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3 John 1

 

 

Introduction
1He commends Gaius for his piety,
5and hospitality,
7to true preachers;
9complaining of the unkind dealing of ambitious Diotrephes on the contrary side;
11whose evil example is not to be followed;
12and gives special testimony to the good report of Demetrius.

Verse 1
The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
A. D. 90. A. M. 4094.* elder
2 John 1:1
the well-beloved
Acts 19:29; 20:4; Romans 16:23; 1 Corinthians 1:14
whom
1 John 3:18; 2 John 1:1
in the truth
or, truly.

Verse 2
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
wish
or, pray. above.
James 5:12; 1 Peter 4:8
that
Psalms 20:1-5; Philippians 2:4,27
even
3-6; Colossians 1:4-6; 1 Thessalonians 1:3-10; 2:13,14,19,20; 3:6-9; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; 2:13; Philemon 1:5-7; 2 Peter 1:3-9; 3:18; Revelation 2:9

Verse 3
For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
I
4; 2 John 1:4; Philippians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:19,20
when
Romans 1:8,9; 2 Corinthians 7:6,7; Ephesians 1:15,16; Colossians 1:7,8; 1 Thessalonians 3:6-9
the truth
2 John 1:2,4; Psalms 119:11

Verse 4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
have
Proverbs 23:24
that
Isaiah 8:18; 1 Corinthians 4:15; Galatians 4:19; Philemon 1:10
walk
1 Kings 2:4; 3:6; 2 Kings 20:3; Psalms 26:1-3; Isaiah 38:3; John 12:35,36; Galatians 2:14

Verse 5
Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
Matthew 24:45; Luke 12:42; 16:10-12; 2 Corinthians 4:1-3; Colossians 3:17; 1 Peter 4:10,11

Verse 6
Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
have borne witness of thy charity
12; Philemon 1:5-7
whom
Acts 15:3; 21:5; Romans 15:24; 2 Corinthians 1:16; Titus 3:13
after a godly sort
or, worthy of God. This is a literal and proper rendering of the original [axios tou theos
1 Thessalonians 2:12
do well
Genesis 4:7; Jonah 4:4; Matthew 25:21-23; Acts 15:29; Philippians 4:14; 1 Peter 2:20

Verse 7
Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
that
Acts 8:4; 9:16; 2 Corinthians 4:5; Colossians 1:24; Revelation 2:3
taking
2 Kings 5:15,16,20-27; 1 Corinthians 9:12-15,18; 2 Corinthians 11:7-9; 12:13

Verse 8
We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
to receive
10; Matthew 10:14,40; Luke 11:7; 2 Corinthians 7:2,3
fellow-helpers
1 Corinthians 3:5-9; 16:10,11; 2 Corinthians 6:1; 8:23; Philippians 4:3; Colossians 4:11; 1 Thessalonians 3:2; Philemon 1:2,24

Verse 9
I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
who loveth
Matthew 20:20-28; 23:4-8; Mark 9:34; 10:35-45; Luke 22:24-27; Romans 12:10; Philippians 2:3-5; Titus 1:7-16
receiveth
8; Matthew 10:40-42; Mark 9:37; Luke 9:48

Verse 10
Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
I will
1 Corinthians 5:1-5; 2 Corinthians 10:1-11; 13:2
prating
Proverbs 10:8,10
and casteth
Isaiah 66:5; Luke 6:22; John 9:22,34,35

Verse 11
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
Beloved
follow
Exodus 23:2; Psalms 37:27; Proverbs 12:11; Isaiah 1:16,17; John 10:27; 12:26; 1 Corinthians 4:16; 11:1; Ephesians 5:1; Philippians 3:17; 1 Thessalonians 1:6; 2:14; 2 Timothy 3:10; *marg: ; Hebrews 6:12; 1 Peter 3:13
He that doeth good
1 Peter 3:11; 1 John 2:29; 3:6-9
he that doeth evil
John 3:20

Verse 12
Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
good
Acts 10:22; 22:12; 1 Thessalonians 4:12; 1 Timothy 3:7
and we
John 19:35; 21:24

Verse 13
I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
2 John 1:12

Verse 14
But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.
face to face
Gr. mouth to mouth. Peace.
Genesis 43:23; Daniel 4:1; Galatians 5:16; Ephesians 6:23; 1 Peter 5:14
Our
Romans 16:10,11; *marg:
friends
Greet
Romans 16:1-16

 


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 3 John 1:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". http://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/3-john-1.html.


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