John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven. You yourselves know how plainly I told you,
‘I am not the Messiah. I am only here to prepare the way for him.’
It is the bridegroom who marries the bride,
and the bridegroom’s friend is simply glad to stand
with him and hear his vows.
Therefore, I am filled with joy at his success.
He must become greater and greater,
and I must become less and less.
“He has come from above and is greater than anyone else.
We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things,
but he has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else.