In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
English Standard Version (ESV)
Word-for-Word (Formal Equivalence)
In the beginning there was the Word. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.
New Century Version (NCV)
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)
The Word was first, the Word present to God, God present to the Word.
The Message (MSG)
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