22 After this Jesus and His disciples went into Judaea; and there He made a stay in company with them and baptized.
23 And John too was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, because there were many pools of water there; and people came and received baptism.
24 (For John was not yet in prison.)
25 As the result, a discussion having arisen on the part of John's disciples with a Jew about purification,
26 they came to John and reported to him, "Rabbi, he who was with you on the other side of the Jordan and to whom you bore testimony is now baptizing, and great numbers of people are resorting to him."
27 "A man cannot obtain anything," replied John, "unless it has been granted to him from Heaven.
28 You yourselves can bear witness to my having said, `I am not the Christ,' but `I am His appointed forerunner.'
29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; and the bridegroom's friend who stands by his side and listens to him, rejoices heartily on account of the bridegroom's happiness. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete.
30 He must grow greater, but I must grow less.
31 He who comes from above is above all. He whose origin is from the earth is not only himself from the earth, his teaching also is from the earth. He who comes from Heaven is above all.
32 What He has seen and heard, to that He bears witness; but His testimony no one receives.
33 Any man who has received His testimony has solemnly declared that God is true.
34 For He whom God has sent speaks God's words; for God does not give the Spirit with limitations."
35 The Father loves the Son and has entrusted everything to His hands.
36 He who believes in the Son has the Life of the Ages; he who disobeys the Son will not enter into Life, but God's anger remains upon him.