John 3:31
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
"He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else.

English Standard Version
He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all.

Berean Study Bible
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.

Berean Literal Bible
The One coming from above is above all. The one being from the earth is from the earth, and speaks from the earth. The One coming from heaven is above all.

New American Standard Bible
"He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.

King James Bible
He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The One who comes from above is above all. The one who is from the earth is earthly and speaks in earthly terms. The One who comes from heaven is above all.

International Standard Version
The one who comes from above is superior to everything. The one who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is superior to everything.

NET Bible
The one who comes from above is superior to all. The one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks about earthly things. The one who comes from heaven is superior to all.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he who came from above is higher than all, and he who is from Earth is from the ground, and speaks from the earth. He who has come from Heaven is higher than all.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The person who comes from above is superior to everyone. I, a person from the earth, know nothing but what is on earth, and that's all I can talk about. The person who comes from heaven is superior to everyone

New American Standard 1977
“He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that comes from above is above all; he that is of the earth is earthly and speaks earthly things: he that comes from heaven is above all.

King James 2000 Bible
He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth: he that comes from heaven is above all.

American King James Version
He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth: he that comes from heaven is above all.

American Standard Version
He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is of the earth, and of the earth he speaketh: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that cometh from above, is above all. He that is of the earth, of the earth he is, and of the earth he speaketh. He that cometh from heaven, is above all.

Darby Bible Translation
He who comes from above is above all. He who has his origin in the earth is of the earth, and speaks [as] of the earth. He who comes out of heaven is above all,

English Revised Version
He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is of the earth, and of the earth he speaketh: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

Weymouth New Testament
He who comes from above is above all. He whose origin is from the earth is not only himself from the earth, his teaching also is from the earth. He who comes from Heaven is above all.

World English Bible
He who comes from above is above all. He who is from the Earth belongs to the Earth, and speaks of the Earth. He who comes from heaven is above all.

Young's Literal Translation
he who from above is coming is above all; he who is from the earth, from the earth he is, and from the earth he speaketh; he who from the heaven is coming is above all.
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
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. 32He testifies to what He has seen and heard, yet no one accepts His testimony.…
Cross References
Matthew 28:18
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.

John 3:13
No one has ascended into heaven except the One who descended from heaven--the Son of Man.

John 3:30
He must increase; I must decrease.

John 8:23
Then He told them, "You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.

1 Corinthians 15:47
The first man was of the dust of the earth; the second man from heaven.

1 John 4:5
They are of the world. That is why they speak from the world's perspective, and the world listens to them.
Treasury of Scripture

He that comes from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaks of the earth: he that comes from heaven is above all.

that cometh.

John 3:13 And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from …

John 6:33 For the bread of God is he which comes down from heaven, and gives …

John 8:23 And he said to them, You are from beneath; I am from above: you are …

Ephesians 1:20,21 Which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and …

Ephesians 4:8-10 Why he said, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, …

is above.

John 1:15,27,30 John bore witness of him, and cried, saying, This was he of whom …

John 5:21-25 For as the Father raises up the dead, and vivifies them; even so …

Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given to me …

Acts 10:36 The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace …

Romans 9:5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ …

Ephesians 1:21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and …

Philippians 2:9-11 Why God also has highly exalted him, and given him a name which is …

1 Peter 3:22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels …

Revelation 19:16 And he has on his clothing and on his thigh a name written, KING …

he that is.

John 3:12 If I have told you earthly things, and you believe not, how shall …

1 Corinthians 15:47,48 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven…

Hebrews 9:1,9,10 Then truly the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, …

he that cometh.

John 6:33,51 For the bread of God is he which comes down from heaven, and gives …

John 16:27,28 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me, and …

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