John 3:30

“He must increase, but I must decrease.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Hee must increase, but I must decrease.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"He must increase, but I must decrease.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

He must increase, but I must decrease.
- American Standard Version (1901)

He has to become greater while I become less.
- Basic English Bible

He must increase, but I must decrease.
- Darby Bible

He must increase, but I must decrease.
- Webster's Bible

He must grow greater, but I must grow less.
- Weymouth Bible

He must increase, but I must decrease.
- World English Bible

It bihoueth hym to wexe, but me to be maad lesse.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Him it behoveth to increase, and me to become less;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for John 3:30


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.


Discussion for John 3:30

  • Topel Sweeney for verse 30
    The constant struggle to exalt and put God first is the mission every born again child of God should strive for. "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: " I Peter 5:6
  • He must increase, but I must decrease. John has prepared the way for our Lord Jesus to begin his ministry for baptising people with fire, The Holy Spirit and saving souls due to people turning to Jesus for baptism and salvation. Since Jesus has arrived and takes it over from there.
  • Leslie Lee for verse 30
    He must increase and we must decrease . In essence we must removed all layers of earthly desire , thoughts , ungodly actions and wonton thing that anchor us in the world that counts on material possessions and titles or degrees which is not relevant to our final journey . The apostles including Peter the rock of the Church was admonished by Christ to leave everything and follow Him . For Jesus is the way , the truth and the life . The rich man could not detach himself from all the material possession he has when Jesus told him to sell everything and follow Him .
  • The carnal man focuses more on carnal things than spiritual things. Carnal things lead to all manners of woe and strife, yet the carnal lusts may remain, yea, even grow stronger as the carnally minded man does not always learn from his follies, and in many cases does not wish to, being hard-hearted. Christ on the other hand speaks to us of spiritual truths that lead to holiness and blessedness when incorporated into our lives, as well as the need to repent from the "I" that desires carnality and sin (literally to DENY oneself) in order to slowly but surely begin eradicating the temptation to sin (to be delivered from evil). If the heart of man is desperately wicked, it is because it is focused on wicked things. Therefore, to accomplish seeing and entering the Kingdom of God, we must seek first righteousness and be as little children (teachable and trusting in the verity of the words of the Good Teacher). Jesus IS the embodiment of righteousness and truth, therefore HIS commandments, precepts, indeed all that Jesus IS must therefore continually increase in our lives, and the carnal "I" must decrease. How else can you expect to win the race set before your soul except to prepare rigorously, as Paul exhorts us, believing AND FOLLOWING the words of our Good Shepherd and Teacher?
  • Jermaine Lawlor for verse 30
    3:30 He must increase, but I must decrease - Is lowing one's self to such a level of inexistence that Christ can shine by & through me & therefore be Gloryfied as to be a light of hope to those who's vision for life has ceased to achieve.

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