THE THIRD EPISTLE OF
1:1: The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom
I love in the truth.
1:2: Beloved, I wish above all things that thou
mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
1:3: For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came
and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest
in the truth.
1:4: I have no greater joy than to hear that my
children walk in truth.
1:5: Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou
doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
1:6: 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:
1:7: Because that for his name's sake they went
forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
1:8: We therefore ought to receive such, that we
might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
1:9: I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who
loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
1:10: 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.
1:11: 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.
1:12: 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.
1:13: I had many things to write, but I will not
with ink and pen write unto thee:
1:14: But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and
we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute
thee. Greet the friends by name.