Greeting

1 The elder, to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

Beloved, I hope1 you are in good health and prospering in every way, even as your soul is prospering. 3 For it gave me great joy when various brothers came and testified to the truth that is in you,2 since you are indeed walking in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my children are walking in the truth!

Gaius Commended for Generosity

5 Beloved, you are displaying3 faithfulness in whatever you do for the brothers (especially those who are unknown to you4), 6 men who have testified about your love before the church here. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God, 7 for they have gone forth on behalf of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8 Therefore, we ought to support such men, so that we may become co-laborers for5 the truth.

Diotrephes and Demetrius

9 I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, will not acknowledge our authority.6 10 For this reason, if I come, I will remind the people of the deeds he keeps on doing,7 slandering8 us with wicked words. Moreover, not being content with such things, he himself refuses to welcome the brothers, and he forbids it to those who would like to do so, throwing them out of the church!

11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does what is good is from God; he who does what is evil has not seen God.

12 Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone—indeed, from the truth itself! And we as well so testify, and you know that our testimony is true.

Farewell Greeting

13 I have many things to write to you, but I do not want to write you with pen and ink; 14 instead, I hope to see you shortly, and then we shall speak face to face.

Peace be with you. The friends greet you. Greet all the friends by name.

Notes

  1. Lit. wish, pray
  2. Lit. testified to the truth of you
  3. Lit. doing faithfully
  4. Lit. strangers, aliens
  5. Or in, with
  6. Lit. receive (or pay attention to) us
  7. Lit. of his works that he does
  8. Or unjustly accusing