January 02, 2005

The Rest of the Prologue

In keeping with the plan to post larger chunks (pericopes insteadf of paragraphs), here's the rest of the first section -- subtitled by the NRSV as The Word Become Flesh

He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him. He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth. (John testified to him and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'") From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known.

--John 1:10-18 (NRSV)




The pericope in its entirety:


1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

2 He was in the beginning with God.

3 All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being

4 in him was life, and the life was the light of all people.

5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.

7 He came as a witness to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him.

8 He himself was not the light, but he came to testify to the light.

9 The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.

10 He was in the world, and the world came into being through him; yet the world did not know him.

11 He came to what was his own, and his own people did not accept him.

12 But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God,

13 who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory, the glory as of a father's only son, full of grace and truth.

15 (John testified to him and cried out, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me ranks ahead of me because he was before me.'")

16 From his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.

17 The law indeed was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

18 No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father's heart, who has made him known.

1 Comments:

At 1:23 p.m., Blogger Larry said...

I want to comment on "the word and the world". I counted 7 instances of the 'world' in this passage, and pretty generally in opposition to the word, Christ, the light. This seems characteristic of the N.T. The 'world' had a special meaning to them; when they used it, it generally connoted 'the world without God'.

Of course this led to the common accusations that Christians are other-worldly, 'pie in the sky', etc.

Speaking in general words often have special meanings in the Bible. The more modern versions may often be closer to the intent of the authors, so far as the intent can be translated to the present.

 

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