New American Standard Bible
For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
King James Bible
Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
Darby Bible Translation
for for the name have they gone forth, taking nothing of those of the nations.
World English Bible
because for the sake of the Name they went out, taking nothing from the Gentiles.
Young's Literal Translation
because for His name they went forth, nothing receiving from the nations;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Because that for his name's sake - The word "his" here refers to God; and the idea is, that they had undertaken this journey not on their own account, but in the cause of religion.
They went forth - Or, "they have gone forth" - ἐξῆλθον exēlthon - referring to the journey which they had then undertaken; not to the former one.
Taking nothing of the Gentiles - The term "Gentile" embraced all who were not "Jews," and it is evident that these persons went forth particularly to labor among the pagan. When they went, they resolved, it seems, to receive no part of their support from them, but to depend upon the aid of their Christian brethren, and, hence, they were at first commended to the church of which Gaius and Diotrephes were members, and on this second excursion were commended particularly to Gaius. Why they, resolved to take nothing of the Gentiles is not stated, but it was doubtless from prudential considerations, lest it should hinder their success among them, and expose them to the charge of being actuated by a mercenary spirit. There were circumstances in the early propagation of Christianity which made it proper, in order to avoid this reproach, to preach the gospel "without charge," those to whom it is preached to contribute to its maintenance, and that it is the right of those who preach to expect and receive a support. On this subject, see the 1 Corinthians 9 notes, particularly 1 John 1:15, 1 John 1:18 notes.
"But all these things they will do to you for My name's sake, because they do not know the One who sent Me.
So they went on their way from the presence of the Council, rejoicing that they had been considered worthy to suffer shame for His name.
"I have coveted no one's silver or gold or clothes.
"In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,
3 John 1:8
Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.
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