John 3:19-29 (New International Version)

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19 This is the verdict: Light1 has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.2 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.3 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what he has done has been done through God."a

John the Baptist's Testimony About Jesus

22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized.4 23 Now John5 also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were constantly coming to be baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.)6 25 An argument developed between some of John's disciples and a certain Jewb over the matter of ceremonial washing.7 26 They came to John and said to him, "Rabbi,8 that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan--the one you testified9 about--well, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him." 27 To this John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christc but am sent ahead of him.'10 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom.11 The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.12
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