1The elder:1 2Jn 1
To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.1 Jn 14:6; 1Jn 5:20
2Dear friend, I pray that you are prospering in every way and are in good health,2 1Tm 1:10 just as your whole life is going well.2 Or as your soul prospers
3For I was very glad when fellow believers came and testified3 Jn 15:26; Ac 26:5 to your fidelity to the truth — how you are walking in truth.3 2Jn 4
4I have no greater joy4 Jn 15:11 than this: to hear that my children4 1Co 4:14; Gl 4:19; Php 2:22 are walking in truth.
Gaius Commended
5Dear friend, you are acting faithfully in whatever you do for the brothers and sisters, especially when they are strangers.
6They have testified to your love before the church.6 Mt 16:18; 1Co 14:4; Rv 1:4 You will do well to send them on their journey6 Ac 15:3; 20:38; 21:5; Rm 15:24; 1Co 16:6; 2Co 1:16; Ti 3:13 in a manner worthy of God,6 1Co 10:31; 1Th 2:12
7since they set out for the sake of the Name,7 Jn 10:25; Ac 15:14; Rv 14:1 accepting nothing from pagans.7 Or Gentiles7 1Co 9:15–18
8Therefore, we ought to support such people so that we can be coworkers with the truth.
Diotrephes and Demetrius
9I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have first place among them,9 Mt 20:25–28; 23:5–12; Col 1:18; 1Pt 5:2–3; 2Jn 9 does not receive our authority.9 Ac 18:27; Rm 16:1–2; 2Co 3:1
10This is why, if I come, I will remind him of the works he is doing, slandering10 1Tm 5:13 us with malicious words. And he is not satisfied with that! He not only refuses to welcome fellow believers, but he even stops those who want to do so and expels them from the church.
11Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil,11 1Pt 3:17 but what is good. The one who does good is of God;11 1Jn 4:4 the one who does evil has not seen God.11 Ex 33:20
12Everyone speaks well of Demetrius — even the truth itself. And we also speak well of him, and you know12 1Jn 2:20–21 that our testimony is true.12 Jn 21:24
13I 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.
15Peace to you. The friends send you greetings. Greet the friends by name.