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3 John

Chapter 1

The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. {in...: or, truly}

Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. {wish: or, pray}

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

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

Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;

Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: {after...: Gr. worthy of God}

Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.

We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth. {fellowhelpers: or, joint-labourers}

I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth 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 forbiddeth them that would, and casteth {them} out of the church.

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 hath not seen God.

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

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.

15  Peace {be} to thee. {Our} friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name. {face to...: Gr. mouth to mouth}