After this Jesus and his disciples went into Judea, where he spent some time with them and was baptizing.
John was baptizing at Aenon near Salem because there was a lot of water there, and people were coming to him and being baptized. (
John hadn't yet been thrown into prison.)
A debate started between John's disciples and a certain Jew about cleansing rituals.
They came to John and said, "Rabbi, look! The man who was with you across the Jordan, the one about whom you testified, is baptizing and everyone is flocking to him."
John replied, "No one can receive anything unless it is given from heaven.
You yourselves can testify that I said that I'm not the Christ but that I'm the one sent before him.
The groom is the one who is getting married. The friend of the groom stands close by and, when he hears him, is overjoyed at the groom's voice. Therefore, my joy is now complete.
He must increase and I must decrease.
The one who comes from above is above all things. The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all things.
He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.
Whoever accepts his testimony confirms that God is true.
The one whom God sent speaks God's words because God gives the Spirit generously.
The Father loves the Son and gives everything into his hands.
Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life. Whoever doesn't believe in the Son won't see life, but the angry judgment of God remains on them."