3 John 1:2
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New International Version
Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

King James Bible
Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

Darby Bible Translation
Beloved, I desire that in all things thou shouldest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers.

World English Bible
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers.

Young's Literal Translation
beloved, concerning all things I desire thee to prosper, and to be in health, even as thy soul doth prosper,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

I wish above all things - Περι παντων ευχομαι· Above all things I pray that thou mayest prosper, and be in health, και ὑγιαινειν· to which one MS. adds εν αληθεια, which gives it a different meaning, viz., that thou mayest be sound in the truth. The prayer of St. John for Caius includes three particulars:

1. Health of body;

2. Health of soul; and

3. Prosperity in secular affairs. That thou mayest Prosper and be in Health, as thy Soul Prospereth. These three things, so necessary to the comfort of life, every Christian may in a certain measure expect, and for them every Christian is authorized to pray; and we should have more of all three if we devoutly prayed for them.

It appears from the last clause that the soul of Caius was in a very prosperous state.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

wish. or, pray. above.

James 5:12 But above all things, my brothers, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath...

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.


Psalm 20:1-5 The LORD hear you in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend you...

Philippians 2:4,27 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others...


3 John 1:3-6 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brothers came and testified of the truth that is in you, even as you walk in the truth...

Colossians 1:4-6 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have to all the saints...

1 Thessalonians 1:3-10 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ...

1 Thessalonians 2:13,14,19,20 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard of us...

1 Thessalonians 3:6-9 But now when Timotheus came from you to us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity...

2 Thessalonians 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brothers, as it is meet, because that your faith grows exceedingly...

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved of the Lord...

Philemon 1:5-7 Hearing of your love and faith, which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints...

2 Peter 1:3-9 According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness...

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Revelation 2:9 I know your works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but you are rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews...

The Books of the New Testament
[Sidenote: The Author.] The author describes himself as "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ" (i. 1). Few books of the New Testament are so well attested as this Epistle. The external evidence for its authenticity is strong, and stronger than that for any other Catholic Epistle except 1 John. It seems to be quoted in Didache, i. 4. The letter of Polycarp written about A.D. 110 shows a complete familiarity with 1 Peter. He evidently regarded it as a letter of the highest authority. His contemporary
Leighton Pullan—The Books of the New Testament

Cross References
Matthew 9:12
On hearing this, Jesus said, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

3 John 1:1
The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

3 John 1:3
It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.

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