3 John 1:4

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for 3 John 1:4

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 for 3 John 1:4

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 1:4

  • Penny Page-Davis on 3 John 1:4
    In Revelation 19:10 Who is talking when it says, "See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren, etc.?

    In Revelation 19:16 Why were the words "King of Kings, And Lord of Lords" written on Jesus' thigh and not on a

    more obvious part of his body?
  • Chris - in Reply on 3 John 1:4
    All we are told in Revelation chapter 19, is that a voice spoke from the (midst) of God's Throne (verse 5). This was not God's Voice nor His Son's, but apparently an angel assigned in regards to the Holiness of God. Elsewhere, as in the Ark of the Covenant, two images of Cherubs were positioned on either side of the Ark. So, it could be assumed that a Cherub or angel from God's Throne spoke to John. Also, we see in Revelation 22:8,9, a similar event, where John began to fall down before the "angel" but was forbidden to do so.

    As to Revelation 19:16, there can be no certainty as to where & why this inscription was placed there. A reasonable explanation could be that as the Lord Jesus, the Lord of Glory is seen coming as a horseman, outfitted for battle, his outer clothing (vesture) may have been an extended, fairly heavy tunic that was normally worn. This vesture had His Name inscribed on it & it was written on the tunic at about thigh level. It was common for notable persons (kings, warriors, etc.) from olden days to have their titles inscribed on their clothing & this might be seen of the coming Warrior King in the skies. But all this is only a supposition.
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  • Nnaji ugochukwu on 3 John 1:4
    Pls I need a bible verse that referred to Lucifer as a great singer or psalmist
  • Lucifer - in Reply on 3 John 1:4
    Isaiah 14

    9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.

    10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou (Satan) also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?

    11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols (MUSIC): the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee.

    12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!

    13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:

    14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

    15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.

    16 They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man (Satan) that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms?
  • Spike4187 on 3 John 1:4
    Anyone have any idea what Peter is referring to in Chapter 2 Verse 10-12? 10But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.

    11Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

    12But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;

    Thank you.
  • Mishael - in Reply on 3 John 1:4
    False Teachers, Prophets, wolves

    Heavenly Father, thank You for the many warnings of false teachers who cause such devastation in the Church. Thank You that the true gospelis contained in the Scriptures and I pray that in Your grace I would become fully equipped to identify false teachings and other deceptions in the Church.

    Help me tobe ready to give a clear and accurate answer for the hope I have in me and protect the hearts and minds of all Your people from worldly deception.

    We pray thatfalse teacherswouldbe exposed for their trickery andtheir deceptive ministries bebrought to justice - this I ask in Jesus' name. Amen.

    Always without fail read Trusted Commentaries (through Google if you need to), on scriptures that seem to be argued over frequently. See what the scholars said, like Matthew Henry. This is how to smoke out a heresy.
  • Harry Michael Edwards on 3 John 1:4
    Do you answer questions that we have about the scripture?
  • KNOW YOUR TEACHERS - in Reply on 3 John 1:4
    Sometimes I wonder if those asking questions are forgetting that the Holy Spirit is the TEACHER of all born again people. You are to cross check everything with Holy Spirit. Learn how to discern Fruit. Bad fruit is stinking doctrine. Be strong enough to say: you are wrong.

    Matthew 7:16 - Ye shall know them by their FRUITS. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

    2 Timothy 4:3

    For the TIME WILL COME when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own LUSTS shall they (you) heap to themselves teachers: having itching ears.

    Hebrews 5:12

    For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

    2 Peter 2:1

    But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

    Titus 2:3

    The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things;

    2 Timothy 2:15 - Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

    2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

    Romans 16:17-18 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them WHICH CAUSE divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and AVOID them.

    Colossians 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ

    Galatians 5:22-23

    But the FRUIT of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

  • Chris - in Reply on 3 John 1:4
    Yes, we love to receive questions from enquiring folk about the Word of God. You might receive different responses for your consideration, but by studying the Word yourself, in prayer, the Spirit of God will reveal the knowledge you seek. What matters is that we can study, discuss & share thoughts from God's Word in Christian love & fellowship desiring only to build up one another in the Faith & knowledge of the Bible.


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