After this Jesus and his disciples went into the land of Judea; there he remained with them and baptized.
John also was baptizing at Ae'non near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were baptized.
For John had not yet been put in prison.
Now a discussion arose between John's disciples and a Jew over purifying.
And they came to John, and said to him, "Rabbi, he who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you bore witness, here he is, baptizing, and all are going to him."
John answered, "No one can receive anything except what is given him from heaven.
You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but I have been sent before him.
He who has the bride is the bridegroom; the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice; therefore this joy of mine is now full.
He must increase, but I must decrease."
He who comes from above is above all; he who is of the earth belongs to the earth, and of the earth he speaks; he who comes from heaven is above all.
He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony;
he who receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true.
For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for it is not by measure that he gives the Spirit;
the Father loves the Son, and has given all things into his hand.
He who believes in the Son has eternal life; he who does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God rests upon him.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)