3 John 1:6
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New International Version
They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God.

King James Bible
Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:

Darby Bible Translation
(who have witnessed of thy love before [the] assembly,) in setting forward whom on their journey worthily of God, thou wilt do well;

World English Bible
They have testified about your love before the assembly. You will do well to send them forward on their journey in a way worthy of God,

Young's Literal Translation
who did testify of thy love before an assembly, whom thou wilt do well, having sent forward worthily of God,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Which have borne witness of thy charity - Of thy love and benevolence.

Before the Church - The believers at Ephesus; for to this Church the apostle seems to refer.

Whom if thou bring forward - If thou continue to assist such, as thou hast done, thou shalt do well.

The brethren of whom St. John speaks might have been apostles; the strangers, assistants to these apostles, as John Mark was to Barnabas. Both were itinerant evangelists.

After a godly sort - Αξιως του Θεου· Worthy of God; and in such a way as he can approve. Let all Churches, all congregations of Christians, from whom their ministers and preachers can claim nothing by law, and for whom the state makes no provision, lay this to heart; let them ask themselves, Do we deal with these in a manner worthy of God, and worthy of the profession we make? Do we suffer them to lack the bread that perisheth, while they minister to us with no sparing hand the bread of life? Let a certain class of religious people, who will find themselves out when they read this note, consider whether, when their preachers have ministered to them their certain or stated time, and are called to go and serve other Churches, they send them forth in a manner worthy of God, making a reasonable provision for the journey which they are obliged to take. In the itinerant ministry of the apostles it appears that each Church bore the expenses of the apostle to the next Church or district to which he was going to preach the word of life. So it should be still in the mission and itinerant ministry.

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have borne witness of thy charity.

3 John 1:12 Demetrius has good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yes, and we also bear record; and you know that our record is true.

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

whom.

Acts 15:3 And being brought on their way by the church, they passed through Phenice and Samaria, declaring the conversion of the Gentiles...

Acts 21:5 And when we had accomplished those days, we departed and went our way; and they all brought us on our way, with wives and children...

Romans 15:24 Whenever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey...

2 Corinthians 1:16 And to pass by you into Macedonia, and to come again out of Macedonia to you, and of you to be brought on my way toward Judaea.

Titus 3:13 Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting to them.

after a godly sort. or, worthy of God. This is a literal and proper rendering of the original [axios tou theos ;] by which the antecedent to the possessive pronoun his, in the next verse, becomes immediately apparent. 'In a manner worthy of God, and of your relations and obligations to Him, and such as He can approve.'

1 Thessalonians 2:12 That you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory.

do well.

Genesis 4:7 If you do well, shall you not be accepted? and if you do not well, sin lies at the door. And to you shall be his desire...

Jonah 4:4 Then said the LORD, Do you well to be angry?

Matthew 25:21-23 His lord said to him, Well done, you good and faithful servant: you have been faithful over a few things...

Acts 15:29 That you abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication...

Philippians 4:14 Notwithstanding you have well done, that you did communicate with my affliction.

1 Peter 2:20 For what glory is it, if, when you be buffeted for your faults, you shall take it patiently? but if, when you do well...

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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
Acts 15:3
The church sent them on their way, and as they traveled through Phoenicia and Samaria, they told how the Gentiles had been converted. This news made all the believers very glad.

Colossians 1:10
so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God,

1 Thessalonians 2:12
encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.

Titus 3:13
Do everything you can to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way and see that they have everything they need.

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