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3 John 1:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— who bare witness to thy love before the church: whom thou wilt do well to set forward on their journey worthily of God:
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Who have borne testimony of thy charity before the church: whom if thou shalt bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou wilt do well:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— (who have witnessed of thy love before [the] assembly,) in setting forward whom on their journey worthily of God, thou wilt do well;
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Who have borne witness to thy love before the assembly: whom thou wilt do, nobly, to set forward worthily of God.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— who did testify of thy love before an assembly, whom thou wilt do well, having sent forward worthily of God,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Who have given testimony to thy charity in the sight of the church. Whom thou shalt do well to bring forward on their way in a manner worthy of God:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Which haue borne witnesse of thy charitie before the Church: whome if thou bring forward on their iourney after a godly sort, thou shalt doe well:
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— who have testified of thy charity, before all the church, to whom thou hast done well according to that which is worthy of Aloha.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— who have borne testimony to thy charity before the whole church, to whom thou doest good, as is pleasing to God.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Which 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.
have borne witness 3140
{3140} Prime
μαρτυρέω
martureo
{mar-too-reh'-o}
From G3144; to be a witness, that is, testify (literally or figuratively).
z5656
<5656> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 2319
of thy 4675
{4675} Prime
σοῦ
sou
{soo}
Genitive case of G4771; of thee, thy.
charity 26
{0026} Prime
ἀγάπη
agape
{ag-ah'-pay}
From G0025; love, that is, affection or benevolence; specifically (plural) a love feast.
before 1799
{1799} Prime
ἐνώπιον
enopion
{en-o'-pee-on}
Neuter of a compound of G1722 and a derivation of G3700; in the face of (literally or figuratively).
the church: 1577
{1577} Prime
ἐκκλησία
ekklesia
{ek-klay-see'-ah}
From a compound of G1537 and a derivative of G2564; a calling out, that is, (concretely) a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation (Jewish synagogue, or Christian community of members on earth or saints in heaven or both).
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.
if thou bring forward on their journey 4311
{4311} Prime
προπέμπω
propempo
{prop-em'-po}
From G4253 and G3992; to send forward, that is, escort or aid in travel.
z5660
<5660> Grammar
Tense - Aorist (See G5777)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 714
after y516
[0516] Standard
ἀξίως
axios
{ax-ee'-oce}
Adverb from G0514; appropriately.
z0
<0000> Grammar
The original word in the Greek or Hebrew is translated by more than one word in the English. The English translation is separated by one or more other words from the original.
a godly y2316
[2316] Standard
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
sort, 516
{0516} Prime
ἀξίως
axios
{ax-ee'-oce}
Adverb from G0514; appropriately.
x1516
(1516) Complement
εἰρηνικός
eirenikos
{i-ray-nee-kos'}
From G1515; pacific; by implication salutary.
x2316
(2316) Complement
θεός
theos
{theh'-os}
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
thou shalt do 4160
{4160} Prime
ποιέω
poieo
{poy-eh'-o}
Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct).
z5692
<5692> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 814
well: 2573
{2573} Prime
καλῶς
kalos
{kal-oce'}
Adverb from G2570; well (usually morally).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

3 John 1:6

_ _ borne witness of thy charity before the church — to stimulate others by the good example. The brethren so entertained by Gaius were missionary evangelists (3 John 1:7); and, probably, in the course of narrating their missionary labors for the edification of the Church where John then was, incidentally mentioned the loving hospitality shown them by Gaius.

_ _ bring forward on their journey — “If thou (continue to) forward on their journey” by giving them provisions for the way.

_ _ after a godly sortGreek, “in a manner worthy of God,” whose ambassadors they are, and whose servant thou art. He who honors God’s missionary servants (3 John 1:7), honors God.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 3 John 1:3-8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

3 John 1:6

Who have testified of thy love before the church — The congregation with whom I now reside. Whom if thou send forward on their journey — Supplied with what is needful. Thou shalt do well — How tenderly does the apostle enjoin this!

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

3 John 1:6

Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou (c) bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:

(c) He commends to Gaius, either those same men whom he had entertained before returning to him, about the affairs of the Church, or else some other who had similar business.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
have borne witness of thy charity:

3 John 1:12 Demetrius hath good report of all [men], and of the truth itself: yea, and we [also] bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
Philemon 1:5-7 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; ... For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

whom:

Acts 15:3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.
Acts 21:5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till [we were] out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.
Romans 15:24 Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your [company].
2 Corinthians 1:16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia unto you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judaea.
Titus 3:13 Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.

after a godly sort:
or, worthy of God, This is a literal and proper rendering of the original αξιως [Strong's G0516], του [Strong's G5120], Θεου [Strong's G2316], by which the antecedent to the possessive pronoun his, in the next verse, becomes immediately apparent. "In a manner worthy of God, and of your relations and obligations to Him, and such as He can approve."
1 Thessalonians 2:12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

do well:

Genesis 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
Jonah 4:4 Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?
Matthew 25:21-23 His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. ... His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Acts 15:29 That ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication: from which if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well. Fare ye well.
Philippians 4:14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction.
1 Peter 2:20 For what glory [is it], if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer [for it], ye take it patiently, this [is] acceptable with God.
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Gn 4:7. Jna 4:4. Mt 25:21. Ac 15:3, 29; 21:5. Ro 15:24. 2Co 1:16. Php 4:14. 1Th 2:12. Tit 3:13. Phm 1:5. 1P 2:20. 3Jn 1:12.

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