Living_Oracles(i) 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 This was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him, and without him not a single creature was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of man. 5 And the light shone in darkness, but the darkness received it not. 6 A man named John, was sent from God. 7 This man came as a witness, to testify concerning the light, that through him, all might believe. 8 He was not himself the light; but came to testify concerning the light. 9 The true light was he who, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him; yet the world knew him not. 11 He came to his own land, and his own people did not receive him; 12 but to as many as received him, believing in his name, he granted the privilege of being children of God; 13 who derive their birth not from blood, nor from the desire of the flesh, nor from the will of man, but from God. 14 And the Word became incarnate, and sojourned amongst us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of favor and truth. 15 (It was concerning him John testified, when he cried, This is He of whom I said, He that comes after me, is preferred to me; for he was before me.) 16 Of his fulness we all have received, even favor for favor's sake; 17 for the law was given by Moses-the favor and the truth came by Jesus Christ. 18 No one ever saw God; it is the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, who has made him known. 19 Now this is the testimony of John. When the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem, to ask him, Who are you? 20 he acknowledged, and denied not, but acknowledged, saying, I am not the Messiah. 21 And they asked him, Who, then? Are you Elijah? He said, I am not. Are you the prophet? He answered, No. 22 They said, Tell, then, who you are, that we may return an answer to them who sent us. What do you say of yourself? 23 He answered, I am he whose voice proclaims in the wilderness, "Make straight the way of the Lord," as said, the Prophet Isaiah. 24 Now they who were sent, were of the Pharisees. 25 And they questioned him further, Why, then, do you immerse, if you be not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor the prophet? 26 John answered, I immerse in water, but there is one among you whom you know not. 27 It is he who comes after me, and was before me; whose shoe-string I am not worthy to loose. 28 This happened at Bethabara, upon the Jordan, where John was immersing. 29 On the next day, John sees Jesus coming to him, and says, Behold the Lamb of God, that takes away the sin of the world. 30 This is He, concerning whom I said, After me a man comes, who is preferred to me; for he was before me. 31 As for me, I knew him not; but, that he might be made manifest to Israel, I am come immersing in water. 32 John testified further, saying, I saw the spirit descending from heaven, like a dove, and remaining upon him. 33 For my part, I should not have known him, had not He, who sent me to immerse in water, told me, Upon whom you shall see the Spirit descending, and remaining, the same is He who immerses in the Holy Spirit. 34 Having, therefore, seen this, I testify that he is the Son of God. 35 The next day, John, being with two of his disciples, 36 observed Jesus passing, and said, Behold the Lamb of God. 37 The two disciples hearing this, followed Jesus. 38 And Jesus turning about, saw them following, and said to them, What do you seek? They answered, Rabbi, (which signifies Teacher,) where do you dwell? 39 He replied, Come, and see. They went, and saw where he dwelt, and it being about the tenth hour, abode with him that day. 40 One of the two, who, having heard John, followed Jesus, was Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter. 41 The first he met, was his own brother, Simon; to whom he said, We have found the Messiah, (a name equivalent to Christ.) 42 And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus, looking upon him, said, You are Simon, the son of Jona; you shall be called Cephas, (which denotes the same as Peter.) 43 The next day, he resolved to go to Galilee, and meeting Philip, said to him, Follow me. 44 Now Philip was of Bethsaida, the city of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip meets Nathanael, and says to him, We have found the person described by Moses in the law, and by the prophets, Jesus, the son of Joseph, of Nazareth. 46 Nathanael says to him, Can any good thing come out of Nazareth? Philip answered, Come and see. 47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and said, concerning him, Behold an Israelite, indeed, in whom is no guile. 48 Nathanael said to him, Whence do you know me? Jesus answered, I saw you when you were under the fig tree, before Philip called you. 49 Nathanael replying, said to him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel. 50 Jesus answered him, saying, Because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree, you believe! 51 He added, Most assuredly, I say to you, hereafter you shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending from the Son of Man, and descending to him.