3 John 1:9
New International Version
I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us.

New Living Translation
I wrote to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, refuses to have anything to do with us.

English Standard Version
I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.

Berean Study Bible
I have written to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not accept our instruction.

Berean Literal Bible
I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, the one loving to be first among them, does not welcome us.

New American Standard Bible
I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say.

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

Christian Standard Bible
I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have first place among them, does not receive our authority.

Contemporary English Version
I wrote to the church. But Diotrephes likes to be the number-one leader, and he won't pay any attention to us.

Good News Translation
I wrote a short letter to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to be their leader, will not pay any attention to what I say.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have first place among them, does not receive us.

International Standard Version
I wrote a letter to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be in charge, will not recognize our authority.

NET Bible
I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not acknowledge us.

New Heart English Bible
I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I desired to write to The Assembly, but he who loves to be their number one, Diotrephis, does not receive us.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I wrote a letter to the congregation. But Diotrephes, who loves to be in charge, won't accept us.

New American Standard 1977
I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I wrote unto the congregation {Gr. ekklesia – called out ones}, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, did not receive us.

King James 2000 Bible
I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, receives us not.

American King James Version
I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, receives us not.

American Standard Version
I wrote somewhat unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I had written perhaps to the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, doth not receive us.

Darby Bible Translation
I wrote something to the assembly; but Diotrephes, who loves to have the first place among them, receives us not.

English Revised Version
I wrote somewhat unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

Webster's Bible Translation
I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, receiveth us not.

Weymouth New Testament
I wrote to the Church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the first place among them, refuses to listen to us.

World English Bible
I wrote to the assembly, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, doesn't accept what we say.

Young's Literal Translation
I did write to the assembly, but he who is loving the first place among them -- Diotrephes -- doth not receive us;
Study Bible GRK ▾ 
Diotrephes and Demetrius
8Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers for the truth. 9I have written to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not accept our instruction. 10So if I come, I will call attention to his malicious slander against us. And unsatisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers and forbids those who want to do so, even putting them out of the church.…
Cross References
Matthew 7:8
For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

Colossians 1:18
And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence.

2 John 1:9
Anyone who runs ahead without remaining in the teaching of Christ does not have God. Whoever remains in His teaching has both the Father and the Son.

3 John 1:8
Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

Treasury of Scripture

I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, receives us not.

who loveth. [Ho Philoproteuon] 'who loveth the presidency,' or chief place, doubtless in the church, of which Diotrephes was most probably an officer; and being one, magnified himself in his office: he loved such pre-eminence, and behaved haughtily in it.

Matthew 20:20-28 Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping …

Matthew 23:4-8 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them …

Mark 9:34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among …

Mark 10:35-45 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come to him, saying, Master, …

Luke 22:24-27 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted …

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor …

Philippians 2:3-5 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness …

Titus 1:7-16 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, …

receiveth. See on ver.

3 John 1:8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers …

Matthew 10:40-42 He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives …

Mark 9:37 Whoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receives me: …

Luke 9:48 And said to them, Whoever shall receive this child in my name receives …







Lexicon
I have written
Ἔγραψά (Egrapsa)
Verb - Aorist Indicative Active - 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1125: A primary verb; to 'grave', especially to write; figuratively, to describe.

to the
τῇ (tē)
Article - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

church
ἐκκλησίᾳ (ekklēsia)
Noun - Dative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1577: From a compound of ek and a derivative of kaleo; a calling out, i.e. a popular meeting, especially a religious congregation.

[about this],
τι (ti)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

but
ἀλλ’ (all’)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

Diotrephes,
Διοτρεφὴς (Diotrephēs)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 1361: Diotrephes. From the alternate of Zeus and trepho; Jove-nourished; Diotrephes, an opponent of Christianity.

who
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

loves to be first,
φιλοπρωτεύων (philoprōteuōn)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5383: From a compound of philos and protos; to be fond of being first, i.e. Ambitious of distinction.

will not accept
ἐπιδέχεται (epidechetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1926: To accept, admit, welcome. From epi and dechomai; to admit (figuratively) teacher.

our [instruction].
ἡμᾶς (hēmas)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Plural
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.
Ver. 9. - I wrote somewhat to the Church (reading, with the best authorities, ἔγραψά τι probably means that St. John had written a letter, now lost, and perhaps destroyed by Diotrephes, to the Church to which Diotrephes belonged. That Diotrephes was bishop of this Church is conjecture; as also that he opposed St. John's emissaries "because they were bent on carrying the gospel to the Gentiles, he himself being, no doubt, both a Jew and of the Jewish faction." He may have been an influential layman. But the context favours the view that he was at least a presbyter. This ecclesiastical Cleon is the type of all vain, noisy, self-asserting teachers, whose main object is to get their own way - an object which they effect by browbeating all who differ from them. No authority is respected and no character spared which seems to oppose their policy. Even an apostle is denounced if he ventures to maintain that the truth may be larger than their view of it. Christian ministers now must not be surprised if they sometimes meet with no better treatment. 1:9-12 Both the heart and mouth must be watched. The temper and spirit of Diotrephes was full of pride and ambition. It is bad not to do good ourselves; but it is worse to hinder those who would do good. Those cautions and counsels are most likely to be accepted, which are seasoned with love. Follow that which is good, for he that doeth good, as delighting therein, is born of God. Evil-workers vainly pretend or boast acquaintance with God. Let us not follow that which is proud, selfish, and of bad design, though the example may be given by persons of rank and power; but let us be followers of God, and walk in love, after the example of our Lord.
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