3 John 1:9

“I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

I wrote vnto the Church, but Diotrephes, who loueth to haue the preeminence among them, receiueth vs not.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

I wrote somewhat unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
- American Standard Version (1901)

I sent a letter to the church, but Diotrephes, whose desire is ever to have the first place among them, will not have us there.
- Basic English Bible

I wrote something to the assembly; but Diotrephes, who loves to have the first place among them, receives us not.
- Darby Bible

I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, receiveth us not.
- Webster's Bible

I wrote to the Church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the first place among them, refuses to listen to us.
- Weymouth Bible

I wrote to the assembly, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, doesn't accept what we say.
- World English Bible

I hadde write perauenture to the chirche, but this Diotrepes, that loueth to bere primacie in hem, resseyueth not vs.
- Wycliffe Bible

I did write to the assembly, but he who is loving the first place among them -- Diotrephes -- doth not receive us;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 3 John 1:9


1:9 I wrote to the church - Probably that to which they came. But Diotrephes - Perhaps the pastor of it. Who loveth to have the preeminence among them - To govern all things according to his own will. Receiveth us not - Neither them nor me. So did the mystery of iniquity already work!


People's Bible Notes for 3 John 1:9


3Jo 1:9 I wrote unto the church. Of which Gaius was a member. The letter referred to is not extant. But Diotrephes. This man is not elsewhere named. He was evidently an ambitious and unscrupulous church official, who Receiveth us not, that is, rebelled against the apostle's authority, and who refused to heed the letter. The letter may have been sent by those whom Gaius entertained.

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