JOHN 1:1

“In the beginning was the Word”

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT

The book of John begins with the same three words which appear at the start of the book of Genesis: “In the beginning”, only now they refer specifically to the Word of God.

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

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John 1:1 Translation & Meaning

What does this verse really mean? Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Greek Scripture. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. Use this reference information to gain deeper insight into the Bible and enrich your understanding. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1].

KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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In Ἐν "in," at, (up-)on, by, etc In
the beginning ἀρχῇ (properly abstract) a commencement, or (concretely) chief (in various applications of order, time, place, or rank) beginning
was ἦν I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were) was
the The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
Word, λόγος Something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e., Christ) Word
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
the The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
Word λόγος Something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e., Christ) Word
was ἦν I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were) was
with πρὸς A preposition of direction; forward to, i.e., toward (with the genitive case, the side of, i.e., pertaining to; with the dative case, by the side of, i.e., near to; usually with the accusative case, the place, time, occasion, or respect, which is the destination of the relation, i.e., whither or for which it is predicated) with
God, θεόν A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
the The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
Word λόγος Something said (including the thought); by implication, a topic (subject of discourse), also reasoning (the mental faculty) or motive; by extension, a computation; specially, (with the article in John) the Divine Expression (i.e., Christ) Word
was ἦν I (thou, etc.) was (wast or were) was
God. θεὸς A deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; exceedingly (by Hebraism) God

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

  • 2  The same was in the beginning with God.

  • 3  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.




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