John 3:27
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New International Version
To this John replied, "A person can receive only what is given them from heaven.

New Living Translation
John replied, "No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven.

English Standard Version
John answered, “A person cannot receive even one thing unless it is given him from heaven.

Berean Study Bible
John replied, "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.

Berean Literal Bible
John answered and said, "A man is able to receive not one thing if it is not given to him from heaven.

New American Standard Bible
John answered and said, "A man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.

King James Bible
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
John responded, "No one can receive a single thing unless it's given to him from heaven.

International Standard Version
John replied, "No one can receive anything unless it has been given to them from heaven.

NET Bible
John replied, "No one can receive anything unless it has been given to him from heaven.

New Heart English Bible
John answered, "A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given to him from heaven.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yohannan answered and said to them: “A man cannot receive anything of his own will unless it is given to him from Heaven.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
John answered, "People can't receive anything unless it has been given to them from heaven.

New American Standard 1977
John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given him from heaven.

Jubilee Bible 2000
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing except it is given him from the heaven.

King James 2000 Bible
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

American King James Version
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

American Standard Version
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it have been given him from heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
John answered, and said: A man cannot receive any thing, unless it be given him from heaven.

Darby Bible Translation
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing unless it be given him out of heaven.

English Revised Version
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it have been given him from heaven.

Webster's Bible Translation
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

Weymouth New Testament
"A man cannot obtain anything," replied John, "unless it has been granted to him from Heaven.

World English Bible
John answered, "A man can receive nothing, unless it has been given him from heaven.

Young's Literal Translation
John answered and said, 'A man is not able to receive anything, if it may not have been given him from the heaven;
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
3:22-36 John was fully satisfied with the place and work assigned him; but Jesus came on a more important work. He also knew that Jesus would increase in honour and influence, for of his government and peace there would be no end, while he himself would be less followed. John knew that Jesus came from heaven as the Son of God, while he was a sinful, mortal man, who could only speak about the more plain subjects of religion. The words of Jesus were the words of God; he had the Spirit, not by measure, as the prophets, but in all fulness. Everlasting life could only be had by faith in Him, and might be thus obtained; whereas all those, who believe not in the Son of God, cannot partake of salvation, but the wrath of God for ever rests upon them.
Study Bible
John's Testimony about Jesus
26So John’s disciples came to him and said, “Look, Rabbi, the One who was with you beyond the Jordan, whom you testified about—He is baptizing, and everyone is going to Him.” 27John replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. 28You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ, but am sent ahead of Him.’…
Cross References
John 6:65
Then Jesus said, "This is why I told you that no one can come to Me unless the Father has granted it to him."

John 10:41
Many came to Him and said, "Although John never performed a sign, everything he said about this man was true."

1 Corinthians 4:7
For who makes you so superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

Hebrews 5:4
No one takes this honor upon himself; he must called by God, just as Aaron was.

James 1:17
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, with whom there is no change or shifting shadow.
Treasury of Scripture

John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven.

A man.

Numbers 16:9-11 Seems it but a small thing to you, that the God of Israel has separated …

Numbers 17:5 And it shall come to pass, that the man's rod, whom I shall choose, …

1 Chronicles 28:4,5 However, the LORD God of Israel chose me before all the house of …

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the belly I knew you; and before you came …

Jeremiah 17:16 As for me, I have not hastened from being a pastor to follow you: …

Amos 7:15 And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said to …

Matthew 25:15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; …

Mark 13:34 For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his …

Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to …

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given …

1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of …

1 Corinthians 2:12-14 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit …

1 Corinthians 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom you believed, …

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who makes you to differ from another? and what have you that …

1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these works that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to …

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed …

Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle, (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ, …

Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints …

Ephesians 3:7,8 Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace …

1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the …

James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down …

1 Peter 4:10,11 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one …

receive. or, take unto himself.

Hebrews 5:4,5 And no man takes this honor to himself, but he that is called of …

from.

Matthew 21:25 The baptism of John, from where was it? from heaven, or of men? And …

Mark 11:30,31 The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men? answer me…

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