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JOHN I I John
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him; and without him was not any thing made that hath been made. In him was Life; and the Life was the Light of men. And the Light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness overcame it not.
There came a man, sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for witness, that he might bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not the Light, but came that he might bear witness of the Light. The true Light was that which lighteth every man coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and they that were his own received him not. But as many as did receive him, to them gave he the right to become sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; and we beheld his glory, glory as of an only begotten from a father. And out of his fulness have we all received, and grace upon grace. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.
That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we looked upon, and our hands handled, concerning the Word of Life (and the Life was manifested and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare unto you the Life, even the Life which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us); that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you also, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and these things we write, that your joy may be made full.
After these things John was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there. Then came Jesus also and his disciples into the land of Judaea; and there he tarried with his disciples, and baptized (although Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples). When therefore it was known that Jesus was making and baptizing more disciples than John, there arose a questioning on the part of John's disciples. And they came unto John, and said to him, Rabbi, he to whom thou hast borne witness, behold, the same is baptizing, and there come unto him all men!
John answered and said, A man can receive
aothing, except it have been given him fromeaven. Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, that standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is now made full. He must increase, but I must decrease. For he that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh earthly things: he that cometh from heaven is above all. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God: for he giveth not the Spirit by measure. What he hath seen and heard, of that he beareth witness: and whoso receiveth his witness, hath set his seal to this, that God is true.
Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: the same came unto Jesus by night, and said to him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no one can do the things that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except one be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born from above. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but knowest not whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
Then cometh Jesus to a city of Samaria, called Sychar, near to the parcel of ground that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. And Jacob's well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with the journey, sat down by the well. And as Jesus sat thus by the well, there cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water. Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink from this well, and I also will give thee living water. The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep. Whence then hast thou that living water? Art thou greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his sons, and his cattle?
Jesus answered and said unto her, Every one that drinketh of this water shall thirst again; but whosoever drinketh of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him shall become in him a well of water springing up unto eternal life. The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet! Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when neither in this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, shall ye worship the Father. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for such doth the Father seek to be his worshippers. God is Spirit: and they that worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.
JOHN V, X
Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing: for what things soever he doeth, these the Son also doeth in like manner; for the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth.
I can of myself do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is righteous; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. It is Another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. Ye have sent unto John, and he hath borne witness unto the truth. He was the lamp that burneth and shineth; and ye were willing to rejoice for a season in his light. But the witness which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father hath given me to accomplish, the very works that I do, bear witness of me, that the Father hath sent me. If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do them, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father.