JOHN 3:30

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“He must increase, but I must decrease.”

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John 3:30 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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He ἐκεῖνον That one (or (neuter) thing); often intensified by the article prefixed He
must δεῖ Also deon deh-on'; neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is (was, etc.) necessary (as binding) must
increase, αὐξάνειν To grow ("wax"), i.e., enlarge (literal or figurative, active or passive) increase
but δὲ But, and, etc but
I ἐμὲ Me I
must (No Greek definition. English implied.)
decrease. ἐλαττοῦσθαι To lessen (in rank or influence) decrease

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  • 28  Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him.

  • 29  He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

  • 30  He must increase, but I must decrease.

  • 31  He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

  • 32  And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony.




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