24 (This was before John was put in prison.)
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25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing.
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26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”
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27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.
28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’
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29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. 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.
30 He must become greater; I must become less.”a
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    • w 3:30 - Some interpreters end the quotation with verse 36.
      31 The one who comes from above is above all; 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.
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      32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony.
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      33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.
      34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for Godb gives the Spirit without limit.
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