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3 John 1:4 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Greater joy have I none than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— I have no greater joy than these things that I hear of my children walking in the truth.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— I have no, greater, favour than these things, that I should be hearing that, my own children, in the truth, are walking.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— greater than these things I have no joy, that I may hear of my children in truth walking.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— I have no greater grace than this, to hear that my children walk in truth.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— I haue no greater ioy, then to heare that my children walke in truth.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— And greater joy than this I have not (than) when I hear that my sons walk in the truth.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And I have no greater joy, than to hear that my children walk in the truth.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
I have 2192
{2192} Prime
ἔχω
echo
{ekh'-o}
A primary verb (including an alternate form σχέω [[scheo]], {skheh'-o}; used in certain tenses only); to hold (used in very various applications, literally or figuratively, direct or remote; such as possession, ability, contiguity, relation or condition).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
no 3756
{3756} Prime
οὐ
ou
{oo}
A primary word; the absolutely negative (compare G3361) adverb; no or not.
greater 3186
{3186} Prime
μειζότερος
meizoteros
{mide-zot'-er-os}
Continued comparative of G3187; still larger (figuratively).
y5130
[5130] Standard
τούτων
touton
{too'-tone}
Genitive plural masculine or neuter of G3778; of (from or concerning) these (persons or things).
joy 5479
{5479} Prime
χαρά
chara
{khar-ah'}
From G5463; cheerfulness, that is, calm delight.
than x5130
(5130) Complement
τούτων
touton
{too'-tone}
Genitive plural masculine or neuter of G3778; of (from or concerning) these (persons or things).
to 2443
{2443} Prime
ἵνα
hina
{hin'-ah}
Probably from the same as the former part of G1438 (through the demonstrative idea; compare G3588); in order that (denoting the purpose or the result).
hear 191
{0191} Prime
ἀκούω
akouo
{ak-oo'-o}
A primary verb; to hear (in various senses).
z5719
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
that my 1699
{1699} Prime
ἐμός
emos
{em-os'}
From the oblique cases of G1473 (G1698, G1700, G1691); my.
children 5043
{5043} Prime
τέκνον
teknon
{tek'-non}
From the base of G5098; a child (as produced).
walk 4043
{4043} Prime
περιπατέω
peripateo
{per-ee-pat-eh'-o}
From G4012 and G3961; to tread all around, that is, walk at large (especially as proof of ability); figuratively to live, deport oneself, follow (as a companion or votary).
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
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.
truth. 225
{0225} Prime
ἀλήθεια
aletheia
{al-ay'-thi-a}
From G0227; truth.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

3 John 1:4

_ _ my children — members of the Church: confirming the view that the “elect lady” is a Church.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 3 John 1:3-8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

3 John 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.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

3 John 1:4

I have no greater joy than (a) to hear that my children walk in truth.

(a) Than these joys.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
have:

Proverbs 23:24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise [child] shall have joy of him.

that:

Isaiah 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me [are] for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion.
1 Corinthians 4:15 For though ye have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet [have ye] not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you,
Philemon 1:10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

walk:

1 Kings 2:4 That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.
1 Kings 3:6 And Solomon said, Thou hast shewed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as [it is] this day.
2 Kings 20:3 I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done [that which is] good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
Psalms 26:1-3 [[[A Psalm] of David.]] Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; [therefore] I shall not slide. ... For thy lovingkindness [is] before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
Isaiah 38:3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech thee, how I have walked before thee in truth and with a perfect heart, and have done [that which is] good in thy sight. And Hezekiah wept sore.
John 12:35-36 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. ... While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.
Galatians 2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before [them] all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
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1K 2:4; 3:6. 2K 20:3. Ps 26:1. Pv 23:24. Is 8:18; 38:3. Jn 12:35. 1Co 4:15. Ga 2:14; 4:19. Phm 1:10.

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