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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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3 John 1:3

I rejoiced greatly (exarhn lian).
As in 2 John 1:4; Philippians 4:10, not epistolary aorist, but reference to his emotions at the good tidings about Gaius.

When brethren came (erxomenwn adelpwn).
Genitive absolute with present middle participle of erxomai, and so with marturountwn (bare witness, present active participle of marturew). Present participle here denotes repetition, from time to time.

To the truth (thi alhteiai).
Dative case. "As always in the Johannine writings, 'truth' covers every sphere of life, moral, intellectual, spiritual" (Brooke).

Even as thou walkest in truth (katwv su en alhteiai peripateiv).
"Thou" in contrast to Diotrephes (verse 9) and others like him. On peripatew see 1 John 1:6 and on en alhteiai see 2 John 1:4.


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The Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. Copyright © Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board)

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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on 3 John 1:3". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.


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