Jove-nourished, rebuked by John for his pride (3 John 1:9). He was a Judaizer, prating against John and his fellow-labourers "with malicious words" (7).
This letter, the author fears, will never reach its destination if diotrephes has his way.
For the present, the influence of diotrephes was too strong.
I wrote somewhat unto the church: but diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, receiveth us not.
An example of this is to be found in diotrephes, who exalted himself above his ministerial associates.
I wrote somewhat unto the Church: but diotrephes who loveth to have primacy over them receiveth us not.
A native of this city was diotrephes, a celebrated sophist; his disciple was Hybreas, the greatest orator of our times.
Gaius had received them while diotrephes had opposed their reception.
I had written perhaps to the church: but diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, doth not receive us.
I wrote unto the Church: but diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, receiveth us not.
A contrast to diotrephes is found in Demetrius, with the threefold witness to a life so worthy of imitation.