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26 So they came to John and reported to him, Rabbi, the Man Who was with you on the other side of the Jordan [[a]at the Jordan crossing]—and to Whom you yourself have borne testimony—notice, here He is baptizing too, and everybody is flocking to Him!

27 John answered, A man can receive nothing [he can claim nothing, he can [b]take unto himself nothing] except as it has been granted to him from heaven. [A man must be content to receive the gift which is given him from heaven; there is no other source.]

28 You yourselves are my witnesses [you personally bear me out] that I stated, I am not the Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), but I have [only] been sent before Him [in advance of Him, to be His appointed forerunner, His messenger, His announcer].(A)

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  1. John 3:26 George M. Lamsa, The New Testament.
  2. John 3:27 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament.