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The Third Epistle of John

[3 John]



1 The elder unto the well-beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

2 ¶ Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.

3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as you walk in the truth.

4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Gaius’ Hospitality Commended

5 ¶ Beloved, you do faithfully whatsoever you do to the brethren, and to strangers;

6 which have borne witness of your charity before the church: whom if you bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, you shalt do well:

7 because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.

8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers to the truth.

The Opposition of Diotrephes

9 ¶ I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the pre-eminence among them, receives us not.

10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbids them that would, and casts them out of the church.

The Good Report concerning Demetrius

11 ¶ Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil has not seen God.

12 Demetrius has good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.

Final Greetings

13 ¶ I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:

14 but I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face.

¶ Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.