Modern Literal Version
Modern Literal Version
[ John 1]

     {Jn 1:1-18 JesusМ Deity; see also Php 2:6, Gen 1:26.}

     1:1 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God. 1:3 All things became through him, and without him nothing became that has become into being. 1:4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 1:5 And the light is appearing in the darkness, and the darkness did not overtake {Or: comprehend} it.

     1:6 It happened that a man came, having been sent from God, and his name was John. 1:7 The same came to be a witness, that* he might testify concerning the light, that* all might believe through him. 1:8 That man was not the light, but came that* he might testify concerning the light.1:9 He was the true light coming into the world, the light which illuminates every man. 1:10 He was in the world and the world became through him and the world did not know him. 1:11 He came to his own and those who were his own did not receive him. 1:12 But as many as received him, he gave the authority to become children of God to them, to those who believe in his name, 1:13 who were born, not from bloods, nor from the will of the flesh, nor from the will of man, but from God. 1:14 And the Word became flesh and resided among us (and we saw his glory, glory like thatof the only begotten from the Father), full of grace and truth. 1:15 John testifies concerning him and has cried, saying, This was he of whom I spoke, He who is coming after me, has become before me, because he was before me. 1:16 And we all received out of his fullness and grace in exchange-for grace. 1:17 Because the law was given through Moses; the grace and the truth came*through Jesus Christ. 1:18 No one has seen God at anytime; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, that one has described him.

     {Jn 1:19-34 Bethany beyond Jordan, Feb. 27 AD; no parallel.}

     1:19 And this is the testimony of John, when the Jews sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem that* they might ask him, Who are you?

     1:20 And he confessed and did not deny, and he confessed, I am not the Christ.

     1:21 And they asked him, Then*, what? Are you Elijah?

     And he says, I am not.

     Are you the prophet?

     And he answered, No.

     1:22 Therefore they said to him, Who are you? That* we might give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say of yourself?

     1:23 He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness. Make straight the way of the Lord, just-as Isaiah the prophet said.

     1:24 And those who had been sent, were from the Pharisees. 1:25 And they asked him, and said to him, Then* why do you immerse*, if you are not the Christ, neither Elijah, nor the prophet?

     1:26 John answered them, saying, I immerse* in water, but one is standing in your* midst whom you* do not know. 1:27 It is he who is coming after me, who has become before me. I am not worthy that* I should loose the strap of his shoes. 1:28 These things happened in Bethany beyond-that area of the Jordan, where John was immersing*.

     1:29 On the next-day he sees Jesus coming to him and says, Behold, the Lamb of God, who is taking away the sin of the world! 1:30 This is he, concerning whom I said, After me is coming a man who has become before me, because he was first; then me. 1:31 And I did not know him, but that* he should be manifested to Israel. I came immersing* in water because of this. 1:32 And John testified, saying, I have seen the Spirit coming down like a dove from heaven, and it remained upon him. 1:33 And I did not know him, but he who sent me to immerse* in water, that one said to me, Upon whomever you see the Spirit coming down and remaining upon him, this one is he who immerses* in the Holy Spirit. 1:34 And I have seen, and have testified, that this is the Son of God.

     {Jn 1:35-51 Bethany beyond Jordan, Spring 27 AD.}

     1:35 Again on the next-day, John and two others from his disciples stood around. 1:36 And having looked at Jesus walking, he says, Behold, the Lamb of God! 1:37 And the two disciples heard him speak and they followed Jesus.

     1:38 Now Jesus, having turned, saw them following, and says to them, What are you* seeking?

     But they said to him, Rabbi (which is to say, by translation: Teacher), where do you abide?

     1:39 He says to them, Come and see.

     They went and saw where he abode, and they remained with him that day. It was approximately the tenth hour. 1:40 One from the two who heard this from John was Andrew, Simon PeterМs brother and he followed him. 1:41 He finds first his own brother Simon and says to him, We have found the Messiah (which is, after being translated, The Christ).

     1:42 And he led him to Jesus. Now Jesus looked at him and said, You are Simon, the Son of Jonah, you will be called Cephas, which is by translation, a Pebble.

     1:43 On the next-day, he wished to go out into Galilee, and he finds Philip, and Jesus says to him, Follow me.

     1:44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida, from the city of Andrew and Peter. 1:45 Philip finds Nathanael and says to him, We have found him, of whom Moses in the law and the prophets wrote, Jesus the Nazarene, the son of Joseph.

     1:46 And Nathanael said to him, Is any good thing able to be coming out of Nazareth?

     Philip says to him, Come and see.

     1:47 Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him and says concerning him, Behold, truly an Israelite in whom there is no treachery!

     1:48 Nathanael says to him, From where do you know me?

     Jesus answered and said to him, Before Philip summoned you, I saw you when* you were under the fig tree.

     1:49 Nathanael answered and says to him, Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.

     1:50 Jesus answered and said to him, Is it because I said to you, I saw you underneath the fig tree that you believe? You will see greater things than these.1:51 And he says to him, Assuredly, assuredly, I say to you*, From now on, you* will see the heaven has opened, and the messengers of God ascending and coming down upon the Son of Man.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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