The Third Epistle General of


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3 John Summary

Third John is the second-shortest book in the Bible verse-wise and is a letter written to a man named Gaius, advising him against working with a man of "malicious words" and promoting fellowship with another man of "good report".

With a single chapter of 14 verses, 3 John is tied with Obadiah, Philemon, 2 John and Jude for books with only one chapter in the Bible.

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3 John Scripture

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

  • 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

  • 3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

  • 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

  • 5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;

  • 6 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:

  • 7 Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.

  • 8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.

  • 9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

  • 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.

  • 11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

  • 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.

  • 13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:

  • 14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.


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