3 John 1:6
New International Version
They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God.

New Living Translation
They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God.

English Standard Version
who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God.

Berean Study Bible
They have testified to the church about your love. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.

Berean Literal Bible
who testified of your love before the church, whom you will do well having set forward worthily of God.

King James Bible
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:

New King James Version
who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well,

New American Standard Bible
and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.

NASB 1995
and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.

NASB 1977
and they bear witness to your love before the church; and you will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.

Amplified Bible
and they have testified before the church of your love and friendship. You will do well to [assist them and] send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.

Christian Standard Bible
since they set out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from pagans.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They have testified to your love in front of the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God,

American Standard Version
who bare witness to thy love before the church: whom thou wilt do well to set forward on their journey worthily of God:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Those who have testified of your love before all the churches. You did well when you gave them necessities, as is becoming to God.

Contemporary English Version
They have told the church about your love. They say you were good enough to welcome them and to send them on their mission in a way God's servants deserve.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who have given testimony to thy charity in the sight of the church: whom thou shalt do well to bring forward on their way in a manner worthy of God.

English Revised Version
who bare witness to thy love before the church: whom thou wilt do well to set forward on their journey worthily of God:

Good News Translation
They have spoken to the church here about your love. Please help them to continue their trip in a way that will please God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These believers have told the congregation about your love. You will do well to support them on their trip in a way that proves you belong to God.

International Standard Version
They have testified before the church about your love. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.

Literal Standard Version
who testified of your love before an assembly, whom you will do well, having sent forward worthily of God,

NET Bible
They have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.

New Heart English Bible
They have testified about your love before the church. You will do well to send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God,

Weymouth New Testament
They have testified, in the presence of the Church, to your love; and you will do well to help them on their journey in a manner worthy of your fellowship with God.

World English Bible
They have testified about your love before the assembly. You will do well to send them forward on their journey in a way worthy of God,

Young's Literal Translation
who did testify of thy love before an assembly, whom thou wilt do well, having sent forward worthily of God,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Gaius Commended for His Hospitality
5Beloved, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, and especially since they are strangers to you. 6They have testified to the church about your love. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 7For they went out on behalf of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.…

Cross References
Acts 15:3
Sent on their way by the church, they passed through Phoenicia and Samaria, recounting the conversion of the Gentiles and bringing great joy to all the brothers.

Colossians 1:10
so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

1 Thessalonians 2:12
encouraging you, comforting you, and urging you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into His own kingdom and glory.

Titus 3:13
Do your best to equip Zenas the lawyer and Apollos, so that they will have everything they need.


Treasury of Scripture

Which have borne witness of your charity before the church: whom if you bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, you shall do well:

have borne witness of thy charity.

3 John 1:12
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.

Philemon 1:5-7
Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; …

whom.

Acts 15:3
And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles: and they caused great joy unto all the brethren.

Acts 21:5
And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children, till we were out of the city: and we kneeled down on the shore, and prayed.

Romans 15:24
Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.

after a godly sort.

1 Thessalonians 2:12
That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

do well.

Genesis 4:7
If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.

Jonah 4:4
Then said the LORD, Doest thou well to be angry?

Matthew 25:21-23
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord…









Ver. 6. - Who bare witness to thy love before the Church. The thoroughly Greek word ἐκκλησία (which, however, had received a number of Jewish associations through its frequent use in the Septuagint)is used by St. John nowhere but in this Epistle. This witness of the brethren before the Church respecting the good deeds done to them is a type and earnest of the witness of Christ at the day of judgment: "I was a stranger, and ye took me in... Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me." Whom thou wilt do well to forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God. No higher standard could well be set. It reminds us of "perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect" Gains is to treat them as remembering the Divine declaration, "He that receiveth whomsoever I send, receiveth me; and he that receiveth me, receiveth him that sent me" (John 13:20). This coincidence, consciously or unconsciously made, between the Gospel and Third Epistle, is lost in the rather colourless rendering in the Authorized Version, "after a godly sort."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
[They]
οἳ (hoi)
Personal / Relative Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's 3739: Who, which, what, that.

have testified
ἐμαρτύρησάν (emartyrēsan)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's 3140: To witness, bear witness, give evidence, testify, give a good report. From martus; to be a witness, i.e. Testify.

to
ἐνώπιον (enōpion)
Preposition
Strong's 1799: Neuter of a compound of en and a derivative of optanomai; in the face of.

[the] church
ἐκκλησίας (ekklēsias)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's 1577: From a compound of ek and a derivative of kaleo; a calling out, i.e. a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation.

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

love.
ἀγάπῃ (agapē)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's 26: From agapao; love, i.e. Affection or benevolence; specially a love-feast.

You will do
ποιήσεις (poiēseis)
Verb - Future Indicative Active - 2nd Person Singular
Strong's 4160: (a) I make, manufacture, construct, (b) I do, act, cause. Apparently a prolonged form of an obsolete primary; to make or do.

well
καλῶς (kalōs)
Adverb
Strong's 2573: Well, nobly, honorably, rightly. Adverb from kalos; well.

to send them on their way
προπέμψας (propempsas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 4311: To send forward, accompany, equip for a journey. From pro and pempo; to send forward, i.e. Escort or aid in travel.

in a manner worthy
ἀξίως (axiōs)
Adverb
Strong's 516: Worthily, in a manner worthy of. Adverb from axios; appropriately.

of God.
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.


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