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.

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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