The elder unto Gaius the beloved, whom I love in
truth. Beloved, I pray that in all things thou
mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
For I rejoiced greatly, when brethren came and
bare witness unto thy truth, even as thou walkest in truth.
Greater joy have I none than this, to hear of my
children walking in the truth. Beloved, thou
doest a faithful work in whatsoever thou doest toward them that are
brethren and strangers withal; who bare witness
to thy love before the church: whom thou wilt do well to set forward on
their journey worthily of God: because that for
the sake of the Name they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
We therefore ought to welcome such, that we may
be fellow-workers for the truth. I wrote somewhat
unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among
them, receiveth us not. Therefore, if I come, I
will bring to remembrance his works which he doeth, prating against us
with wicked words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself
receive the brethren, and them that would he forbiddeth and casteth
them out of the church. Beloved, imitate
not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of
God: he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
Demetrius hath the witness of all men,
and of the truth itself: yea, we also bear witness: and thou knowest that
our witness is true. I had many things to write
unto thee, but I am unwilling to write them to thee with ink and
pen: but I hope shortly to see thee, and we
shall speak face to face. Peace be unto thee. The friends salute
thee. Salute the friends by name.
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