New Revised Standard Version
[3 John 1]
Letter opening and health wish
1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good
health, just as it is well with your soul. 3 I was overjoyed when some of the
friends arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, namely how
you walk in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my
children are walking in the truth.
5 Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they
are strangers to you; 6 they have testified to your love before the church.
You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God; 7 for they began
their journey for the sake of Christ, accepting no support from non-believers.
8 Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may become co-workers
with the truth.
9 I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put
himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10 So if I come, I will
call attention to what he is doing in spreading false charges against us. And
not content with those charges, he refuses to welcome the friends, and even
prevents those who want to do so and expels them from the church.
11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does
good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God. 12 Everyone has
testified favorably about Demetrius, and so has the truth itself. We also
testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true.
13 I have much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink;
14 instead I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face to face.
15 Peace to you. The friends send you their greetings. Greet the friends
there, each by name.