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John 3:30 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— He must increase, but I must decrease.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— He must increase, but I [must] decrease.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “He must increase, but I must decrease.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— He must increase, but I [must] decrease.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— He must increase, but I must decrease.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— That One, it behoveth to increase,—but, me, to decrease.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 'Him it behoveth to increase, and me to become less;
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— He must increase: but I must decrease.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Hee must increase, but I must decrease.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— To him it must be to increase, and to me to decrease.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— To him must be increase, and to me decrease.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
He 1565
{1565} Prime
From G1563; that one (or [neuter] thing); often intensified by the article prefixed.
must 1163
{1163} Prime
Third person singular active present of G1210; also δεόν [[deon]], {deh-on'}; which is neuter active participle of the same; both used impersonally; it is (was, etc.) necessary (as binding).
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
increase, 837
{0837} Prime
A prolonged form of a primary verb; to grow ('wax'), that is, enlarge (literally or figuratively, actively or passively).
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
but 1161
{1161} Prime
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
I 1691
{1691} Prime
A prolonged form of G3165; me.
[must] decrease. 1642
{1642} Prime
From G1640; to lessen (in rank or influence).
<5745> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Passive (See G5786)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 105
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on John 3:27-30.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on John 3:22-36.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

John 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.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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must increase:

Psalms 72:17-19 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and [men] shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. ... And blessed [be] his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled [with] his glory; Amen, and Amen.
Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of [his] government and peace [there shall be] no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Isaiah 53:2-3 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him. ... He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him [a portion] with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Daniel 2:34-35 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet [that were] of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. ... Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
Daniel 2:44-45 And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, [but] it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever. ... Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream [is] certain, and the interpretation thereof sure.
Matthew 13:31-33 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: ... Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
Revelation 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become [the kingdoms] of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.


Acts 13:36-37 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption: ... But he, whom God raised again, saw no corruption.
1 Corinthians 3:5 Who then is Paul, and who [is] Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
2 Corinthians 3:7-11 But if the ministration of death, written [and] engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which [glory] was to be done away: ... For if that which is done away [was] glorious, much more that which remaineth [is] glorious.
Colossians 1:18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.
Hebrews 3:2-6 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses [was faithful] in all his house. ... But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end.
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Ps 72:17. Is 9:7; 53:2, 12. Dn 2:34, 44. Mt 13:31. Ac 13:36. 1Co 3:5. 2Co 3:7. Col 1:18. He 3:2. Rv 11:15.

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