4/5/13

From Gary... The Composite Bible




Today, with so many translations available to the English reader, you really have to ask yourself: 

" What Bible translation should I use"

My answer to this question is to find a literal translation and then progressively compare it to more literal translations.  This forces you to think of not only the general meaning of the text, but the differences between the words as well.  Listed below is the book of 3rd John; as you read, I think you will see the benefit of what I am saying.

Note: The completed work can be found on compositebible.com.  There are a variety of PDF Bible combinations to choose from or you can read online if you prefer or download one or more of the four Microsoft Access Database programs (a free runtime edition of MS Access is available).

Enjoy your study!!!







The Composite Bible
The World English Bible
Darby's Translation
Young's Literal Translation
3 John
3 John 1 1
The elder to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth.
The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
The Elder to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth!

3 John 1 2
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers.
Beloved, I desire that in all things thou shouldest prosper and be in health, even as thy
soul prospers.
beloved, concerning all things I desire thee to prosper, and to be in health, even
as thy soul doth prosper,

3 John 1 3
For I rejoiced greatly, when brothers came and testified about your truth, even as you walk in
truth.
For I rejoiced exceedingly when [the] brethren came and bore testimony to thy [holding
fast the] truth, even as *thou* walkest in truth.
for I rejoiced exceedingly, brethren coming and testifying of the truth in thee,
even as thou in truth dost walk;

3 John 1 4
I have no greater joy than this, to hear about my children walking in truth.
I have no greater joy than these things that I hear of my children walking in the truth.
greater than these things I have no joy, that I may hear of my children in truth
walking.

3 John 1 5
Beloved, you do a faithful work in whatever you accomplish for those who are brothers and
strangers.
Beloved, thou doest faithfully [in] whatever thou mayest have wrought towards the
brethren and that strangers,
Beloved, faithfully dost thou do whatever thou mayest work to the brethren and to
the strangers,

3 John 1 6
They have testified about your love before the assembly. You will do well to send them forward
on their journey in a manner worthy of God,
(who have witnessed of thy love before [the] assembly,) in setting forward whom on their
journey worthily of God, thou wilt do well;
who did testify of thy love before an assembly, whom thou wilt do well, having
sent forward worthily of God,

3 John 1 7
because for the sake of the Name they went out, taking nothing from the Gentiles.
for for the name have they gone forth, taking nothing of those of the nations.
because for [His] name they went forth, nothing receiving from the nations;

3 John 1 8
We therefore ought to receive such, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
*We* therefore ought to receive such, that we may be fellow-workers with the truth.
we, then, ought to receive such, that fellow-workers we may become to the truth.

3 John 1 9
I wrote to the assembly, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, doesn`t accept what
we say.
I wrote something to the assembly; but Diotrephes, who loves to have the first place
among them, receives us not.
I did write to the assembly, but he who is loving the first place among them --
Diotrephes -- doth not receive us;

3 John 1 10
Therefore, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with
wicked words. Not content with this, neither does he himself receive the brothers, and those
who would, he forbids and throws out of the assembly.
For this reason, if I come, I will bring to remembrance his works which he does, babbling
against us with wicked words; and not content with these, neither does he himself
receive the brethren; and those who would he prevents, and casts [them] out of the
because of this, if I may come, I will cause him to remember his works that he
doth, with evil words prating against us; and not content with these, neither doth
he himself receive the brethren, and those intending he doth forbid, and out of
the assembly he doth cast.

3 John 1 11
Beloved, don`t imitate that which is evil, but that which is good. He who does good is of God. He
who does evil hasn`t seen God.
Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He that does good is of God. He that
does evil has not seen God.
Beloved, be not thou following that which is evil, but that which is good; he who
is doing good, of God he is, and he who is doing evil hath not seen God;

3 John 1 12
Demetrius has the testimony of all, and of the truth itself; yes, we also testify, and you know that
our testimony is true.
Demetrius has witness borne to him by all, and by the truth itself; and *we* also bear
witness, and thou knowest that our witness is true.
to Demetrius testimony hath been given by all, and by the truth itself, and we also
-- we do testify, and ye have known that our testimony is true.

3 John 1 13
I had many things to write to you, but I am unwilling to write to you with ink and pen;
I had many things to write to thee, but I will not with ink and pen write to thee;
Many things I had to write, but I do not wish through ink and pen to write to thee,

3 John 1 14
but I hope to see you soon, and we will speak face to face. Peace be to you. The friends greet you.
Greet the friends by name.
but I hope soon to see thee, and we will speak mouth to mouth. Peace [be] to thee. The
friends greet thee. Greet the friends by name.
and I hope straightway to see thee, and mouth to mouth we shall speak. Peace to
thee! salute thee do the friends; be saluting the friends by name.

Failure or success?


Interesting list of "failures".  However, for a brief period of time, some people actually thought these now famous people were of no consequence.  When others find fault with you and criticize you and put you down, they hurt you.  We all have moments like this in our lives, but its what we do with the disappointment, the hurt and that gnawing feeling of "being lost" that is important.  I look at this picture and wonder what those who hurt them are thinking now?  Which, in turn, makes me wonder what the Jews who contested with the apostle Paul must have felt like- say after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.?  Here is how Paul thought about his "Past".  See if you can relate?

Philippians, Chapter 3

 1 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not tiresome, but for you it is safe. 2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision.  3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh;  4 though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If any other man thinks that he has confidence in the flesh, I yet more:  5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee;  6 concerning zeal, persecuting the assembly; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless. 

  7  However, what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ.  8 Yes most certainly, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ  9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;  10 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed to his death;  11 if by any means I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.  12 Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect; but I press on, if it is so that I may take hold of that for which also I was taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 

  13  Brothers, I don’t regard myself as yet having taken hold, but one thing I do. Forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are before,  14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, think this way. If in anything you think otherwise, God will also reveal that to you.  16 Nevertheless, to the extent that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule. Let us be of the same mind. 17 Brothers, be imitators together of me, and note those who walk this way, even as you have us for an example.  18 For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, as the enemies of the cross of Christ,  19 whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who think about earthly things.  20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from where we also wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;  21 who will change the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working by which he is able even to subject all things to himself. 


Everyone wants to be a success in life.  This is subtly (and sometimes no-so-subtly) ingrained in us from childhood.  What if we fail to live up to the expectations of others??? What then???  The elite of the pharisees who knew Paul before he knew Jesus, must have looked at him in disappointment and dismay as he preached the risen Christ.  After all, to them, Paul was a somebody, and now - a failure.  But what others think of you is no so important as what you think of yourself - and, WHAT GOD THINKS OF YOU!!!!  Even if you have failed in this world, if you are a faithful Christian, you will succeed beyond your wildest dreams.  And, I might add- you will succeed FOREVER.  And FOREVER is a very, very, very LONG TIME!!!!!

Bible Reading, Apr. 5




Apr. 5
Numbers 1, 2

Num 1:1 Yahweh spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the Tent of Meeting, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying,
Num 1:2 "Take a census of all the congregation of the children of Israel, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names, every male, one by one;
Num 1:3 from twenty years old and upward, all who are able to go out to war in Israel. You and Aaron shall number them by their divisions.
Num 1:4 With you there shall be a man of every tribe; everyone head of his fathers' house.
Num 1:5 These are the names of the men who shall stand with you: Of Reuben: Elizur the son of Shedeur.
Num 1:6 Of Simeon: Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.
Num 1:7 Of Judah: Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
Num 1:8 Of Issachar: Nethanel the son of Zuar.
Num 1:9 Of Zebulun: Eliab the son of Helon.
Num 1:10 Of the children of Joseph: Of Ephraim: Elishama the son of Ammihud. Of Manasseh: Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.
Num 1:11 Of Benjamin: Abidan the son of Gideoni.
Num 1:12 Of Dan: Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.
Num 1:13 Of Asher: Pagiel the son of Ochran.
Num 1:14 Of Gad: Eliasaph the son of Deuel.
Num 1:15 Of Naphtali: Ahira the son of Enan."
Num 1:16 These are those who were called of the congregation, the princes of the tribes of their fathers; they were the heads of the thousands of Israel.
Num 1:17 Moses and Aaron took these men who are mentioned by name.
Num 1:18 They assembled all the congregation together on the first day of the second month; and they declared their ancestry by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, one by one.
Num 1:19 As Yahweh commanded Moses, so he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai.
Num 1:20 The children of Reuben, Israel's firstborn, their generations, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names, one by one, every male from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go out to war;
Num 1:21 those who were numbered of them, of the tribe of Reuben, were forty-six thousand five hundred.
Num 1:22 Of the children of Simeon, their generations, by their families, by their fathers' houses, those who were numbered of it, according to the number of the names, one by one, every male from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go out to war;
Num 1:23 those who were numbered of them, of the tribe of Simeon, were fifty-nine thousand three hundred.
Num 1:24 Of the children of Gad, their generations, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go out to war;
Num 1:25 those who were numbered of them, of the tribe of Gad, were forty-five thousand six hundred fifty.
Num 1:26 Of the children of Judah, their generations, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go out to war;
Num 1:27 those who were numbered of them, of the tribe of Judah, were sixty-four thousand six hundred.
Num 1:28 Of the children of Issachar, their generations, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go out to war;
Num 1:29 those who were numbered of them, of the tribe of Issachar, were fifty-four thousand four hundred.
Num 1:30 Of the children of Zebulun, their generations, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go out to war;
Num 1:31 those who were numbered of them, of the tribe of Zebulun, were fifty-seven thousand four hundred.
Num 1:32 Of the children of Joseph, of the children of Ephraim, their generations, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go out to war;
Num 1:33 those who were numbered of them, of the tribe of Ephraim, were forty thousand five hundred.
Num 1:34 Of the children of Manasseh, their generations, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go out to war;
Num 1:35 those who were numbered of them, of the tribe of Manasseh, were thirty-two thousand two hundred.
Num 1:36 Of the children of Benjamin, their generations, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go out to war;
Num 1:37 those who were numbered of them, of the tribe of Benjamin, were thirty-five thousand four hundred.
Num 1:38 Of the children of Dan, their generations, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go forth to war;
Num 1:39 those who were numbered of them, of the tribe of Dan, were sixty-two thousand seven hundred.
Num 1:40 Of the children of Asher, their generations, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go forth to war;
Num 1:41 those who were numbered of them, of the tribe of Asher, were forty-one thousand five hundred.
Num 1:42 Of the children of Naphtali, their generations, by their families, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go forth to war;
Num 1:43 those who were numbered of them, of the tribe of Naphtali, were fifty-three thousand four hundred.
Num 1:44 These are those who were numbered, whom Moses and Aaron numbered, and the princes of Israel, being twelve men: they were each one for his fathers' house.
Num 1:45 So all those who were numbered of the children of Israel by their fathers' houses, from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go out to war in Israel;
Num 1:46 even all those who were numbered were six hundred three thousand five hundred fifty.
Num 1:47 But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.
Num 1:48 For Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 1:49 "Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number, neither shall you take a census of them among the children of Israel;
Num 1:50 but appoint the Levites over the Tabernacle of the Testimony, and over all its furnishings, and over all that belongs to it. They shall carry the tabernacle, and all its furnishings; and they shall take care of it, and shall encamp around it.
Num 1:51 When the tabernacle is to move, the Levites shall take it down; and when the tabernacle is to be set up, the Levites shall set it up. The stranger who comes near shall be put to death.
Num 1:52 The children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, according to their divisions.
Num 1:53 But the Levites shall encamp around the Tabernacle of the Testimony, that there may be no wrath on the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall be responsible for the Tabernacle of the Testimony."
Num 1:54 Thus the children of Israel did. According to all that Yahweh commanded Moses, so they did.
Num 2:1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
Num 2:2 "The children of Israel shall encamp every man by his own standard, with the banners of their fathers' houses: at a distance from the Tent of Meeting shall they encamp around it."
Num 2:3 Those who encamp on the east side toward the sunrise shall be of the standard of the camp of Judah, according to their divisions: and the prince of the children of Judah shall be Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
Num 2:4 His division, and those who were numbered of them, were seventy-four thousand six hundred.
Num 2:5 Those who encamp next to him shall be the tribe of Issachar: and the prince of the children of Issachar shall be Nethanel the son of Zuar.
Num 2:6 His division, and those who were numbered of it, were fifty-four thousand four hundred.
Num 2:7 The tribe of Zebulun: and the prince of the children of Zebulun shall be Eliab the son of Helon.
Num 2:8 His division, and those who were numbered of it, were fifty-seven thousand four hundred.
Num 2:9 All who were numbered of the camp of Judah were one hundred eighty-six thousand four hundred, according to their divisions. They shall set out first.
Num 2:10 "On the south side shall be the standard of the camp of Reuben according to their divisions. The prince of the children of Reuben shall be Elizur the son of Shedeur.
Num 2:11 His division, and those who were numbered of it, were forty-six thousand five hundred.
Num 2:12 "Those who encamp next to him shall be the tribe of Simeon. The prince of the children of Simeon shall be Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.
Num 2:13 His division, and those who were numbered of them, were fifty-nine thousand three hundred.
Num 2:14 "The tribe of Gad: and the prince of the children of Gad shall be Eliasaph the son of Reuel.
Num 2:15 His division, and those who were numbered of them, were forty-five thousand six hundred fifty.
Num 2:16 "All who were numbered of the camp of Reuben were one hundred fifty-one thousand four hundred fifty, according to their armies. They shall set out second.
Num 2:17 "Then the Tent of Meeting shall set out, with the camp of the Levites in the midst of the camps. As they encamp, so shall they set out, every man in his place, by their standards.
Num 2:18 "On the west side shall be the standard of the camp of Ephraim according to their divisions: and the prince of the children of Ephraim shall be Elishama the son of Ammihud.
Num 2:19 His division, and those who were numbered of them, were forty thousand five hundred.
Num 2:20 "Next to him shall be the tribe of Manasseh: and the prince of the children of Manasseh shall be Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.
Num 2:21 His division, and those who were numbered of them, were thirty-two thousand two hundred.
Num 2:22 "The tribe of Benjamin: and the prince of the children of Benjamin shall be Abidan the son of Gideoni.
Num 2:23 His army, and those who were numbered of them, were thirty-five thousand four hundred.
Num 2:24 "All who were numbered of the camp of Ephraim were one hundred eight thousand one hundred, according to their divisions. They shall set out third.
Num 2:25 "On the north side shall be the standard of the camp of Dan according to their divisions: and the prince of the children of Dan shall be Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.
Num 2:26 His division, and those who were numbered of them, were sixty-two thousand seven hundred.
Num 2:27 "Those who encamp next to him shall be the tribe of Asher: and the prince of the children of Asher shall be Pagiel the son of Ochran.
Num 2:28 His division, and those who were numbered of them, were forty-one thousand and five hundred.
Num 2:29 "The tribe of Naphtali: and the prince of the children of Naphtali shall be Ahira the son of Enan.
Num 2:30 His division, and those who were numbered of them, were fifty-three thousand four hundred.
Num 2:31 "All who were numbered of the camp of Dan were one hundred fifty-seven thousand six hundred. They shall set out last by their standards."
Num 2:32 These are those who were numbered of the children of Israel by their fathers' houses. All who were numbered of the camps according to their armies were six hundred three thousand five hundred fifty.
Num 2:33 But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel; as Yahweh commanded Moses.
Num 2:34 Thus the children of Israel did. According to all that Yahweh commanded Moses, so they encamped by their standards, and so they set out, everyone by their families, according to their fathers' houses. 

From G.V.W. ... WILL OF MAN versus WILL OF GOD



WILL OF MAN versus WILL OF GOD

WILL - (Webster) "The act or process of volition; specifically, a) wish; desire; longing. b) inclination, disposition; pleasure. c) appetite, lust." Also, "Strong purpose, intention, or determination." Also, "The power of conscious and deliberate action or choice.

That which has to do with the will involves the issue of choice. The will is that which is exercised in the making of choices.

Joshua called upon the Israelites to make a choice - to follow the religious traditions of their idolatrous ancestors, or to follow the God of heaven.

Josh. 24:14-17 Their choice was a matter of an 
                         expression of their will.

Direction in life is not initially a matter of our will - due to the fact that we inherently lack
the knowledge necessary to point us in the right direction. Therefore, that direction must come from a source outside of ourselves.

Jer. 10:23 "O Lord, I know the way of man is not in  
                  himself; It is not in man who walks to 
                  direct his own steps."

The reason we are not capable of directing ourselves in the right direction is because God's ways are beyond our ability to know within ourselves.

Isa. 55:8-9 "'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, 
                   nor are your ways My ways,' says the 
                   Lord. (9) For as the heavens are higher 
                   than the earth, So are My ways higher 
                   than your ways, and My thoughts than 
                   your thoughts."

Because we must rely on a source outside of ourselves, it becomes critical that we carefully consider what we hear and how we choose. Satan uses deception
to misdirect our way.

Prov. 14:12 "There is a way that seems right to a 
                     man, but its end is the way of death."

Mt. 7:13-20 There are two directions in life for us 
                   to choose from. The choice is a 
                   matter of our will verses God's will.

Mt. 7:21-29 The outcome of our choice has 
                   eternal consequences.

Notice - In doing the will of the Father, we act upon His authority - and this is the condition of entrance into His kingdom.

Mt. 21:23-31 Jesus' authority being questioned 
                    prompted this parable which 
                    teaches us of the conflict that goes 
                    on between our will and God's will.

That which is according to God's will is the authority upon which we must act."

Jas. 4:13-17 In daily activities we are to submit 
                    our will - otherwise we will become
                    indifferent, arrogant, & disobedient 
                    which is sin.

"The greatest thing we will do in life is surrender our will to God's will.Because our choices have eternal consequences, it is imperative that we give thought to the choices that we make. There is grave danger in acting impulsively

- where we react rather than choose.

Eccl. 5:2 "Do not be rash with your mouth, and let 
                not your heart utter anything hastily 
                before God. For God is in heaven, and 
                you on earth; Therefore let your words be 
                few."

How do we bring such impulsiveness under control?

Gal. 5:16-25 By being led by the Spirit through 
                    His word, we can avoid fulfilling the 
                    will of the flesh. NOTICE - in vs. 20 
                    "outbursts of wrath" which refers to 
                    a rash, impulsive reaction.

WRATH - [thumos] as used in Gal. 5:20 - "To be distinguished from orge. (See Jas. 1:19-20 where orge is used rather than thumos) Thumos ..."is a more agitated condition of the feelings, an outburst of wrath from inward indignation."

Jas. 1:19-20 "So then, my beloved brethren, let 
                    every man be swift to hear, slow to 
                    speak, slow to wrath; (20) for the wrath 
                    of man does not produce the 
                    righteousness of God."

WRATH - [orge] "Originally any natural impulse, or desire, or disposition, came to signify anger, as the strongest of all passions...frequently with a view to taking revenge."

This kind of anger is one that is slower to boil over - giving rise to a calculated response that is often expressed in a vengeful act. However, to choose this kind of response is to take upon ourselves that which belongs to God.

Rom. 12:17-ff Instead of vengeance - overcome 
                      evil with good.

Mt. 5:38-42 Love your enemies and do good to 
                   them.




"The greatest thing we will do in life is surrender our will to God's will."