3 John 1:4
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New International Version
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

New Living Translation
I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.

English Standard Version
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

New American Standard Bible
I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.

King James Bible
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

International Standard Version
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are living according to the truth.

NET Bible
I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are living according to the truth.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For I have no greater joy than this, that I hear that my children are walking in the truth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Nothing makes me happier than to hear that my children are living according to the truth.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my sons walk in the truth.

King James 2000 Bible
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

American King James Version
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

American Standard Version
Greater joy have I none than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have no greater grace than this, to hear that my children walk in truth.

Darby Bible Translation
I have no greater joy than these things that I hear of my children walking in the truth.

English Revised Version
Greater joy have I none than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.

Webster's Bible Translation
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Weymouth New Testament
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are living in obedience to the truth.

World English Bible
I have no greater joy than this, to hear about my children walking in truth.

Young's Literal Translation
greater than these things I have no joy, that I may hear of my children in truth walking.
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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.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I have no greater joy,.... Nothing that causes greater joy. The Vulgate Latin version reads "grace" or "thanks"; and then the sense is, that he had nothing to be more thankful for:

than to hear that my children walk in truth; meaning his spiritual children, those whose conversion he had been the instrument of; and among these it seems Gaius was one.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. my children—members of the Church: confirming the view that the "elect lady" is a Church.

3 John 1:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Greeting to Gaius from the Elder
3For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth. 4I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
Cross References
1 Corinthians 4:14
I am writing this not to shame you but to warn you as my dear children.

2 Corinthians 6:13
As a fair exchange--I speak as to my children--open wide your hearts also.

Galatians 4:19
My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you,

1 Thessalonians 2:11
For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children,

1 Timothy 1:2
To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Timothy 1:2
To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Philemon 1:10
that I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.

1 John 2:1
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

2 John 1:4
It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.
Treasury of Scripture

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

have.

Proverbs 23:24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begets …

that.

Isaiah 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs …

1 Corinthians 4:15 For though you have ten thousand instructors in Christ, yet have …

Galatians 4:19 My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ …

Philemon 1:10 I beseech you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

walk.

1 Kings 2:4 That the LORD may continue his word which he spoke concerning me, …

1 Kings 3:6 And Solomon said, You have showed to your servant David my father …

2 Kings 20:3 I beseech you, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before you …

Psalm 26:1-3 Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in my integrity: I have trusted …

Isaiah 38:3 And said, Remember now, O LORD, I beseech you, how I have walked …

John 12:35,36 Then Jesus said to them, Yet a little while is the light with you. …

Galatians 2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth …

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