John 3:27
Good News Translation
John answered, "No one can have anything unless God gives it.

Contemporary English Version
John replied: No one can do anything unless God in heaven allows it.

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

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

A man.

Numbers 16:9-11 Is it a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath spared you from all the people, and joined you to himself, that you should serve him in the service of the tabernacle, and should stand before the congregation of the people, and should minister to him? . . .

Numbers 17:5 Whomsoever of these I shall choose, his rod shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, wherewith they murmur against you.

1 Chronicles 28:4,5 But the Lord God of Israel chose me of all the house of my father, to be king over Israel for ever: for of Juda he chose the princes: and of the house of Juda, my father's house: and among the sons of my father, it pleased him to choose me king over all Israel. . . .

Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed thee in the bowels of thy mother, I knew thee: and before thou camest forth out of the womb, I sanctified thee, and made thee a prophet unto the nations.

Jeremiah 17:16 And I am not troubled, following thee for my pastor, and I have not desired the day of man, thou knowest. That which went out of my lips, hath been right in thy sight.

Amos 7:15 And Amos answered and said to Amasias: I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet: but I am a herdsman plucking wild figs.

Matthew 25:15 And to one he gave five talents, and to another two, and to another one, to every one according to his proper ability: and immediately he took his journey.

Mark 13:34 Even as a man who, going into a far country, left his house and gave authority to his servants over every work and commanded the porter to watch.

Romans 1:5 By whom we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith, in all nations, for his name:

Romans 12:6 And having different gifts, according to the grace that is given us, either prophecy, to be used according to the rule of faith;

1 Corinthians 1:1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Sosthenes a brother,

1 Corinthians 2:12-14 Now, we have received not the spirit of this world, but the Spirit that is of God: that we may know the things that are given us from God. . . .

1 Corinthians 3:5 The ministers of him whom you have believed: and to every one as the Lord hath given.

1 Corinthians 4:7 For who distinguisheth thee? Or what hast thou that thou hast not received, and if thou hast received, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

1 Corinthians 12:11 But all these things, one and the same Spirit worketh, dividing to every one according as he will.

1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God, I am what I am. And his grace in me hath not been void: but I have laboured more abundantly than all they. Yet not I, but the grace of God with me:

Galatians 1:1 Paul, an apostle, not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead:

Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, to all the saints who are at Ephesus and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.

Ephesians 3:7,8 Of which I am made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, which is given to me according to the operation of his power. . . .

1 Timothy 2:7 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher and an apostle (I say the truth, I lie not), a doctor of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

James 1:17 Every best gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change nor shadow of alteration.

1 Peter 4:10,11 As every man hath received grace, ministering the same one to another: as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. . . .

receive.

Hebrews 5:4,5 Neither doth any man take the honour to himself, but he that is called by God, as Aaron was. . . .

from.

Matthew 21:25 The baptism of John, whence was it? From heaven or from men? But they thought within themselves, saying:

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

Context
John's Testimony about Jesus
26And they came to John and said to him: Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond the Jordan, to whom thou gavest testimony: behold, he baptizeth and all men come to him. 27John answered and said: A man cannot receive any thing, unless it be given him from heaven. 28You yourselves do bear me witness that I said that I am not Christ, but that I am sent before him.…
Cross References
John 6:65
And he said: Therefore did I say to you that no man can come to me, unless it be given him by my Father.

John 10:41
And many resorted to him: and they said: John indeed did no sign.

1 Corinthians 4:7
For who distinguisheth thee? Or what hast thou that thou hast not received, and if thou hast received, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

Hebrews 5:4
Neither doth any man take the honour to himself, but he that is called by God, as Aaron was.

James 1:17
Every best gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change nor shadow of alteration.

Additional Translations
John replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John answered and said, 'A man is not able to receive anything, if it may not have been given him from the heaven;
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