1883 Haydock Douay Rheims Bible

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III John 1:1 The ancient to the dearly beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

III John 1:2 Dearly beloved, concerning all things I make it my prayer that thou mayest prosper, and enjoy health, as thy soul doth prosperously.

III John 1:3 I was exceeding glad when the brethren came, and gave testimony to the truth in thee, even as thou walkest in truth.

III John 1:4 I have no greater grace than this, to hear that my children walk in truth.

No greater grace. That is, nothing that gives me greater joy and satisfaction. (Challoner)
III John 1:5 Dearly beloved, thou dost faithfully whatsoever thou dost for the brethren, and that for strangers,

III John 1:6 Who have given testimony to thy charity in the sight of the church: whom thou shalt do well, to bring forward on their way in a manner worthy of God.

III John 1:7 Because, for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.

Taking nothing of the Gentiles. These ministers and preachers of the gospel, whom St. John recommends, took care, as St. Paul did, not to take any thing of the Gentiles, to whom they preached, lest they should be thought to preach to get money by it. But he puts Gaius in mind, that by assisting such men, he would become a fellow labourer in the gospel, and have a share in their reward. (Witham)
III John 1:8 We, therefore, ought to receive such: that we may be fellow-helpers of the truth.

III John 1:9 I had written perhaps to the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, doth not receive us.

\f + \fr 1:9-10\ft Diotrephes....doth not receive us, nor those we recommend, but prattles and talks against me. We know no more of this man, nor of Demetrius, of whom St. John gives so favourable a character. (Witham) --- It seemeth, saith Ven. Bede, that he was an arch heretic, or proud sect master---upomneso. I will rebuke them, and make them known to be wicked. (Ven. Bede)
III John 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will admonish his works which he doth, prating against us with malicious words: and as if these things were not enough for him, neither doth he himself receive the brethren: and those that do receive them he forbiddeth, and casteth out of the church.

III John 1:11 Dearly beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doth good, is of God: he that doth evil, hath not seen God.

III John 1:12 To Demetrius testimony is given by all, and by the truth itself, yea, and we also give testimony: and thou knowest that our testimony is true.

III John 1:13 I had many things to write unto thee: but I would not by ink and pen write to thee.

III John 1:14 But I hope speedily to see thee, and we will speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Salute the friends by name.

This was a very usual salutation among the Jews, by which they wished every possible blessing might come upon their friends they thus saluted. (Menochius)