The Third Epistle of John
American Standard Version, 1901 ed.
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. 4Greater 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; 6who
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. 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. 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. 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 and
pen: 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 by name.
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