3 John 1:4
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New American Standard Bible
I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.

King James Bible
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Darby Bible Translation
I have no greater joy than these things that I hear of my children walking in the truth.

World English Bible
I have no greater joy than this, to hear about my children walking in truth.

Young's Literal Translation
greater than these things I have no joy, that I may hear of my children in truth walking.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth - That they adhere steadfastly to the truth, and that they live in accordance with it. This is such language as would be used by an aged apostle when speaking of those who had been converted by his instrumentality, and who looked up to him as a father; and we may, therefore, infer that Gaius had been converted under the ministry of John, and that he was probably a much younger man than he was. John, the aged apostle, says that he had no higher happiness than to learn, respecting those who regarded him as their spiritual father, that they were steadfast in their adherence to the doctrines of religion. The same thing may be:

(a) of all the ministers of the gospel, that their highest comfort is found in the fact that those to whom they minister, whether still under their care or removed from them, persevere in a steadfast attachment to the true doctrines of religion, and live accordingly; and,

(b) of all Christian parents respecting their own children. the highest joy that a Christian parent can have is to know that his children, whether at home or abroad, adhere to the truths of religion, and live in accordance with the requirements of the gospel of Christ.

If a child wished to confer the highest possible happiness upon his parents when with them, it would be by becoming a decided Christian; if, when abroad, in foreign lands or his own, he wished to convey intelligence to them that would most thrill their hearts with joy, it would be to announce to them that he had given his heart to God. There is no joy in a family like that when children are converted; there is no news that comes from abroad that diffuses so much happiness through the domestic circle as the intelligence that a child is truly converted to the Saviour. There is nothing that would give more peace to the dying pillow of the Christian parent, than to be able to leave the world with the assurance that his children would always walk in truth.

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1 Corinthians 4:14
I do not write these things to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children.

2 Corinthians 6:13
Now in a like exchange-- I speak as to children-- open wide to us also.

Galatians 4:19
My children, with whom I am again in labor until Christ is formed in you--

1 Thessalonians 2:11
just as you know how we were exhorting and encouraging and imploring each one of you as a father would his own children,

1 Timothy 1:2
To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

2 Timothy 1:2
To Timothy, my beloved son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

Philemon 1:10
I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment,

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