1. In the beginning [of creation] there was the Milta*;
And that Milta* was with God;
and God was [the embodiment of] that Milta.*
2. [The Milta*] was in the beginning with God.
3. Everything was within his power*,
[otherwise] nothing would ever exist.*
4. Through him [there] was Life*
and [that] Life became the spark* of humanity
5. And that [ensuing] fire* lights the darkness
and darkness does not overshadow it.
6. There was a man sent by God, his name [was] John [the Baptist.]
7. He came for that testimony, to testify [concerning] the light, so that
every human [being] may [come] to believe by his [testimony*.]
8. He was not the light, except that he was to testify [concerning] it*.
9. There was the light of the truth, that which lights everyone who is
10. He was with the people*
and the people [came into being] by his hand*
And the people did not know Him.
11. He came to his own
And his own did not receive him.
12. But all those who did receive him, He assigned them to be children*
of God, [to them] who believed in his name;
13. They who [did not become so] through blood, nor through the
desire* of the flesh and neither through a man's willpower*; except they
became born [so] from God.
14. And the Manifestation became flesh
and made his dwelling amongst us
And we saw His glory,
glory as [that] uniquely [of the nature] of the Creator,
Full of grace and blessing.
15. John [the Baptist] testified to him and cried out, saying,
"This is the one [of whom] they said,
'The one who comes after me
And yet is ahead of me,
because he arrived first.' "
16. And because of his abundant [grace]
we have all been fulfilled,
Blessing upon blessing.*
17. The Law came to us by the hand of Moses.
[But] the truth and grace was through Jesus Christ.
18. No human [being] ever saw God,
except for the only born God,
He who existed in the bosom of his Father,
[Who] proclaimed* Him.
19. And this is the testimony of John [the Baptist,] as Jews of Jerusalem
sent high priests and Levites, to ask him, "Who are you?"
20. And he informed them, and did not deny it, saying*, "I am not the
21. And they asked him, "Then what, are you Elijah?" And he said, "I
am not." Are you a prophet?" And he answered, "No."
22. And they said to him, "Who are you? So we can give an answer to
those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?"
23. He said,
" 'I am the voice
that cries in the wilderness,
Lay out the path [for] the Lord'
as Isaiah the prophet proclaimed."
24. And the ones who were sent were from the Pharisees.
25. And they asked him, saying (to him,) "Why then do you baptize, if
you are not the Anointed One, nor Elijah, nor a prophet?"
26. [Then] John answered them, saying, "I am baptizing with water*, but
amongst you stands one whom you do not know,
27. "He who comes after me, whose shoe laces I am not worthy of
28. These [events] occurred in Bethany, by the other side of [the] Jordan
[river,] where John was baptizing.
29. And the following day John saw Jesus approaching him, and he said,
"Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the universe.
30. "This is the one of whom I said, 'After me comes a man* who [goes]
before me, for he was [always] ahead of me.'
31. "And I would not know him, except that he was to be known to
Israel, [and] because of this came I baptizing with water*."
32. And [thus] testified John and said, "You shall see the Holy Spirit like
a dove nestling upon him.
33. "And I would not have known him, except for the [one who] sent me
to baptize with the waters, the one who told me, 'Whoever you see upon
whom the nestling Spirit holding firmly, he shall baptize with the Holy
34. "And I saw and am testifying that he is the Son of God."
35. And on the second day [there] stood John with two of his disciples.
36. And he gazed upon Jesus as he walked, and said, "Behold! The Lamb
37. And both his disciples heard it* and they followed Jesus.
38. And Jesus turned and saw them coming after him, and he said to
them, "What do you want?" They said to him, "[Our] Master*, where do
39. He said to them, "Come on and see [for yourselves.]" And they went
and saw where he was, and they remained with him that day--and it was
the tenth hour.
40. But one of the two who had heard it from John and had followed
him, was Andrew, the brother of Simon.
41. He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, "We have found
the Anointed One!"
42. And he brought them to Jesus. Jesus gazed at [Simon] and said, "You
are Simon, the son of the dove*, you shall be called Keepa*."
43. On the following day, it pleased Jesus to go to Galilee, and he found
Philip, and he said to him, "Follow me."
44. But Philip was from Bethsaida, from the town of Andrew and
45. Philip found Nathaniel and said to him, "The one of whom wrote
Moses in the Law and the prophets, we have found him, [he is] Jesus, the
son of Joseph, from Nazareth;"
46. [But] Nathaniel said to him, "From Nazareth, is it possible anything
good can [come out] of there?" Philip said to him, "Come and see."
47. Jesus saw Nathaniel approaching him, and he said to him, "Behold a
true son of Israel, in whom there is no duplicity!"
48. And Nathaniel said to him, "From when did you know me?" Jesus
answered him, saying, "I knew you before Philip called you, as I saw
you [sitting] under the fig tree."
49. [And] Nathaniel replied, saying, "Master, you are the Son of God!
You are the King of Israel!"
50. Jesus replied and said to him, "Because I told you that I saw you
under the fig tree, do you believe? You shall see a great [deal] more than
51. He said to them, "Amen, amen, I say to you, from now on you shall
see the heaven [that I have] opened and the angels of God as they ascend
and descend to the Son of Man*!"
1:1 "Milta," in Aramaic: the essential connotation for a person or thing. Also: "verb."
There is no true English equivalent for this Biblical concept. The best one I have found is: "Manifestation."
1:3 Literal Aramaic idiom [Lit. Ar. id.]: "[In his] hand."
1:4.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And without his hand, not one [thing that] became would have become."
1:4.2 "Lives," whenever it represents: "life everlasting" is stated in the plural. When used in this sense it will always be capitalized in this translation and appear as "Life."
1:4.3 Lit. Ar. id.: "Light."
1:5 Lit. Ar. id.: "Light."
1:7 Lit. Ar. id.: "Hand."
1:8 Lit. Ar. id.: "The light."
1:9.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Gives Life to."
1:9.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Comes to [people, or] the universe."
1:10.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "The universe."
1:10.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: He created them.
1:12 Lit. Ar. id.: "Sons of God."
1:13.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Will."
1:13.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Through satisfaction of man [or power of maturity.]"
1:16 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And from his fullness we have all been satisfied, grace in place of grace."
1:18 Lit. Ar. id.: "Spoke of."
1:20.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Informing."
1:20.2 The Messiah, the Christ.
1:26 Lit. Ar. id.: "Waters."
1:30 Lit. Ar. id.: "Mighty [man.]"
1:31 Lit. Ar. id.: "Waters."
1:37 Lit. Ar. id.: "As they heard."
1:38.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Rabban."
1:38.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Where dwell you?"
1:42.1 Lit. Ar. id.: The Holy Spirit.
1:42.2 Aramaic name retained: "Rock," which is Anglicized as "Peter."
1:51 "Bar-nasha," is a theological concept when used in this idiomatic construction. Sometimes it means: "humanity," other times: "a human being."