John 3:19-36 Bible in Basic English

19  And this is the test by which men are judged: the light has come into the world and men have more love for the dark than for the light, because their acts are evil. 20  The light is hated by everyone whose acts are evil and he does not come to the light for fear that his acts will be seen. 21  But he whose life is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his acts have been done by the help of God.

He Must Increase, but I Must Decrease

22  After these things Jesus and his disciples went into the land of Judaea, and there he was with them for some time, giving baptism. 23  Now John was then giving baptism at Aenon near Salim, because there was much water there; and people came and were given baptism. 24  For at this time John had not been put into prison. 25  Then a question came up between John's disciples and a Jew about washing. 26  And they went to John and said to him, Rabbi, the man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan, the man to whom you gave witness, is now giving baptism, and everyone is going to him. 27  And this was John's answer: A man is unable to have anything if it is not given to him from heaven. 28  You yourselves give witness that I said, I am not the Christ. What I said was, I am sent before the Christ. 29  He who has the bride is the husband: but the husband's friend, whose place is by his side and whose ears are open to him, is full of joy because of the husband's voice: such is my joy, and it is complete. 30  He has to become greater while I become less.

The Testimony from Heaven

31  He who comes from heaven is greater than all others: he who comes from earth is of the earth, and of the earth are his words: he who comes from heaven is over all. 32  He gives witness of what he has seen and of what has come to his ears; and no man takes his witness as true. 33  He who so takes his witness has made clear his faith that God is true. 34  For he whom God has sent says God's words; and God does not give him the Spirit by measure. 35  The Father has love for the Son and has put all things into his hands. 36  He who has faith in the Son has eternal life; but he who has not faith in the Son will not see life; God's wrath is resting on him.

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