1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
2 Beloved, concerning all things I pray that thou mayest prosper and be in health, as thy soul prospers.
3 For I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came and testified to thy truth, as thou walkest in the truth.
4 I have no joy greater than this, that I hear of my children walking in the truth.
5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatever thou workest for the brethren, and for strangers,
6 who have testified to thy love before the church, whom thou wilt do well in conducting forward in a manner worthy of God.
7 For in behalf of the name they went forth, taking nothing from the heathen.
8 We then, ought to receive such, that we may become fellowworkmen for the truth.
9 I wrote somewhat to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves the preeminence over them, receives us not.
10 Wherefore, if I come, I will bring to remembrance the works that he does, prating against us with evil words; and not content with this, he neither himself receives the brethren, and those that would he hinders and casts out of the church.
11 Beloved, imitate not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: he that does evil has not seen God.
12 To Demetrius good testimony is given by all and by the truth itself; and we also testify, and you know that our testimony is true.
13 I had many things to write to thee, but I will not write to thee by means of ink and pen:
14 I hope, however, to see thee soon, and we will speak mouth to mouth.
15 Peace to thee. The friends salute thee: salute the friends by name.