11 He went into Jerusalem(A) and into the temple.(B) After looking around at everything, since it was already late, he went out to Bethany(C) with the Twelve.

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35 The next day, John was standing with two of his disciples. 36 When he saw Jesus passing by, he said, “Look, the Lamb of God!”

37 The two disciples heard him say this and followed Jesus. 38 When Jesus turned and noticed them following him, he asked them, “What are you looking for?”

They said to him, “Rabbi”(A) (which means “Teacher”), “where are you staying?”

39 “Come and you’ll see,” he replied. So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day. It was about four in the afternoon.[a]

40 Andrew,(B) Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard John and followed him. 41 He first found his own brother Simon and told him, “We have found the Messiah”[b](C) (which is translated “the Christ”),(D) 42 and he brought Simon to Jesus.

When Jesus saw him, he said, “You are Simon, son of John.[c] You will be called Cephas”(E) (which is translated “Peter”[d]).

Philip and Nathanael

43 The next day Jesus[e] decided to leave for Galilee. He found Philip(F) and told him, “Follow me.”

44 Now Philip was from Bethsaida,(G) the hometown of Andrew and Peter. 45 Philip found Nathanael(H) and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the law (and so did the prophets(I)): Jesus the son of Joseph,(J) from Nazareth.”(K)

46 “Can anything good(L) come out of Nazareth?” Nathanael asked him.

“Come and see,” Philip answered.

47 Then Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said about him, “Here truly is an Israelite(M) in whom there is no deceit.”

48 “How do you know me?” Nathanael asked.

“Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you,” Jesus answered.

49 “Rabbi,”(N) Nathanael replied, “You are the Son(O) of God; you are the King of Israel!” (P)

50 Jesus responded to him, “Do you believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than this.” 51 Then he said, “Truly I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God(Q) ascending and descending(R) on the Son of Man.”(S)

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Footnotes

  1. 1:39 Lit about the tenth hour
  2. 1:41 Both Hb Messiah and Gk Christos mean “anointed one”
  3. 1:42 Other mss read “Simon, son of Jonah
  4. 1:42 Both Aramaic Cephas and Gk Petros mean “rock”
  5. 1:43 Lit he

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