New American Standard Bible
Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.
King James Bible
We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
Darby Bible Translation
We therefore ought to receive such, that we may be fellow-workers with the truth.
World English Bible
We therefore ought to receive such, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
Young's Literal Translation
we, then, ought to receive such, that fellow-workers we may become to the truth.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
We therefore ought to receive such - All of us ought hospitably to entertain and help such persons. The work in which they are engaged is one of pure benevolence. They have no selfish aims and ends in it. They do not even look for the supplies of their own needs among the people to whom they go to minister; and we ought, therefore, to help them in their work, and to contribute to their support. Doubtless, the apostle meant to urge this duty particularly upon Gaius; but, in order to show that he recognized the obligation himself, he uses the term "we," and speaks of it as a duty binding on all Christians.
That we might be fellow-helpers to the truth - All Christians cannot go forth to preach the gospel, but all may contribute something to the support of those who do; and in this case they would have a joint participation in the work of spreading the truth. The same reasoning which was applicable to that case, is also applicable now in regard to the duty of supporting those who go forth to preach the gospel to the destitute.
3 John 1:7
For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
3 John 1:9
I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say.
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