The Book of 3rd John

The Third Epistle of John

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(3 John) The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

{2} Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. {3} For I was very glad when brethren came and bore witness to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth. {4} I have no greater joy than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.

{5} Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and especially when they are strangers; {6} and they bear witness to your love before the church; and you will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. {7} For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. {8} Therefore we ought to support such men, that we may be fellow workers with the truth.

{9} I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say. {10} For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, neither does he himself receive the brethren, and he forbids those who desire to do so, and puts them out of the church. {11} Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God. {12} Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself; and we also bear witness, and you know that our witness is true.

{13} I had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink; {14} but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face.

Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.