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3 John 1:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— We therefore ought to welcome such, that we may be fellow-workers for the truth.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— We therefore ought to receive such, that we may be fellow-helpers to the truth.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— *We* therefore ought to receive such, that we may be fellow-workers with the truth.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— We, therefore ought to be sustaining such as these, that we may become, fellowworkers, with the truth.
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— we, then, ought to receive such, that fellow-workers we may become to the truth.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— We therefore ought to receive such: that we may be fellow helpers of the truth.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— We therefore ought to receiue such, that we might be fellow helpers to the trueth.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— We therefore ought to receive such, that we may be helpers of the truth.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— We therefore ought to receive such persons, that we may be aiders of the truth.

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
We 2249
{2249} Prime
Nomitive plural of G1473; we (only used when emphatic).
therefore 3767
{3767} Prime
Apparently a primary word; (adverbially) certainly, or (conjugationally) accordingly.
ought 3784
{3784} Prime
Including its prolonged form (second form) used in certain tenses. Probably from the base of G3786 (through the idea of accruing); to owe (pecuniarily); figuratively to be under obligation (ought, must, should); morally to fail in duty.
<5719> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 3019
to receive 618
{0618} Prime
From G0575 and G2983; to receive (specifically in full, or as a host); also to take aside.
<5721> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 647
such, 5108
{5108} Prime
(Including the other inflections); from G5104 and G3778; truly this, that is, of this sort (to denote character or individuality).
that 2443
{2443} Prime
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).
we might be 1096
{1096} Prime
A prolonged and middle form of a primary verb; to cause to be ('gen' -erate), that is, (reflexively) to become (come into being), used with great latitude (literally, figuratively, intensively, etc.).
<5741> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Subjunctive (See G5792)
Count - 40
fellowhelpers 4904
{4904} Prime
From a presumed compound of G4862 and the base of G2041; a co-laborer, that is, coadjutor.
to the x3588
(3588) Complement

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).
truth. 225
{0225} Prime
From G0227; truth.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

3 John 1:8

_ _ We — in contradistinction to “the Gentiles” or “heathen” referred to, 3 John 1:7.

_ _ therefore — as they take nothing from the Gentiles or heathen.

_ _ receive — The oldest manuscripts read, “take up.” As they “take” nothing from the Gentiles, we ought to take them up so as to support them.

_ _ fellow helpers — with them.

_ _ to the truth — that is, to promote the truth.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on 3 John 1:3-8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

3 John 1:8

To receive — With all kindness. The truth — Which they preach.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

3 John 1:8

We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be (d) fellowhelpers to the truth.

(d) That we ourselves may help the preaching of the truth.

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to receive:

3 John 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth [them] out of the church.
Matthew 10:14 And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet.
Matthew 10:40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
Luke 11:7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee.
2 Corinthians 7:2-3 Receive us; we have wronged no man, we have corrupted no man, we have defrauded no man. ... I speak not [this] to condemn [you]: for I have said before, that ye are in our hearts to die and live with [you].


1 Corinthians 3:5-9 Who then is Paul, and who [is] Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? ... For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, [ye are] God's building.
1 Corinthians 16:10-11 Now if Timotheus come, see that he may be with you without fear: for he worketh the work of the Lord, as I also [do]. ... Let no man therefore despise him: but conduct him forth in peace, that he may come unto me: for I look for him with the brethren.
2 Corinthians 6:1 We then, [as] workers together [with him], beseech [you] also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
2 Corinthians 8:23 Whether [any do enquire] of Titus, [he is] my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren [be enquired of, they are] the messengers of the churches, [and] the glory of Christ.
Philippians 4:3 And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and [with] other my fellowlabourers, whose names [are] in the book of life.
Colossians 4:11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only [are my] fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.
1 Thessalonians 3:2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:
Philemon 1:2 And to [our] beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:
Philemon 1:24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
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