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.
Darby Bible Translation
John answered and said, A man can receive nothing unless it be given him out of 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;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
John answered ... - John did not enter into their feelings or sympathize with their love of party. He came to honor Jesus, not to build up a sect, He rejoiced at the success of the Messiah, and began to teach them to rejoice in it also.
A man can receive nothing ... - All success is from heaven. All my success was from God. All the success of Jesus is from God. As success comes from the same source, we ought not to be envious. It is designed to answer the same end, and, by whomsoever accomplished, the hand of God is in it, and we should rejoice. If Jesus and his disciples are successful, if all men flee to him, it is proof that God favors him, and you should rejoice.
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God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.--JOHN 3:16. God . . . hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; to wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: …
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And He was saying, "For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted him from the Father."
Many came to Him and were saying, "While John performed no sign, yet everything John said about this man was true."
1 Corinthians 4:7
For who regards you as superior? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?
And no one takes the honor to himself, but receives it when he is called by God, even as Aaron was.
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.
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