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3 John 1:13

ESV I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink.
NIV I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink.
NASB I had many things to write to you, but I do not want to write to you with pen and ink;
CSB I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
NLT I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to write it with pen and ink.
KJV I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:

What does 3 John 1:13 mean?

John begins a three-verse conclusion to this brief letter. John could have written much more than he did. This is only one of five New Testament books by John, and he likely wrote much material which was not included in the Bible. Yet extensive detail is not John's goal in this particular letter. He appears to focus on encouraging Gaius (3 John 1:1–8), speaking against Diotrephes (3 John 1:9–10), and encouraging Demetrius (3 John 1:11–12). John may have also wanted to say more about Demetrius, a man well known to John but perhaps not well known to Gaius, since John takes time to certify his character. Another reason for the short letter is John's plans to personally visit Gaius. At that time, a feather was dipped into ink in order to write a letter.
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