3 John 1:2
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New International Version
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

New Living Translation
Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.

English Standard Version
Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

New American Standard Bible
Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually.

International Standard Version
Dear friend, I pray that you are doing well in every way and that you are healthy, just as your soul is healthy.

NET Bible
Dear friend, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Our beloved, I pray for you that you will prosper in all things and be well, just as your soul prospers.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Dear friend, I know that you are spiritually well. I pray that you're doing well in every other way and that you're healthy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Beloved, I wish that thou be prospered in all things and be sound, even as thy soul prospers.

King James 2000 Bible
Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.

American King James Version
Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.

American Standard Version
Beloved, I pray that in all things thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Dearly beloved, concerning all things I make it my prayer that thou mayest proceed prosperously, and fare well as thy soul doth prosperously.

Darby Bible Translation
Beloved, I desire that in all things thou shouldest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.

English Revised Version
Beloved, I pray that in all things thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Weymouth New Testament
My dear friend, I pray that you may in all respects prosper and enjoy good health, just as your soul already prospers.

World English Bible
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers.

Young's Literal Translation
beloved, concerning all things I desire thee to prosper, and to be in health, even as thy soul doth prosper,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:1-8 Those who are beloved of Christ, will love the brethren for his sake. Soul prosperity is the greatest blessing on this side heaven. Grace and health are rich companions. Grace will employ health. A rich soul may be lodged in a weak body; and grace must then be exercised in submitting to such a dispensation. But we may wish and pray that those who have prosperous souls, may have healthful bodies; that their grace may shine where there is still more room for activity. How many professors there are, about whom the apostle's words must be reversed, and we must earnestly wish and pray that their souls might prosper, as their health and circumstances do! True faith will work by love. A good report is due from those who receive good; they could not but testify to the church, what they found and felt. Good men will rejoice in the soul prosperity of others; and they are glad to hear of the grace and goodness of others. And as it is a joy to good parents, it will be a joy to good ministers, to see their people adorn their profession. Gaius overlooked petty differences among serious Christians, and freely helped all who bore the image, and did the work of Christ. He was upright in what he did, as a faithful servant. Faithful souls can hear their own praises without being puffed up; the commendation of what is good in them, lays them at the foot of the cross of Christ. Christians should consider not only what they must do, but what they may do; and should do even the common actions of life, and of good-will, after a godly sort, serving God therein, and designing his glory. Those who freely make known Christ's gospel, should be helped by others to whom God gives the means. Those who cannot themselves proclaim it, may yet receive, help, and countenance those who do so.

Pulpit Commentary

Ver. 2. - Beloved, I pray that in all respects (not "above all things" - St. John would surely never have said that) thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. The apostle wishes that his earthly career may be as bright as his spiritual career is; may he have a sound body for his sound mind, and may his fortunes be sound also. The Greek for "prosper" εὐοδοῦσθαι means exactly to "have a good career."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper,.... Or succeed in all temporal affairs, in the business of life, in which he was; and as success of this sort depends upon the blessing of God, which maketh rich, it is to be wished and prayed for from him:

and be in health; that is, of body, which above all things above all outward mercies, is the most desirable; for without this, what are the richest dainties, the largest possessions, or the best of friends? without this there can be no comfortable enjoyment of either of them; and therefore of this sort of mercies, it is in the first place, and above all others, to be wished for, and desired by one friend for another. The rule and measure of this wish is according to the prosperity of his soul,

even as thy soul prospereth: the soul is diseased with sin, and may be said to be in good health, when all its iniquities are forgiven; and may be said to prosper, when having a spiritual appetite for the Gospel, the sincere milk of the word, it feeds upon it, is nourished by it, and grows thereby; when it is in the lively exercise of faith, hope, and love; when spiritual knowledge is increased, or it grows in grace, and in the knowledge of Christ Jesus; when the inward man is renewed day by day with fresh strength; and when it enjoys communion with God, has the light of his countenance, and the joys of his salvation; and when it is fruitful in every good work.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. above all things—Greek, "concerning all things": so Alford: in all respects. But Wahl justifies English Version (compare 1Pe 4:8). Of course, since his soul's prosperity is presupposed, "above all things" does not imply that John wishes Gaius' bodily health above that of his soul, but as the first object to be desired next after spiritual health. I know you are prospering in the concerns of your soul. I wish you similar prosperity in your body. Perhaps John had heard from the brethren (3Jo 3) that Gaius was in bad health, and was tried in other ways (3Jo 10), to which the wish, 3Jo 2, refers.

prosper—in general.

be in health—in particular.

3 John 1:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Greeting to Gaius from the Elder
1The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth. 2Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth.…
Cross References
Matthew 9:12
On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

3 John 1:1
The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

3 John 1:3
It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.
Treasury of Scripture

Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.

wish. or, pray. above.

James 5:12 But above all things, my brothers, swear not, neither by heaven, …

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity …

that.

Psalm 20:1-5 The LORD hear you in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob …

Philippians 2:4,27 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things …

even.

3 John 1:3-6 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brothers came and testified of the …

Colossians 1:4-6 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which …

1 Thessalonians 1:3-10 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, …

1 Thessalonians 2:13,14,19,20 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you …

1 Thessalonians 3:6-9 But now when Timotheus came from you to us, and brought us good tidings …

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, …

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved …

Philemon 1:5-7 Hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, …

2 Peter 1:3-9 According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain …

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus …

Revelation 2:9 I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich) …

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