Greeting1 The Elder: aTo my dear friend ▼
▼Or my belovedGaius: I love you in the truth. c 2Dear friend, ▼ I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically e just as you are spiritually. ▼
▼Lit as your soul prospers3 For I was very glad when some ▼
▼brother(s): The Greek word adelphoi can be used as a reference to males only or to groups that include males and females. It is the context of each usage that determines the proper meaning.brothers came and testified h to your faithfulness to the truth – how you are ▼
▼walk: A term often used in a figurative way to mean "way of life" or "behavior"walking in the truth. j 4I have no greater joy k than this: to hear that my children l are walking in the truth.
Gaius Commended5 Dear friend, ▼ you are showing faithfulness ▼
▼Lit are doing a faithful thingby whatever you do for the brothers, especially when they are strangers. 6They have testified to your love in front of the church. o You will do well to send them on their journey p in a manner worthy of God, q 7 since they set out for the sake of the Name r accepting nothing from pagans. s 8 Therefore, we ought to support such men so that we can be coworkers with ▼
▼Or coworkers forthe truth.
Diotrephes and Demetrius9 I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have first place among them, u does not receive us. v 10This is why, if I come, I will remind him of the works he is doing, slandering w us with malicious words. And he is not satisfied with that! He not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but he even stops those who want to do so and expels them from the church. 11Dear friend, ▼ do not imitate what is evil, y but what is good. The one who does good is of God; z the one who does evil has not seen God. aa 12 Demetrius has a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. And we also testify for him, and you know ab that our testimony is true. ac
Farewell13 I have many things to write you, but I don’t want to write to you with pen and ink. 14I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. ▼
▼Lit mouth to mouthPeace be with you. The friends send you greetings. Greet the friends by name.
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