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26 so they went to John and told him, “Rabbi,[a] the man who was with you on the other side[b] of the Jordan, the one about whom you testified—look, he’s baptizing, and everyone is going to him!”

27 John replied, “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to them from heaven. 28 You yourselves are my[c] witnesses that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah,[d] but I have been sent ahead of him.’

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  1. John 3:26 Rabbi is Heb. for Master and/or Teacher
  2. John 3:26 I.e. the east side
  3. John 3:28 Other mss. lack my
  4. John 3:28 Or Christ