“And John also was baptizing in Aenon near to Salim, because there was much water there: and they came, and were baptized.”
King James Version (KJV)
3:23 John also was baptizing - He did not repel them that offered, but he more willingly referred them to Jesus.
Joh 3:23 And John also was baptizing in Aenon near Salim. The site was first identified by Lt. Conder, of the British Palestine Exploration. He found a village of Ainun near another named Salim, not far from the Jordan, northeast of Samaria, with, as he says ("Tent Work", p. 92): ``the two requisites for the scene of baptism of a large multitude;--an open space and abundance of water.'' Prof. McGarvey, who visited it, says, ``Pools, well suited for baptizing are abundant.'' Because there was much water there. This explains, not why John preached at Aenon, but why he baptized there. "Much water" was essential to baptism in New Testament times.