John 3:30
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New International Version
He must become greater; I must become less."

New Living Translation
He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.

English Standard Version
He must increase, but I must decrease.”

Berean Study Bible
He must increase; I must decrease.

Berean Literal Bible
It behooves Him to increase, but me to decrease.

New American Standard Bible
"He must increase, but I must decrease.

King James Bible
He must increase, but I must decrease.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He must increase, but I must decrease."

International Standard Version
He must become more important, but I must become less important."

NET Bible
He must become more important while I become less important."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
It is necessary for him to increase and for me to decrease.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He must increase in importance, while I must decrease in importance.

New American Standard 1977
“He must increase, but I must decrease.

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is expedient unto him to increase, but unto me, to decrease.

King James 2000 Bible
He must increase, but I must decrease.

American King James Version
He must increase, but I must decrease.

American Standard Version
He must increase, but I must decrease.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He must increase, but I must decrease.

Darby Bible Translation
He must increase, but I must decrease.

English Revised Version
He must increase, but I must decrease.

Webster's Bible Translation
He must increase, but I must decrease.

Weymouth New Testament
He must grow greater, but I must grow less.

World English Bible
He must increase, but I must decrease.

Young's Literal Translation
'Him it behoveth to increase, and me to become less;
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
29The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom stands by and listens for him, and is overjoyed to hear the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30He must increase; I must decrease. 31The One who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks as one from the earth. The One who comes from heaven is above all.…
Cross References
John 3:29
The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom stands by and listens for him, and is overjoyed to hear the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete.

John 3:31
The One who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks as one from the earth. The One who comes from heaven is above all.
Treasury of Scripture

He must increase, but I must decrease.

must increase.

Psalm 72:17-19 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long …

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, …

Isaiah 53:2,3,12 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root …

Daniel 2:34,35,44,45 You saw till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote …

Matthew 13:31-33 Another parable put he forth to them, saying, The kingdom of heaven …

Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying…

but.

Acts 13:36,37 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of …

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

2 Corinthians 3:7-11 But if the ministration of death, written and engraved in stones, …

Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, …

Hebrews 3:2-6 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful …

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