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3 John 1:8

    3 John 1:8 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers to the truth.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    We therefore ought to welcome such, that we may be fellow-workers for the truth.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    So it is right for us to take in such men as guests, so that we may take our part in the work of the true faith.

    Webster's Revision

    We therefore ought to welcome such, that we may be fellow-workers for the truth.

    World English Bible

    We therefore ought to receive such, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    We therefore ought to welcome such, that we may be fellow-workers with the truth.

    Definitions for 3 John 1:8

    Ought - Any one; any thing.

    Clarke's Commentary on 3 John 1:8

    We therefore ought to receive such - Those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, and have professed the truth at the hazard of their lives, and the loss of all their worldly substance. Instead of απολαμβανειν, to receive, the most ancient and reputable MSS. have ὑπολαμβανειν, to take up, undertake for, or kindly receive.

    Fellow helpers to the truth - And thus encourage the persecuted, and contribute to the spread and maintenance of the Gospel.

    Barnes' Notes on 3 John 1:8

    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.

    Wesley's Notes on 3 John 1:8

    1:8 To receive - With all kindness. The truth - Which they preach.