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 1:3

  • Susan Dalton for 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." (III John 1:3)

    It's good to have Gaius's.

    III John 1:9, says, "I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 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." (III John 1:9-10)

    Diotrephes was a head in the church, but he was not walking in truth.

    It's good to know if a Diotrephes is not walking in truth, there is a Gaius who is.

    Gaius received commendation for walking in truth. He was commended for not only helping those who were "brethren," but, also for helping the "strangers." He received and helped those who went forth for the name of Jesus Christ.

    He was commended for doing the right thing; that right thing being, walking in truth; specifically, receiving and helping those who had gone out for the name of Jesus.

    Diotrephes behavior was characterized as being evil. Gaius was exhorted not to follow that which was evil, (Diotrephes's example) but, to follow that which was good. Gaius was told, "He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God." (III John 1:12)

    It would seem the implication here is Diotrephes has not seen God, though he was exerting a leadership in the church.

    Diotrephes loved preeminence among the church; Gaius walked in truth.

    Diotrephes was separated from truth and that created division; Gaius walked in truth and love. When the work of God can be hindered by a Diotrephes, God has Gaius.
  • Ralph De Jesus for verse 3
    The testimony that Christ is in the heart of his disciple is his obedience and the works that he does according to the doctrine of God.

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