New International Version
I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us.
King James Bible
I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
Darby Bible Translation
I wrote something to the assembly; but Diotrephes, who loves to have the first place among them, receives us not.
World English Bible
I wrote to the assembly, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, doesn't accept what we say.
Young's Literal Translation
I did write to the assembly, but he who is loving the first place among them -- Diotrephes -- doth not receive us;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
I wrote unto the Church - The Church where Caius was; but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence, φιλοπρωτευων, who loves the presidency, or chief place in the Church. He was doubtless an officer in the Church, at least a deacon, probably a bishop; and, being one, he magnified himself in his office; he loved such eminence, and behaved himself haughtily in it.
Receiveth us not - Does not acknowledge the apostolical authority. As some MSS. supply αν after εγραψα, and several judicious critics believe it is implied, the translation will run thus: I would have written to the Church to receive these men kindly, but Diotrephes, who affects the presidency; and into whose hands, if I wrote to the Church, my letter must come, receiveth us not - would not acknowledge my authority to interfere with any of the matters of his Church; and therefore I have written unto thee, whose love to the brethren and general hospitality are well known, that thou wouldst receive those strangers and persecuted followers of our common Lord.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
who loveth. [Ho Philoproteuon] 'who loveth the presidency,' or chief place, doubtless in the church, of which Diotrephes was most probably an officer; and being one, magnified himself in his office: he loved such pre-eminence, and behaved haughtily in it.
receiveth. See on ver.
LibraryThe 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
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.
2 John 1:9
Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.
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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