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The Third Epistle of John the Apostle

1The Elder, To Gaius, the beloved [fig., my dear friend], whom I love in truth.

2Beloved [fig., Dear friend], concerning all [things] I am praying [or, wishing] [for] you to be having things going well and to be having good health, just as your soul is doing well. 3For I rejoiced greatly when [some] of [the] brothers [and sisters] came and testified of the truth in you, just as you are walking about [fig., conducting yourself] in truth. 4I have no greater joy [than] these [things], that I hear my children are walking about [fig., conducting themselves] in truth.

5Beloved, you* are acting faithfully [in] whatever you* perform for the brothers [and sisters] and for the strangers 6(who testified of your* love before [the] assembly [or, church, and in verses 9-10]), [to] whom you* will do well, if you* have helped them on their journey in a manner worthy of God. 7For they went out on behalf of the Name, receiving nothing from the Gentiles [or, unbelievers]. 8Therefore, we ought to be receiving such [ones], so that we shall become co-workers to the truth.

9I wrote to the assembly [or, church], but Diotrephes, the one loving the first place [or, desiring to be the leader] among them, does not receive us [or, accept our authority]. 10For this reason, if I come, I will remind [him of] his works which he is doing, making idle accusations against us with evil words. And not content with these things, neither does he welcome the brothers [and sisters]; and he forbids the ones desiring [to do so], and he casts [them] out of the assembly [or, church].

11Beloved, stop imitating the evil, but [be imitating] the good. The one doing good is from God; the one doing evil has not seen God. [cp. 1John 3:7-10] 12Demetrius has been testified to [or, well spoken of] by all, and by the truth itself. And we also testify, and you* know that our testimony is true.

13I had many [things] to be writing, but I do not want to write to you through ink and pen. 14But I hope [or, expect] soon to see you, and we will speak mouth to mouth [fig., face to face]. [cp. 2John 1:12]

Peace to you! Our friends greet you. Be greeting our friends by name.

[i.e., The similarities in Greek style and the parallels in thought indicate John and 1,2,3 John were written by the same person, the apostle John; see John 21:24].

Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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