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26 They came to John.

‘Rabbi,’ they said. ‘Remember the man who was with you beyond the Jordan, the one you gave evidence about? Well, look! He’s baptizing, and everyone’s going to him!’

27 ‘Nobody can receive anything unless heaven first gives it,’ replied John. 28 ‘You yourselves can bear me out that I said I wasn’t the Messiah, but that I was sent ahead of him.

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