3 John

(ASV - American Standard Version)

Copyright 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons
Copyright 1929 by the International Council of Religious Education

[1]The elder unto Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth. [2]Beloved, I pray that in all things thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. [3]For I rejoiced greatly, when brethren came and bare witness unto thy truth, even as thou walkest in truth. [4]Greater joy have I none than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth. [5] Beloved, thou doest a faithful work in whatsoever thou doest toward them that are brethren and strangers withal; [6]who bare witness to thy love before the church: whom thou wilt do well to set forward on their journey worthily of God: [7] because that for the sake of the Name they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. [8]We therefore ought to welcome such, that we may be fellow-workers for the truth.

[9]I wrote somewhat unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. [10]Therefore, 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. [11] Beloved, 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. [12]Demetrius hath the witness of all [men], and of the truth itself: yea, we also bear witness: and thou knowest that our witness is true.

[13]I had many things to write unto thee, but I am unwilling to write [them] to thee with ink and pen: [14]but I hope shortly to see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace [be] unto thee. The friends salute thee. Salute the friends by name.