Revised English Version

The Third Epistle of John  

3 John  

1The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth. 2Beloved, I pray that all is going well with you and that you are in good health, just as it is well with your soul. 3For I rejoiced greatly when brothers came and testified about you being in the truth, even as you are walking in truth. 4I have no greater joy than this: that I hear my children are walking in the truth. 5Beloved, you are doing a faithful thing whenever you do a work for the brothers, especially when they are strangers. 6They have testified of your love in front of the congregation. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 7They went out on behalf of “The Name,” receiving nothing from the Gentiles. 8Therefore we have an obligation to support people like these in order to be fellow-workers for the truth. 9I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept us. 10Therefore, if I come, I will remind them of his deeds that he does, falsely accusing us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brothers, and he stops those who intend to receive them, and casts them out of the church. 11Beloved, do not imitate that which is evil, but that which is good. The one who does good is of God, the one who does evil has not seen God. 12Demetrius has been testified favorably about by everyone, and by the truth itself, and we also testify on his behalf, and you know that our testimony is true. 13I have many things to write to you, but I do not want to write them to you with ink and pen, 14instead I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. 15Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.