3 John 1:1

“The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The Elder vnto the welbeloued Gaius, whom I loue in the trueth:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The elder unto Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I, a ruler in the church, send word to the well loved Gaius, for whom I have true love.
- Basic English Bible

The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
- Darby Bible

The elder to the well-beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
- Webster's Bible

The Elder to his dear friend Gaius. Truly I love you.
- Weymouth Bible

The elder to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth.
- World English Bible

The eldere man to Gayus, most dere brother, whom Y loue in treuthe.
- Wycliffe Bible

The Elder to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth!
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 3 John 1:1


1:1 Caius was probably that Caius of Corinth whom St. Paul mentions, #Rom 16:23|. If so, either he was removed from Achaia into Asia, or St. John sent this letter to Corinth.


People's Bible Notes for 3 John 1:1


3Jo 1:1 SUMMARY OF III JOHN: Gaius Commended. His Hospitality. His Treatment of Visiting Brethren. The Wicked Conduct of Diotrephes. The Good Report of Demetrius. Benediction. The elder. See PNT "2Jo 1:1". Unto the well-beloved Gaius. This name is mentioned in Ac 19:29 20:4 Ro 16:23 1Co 1:14 The hospitality of the Corinthian Gaius named in Romans agrees well with what John says of him whom he addresses.

Discussion for 3 John 1

  • BSP
    Verse 4: Parents want their children to walk in the truth and do what is right. This takes hard work on the parents part in order to instill Bible principles in their children at a young age.
  • Tikki
    I find it interesting that John referred to himself as an "elder".
    In the book of revelation the "elders" who were in heaven (spiritual realm-Rev 1:10). Ended up having to cast their crowns down at the feet of him who was worthy (Jesus-Rev 4:10)
    The apostle Paul was the greatest apostle, due to the fact that he received the good news via the spirit of truth , by revelation (Gal 1:12).
  • Brian
    Insight this just sounds like it was Diotrephes that did not receive John's words, not the church. He was on a power trip and considered it HIS church the way it appears. He was apparently out of control in many things (verse 10). I'm guessing John set things straight when he got there (verse 14).
  • Insight777
    V9- the church would not receive Apostle John. They did not want to listen to John and responded with malice towards the truth of Jesus that John preached. John said he would remember this excommunication V10. John said follow good not evil. Could this be an inferior church that Paul established? Paul said his church was considered inferior because he caught his followers with guile (evil).
  • A disciple
    Insight; When I read this, I'm stunned that someone pretending Christianity could be so out of mind and without a conscience, to dare to do this to the very Apostles themselves! But having gone through something similar myself, I can say; I know the kind John writes about: and it isn't something that just recently showed up in the world. How does anyone in any age make himself God's mortal enemy?
  • Insight777
    V10 is important. What church has the right to cast out anyone! If a follower of Jesus, no one is denied the right to speak the gospel or listen to others that have a different interpretation of Bible parables. Jesus died because of blasphemy. He was cast out being denied the freedom of speech. Listen to each other respectfully to discern what the correct Bible symbolism is and find truth. Love is

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