Bible: 1st John 2
The Creation of the World
1:2 Now 5 the earth 6 was without shape and empty, 7 and darkness 8 was over the surface of the watery deep, 9 but the Spirit of God 10 was moving 11 over the surface 12 of the water. 13 1:3 God said, 14 “Let there be 15 light.” 16 And there was light! 1:4 God saw 17 that the light was good, 18 so God separated 19 the light from the darkness. 1:5 God called 20 the light “day” and the darkness 21 “night.” There was evening, and there was morning, marking the first day. 22
1:6 God said, “Let there be an expanse 23 in the midst of the waters and let it separate water 24 from water. 1:7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. 25 It was so. 26 1:8 God called the expanse “sky.” 27 There was evening, and there was morning, a second day.
1:9 God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place 28 and let dry ground appear.” 29 It was so. 1:10 God called the dry ground “land” 30 and the gathered waters he called “seas.” God saw that it was good.
1:11 God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: 31 plants yielding seeds according to their kinds, 32 and 33 trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds.” It was so. 1:12 The land produced vegetation – plants yielding seeds according to their kinds, and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. God saw that it was good. 1:13 There was evening, and there was morning, a third day.
1:14 God said, “Let there be lights 34 in the expanse 35 of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them be signs 36 to indicate seasons and days and years, 1:15 and let them serve as lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth.” It was so. 1:16 God made two great lights 37 – the greater light to rule over the day and the lesser light to rule over the night. He made the stars also. 38 1:17 God placed the lights 39 in the expanse of the sky to shine on the earth, 1:18 to preside over the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. 40 God saw that it was good. 1:19 There was evening, and there was morning, a fourth day.
1:20 God said, “Let the water swarm with swarms 41 of living creatures and let birds fly 42 above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” 1:21 God created the great sea creatures 43 and every living and moving thing with which the water swarmed, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. God saw that it was good. 1:22 God blessed them 44 and said, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.” 45 1:23 There was evening, and there was morning, a fifth day.
1:24 God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: cattle, creeping things, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” 46 It was so. 1:25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the cattle according to their kinds, and all the creatures that creep along the ground according to their kinds. God saw that it was good.
1:26 Then God said, “Let us make 47
humankind 48 in our image, after our likeness, 49 so they may rule 50 over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the cattle, and over all the earth, 51 and over all the creatures that move 52 on the earth.”
1:27 God created humankind 53 in his own image,
in the image of God he created them, 54
male and female he created them. 55
1:28 God blessed 56 them and said 57 to them, “Be fruitful and multiply! Fill the earth and subdue it! 58 Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and every creature that moves on the ground.” 59 1:29 Then God said, “I now 60 give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the entire earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 61 1:30 And to all the animals of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to all the creatures that move on the ground – everything that has the breath of life in it – I give 62 every green plant for food.” It was so.
1:31 God saw all that he had made – and it was very good! 63 There was evening, and there was morning, the sixth day.
Turning Water into Wine
2:1 Now on the third day there was a wedding at Cana 64 in Galilee. 65 Jesus’ mother 66 was there, 2:2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. 67 2:3 When the wine ran out, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no wine left.” 68 2:4 Jesus replied, 69 “Woman, 70 why are you saying this to me? 71 My time 72 has not yet come.” 2:5 His mother told the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” 73
2:6 Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washing, 74 each holding twenty or thirty gallons. 75 2:7 Jesus told the servants, 76 “Fill the water jars with water.” So they filled them up to the very top. 2:8 Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the head steward,” 77 and they did. 2:9 When 78 the head steward tasted the water that had been turned to wine, not knowing where it came from 79 (though the servants who had drawn the water knew), he 80 called the bridegroom 2:10 and said to him, “Everyone 81 serves the good wine first, and then the cheaper 82 wine when the guests 83 are drunk. You have kept the good wine until now!” 2:11 Jesus did this as the first of his miraculous signs, 84 in Cana 85 of Galilee. In this way he revealed 86 his glory, and his disciples believed in him. 87
Cleansing the Temple
2:12 After this he went down to Capernaum 88 with his mother and brothers 89 and his disciples, and they stayed there a few days. 2:13 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 90 was near, so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 912:14 92
He found in the temple courts 93 those who were selling oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers sitting at tables. 94 2:15 So he made a whip of cords 95 and drove them all out of the temple courts, 96 with the sheep and the oxen. He scattered the coins of the money changers 97 and overturned their tables. 2:16 To those who sold the doves he said, “Take these things away from here! Do not make 98 my Father’s house a marketplace!” 99 2:17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal 100 for your house will devour me.” 101
2:18 So then the Jewish leaders 102 responded, 103 “What sign can you show us, since you are doing these things?” 104 2:19 Jesus replied, 105 “Destroy 106 this temple and in three days I will raise it up again.” 2:20 Then the Jewish leaders 107 said to him, “This temple has been under construction 108 for forty-six years, 109 and are you going to raise it up in three days?” 2:21 But Jesus 110 was speaking about the temple of his body. 111 2:22 So after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture 112 and the saying 113 that Jesus had spoken.
Jesus at the Passover Feast
2:23 Now while Jesus 114 was in Jerusalem 115 at the feast of the Passover, many people believed in his name because they saw the miraculous signs he was doing. 116 2:24 But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people. 117 2:25 He did not need anyone to testify about man, 118 for he knew what was in man. 119