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26 So they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, the one who was with you on the other side of the Jordan River,[a] about whom you testified—see, he is baptizing, and everyone is flocking to him!”

27 John replied,[b] “No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’[c] but rather, ‘I have been sent before him.’

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  1. John 3:26 tn “River” is not in the Greek text but is supplied for clarity.
  2. John 3:27 tn Grk “answered and said.”
  3. John 3:28 tn Or “the Messiah” (Both Greek “Christ” and Hebrew and Aramaic “Messiah” mean “one who has been anointed”).sn See the note on Christ in 1:20.