25Thereforetherearose a discussion on the part of John'sdisciples with a Jewabout1purification.
And they came to John and said to him, "2Rabbi, He who was with you 3beyond the Jordan, to whom you 4have testified, behold, He is baptizing and all are coming to Him."
27Johnanswered and said, "5A mancanreceivenothingunless it 6has beengiven him from heaven.
"You yourselvesaare my witnesses that I said, '7I am not the bChrist,' but, 'I have beensentahead of Him.'
"He who has the bride is 8the bridegroom ; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoicesgreatlybecause of the bridegroom'svoice. Sothis9joy of mine has been madefull.
"He mustincrease, but I must decrease.
"10He who comes from above is aboveall, 11he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. 12He who comes from heaven is aboveall.
32"What He has seen and heard, of that He 13testifies ; and 14noonereceives His testimony.
"He who has received His testimony15has set his seal to this, that God is true.
"For He whomGod has 16sentspeaks the words of God ; c17for He gives the Spiritwithoutmeasure.
"18The Fatherloves the Son and 19has givenallthings into His hand.
"He who 20believes in the Sonhaseternallife ; but he who 21does not dobey the Son will not seelife, but the wrath of Godabides on him."