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Bible Commentaries

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

3 John 1

Verse 1

unto = to.

wellbeloved . App-135 . Same as "beloved", 3 John 1:2 , &c.

Gaius . It is impossible to say whether this was the same as any one of the others of the same name mentioned Acts 19:29 ; Acts 20:4 . Rom 16:23 . 1 Corinthians 1:14 .

love . App-135 .

in . App-104 .

the . Omit.

truth . See p. 1511.

Verse 2

wish = pray. App-134 .

above = concerning. App-104 .

prosper . Greek. euodoumai. See Romans 1:10 .

be in health . Greek. hugiaino. See Luke 5:31 .

soul . App-110 . 3 John 1:1 . As Gaius had a sound mind, John desires for him a sound body also.

Verse 3

rejoiced greatly . See 2 John 1:4 .

the . Omit.

testified . Greek. martureo. See p. 1511.

the truth, &c . Literally thy truth.

Verse 4

no = not. App-105 .

joy . See 1 John 1:4 .

than, &c . Literally than these things, that (Greek. hina) I may hear of.

my = mine own.

children . App-108 .

walk = walking.

truth = the truth.

Verse 5

faithfully = as a faithful (deed). App-150 .

doest = workest.

to . App-104 .

to . The texts read "that to". The brethren referred to were strangers. Compare Hebrews 13:2 .

Verse 6

have borne witness = bare witness. Same as "testify", 3 John 1:3 .

charity = love. App-135 .

before = in the sight of.

church . App-186 .

if . . . journey . Literally having sent forward. Greek. propempo. See Acts 15:3 . Compare App-174 .

after a godly sort = worthily of God ( App-98 .)

Verse 7

Because that = For.

for, &c . = on behalf of ( App-104 .) His name.

His . The texts read "the".

taking = receiving.

nothing . Greek. medeis.

of . App-104 .

Gentiles . Greek. ethnos.

Verse 8

that = in order that. Greek. hina .

might = may.

be = become.

fellowhelpers . Greek. sunergos. See 1 Corinthians 3:9 .

Verse 9

wrote = wrote something, as the texts.

Diotrephes . Nothing is known of him.

who loveth, &c. Greek. philoproteuo, love to be first.

among = of.

receiveth . Greek. epidechomai. Only here and 3 John 1:10 .

Verse 10

Wherefore = On account of ( App-104 . 3 John 1:2 ) this.

if . App-118 .

remember . See John 14:26 .

prating . Greek. phluareo . Only here. Compare 1 Timothy 5:13 .

malicious . App-128 .

words . App-121 .

not . App-105 .

therewith = upon ( App-104 .) these (things).

neither . Greek. oute.

forbiddeth = hindereth, as Luke 11:52 .

them that would . Literally the willing (ones). App-102 .

casteth . Greek. ekballo. Compare John 9:34 .

out of . App-104 .

Verse 11

follow . See 2 Thessalonians 3:7 .

evil . App-128 .

doeth good . Greek. agathopoieo. See Acts 14:17 .

of . App-104 .

God . App-98 .

doeth evil . Greek. kakopoieo. See Mark 3:4 .

seen . App-133 .

Verse 12

hath good report = is borne witness to. See 3 John 1:6 .

of = by. App-104 .

bear record = testify, 3 John 1:3 .

ye know . The texts read, "thou knowest". App-132 .

record = testimony. See p. 1511.

true . App-175 .

Verse 13

will . App-102 .

with = by means of. App-104 . 3 John 1:1 .

ink . See 2 Corinthians 3:3 .

pen . Greek. kalamos. Elsewhere translated "reed".

Verse 14

trust = hope.

I shall, &c . = to see ( App-133 .) thee, &c.

shortly . Greek. eutheos. Generally translated "immediately", or "straightway".

speak . App-121 .

face, &c . See 2 John 1:12 .

salute . Greek. aspazomai. See Acts 18:22 .

Greet = Salute. Here, as in the close of so many epistles, the word aspazomai is translated by two different English words in successive verses or even in the same verse. Compare Romans 16:3-23 . 1 Corinthians 16:19 , 1 Corinthians 16:20 ; 2 Corinthians 13:12 , 2 Corinthians 13:13 .Philippians 1:4 , 1 Chronicles 4:10; 1 Chronicles 4:10 , Colossians 4:12 , Colossians 4:14 ; 2 Timothy 4:19 , 1 Timothy 3:15; 1 Timothy 3:15 . 1 Peter 5:13 , 1 Peter 5:14 .

by . App-104 .

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 3 John 1". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/3-john-1.html. 1909-1922.