Imitate good! (3 John 1:11)

“Beloved!

Do not imitate

What is evil!

Imitate

What is good!

Whoever does good

Is from God.

Whoever does evil

Has not seen God.”

Ἀγαπητέ, μὴ μιμοῦ τὸ κακὸν ἀλλὰ τὸ ἀγαθόν. ὁ ἀγαθοποιῶν ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐστιν· ὁ κακοποιῶν οὐχ ἑώρακεν τὸν Θεόν.

This author said, “Beloved (Ἀγαπητέ)!  Do not imitate (μὴ μιμοῦ) what is evil (τὸ κακὸν)!  Imitate what is good (ἀλλὰ τὸ ἀγαθόν)!  Whoever does good (ὁ ἀγαθοποιῶν) is from God (ἐκ τοῦ Θεοῦ ἐστιν).  Whoever does evil (ὁ κακοποιῶν) had not seen (οὐχ ἑώρακεν) God (τὸν Θεόν).”  This author stressed the dichotomy between good and evil.  Once again, like in I John and 2 John, he called his readers beloved.  They should not imitate evil.  Just the opposite, they should imitate what was good.  Anyone who did good things was from God.  The opposite was also true.  Anyone who did evil had not seen God.  You were either good or bad with nothing in between.  Do you imitate good or bad people?

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