New Living Translation
John replied, "No one can receive anything unless God gives it 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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
3:27 A man can receive nothing - Neither he nor I. Neither could he do this, unless God had sent him: nor can I receive the title of Christ, or any honour comparable to that which he hath received from heaven. They seem to have spoken with jealousy and resentment; John answers with sweet composure of spirit.
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That blessed hope, . . . the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.--TIT. 2:13. Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil: whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus.--Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things.--When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe. The whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together …
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Then he said, "That is why I said that people can't come to me unless the Father gives them to me."
And many followed him. "John didn't perform miraculous signs," they remarked to one another, "but everything he said about this man has come true."
1 Corinthians 4:7
For what gives you the right to make such a judgment? What do you have that God hasn't given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?
And no one can become a high priest simply because he wants such an honor. He must be called by God for this work, just as Aaron was.
Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.
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