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John 3:30

    John 3:30 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    He must increase, but I must decrease.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    He must increase, but I must decrease.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    He must increase, but I must decrease.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    He has to become greater while I become less.

    Webster's Revision

    He must increase, but I must decrease.

    World English Bible

    He must increase, but I must decrease.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    He must increase, but I must decrease.

    Clarke's Commentary on John 3:30

    He must increase - His present success is but the beginning of a most glorious and universal spread of righteousness, peace, truth, and good will among men.

    I must decrease - My baptism and teaching, as pointing out the coming Messiah, must cease; because the Messiah is now come, and has entered publicly on the work of his glorious ministry.

    Barnes' Notes on John 3:30

    He must increase - his authority and influence among the people must grow. his doctrine shall continue to spread until it extends through all the earth.

    I must decrease - "The purpose of my ministry is to point men to him. When that is done my work is done. I came not to form a party of my own, nor to set up a religion of my own; and my teaching must cease when he is fully established, as the light of the morning star fades away and is lost in the beams of the rising sun. This evinced John's humility and willingness to be esteemed as nothing if he could honor Christ. It shows us, also, that it is sufficient honor for man if he may be permitted to point sinners to the Lord Jesus Christ. No work is so honorable and joyful as the ministry of the gospel; none are so highly honored as those who are permitted to stand near the Son of God, lead perishing men to his cross. Compare Daniel 12:3.

    Wesley's Notes on John 3:30

    3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease - So they who are now, like John, burning and shining lights, must (if not suddenly eclipsed) like him gradually decrease, while others are increasing about them; as they in their turns grew up, amidst the decays of the former generation. Let us know how to set, as well as how to rise; and let it comfort our declining days to trace, in those who are likely to succeed us in our work, the openings of yet greater usefulness.