1In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with God and the Word was God. 2He was with God in the beginning. 3Through him al things came into being, not one thing came into being except through him. 4What has come into being in him was life, life that was the light of men; 5and light shines in darkness, and darkness could not overpower it. 6A man came, sent by God. His name was John. 7He came as a witness, to bear witness to the light, so that everyone might believe through him. 8He was not the light, he was to bear witness to the light. 9The Word was the real light that gives light to everyone; he was coming into the world. 10He was in the world that had come into being through him, and the world did not recognise him. 11He came to his own and his own people did not accept him. 12But to those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God, to those who believed inhis name 13who were born not from human stock or human desire or human will but from God himself. 14The Word became flesh, he lived among us, and we saw his glory, the glory that he has from theFather as only Son of the Father, ful of grace and truth. 15John witnesses to him. He proclaims: 'This is the one of whom I said: He who comes after me haspassed ahead of me because he existed before me.' 16Indeed, from his ful ness we have, al of us, received -- one gift replacing another, 17for the Law was given through Moses, grace and truth have come through Jesus Christ. 18No one has ever seen God; it is the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made himknown. 19This was the witness of John, when the Jews sent to him priests and Levites from Jerusalem to askhim, 'Who are you?' 20He declared, he did not deny but declared, 'I am not the Christ.' 21So they asked, 'Then are you Elijah?' He replied, 'I am not.' 'Are you the Prophet?' He answered, 'No.' 22So they said to him, 'Who are you? We must take back an answer to those who sent us. What haveyou to say about yourself?' 23So he said, 'I am, as Isaiah prophesied: A voice of one that cries in the desert: Prepare a way for theLord. Make his paths straight!' 24Now those who had been sent were Pharisees, 25and they put this question to him, 'Why are you baptising if you are not the Christ, and not Elijah, andnot the Prophet?' 26John answered them, 'I baptise with water; but standing among you -- unknown to you- 27is the one who is coming after me; and I am not fit to undo the strap of his sandal.' 28This happened at Bethany, on the far side of the Jordan, where John was baptising. 29The next day, he saw Jesus coming towards him and said, 'Look, there is the lamb of God that takesaway the sin of the world. 30It was of him that I said, "Behind me comes one who has passed ahead of me because he existedbefore me." 31I did not know him myself, and yet my purpose in coming to baptise with water was so that he might berevealed to Israel.' 32And John declared, 'I saw the Spirit come down on him like a dove from heaven and rest on him. 33I did not know him myself, but he who sent me to baptise with water had said to me, "The man onwhom you see the Spirit come down and rest is the one who is to baptise with the Holy Spirit." 34I have seen and I testify that he is the Chosen One of God.' 35The next day as John stood there again with two of his disciples, Jesus went past, 36and John looked towards him and said, 'Look, there is the lamb of God.' 37And the two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus. 38Jesus turned round, saw them following and said, 'What do you want?' They answered, 'Rabbi' --which means Teacher-'where do you live?' 39He replied, 'Come and see'; so they went and saw where he lived, and stayed with him that day. It wasabout the tenth hour. 40One of these two who became followers of Jesus after hearing what John had said was Andrew, thebrother of Simon Peter. 41The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother and say to him, 'We have found the Messiah' -- whichmeans the Christ- 42and he took Simon to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, 'You are Simon son of John; you are to becal ed Cephas' -- which means Rock. 43The next day, after Jesus had decided to leave for Galilee, he met Philip and said, 'Follow me.' 44Philip came from the same town, Bethsaida, as Andrew and Peter. 45Philip found Nathanael and said to him, 'We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and theprophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.' 46Nathanael said to him, 'From Nazareth? Can anything good come from that place?' Philip replied,'Come and see.' 47When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, 'There, truly, is an Israelite in whom there is nodeception.' 48Nathanael asked, 'How do you know me?' Jesus replied, 'Before Philip came to call you, I saw youunder the fig tree.' 49Nathanael answered, 'Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the king of Israel.' 50Jesus replied, 'You believe that just because I said: I saw you under the fig tree. You are going to seegreater things than that.' 51And then he added, 'In al truth I tel you, you will see heaven open and the angels of God ascendingand descending over the Son of man.'