3 John 1:4

“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I haue no greater ioy, then to heare that my children walke in truth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Greater joy have I none than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I have no greater joy than to have news that my children are walking in the true way.
- Basic English Bible

I have no greater joy than these things that I hear of my children walking in the truth.
- Darby Bible

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
- Webster's Bible

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are living in obedience to the truth.
- Weymouth Bible

I have no greater joy than this, to hear about my children walking in truth.
- World English Bible

Y haue not more grace of these thingis, than that Y here that my sones walke in treuthe.
- Wycliffe Bible

greater than these things I have no joy, that I may hear of my children in truth walking.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 3 John 1:4


1:4 I have no greater joy than this - Such is the spirit of every true Christian pastor. To hear that my children walk in the truth - Caius probably was converted by St. Paul. Therefore when St. John speaks of him. with other believers, as his children, it may be considered as the tender style of paternal love, whoever were the instruments of their conversion. And his using this appellation, when writing under the character of the elder, has its peculiar beauty.


People's Bible Notes for 3 John 1:4


3Jo 1:4 I have no greater joy. That which gave him the greatest joy was to know that the saints walked in the truth. My children. The aged John was wont to call the saints his children. See 1Jo 2:1,12,18,28 4:4 5:21.

Discussion for 3 John 1

  • Jose Santisreban
    AMEN! All Praise Be To God!
  • Lucinda Palestrant
    1-4John wishes for them God's blessings.John saw the truth in the brethren he rejoiced.V5Whatsoever a true believer does in faith for the brethren or a stranger is charitable/a gift.Note "whatsoever"meaning all things done;teaching, helping, giving,preaching,etc.V7For his name sake take nothing for sharing God's word.(only a hireling would ask for $$$)A charitable heart would ache for the lost.
  • Jos Wells for verse 2
    As God's children, He expects of us to prosper and to be in good health as the scripture righty said.because the God's word is His Will for His children. But it is important to note that, our psysical prosperity in this world depends on our spiritual prosperity that is the prosperity of the soul. We must therefore make every concious effort to make our soul which comprises our will, emotions, mind, and feelings to conform to God's word. We can't live our lives anyhow and expect God to prosper us. By this way, our prosperity is garanteed
  • BLESSED
    IF YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST AS THE SON OF GOD AND GET FILLED WITH THE HOLY GHOST YOU WILL KNOW WHAT IT IS TO SEE GOD LEAN NOT UNTO YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING IN ALL THY WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE GOD THE HOLY GHOST TEACHES ALL THINGS OF GOD
  • The Lord through the Holy Ghost is simple saying that his got two wishes for us -1 THAT WE PROSPER 2 BE IN GOOD HEALTH AS OUR SOULS PROSPER... THIS TWO ARE HIS GREATEST WISHES FOR HIS CHURCH --TO PROSPER AND BE IN GOOD HEALTH.... THAT 'S ALL THE GOSPEL. TO PROSPER AND IN BE IN GOOD HEALTH AS OUR SOULS PROSPERS!!I LOVE -HE WANT US TO OUR POCKETS WALLETS BANK ACCOUNTS TO FILLED WITH THE BEST OF THE LAND AND FOR NO TO BARREN NO FEBLE UPON HIS PEOPLE JUST LIKE THE CHURCH IN THE WILDERNESS!
  • Mz Doris
    In summary, we believers should always stand on "truth " which comes from the Word of God. We should never think of ourselves as superior because there is only one superior authority which is God. We should not become one using a lot of words that attack the "true Word " and not living according to the love Jesus shown us when he presented himself as propitiation for our sin. We should be willing to accept all that repent into fellowship not withholding God 's Love nor God 's Truth.

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