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3 John 1:3

ESV For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.
NIV It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.
NASB For I was overjoyed when brothers came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth.
CSB I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in truth.
NLT Some of the traveling teachers recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living according to the truth.
KJV For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

What does 3 John 1:3 mean?

"Truth" is mentioned first in verse 1, then twice more here. First, John rejoices about truth: believers who had visited Gaius and his congregation spoke well of the situation in this church. Second, John states Gaius walked in truth. This is from the Greek word alētheia, meaning "actual, real, and objectively accurate." Gaius was an example to those he led. John observed that his church members followed the model set before them by Gaius. Truth is not something only to know, but something we "walk" or practice. The importance of a good example is a major theme of 3 John, and a common one for the apostle John's writings. He shares very similar words in 2 John 1:1–4 and mentions truth nine times in 1 John. The gospel of John mentions truth more than 20 times.
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