Parallel Verses

New American Standard Bible

"He must increase, but I must decrease.

King James Version

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Holman Bible

He must increase, but I must decrease."

International Standard Version

He must become more important, but I must become less important."

A Conservative Version

It is necessary for that man to increase, but me to decrease.

American Standard Version

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Amplified

He must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so.]

An Understandable Version

He [i.e., Jesus] must increase [in importance and influence], while I must decrease."

Anderson New Testament

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Bible in Basic English

He has to become greater while I become less.

Common New Testament

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Daniel Mace New Testament

he must advance,

Darby Translation

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Godbey New Testament

It behooveth Him to increase, and me to decrease.

Goodspeed New Testament

He must grow greater and greater, but I less and less."

John Wesley New Testament

He must increase, but I must decrease. He that cometh from above is above all:

Jubilee 2000 Bible

It is expedient unto him to increase, but unto me, to decrease.

Julia Smith Translation

He must increase, and I must be diminished.

King James 2000

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Lexham Expanded Bible

It is necessary for that one to increase, but [for] me to decrease."

Modern King James verseion

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

He must increase: and I must decrease.

Moffatt New Testament

He must wax, I must wane."

Montgomery New Testament

He must increase, but I must decrease.

NET Bible

He must become more important while I become less important."

New Heart English Bible

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Noyes New Testament

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Sawyer New Testament

He must increase, but I must decrease.

The Emphasized Bible

That One, it behoveth to increase, - but, me, to decrease.

Thomas Haweis New Testament

He must grow great, but I diminutive.

Twentieth Century New Testament

He must become greater, and I less."

Webster

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Weymouth New Testament

He must grow greater, but I must grow less.

Williams New Testament

He must grow greater and greater, but I less and less."

World English Bible

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Worrell New Testament

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Worsley New Testament

He must increase, but I must decrease.

Youngs Literal Translation

'Him it behoveth to increase, and me to become less;

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
He
ἐκεῖνος 
Ekeinos 
that, those, he, the same, they,
Usage: 148

δεῖ 
Dei 
Usage: 72

αὐξάνω 
Auxano 
Usage: 17

but
δέ 
De 
but, and, now, then, also, yet, yea, so, moreover, nevertheless, for, even, , not tr
Usage: 2184

I
ἐμέ 
Eme 
me, I, my, myself
Usage: 26

References

Easton

Context Readings

Additional Testimony By John The Baptist About Jesus

29 "He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice So this joy of mine has been made full. 30 "He must increase, but I must decrease. 31 "He who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is from the earth and speaks of the earth He who comes from heaven is above all.


Cross References

Psalm 72:17-19

May his name endure forever; May his name increase as long as the sun shines; And let men bless themselves by him; Let all nations call him blessed.

Isaiah 9:7

There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.

Isaiah 53:2-3

For He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, And like a root out of parched ground; He has no stately form or majesty That we should look upon Him, Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.

Isaiah 53:12

Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.

Daniel 2:34-35

"You continued looking until a stone was cut out without hands, and it struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and crushed them.

Daniel 2:44-45

"In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which will never be destroyed, and that kingdom will not be left for another people; it will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, but it will itself endure forever.

Matthew 13:31-33

He presented another parable to them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field;

Acts 13:36-37

"For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep, and was laid among his fathers and underwent decay;

1 Corinthians 3:5

What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.

2 Corinthians 3:7-11

But if the ministry of death, in letters engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the sons of Israel could not look intently at the face of Moses because of the glory of his face, fading as it was,

Colossians 1:18

He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything.

Hebrews 3:2-6

He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house.

Revelation 11:15

Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever."

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