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Open English Translation JHN 1:1

The coming of the true light

JHN 1:1–1:18 ©

Readers’ Version

Literal Version

The coming of the true light

1In the beginning was the Message,[fn] and the Message was with God, and the Message was God. 2The Message was with God even at the creation. 3Everything came into existence through the Messenger[fn]—not even one thing came into existence apart from him. 4He holds Life, and that Life is the Light of humankind. 5And that Light is shining in the darkness, and darkness cannot overcome him.

6[ref]A man arrived who had been sent by God. His name was John. 7He came as a testimony to tell about the Light so that everyone would believe the Light. 8John himself wasn’t the Light—he was merely the announcer of the Light. 9The true Light which enlightens every person was coming into the world.

10He was in the world and he’s the creator of the world, and yet the world didn’t even know Acts 11He came to his own chosen people, but they wouldn’t accept him. 12But whoever would accept him, whoever trusted in His authority, he gave them the right to become children of God. 13Not physical children and not coming from human actions, but children of God.

14And the Messenger became a human and lived here among us and we saw his greatness—the greatness of an only child of the Father—full of grace and truth.

15John explained about him and loudly told everyone, “This is the one I meant when I said, ‘There’s someone coming after me, yet who came before me, because he existed before I did!’ ”

16Because he has so much, we all received grace and then even more grace. 17The commandments came to us through Moses, but grace and truth came to us through Jesus the messiah. 18No one has ever actually seen God, but the human son born from God the father, he was the one to explain God to us.

1:1 TD: This passage is difficult to translate because the Message was also the Messenger—that is Jesus came not only to teach about getting saved, but also to become the actual way to be saved!

1:3 Lit. him.

1In the_beginning was the message, and the message was with -- god, and god was the message.
2This one was in the_beginning with -- god.
3All things became through him, and without him not_even one thing became that has_become.
4In him was life, and the life was the light -- of_mankind.
5And the light in the darkness is_shining, and it grasped not the darkness.
6Became a_man having_been_sent_out from god, Yōannaʸs the_name to_him was.
7This one came for a_testimony, in_order_that he_may_testify concerning the light, in_order_that all may_believe through him.
8That one was not the light, but in_order_that he_may_testify concerning the light.
9It_was the -- true light, which is_enlightening every person, coming into the world.
10He_was in the world, and the world became through him, and the world knew not him.
11He_came to his own, and his own not received him.
12But as_many_as received him, he_gave to_them the_right to_become children of_god, to_the ones believing in the name of_him, 13who neither of bloods, nor of will of_flesh, nor of will of_man, but were_become of god.
14And the message became flesh and sheltered among us, and we_saw the glory of_him, a_glory as of_an_only_begotten with a_father, full of_grace and truth.
15Yōannaʸs is_testifying concerning him, and he_has_cried_out saying:
This one was whom I_said:
The one coming after me, has_become before of_me, because he_was before me.
16Because of the fullness of_him, we all received and grace for grace.
17Because the law was_given through Mōsaʸs/(Mosheh), -- grace and -- truth became through Yaʸsous/(Yəhōshūˊa) chosen_one/messiah.