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3 John 1:1 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— The elder unto Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— The elder to the well-beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— The elder, unto Gaius the beloved, whom, I, love in truth.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— The Elder to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— The Ancient, to the dearly beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— The Elder vnto the welbeloued Gaius, whom I loue in the trueth:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— THE presbyter unto Gaios my beloved, whom I love in truth.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— THE Elder, to my beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
The x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
elder 4245
{4245} Prime
πρεσβύτερος
presbuteros
{pres-boo'-ter-os}
Comparative of πρέσβυς [[presbus]] (elderly); older; as noun, a senior; specifically an Israelite Sanhedrist (also figuratively, member of the celestial council) or Christian 'presbyter'.
unto the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
wellbeloved 27
{0027} Prime
ἀγαπητός
agapetos
{ag-ap-ay-tos'}
From G0025; beloved.
Gaius, 1050
{1050} Prime
Γάϊος
Gaios
{gah'-ee-os}
Of Latin origin; Gaius (that is, Caius), a Christian.
whom 3739
{3739} Prime
ὅς
hos
{hos}
Probably a primary word (or perhaps a form of the article G3588); the relative (sometimes demonstrative) pronoun, who, which, what, that.
I 1473
{1473} Prime
ἐγώ
ego
{eg-o'}
A primary pronoun of the first person, 'I' (only expressed when emphatic).
love 25
{0025} Prime
ἀγαπάω
agapao
{ag-ap-ah'-o}
Perhaps from ἄγαν [[agan]] (much; or compare [H5689]); to love (in a social or moral sense).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
in 1722
{1722} Prime
ἐν
en
{en}
A primary preposition denoting (fixed) position (in place, time or state), and (by implication) instrumentality (medially or constructively), that is, a relation of rest (intermediate between G1519 and G1537); 'in', at, (up-) on, by, etc.
the truth. 225
{0225} Prime
ἀλήθεια
aletheia
{al-ay'-thi-a}
From G0227; truth.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

3 John 1:1

_ _ 3 John 1:1-14. Address: Wish for Gaius’ prosperity: Joy at his walking in the truth. Hospitality to the brethren and strangers the fruit of love. Diotrephes’ opposition and ambition. Praise of Demetrius. Conclusion.

_ _ I — emphatical. I personally, for my part. On Gaius or Caius, see my Introduction before Second Epistle.

_ _ love in the truth — (2 John 1:1). “Beloved” is repeated often in this Epistle, indicating strong affection (3 John 1:1, 3 John 1:2, 3 John 1:5, 3 John 1:11).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

3 John 1:1-2

_ _ Here we see, I. The sacred penman who writes and sends the letter; not here indeed notified by his name, but a more general character: The elder, he that is so by years and by office; honour and deference are due to both. Some have questioned whether this were John the apostle or no; but his style and spirit seem to shine in the epistle. Those that are beloved of Christ will love the brethren for his sake. Gaius could not question from whom the letter came. The apostle might have assumed many more illustrious characters, but it becomes not Christ's ministers to affect swelling pompous titles. He almost levels himself with the more ordinary pastors of the church, while he styles himself the elder. Or, possibly, most of the extraordinary ministers, the apostles, were now dead, and this holy survivor would countenance the continued standing ministry, by assuming the more common title — the elder. The elders I exhort, who am also an elder, 1 Peter 5:1.

_ _ II. The person saluted and honoured by the letter. The former is directed to an elect lady, this to a choice gentleman; such are worthy of esteem and value. He is notified, 1. By his name, — Gaius. We read of several of that name, particularly of one whom the apostle Paul baptized at Corinth, who possibly might be also the apostle's host and kind entertainer there (Romans 16:23); if this be not he, it is his brother in name, estate, and disposition. Then, 2. By the kind expressions of the apostle to him: The well-beloved, and whom I love in the truth. Love expressed is wont to kindle love. Here seems to be either the sincerity of the apostle's love or the religion of it. The sincerity of it: Whom I love in the truth, for the truth's sake, as abiding and walking in the truth as it is in Jesus. To love our friends for the truth's sake is true love, religious gospel love.

_ _ III. The salutation or greeting, containing a prayer, introduced by an affectionate compellation — Beloved, thou beloved one in Christ. The minister who would gain love must show it himself. Here is, 1. The apostle's good opinion of his friend, that his soul prospered. There is such a thing as soul-prosperity — the greatest blessing on this side heaven. This supposes regeneration, and an inward fund of spiritual life; this stock is increasing, and, while spiritual treasures are advancing, the soul is in a fair way to the kingdom of glory. 2. His good wish for his friend that his body may prosper and be in health as well as his soul. Grace and health are two rich companions; grace will improve health, health will employ grace. It frequently falls out that a rich soul is lodged in a crazy body; grace must be exercised in submission to such a dispensation; but we may well wish and pray that those who have prosperous souls may have healthful bodies too; their grace will shine in a larger sphere of activity.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

3 John 1:1

Caius was probably that Caius of Corinth whom St. Paul mentions, Romans 16:23. If so, either he was removed from Achaia into Asia, or St. John sent this letter to Corinth.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

3 John 1:1

The (1) elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

(1) An example of a Christian greeting.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
ad 90, am 4094

elder:

2 John 1:1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;

the wellbeloved:

Acts 19:29 And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.
Acts 20:4 And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus.
Romans 16:23 Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.
1 Corinthians 1:14 I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

whom:

1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
2 John 1:1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;

in the truth:
or, truly
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