3 John 1:7
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New International Version
It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans.

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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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For his name's sake they went forth - For the sake of preaching the Gospel of the grace of God, and making known Jesus to the heathen.

Taking nothing of the Gentiles - Receiving no emolument for their labor, but in every respect showing themselves to be truly disinterested. Sometimes, and on some special occasions, this may be necessary; but the laborer is worthy of his hire is the maxim of the author of Christianity. And those congregations of Christians are ever found to prize the Gospel most, and profit most by it, who bear all expenses incident to it, and vice versa.

But some construe εξηλθον, they went out, with απο των εθνων, from the Gentiles, or rather by the Gentiles, and give the passage this sense: They went out, i.e., were driven out by the Gentiles, taking nothing with them, i.e., leaving all their property behind, so that they were in a state of great destitution. A curious reading here, εθνικων, heathenish men, for εθνων, Gentiles, which latter might imply those who were converted from among the Gentiles, while the sense of the other term seems to be restrained to those who were still unconverted, may seem to strengthen the above interpretation; and although the construction seems rather harsh, yet it is not, on the whole, unlikely. The reading above referred to is that of the most ancient and reputable MSS. That to be driven out or expelled is one scriptural meaning of the verb εξερχομαι, see Matthew 8:32 : And when they were come out, οἱ δε εξελθοντεσς, and when they were Driven Out. Matthew 12:43 : When the unclean spirit is gone out, εξελθη, is Driven Out. See Mark 5:13, Mark 7:29 : The devil is gone out of thy daughter, εξεληλυθε, is Expelled. Mark 9:29 : This kind can come forth by nothing εν ουδενι δυναται εξελθειν, can be Driven Out by nothing, but by prayer and fasting. Luke 8:2 : Mary Magdalene; out of whom went, αφ' ἡς δαιμονια ἑπτα εξεληλυθει, out of whom were Cast, seven demons. See also 1 John 2:19; Revelation 3:12; and Schleusner, in voc. εξερχομαι.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Acts 8:4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

Acts 9:16 For I will show him how great things he must suffer for my name's sake.

2 Corinthians 4:5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.

Colossians 1:24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake...

Revelation 2:3 And have borne, and have patience, and for my name's sake have labored, and have not fainted.


2 Kings 5:15,16,20-27 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him: and he said, Behold...

1 Corinthians 9:12-15,18 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things...

2 Corinthians 11:7-9 Have I committed an offense in abasing myself that you might be exalted, because I have preached to you the gospel of God freely...

2 Corinthians 12:13 For what is it wherein you were inferior to other churches, except it be that I myself was not burdensome to you?...

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
John 15:21
They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.

Acts 5:41
The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.

Acts 20:33
I have not coveted anyone's silver or gold or clothing.

Acts 20:35
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "

Philippians 2:9
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name,

3 John 1:8
We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.

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