? Art thou Elijah? And he said: I am not. Art thou a prophet? And he said, No. 22 And they said to him: Who art thou? that we may give answer to them that sent us. What sayest thou of thyself? 23 He said: I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make smooth the way of the Lord; as said the prophet Isaiah. 24 And they who were sent, were of the Pharisees. 25 And they asked him, and said to him: Why then baptizest thou, if thou art not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor a prophet? 26 John answered, and said to them; I baptize with water; but among you standeth one, whom ye do not know. 27 He it is that cometh after me, and was before me, whose shoe-strings I am not worthy to untie. 28 These things occurred in Bethany, where John was baptizing. 29 The day after, John saw Jesus coming towards him, and said: Behold, the Lamb of God, that beareth the sin of the world. 30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man, who is before me, for he was prior to me. 31 And I knew him not; but that he might be known to Israel, therefore am I come baptizing with water. 32 And John testified, and said: I saw the Spirit descend from heaven, as a dove, and rest upon him. 33 And I did not know him; but he who sent me to baptize with water, he said to me- On whom thou seest the Spirit descend, and rest upon him, he baptizeth with the Holy Spirit. 34 And I saw; and I testify, that this is the Son of God. 35 And the next day, John was standing, and two of his disciples. 36 And he looked upon Jesus as he walked, and said: Behold, the Lamb of God! 37 And his two disciples heard him when he said it, and they went after Jesus. 38 And Jesus turned, and saw them coming after him, and he said to them: What seek ye? They said to him: Our Rabbi, where stayest thou? 39 He said to them: Come, and see. And they came and saw where he lodged; and they were with him that day, for it was about the tenth hour. 40 And one of those who heard John and went after Jesus was Andrew, the brother of Simon. 41 He first saw Simon his brother, and said to him: We have found the Messiah. 42 And he brought him to Jesus. And Jesus looked upon him, and said Thou art Simon the son of Jona; thou shalt be called Cephas. 43 The next day, Jesus was disposed to depart for Galilee: and he found Philip and said to him, Come after me. 44 And Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Simon. 45 And Philip found Nathaniel, and said to him: We have found him, of whom Moses wrote in the law, and the prophets, Jesus the son of Joseph, who is of Nazareth. 46 Nathaniel said to him: Can there be any good thing from Nazareth? Philip said to him: Come, and see. 47 And Jesus saw Nathaniel coming towards him, and said of him: Behold a real Israelite, in whom is no deceit. 48 Nathaniel said to him: Whence knowest thou me? Jesus said to him: Before Philip called thee when thou wast under the fig-tree, I saw thee. 49 Nathaniel answered, and said to him: Rabbi; thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. 50 Jesus said to him: Because I said to thee, that I saw thee under the fig-tree, believest thou? Thou wilt see greater things than these. 51 He said to him: Verily, verily, I say to you, That hereafter ye will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending unto the Son of man.
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