3 John 1
1 1The elder unto Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth.
2Beloved, I pray that in all things thou mayest prosper and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
3For I rejoiced greatly, when brethren came
and bare witness unto thy truth, even as thou walkest in truth.
joy have I none than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
5Beloved, thou doest a faithful work in whatsoever thou doest toward them
that are brethren and strangers withal;
6who bare witness to thy love
before the church: whom thou wilt do well to set forward on their journey
worthily of God:
7because that for the sake of the Name they went forth,
taking nothing of the Gentiles.
8We therefore ought to welcome such, that
we may be fellow-workers for the truth.
9I wrote somewhat unto the
church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them,
receiveth us not.
10Therefore, if I come, I will bring to remembrance his
works which he doeth, prating against us with wicked words: and not content
therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and them that would
he forbiddeth and casteth them out of the church.
imitate 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.
12Demetrius hath the
witness of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, we also bear
witness: and thou knowest that our witness is true.
13I had many things
to write unto thee, but I am unwilling to write them to thee with ink
14but I hope shortly to see thee, and we shall speak face to
face. Peace be unto thee. The friends salute thee. Salute the friends