Third John

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

2 Beloved brother, I pray that in all things you may prosper and be in good health, just like your soul is prospering. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified to the truth that is yours, as you walk in truth. 4 I have no greater joy than when I hear of my children walking in the truth. 5 Beloved brother, you are acting faithfully in the work you do for the brethren, also for strangers, 6 who have testified to your love before the church. You will do good by helping them on their way in a manner worthy of God, 7 because they went forth on behalf of the Name, taking nothing from the Gentiles. 8 So we ought to be hospitable to such men, that we may be fellow-workers for the truth.

9 I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not accept us. 10 Therefore, if I come, I will bring up his deeds that he does, speaking nonsense against us with wicked words. And not content with that, he himself does not accept the brethren, and those wanting to do so he hinders and throws out of the church! 11 Beloved brother, do not imitate the bad, but the good. He who does good is of God; he who does evil has not seen God.

12 Of Demetrius a good testimony has been given by all and by the truth itself. We also testify on his behalf, and you know that our testimony is true.

13 I had many things to write to you, but I do not want to write them to you with ink and pen, 14 but I hope to see you soon, and we shall speak face to face. 15 Peace to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.

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