He praises Gaius for his walking in truth, and for his charity:
complains of the bad conduct of Diotrephes, and gives a good testimony to Demetrius.
1 The ancient to the dearly beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
2 Dearly beloved, concerning all things I make it my prayer that thou mayest
prosper, and enjoy health, as thy soul doth prosperously.
3 I was exceedingly glad when the brethren came, and gave testimony to
the truth in thee, even as thou walkest in truth.
4 I have no greater grace than this, to hear that my children walk in truth.
5 Dearly beloved, thou dost faithfully whatsoever thou dost for the brethren,
and that for strangers,
6 Who have given testimony to thy charity in the sight of the church: whom
thou shalt do well, to bring forward on their way in a manner worthy of God.
7 Because, for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
8 We, therefore, ought to receive such: that we may be fellow-helpers of
9 I had written perhaps to the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have
the pre-eminence among them, doth not receive us.
10 Wherefore, if I come, I will admonish his works which he doth, prating
against us with malicious words: and as if these things were not enough for him, neither doth he himself receive the brethren:
and those that do receive them he forbiddeth, and casteth out of the church.
11 Dearly beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good.
He that doth good, is of God: he that doth evil, hath not seen God.
12 To Demetrius testimony is given by all, and by the truth itself, yea,
and we also give testimony: and thou knowest that our testimony is true.
13 I had many things to write unto thee: but I would not by ink and pen
write to thee.
14 But I hope speedily to see thee, and we will speak face to face. Peace
be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Salute the friends by name.