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

  • Girl4JESUS
    Verse 1, I Love Truth that is good
  • 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?

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