1In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He existed in the beginning with God. 3God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. 4The Word gave life to everything that was created,#1:3-4 Or and nothing that was created was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything. and his life brought light to everyone. 5The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.#1:5 Or and the darkness has not understood it.