3 John

Whiston(i) 1 THE elder unto the well-beloved Gaius whom I love in the truth. 2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayst prosper, and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 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. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 5 Beloved, thou dost faithfully whatsoever thou dost, and that to the brethren; 6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey worthily of God, thou shalt do well: 7 Because that for [his] names sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. 8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow-helpers to the church. 9 I wrote somewhat unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, receiveth us not. 10 Wherefore if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doth, prating against us with wicked 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: He that doeth evil, hath not seen God. 12 Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we bear record, and thou knowest that our record is true. 13 I had many things to write, but I would not with ink and pen write unto thee: 14 But I hope I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak mouth to mouth, Peace [be] to thee. Our brethren salute thee. Greet the friends by name.