3 John 1:9
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English Standard Version
I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.

King James Bible
I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

American Standard Version
I wrote somewhat unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I had written perhaps to the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, doth not receive us.

English Revised Version
I wrote somewhat unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.

Webster's Bible Translation
I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, receiveth us not.

Weymouth New Testament
I wrote to the Church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the first place among them, refuses to listen to us.

3 John 1:9 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

I wrote unto the Church

The best texts insert τι somewhat, which indicates that the apostle did not regard the communication as specially important.

Diotrephes (Διοτρεφὴς)

The name is from Δίος of Zeus (Jove), and τρέφω to nourish, and means Jove-nursed.

Who loveth to have the pre-eminence (ὁ φιλοπρωτεύων)

From the adjective φιλόπρωτος fond of being first. The word occurs here only.

3 John 1:9 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

who loveth. [Ho Philoproteuon] 'who loveth the presidency,' or chief place, doubtless in the church, of which Diotrephes was most probably an officer; and being one, magnified himself in his office: he loved such pre-eminence, and behaved haughtily in it.

Matthew 20:20-28 Then came to him the mother of Zebedees children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him...

Matthew 23:4-8 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders...

Mark 9:34 But they held their peace: for by the way they had disputed among themselves, who should be the greatest.

Mark 10:35-45 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, come to him, saying, Master, we would that you should do for us whatever we shall desire...

Luke 22:24-27 And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest...

Romans 12:10 Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honor preferring one another;

Philippians 2:3-5 Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves...

Titus 1:7-16 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker...

receiveth. See on ver.

3 John 1:8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers to the truth.

Matthew 10:40-42 He that receives you receives me, and he that receives me receives him that sent me...

Mark 9:37 Whoever shall receive one of such children in my name, receives me: and whoever shall receive me, receives not me...

Luke 9:48 And said to them, Whoever shall receive this child in my name receives me: and whoever shall receive me receives him that sent me...

Cross References
Matthew 7:8
For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.

Colossians 1:18
And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent.

2 John 1:9
Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.

3 John 1:8
Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

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