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3 John 1-8 Translation

Posted by on Dec 19, 2009 in translation | 1 comment

My translation:

This is from “the old man” and is written to my dear friend Gaius, who I truly love.

I pray that everything you do prospers and that you might be in good health, just as your prosper spiritually. I know that you’re prospering spiritually because – and this made very happy – some brothers and sisters came by and reported the truth about you: You are living according to God’s truth! Nothing makes me happier than to hear that my children (disciples) are living according to God’s truth. Dear friend, you are being faithful to God because of your work among the brothers and sisters and, this time, strangers who have told us about your love among the church. I also know that you will rightfully help them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. You do this because these brothers and sisters left for their journey in the name of God while accepting no help from unbelievers. Therefore, we – that is, believers – ought to receive them just as you’ve done so that together we might become God’s true workers. (3 John 1-8)

Greek Text:

Ὁ πρεσβύτερος Γαΐῳ τῷ ἀγαπητῷ, ὃν ἐγὼ ἀγαπῶ ἐν ἀληθείᾳ.

Ἀγαπητέ, περὶ πάντων εὔχομαί σε εὐοδοῦσθαι καὶ ὑγιαίνειν, καθὼς εὐοδοῦταί σου ἡ ψυχή. ἐχάρην γὰρ λίαν ἐρχομένων ἀδελφῶν καὶ μαρτυρούντων σου τῇ ἀληθείᾳ, καθὼς σὺ ἐν ἀληθείᾳ περιπατεῖς. μειζοτέραν τούτων οὐκ ἔχω χαράν, ἵνα ἀκούω τὰ ἐμὰ τέκνα ἐν τῇ ἀληθείᾳ περιπατοῦντα. Ἀγαπητέ, πιστὸν ποιεῖς ὃ ἐὰν ἐργάσῃ εἰς τοὺς ἀδελφοὺς καὶ τοῦτο ξένους, 6οἳ ἐμαρτύρησάν σου τῇ ἀγάπῃ ἐνώπιον ἐκκλησίας, οὓς καλῶς ποιήσεις προπέμψας ἀξίως τοῦ θεοῦ: ὑπὲρ γὰρ τοῦ ὀνόματος ἐξῆλθον μηδὲν λαμβάνοντες ἀπὸ τῶν ἐθνικῶν. ἡμεῖς οὖν ὀφείλομεν ὑπολαμβάνειν τοὺς τοιούτους, ἵνα συνεργοὶ γινώμεθα τῇ ἀληθείᾳ.

Here is another translation for comparison:

The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

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. For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for these brothers, strangers as they are, who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth. (3 John 1-8 ESV)


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  1. 12-19-2009

    Alan,
    Thanks for this translation. Very edifying! I like how you translated the first word “old man” rather than the traditional “elder.” Also in that verse, your rendering of “dear friend Gaius, whom I truly love,” works well. Looking forward to more translations to come,
    Andy