A Good Report
1The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
2Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
3For I was overjoyed when brothers came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth.
4I have no greater joy than Lit these things, that I hearthis, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
5Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brothers and sisters, and Lit thisespecially when they are strangers;
6and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to I.e., give them whatever they might need for the journeysend them on their way in a manner worthy of God.
7For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
8Therefore we ought to Or receive as guestssupport such people, so that we may Or become fellowprove to be fellow workers Or forwith the truth.
9I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept Lit uswhat we say.
10For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with malicious words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not receive the brothers either, and he forbids those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.
11Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does what is good is of God; the one who does what is evil has not seen God.
12Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself; and we testify too, and you know that our testimony is true.
13I had many things to write to you, but I do not want to write to you with pen and ink;
14but I hope to see you shortly, and we will speak Lit mouth to mouthface to face.
15Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.