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3 John 1:11

    3 John 1:11 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: but he that does evil has not seen God.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Beloved, imitate not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    My loved one, do not be copying what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God: he who does evil has not seen God.

    Webster's Revision

    Beloved, imitate not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

    World English Bible

    Beloved, don't imitate that which is evil, but that which is good. He who does good is of God. He who does evil hasn't seen God.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Beloved, imitate not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

    Clarke's Commentary on 3 John 1:11

    Follow not that which is evil - Μμ μιμου το κακον· Do not imitate that wicked man, i.e., the conduct of Diotrephes; be merciful, loving, and kind. For whatever profession any man may make, it will ever appear that he who doeth good is of God - he alone is the person who uses rightly the grace received from God, and he alone shall enjoy the Divine approbation;

    While he that doeth evil - He who is unfeeling, unmerciful, unkind, hath not seen God - has no proper knowledge of that God whose Name is mercy, and whose Nature is love.

    Barnes' Notes on 3 John 1:11

    Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good - There can be no doubt that in this exhortation the writer had Diotrephes particularly in his eye, and that he means to exhort Gaius not to imitate his example. He was a man of influence in the church, and though Gaius had shown that he was disposed to act in an independent manner, yet it was not improper to exhort him not to be influenced by the example of any one who did wrong. John wished to excite him to acts of liberal and generous hospitality.

    He that doeth good is of God - He shows that he resembles God, for God continually does good. See the sentiment explained in the notes at 1 John 3:7.

    He that doeth evil hath not seen God - See the notes at 1 John 3:8-10.

    Wesley's Notes on 3 John 1:11

    1:11 Follow not that which is evil - In Diotrephes. But that which is good - In Demetrius. He hath not seen God - Is a stranger to him.