1 The Elder to dear Gaius, whom I love in truth: 2 Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper about everything, and have sound health, as your soul is prospering. 3 * For I was exceedingly glad when brothers came and testified to your truth, as you are walking in the truth. 4 I have no greater gladness than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth. 5 * Dear friend, you are doing a Christian thing in anything you are doing for the brothers who are at the same time strangers in your locality, 6 who have testified to your love before the church; to whom you will do well to give a send-off worthy of God, 7 for they went out for the Name, not taking anything from the heathen— 8 so we ought to contribute to the support of such, that we may become cooperators with the truth. 9 I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who is so fond of being first among them, will not give us a hearing. 10 For this reason, if I come, I will bring up the matter of his actions in gabbling wicked words against us, and, not content with that, not giving the brothers a hearing himself, and also forbidding and expelling from the church those who would be willing to. 11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is wrong but what is right. He who does right comes of God; he who does wrong has not seen God. 12 Demetrius is vouched for by everybody and by the truth itself; and we too vouch, and you know our testimony is true. 13 I had much to write to you, but do not wish to write you by pen and ink; 14 but I hope to see you at once, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be upon you. Our friends send greetings. Give personal greetings to our friends.
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