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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

3 John 1



Verse 1

unto = to.

wellbeloved. App-135. Same as "beloved", 3 John 1:2, &c.

Gaius. It is impossible to say whether this was the same as any one of the others of the same name mentioned Acts 19:29; Acts 20:4. Romans 16:23. 1 Corinthians 1:14.

love. App-135.

in. App-104.

the. Omit.

truth. See p. 1511.

Verse 2

wish = pray. App-134.

above = concerning. App-104.

prosper. Greek. euodoumai. See Romans 1:10.

be in health. Greek. hugiaino. See Luke 5:31.

soul. App-110. 3 John 1:1. As Gaius had a sound mind, John desires for him a sound body also.

Verse 3

rejoiced greatly. See 2 John 1:4.

the. Omit.

testified. Greek. martureo. See p. 1511.

the truth, &c. Literally thy truth.

Verse 4

no = not. App-105.

joy. See 1 John 1:4.

than, &c. Literally than these things, that (Greek. hina) I may hear of.

my = mine own.

children. App-108.

walk = walking.

truth = the truth.

Verse 5

faithfully = as a faithful (deed). App-150.

doest = workest.

to. App-104.

to. The texts read "that to". The brethren referred to were strangers. Compare Hebrews 13:2.

Verse 6

have borne witness = bare witness. Same as "testify", 3 John 1:3.

charity = love. App-135.

before = in the sight of.

church. App-186.

if . . . journey. Literally having sent forward. Greek. propempo. See Acts 15:3. Compare App-174.

after a godly sort = worthily of God (App-98.)

Verse 7

Because that = For.

for, &c. = on behalf of (App-104.) His name.

His. The texts read "the".

taking = receiving.

nothing. Greek. medeis.

of. App-104.

Gentiles. Greek. ethnos.

Verse 8

that = in order that. Greek. hina.

might = may.

be = become.

fellowhelpers. Greek. sunergos. See 1 Corinthians 3:9.

Verse 9

wrote = wrote something, as the texts.

Diotrephes. Nothing is known of him.

who loveth, &c. Greek. philoproteuo, love to be first.

among = of.

receiveth. Greek. epidechomai. Only here and 3 John 1:10.

Verse 10

Wherefore = On account of (App-104. 3 John 1:2) this.

if. App-118.

remember. See John 14:26.

prating. Greek. phluareo. Only here. Compare 1 Timothy 5:13.

malicious. App-128.

words. App-121.

not. App-105.

therewith = upon (App-104.) these (things).

neither. Greek. oute.

forbiddeth = hindereth, as Luke 11:52.

them that would. Literally the willing (ones). App-102.

casteth. Greek. ekballo. Compare John 9:34.

out of. App-104.

Verse 11

follow. See 2 Thessalonians 3:7.

evil. App-128.

doeth good. Greek. agathopoieo. See Acts 14:17.

of. App-104.

God. App-98.

doeth evil. Greek. kakopoieo. See Mark 3:4.

seen. App-133.

Verse 12

hath good report = is borne witness to. See 3 John 1:6.

of = by. App-104.

bear record = testify, 3 John 1:3.

ye know. The texts read, "thou knowest". App-132.

record = testimony. See p. 1511.

true. App-175.

Verse 13

will. App-102.

with = by means of. App-104. 3 John 1:1.

ink. See 2 Corinthians 3:3.

pen. Greek. kalamos. Elsewhere translated "reed".

Verse 14

trust = hope.

I shall, &c. = to see (App-133.) thee, &c.

shortly. Greek. eutheos. Generally translated "immediately", or "straightway".

speak. App-121.

face, &c. See 2 John 1:12.

salute. Greek. aspazomai. See Acts 18:22.

Greet = Salute. Here, as in the close of so many epistles, the word aspazomai is translated by two different English words in successive verses or even in the same verse. Compare Romans 16:3-23. 1 Corinthians 16:19, 1 Corinthians 16:20; 2 Corinthians 13:12, 2 Corinthians 13:13. Philippians 1:4, Philippians 1:21. Colossians 4:10, Colossians 4:12, Colossians 4:14; 2 Timothy 4:19, 2 Timothy 4:21. Titus 3:15. 1 Peter 5:13, 1 Peter 5:14.

by. App-104.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 3 John 1:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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