3 John 1:2
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.

Berean Study Bible
Beloved, I pray that in every way you may prosper and enjoy good health, as your soul also prospers.

Berean Literal Bible
Beloved, I pray you to prosper concerning all things and to 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.

New King James Version
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.

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

NASB 1995
Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

NASB 1977
Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

Amplified Bible
Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually].

Christian Standard Bible
For I was very glad when fellow believers came and testified to your fidelity to the truth—how you are walking in truth.

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.

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

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.

Contemporary English Version
dear friend, and I pray all goes well for you. I hope you are as strong in body, as I know you are in spirit.

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.

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

Good News Translation
My dear friend, I pray that everything may go well with you and that you may be in good health--as I know you are well in spirit.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
Beloved, I desire you to prosper concerning all things, and to be in health, even as your soul prospers,

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.

New Heart English Bible
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.

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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Greeting to Gaius from the Elder
1The elder, To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth: 2Beloved, I pray that in every way you may prosper and enjoy good health, as your soul also prospers. 3For I was overjoyed when the brothers came and testified about your devotion to the truth, in which you continue to walk.…

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 the beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth:

3 John 1:3
For I was overjoyed when the brothers came and testified about your devotion to the truth, in which you continue to walk.


Treasury of Scripture

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

wish.

James 5:12
But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.

1 Peter 4:8
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

that.

Psalm 20:1-5
To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee; …

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

even.

3 John 1:3-6
For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth…

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

1 Thessalonians 1:3-10
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; …









(2 a.) (2) Beloved.--St. John's affection is founded on the high merits of Caius as a Christian.

Above all things.--This may mean "in all things."

Be in health.--An ascetic would be surprised that one of the greatest of the Apostles should be so earnest on such a point. But the better a man's health, the more thoroughly he can do the work of God. Sickness may be allowed to chasten the erring or rebellious heart, but a Christian whose faith is firm and character established, can ill afford to despise the inestimable blessing of a sound body. Functional and organic disorder or enervation proportionately lessen the capacity for thought, resolution, and activity.

Even as thy soul prospereth.--The word "prospereth" is literally makes good way, and so links on to the idea of walking, in 3John 1:3-4. The health of the soul came first in the Apostle's mind: when there is that, he can wish for bodily health to support it.

(2 b.) (3) I rejoiced greatly.--Compare 2John 1:4. "For" introduces the reason of the high praise in 3John 1:2.

The truth that is in thee.--The inward presence of Christ, manifested by the Christian life and consistency of Caius. . . .

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."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
Beloved,
Ἀγαπητέ (Agapēte)
Adjective - Vocative Masculine Singular
Strong's 27: From agapao; beloved.

I pray that
εὔχομαί (euchomai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 1st Person Singular
Strong's 2172: To pray, wish. Middle voice of a primary verb; to wish; by implication, to pray to God.

in
περὶ (peri)
Preposition
Strong's 4012: From the base of peran; properly, through, i.e. Around; figuratively with respect to; used in various applications, of place, cause or time.

every way
πάντων (pantōn)
Adjective - Genitive Neuter Plural
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

you
σε (se)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

may prosper
εὐοδοῦσθαι (euodousthai)
Verb - Present Infinitive Middle or Passive
Strong's 2137: From a compound of eu and hodos; to help on the road, i.e. succeed in reaching; figuratively, to succeed in business affairs.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

enjoy good health,
ὑγιαίνειν (hygiainein)
Verb - Present Infinitive Active
Strong's 5198: From hugies; to have sound health, i.e. Be well; figuratively, to be uncorrupt.

as
καθὼς (kathōs)
Adverb
Strong's 2531: According to the manner in which, in the degree that, just as, as. From kata and hos; just as, that.

your
σου (sou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

soul {also}
ψυχή (psychē)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's 5590: From psucho; breath, i.e. spirit, abstractly or concretely.

prospers.
εὐοδοῦταί (euodoutai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 2137: From a compound of eu and hodos; to help on the road, i.e. succeed in reaching; figuratively, to succeed in business affairs.


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