3 For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, just as you are living according to the truth.[a]
4 I have no greater joy than this: to hear[b] that my children are living according to the truth.[c]
3 John 1:3snLiving according to the truth (Grk “walking in [the] truth”). The use of the Greek verb περιπατέω (peripateō) to refer to conduct or lifestyle is common in the NT (see 1 John 1:6, 2 John 4, as well as numerous times in Paul). Here the phrase refers to conduct that results when a person has “truth” residing within, and possibly alludes to the indwelling Spirit of Truth (see 2 John 2). In the specific context of 3 John the phrase refers to true Christians who are holding fast to an apostolic Christology in the face of the secessionist opponents’ challenge to orthodoxy.
3 John 1:4tnGrk “that I hear”; the ἵνα (hina) clause indicates content. This is more smoothly expressed as an English infinitive.
3 John 1:4tnGrk “walking in (the) truth” (see the note on the phrase “living according to the truth” in 3 John 3).
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