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The Third Epistle of John the Apostle
1The Elder, To Gaius, the beloved [fig., my dear friend], whom I love in truth.
2Beloved [fig., Dear friend], concerning all [things] I am
praying [or, wishing] [for] you to be having things going well and to be having
good health, just as your soul is doing well. 3For I rejoiced greatly
when [some] of [the] brothers [and sisters] came and testified of the truth in
you, just as you are walking about [fig., conducting yourself] in truth. 4I
have no greater joy [than] these [things], that I hear my children are walking
about [fig., conducting themselves] in truth.
5Beloved, you* are acting
faithfully [in] whatever you* perform for the brothers [and sisters] and for the
strangers 6(who testified of your* love before [the] assembly [or,
church, and in verses 9-10]), [to] whom you* will do well, if you* have helped them on their journey
in a manner worthy of God. 7For they went out on behalf of the Name,
receiving nothing from the Gentiles [or, unbelievers]. 8Therefore, we
ought to be receiving such [ones], so that we shall become co-workers to the
9I wrote to the assembly [or,
church], but Diotrephes, the one loving the first place [or, desiring to
be the leader] among them, does not receive us [or, accept our authority]. 10For
this reason, if I come, I will remind [him of] his works which he is doing,
making idle accusations against us with evil words. And not content with these
things, neither does he welcome the brothers [and sisters]; and he
forbids the ones desiring [to do so], and he casts [them] out of the assembly [or,
11Beloved, stop imitating the
evil, but [be imitating] the good. The one doing good is from God; the
one doing evil has not seen God. [cp. 1John 3:7-10] 12Demetrius has been testified to
[or, well spoken of] by all, and by the truth itself. And we also
testify, and you* know that our testimony is true.
13I had many [things] to be
writing, but I do not want to write to you through ink and pen. 14But
I hope [or, expect] soon to see you, and we will speak mouth to mouth [fig.,
face to face].
[cp. 2John 1:12]
[cp. 2John 1:12]
Peace to you! Our friends greet you. Be greeting our friends by name.
[i.e., The similarities in Greek style and the parallels in thought indicate John and 1,2,3 John were written by the same person, the apostle John; see John 21:24].
Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of
the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright © 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.dtl.org).
Previously copyrighted © 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.
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