3 John 1:5
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English Standard Version
Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are,

King James Bible
Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;

American Standard Version
Beloved, thou doest a faithful work in whatsoever thou doest toward them that are brethren and strangers withal;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Dearly beloved, thou dost faithfully whatever thou dost for the brethren, and that for strangers,

English Revised Version
Beloved, thou doest a faithful work in whatsoever thou doest toward them that are brethren and strangers withal;

Webster's Bible Translation
Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;

Weymouth New Testament
My dear friend, you are acting faithfully in all your behaviour towards the brethren, even when they are strangers to you.

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Vincent's Word Studies

Thou doest faithfully (πιστὸν ποιεῖς)

Rev., thou doest a faithful work. A third interpretation is thou givest a pledge or guaranty, and a fourth, akin to this, thou makest sure. The Rev. is best. There is no parallel to justify the third and fourth.

Thou doest (ἐργάσῃ)

Or lit., according to the eymology, workest (ἔργον work). See on James 2:9. The distinction between this verb and others signifying to do, such as ποιεῖν, πράσσειν, δρᾶν, which last does not occur in the New Testament, is not sharply maintained in Attic Greek. In certain connections the difference between them is great, in others, it is hardly perceptible. On ποιεῖν and πρα.σσειν, see on John 3:21. Ἐργάζομαι, like πράσσειν, contemplates the process rather than the end of action, carrying the ideas of continuity and repetition. It means to labor, to be active, to perform, with the idea of continued exertion, and therefore is used of servants, or of those who have an assigned business or office. See Matthew 21:28; Matthew 25:26; Luke 13:14; John 5:17; John 6:27; John 9:4; 1 Thessalonians 2:9. For the phrase ἐργάσῃ εἰς thou doest toward (Rev.), see Matthew 26:10.

And to strangers (καὶ εἰς τοὺς ξένους)

The best texts read, instead of εἰς τοὺς to the (strangers), τοῦτο, that; so that the sentence is, literally, "to them that are brethren, and that strangers." For the phrase and that, compare 1 Corinthians 6:6; Philippians 1:28; Ephesians 2:8.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Matthew 24:45 Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord has made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?

Luke 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household...

Luke 16:10-12 He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much...

2 Corinthians 4:1-3 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not...

Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

1 Peter 4:10,11 As every man has received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God...

Cross References
Acts 1:15
In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said,

Romans 12:13
Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Galatians 6:10
So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Hebrews 13:2
Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

3 John 1:3
For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.

3 John 1:10
So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.

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