3 John 1:3

“For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For I reioyced greatly when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, euen as thou walkest in the trueth.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, {that is,} how you are walking in truth.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For I rejoiced greatly, when brethren came and bare witness unto thy truth, even as thou walkest in truth.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For it gave me great joy when some of the brothers came and gave witness that you had the true faith and were walking in the true way.
- Basic English Bible

For I rejoiced exceedingly when [the] brethren came and bore testimony to thy [holding fast the] truth, even as *thou* walkest in truth.
- Darby Bible

For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
- Webster's Bible

For it is an intense joy to me when brethren come and bear witness to your fidelity to the truth--that you live in obedience to the truth.
- Weymouth Bible

For I rejoiced greatly, when brothers came and testified about your truth, even as you walk in truth.
- World English Bible

Y ioyede greetli, for britheren camen, and baren witnessing to thi treuthe, `as thou walkist in treuthe.
- Wycliffe Bible

for I rejoiced exceedingly, brethren coming and testifying of the truth in thee, even as thou in truth dost walk;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 3 John 1:3


1:3 For - I know thou usest all thy talents to his glory. The truth that is in thee - The true faith and love.


People's Bible Notes for 3 John 1:3


3Jo 1:3 For I rejoiced greatly. Certain brethren had been where Gaius lived, had enjoyed his hospitality and had spoken well of him to John on their return.

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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