3 John

Mace(i) 1 The PRESBYTER to my dear Gaius, whom I truly love. 2 I wish, my beloved, you may be as prosperous with regard to your health and other circumstances, as in what concerns your soul. 3 For I was greatly pleased when the brethren came and assured me of your fidelity and religious conduct. 4 greater joy I cannot have, than to hear that my children are attach'd to the truth. 5 My dear child, whatever you do in behalf of the brethren, and of those who are strangers, is commendable. 6 they have made a publick declaration of your charity, and you will do well to accompany them in the most effectual manner. 7 for they set out upon account of the gospel, and refus'd to take any thing of the Gentiles. 8 it behoves us to give a kind reception to such, that we may be assistant in promoting the truth. 9 I have writ to the church: but Diotrephes, who affects the superiority, has no regard to our representations. 10 for which reason, when I come, I shall animadvert upon his conduct, and the malicious aspersions he casts upon us: not contented with this, he will neither receive the brethren himself, nor suffer those who are better inclin'd, to do it; but drives them out of the church. 11 my beloved, don't imitate vice, but virtue. he that does good, is a child of God: he that does evil, is not acquainted with God. 12 Demetrius has the applauses of all men, and the testimony of his own virtue: we likewise certify in his behalf, and you know that our testimonial deserves credit. 13 I have many things to write, which I don't think fit to commit to paper and ink: 14 hoping I shall shortly see you, and then communicate them in person.