III John

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III John is a book of the Bible. It was written by John between A.D. 85 and A.D. 95.[1] It was written to John's friend Gaius. It is the second shortest book in the Bible, with only 14 verses. John wrote this book to:

  • Greet Gaius.
  • Thank Gaius for his good work.
  • Tell that Diotrephes was living badly.
  • Tell all Christians to be like other good people.

Language and Style

Like the rest of the New Testament, III John is written in Koine Greek. It was originally written as a letter. John only addresses himself as "the elder", because when he wrote III John church leaders were called elders. As in II John, he writes that he does not want to write all he wants to tell in a letter. This may explain the small size of III John.

See also

Third Epistle of John (Translated)


  1. The Holy Bible, Today's New International Version, Zondervan (2007)