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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

3 John 1:1-14

 The older man*+ to Ga′ius, the beloved, whom I truly love.*+  Beloved+ one, I pray that in all things you may be prospering*+ and having good health,+ just as your soul is prospering.+  For I rejoiced very much* when brothers came* and bore witness to the truth you hold, just as you go on walking in the truth.+  No greater cause for thankfulness do I have than these things, that I should be hearing that my children go on walking in the truth.+  Beloved one, you are doing a faithful work in whatever you do for the brothers,+ and strangers at that,+  who have borne witness to your love before the congregation. These you will please* send on their way in a manner worthy of God.+  For it was in behalf of [his]* name that they went forth, not taking anything+ from the people of the nations.  We, therefore, are under obligation to receive such persons hospitably,+ that we may become fellow workers in the truth.*+  I wrote something to the congregation, but Di·ot′re·phes, who likes to have the first place*+ among them, does not receive anything+ from us with respect.+ 10  That is why, if I come, I will call to remembrance his works which he goes on doing,+ chattering about us with wicked words.+ Also, not being content* with these things, neither does he himself receive the brothers+ with respect, and those who are wanting to receive+ them he tries* to hinder+ and to throw out+ of the congregation. 11  Beloved one, be an imitator, not of what is bad, but of what is good.+ He that does good originates with God.+ He that does bad has not seen God.+ 12  De·me′tri·us has had witness borne to him by them all+ and by the truth itself. In fact, we, also, are bearing witness,+ and you know that the witness we give is true.+ 13  I had many things to write you, yet I do not wish to go on writing you with ink and pen.*+ 14  But I am hoping to see you directly, and we shall speak face to face.*+ May you have peace.+ The friends send you their greetings.+ Give my greetings+ to the friends by name.

Footnotes

Or, “elder.” Gr., pre·sby′te·ros.
Or, “I love in the truth.”
Lit., “to make one’s way well.”
Lit., “excessively.”
“Came.” Gr., er·kho·me′non, referring to a past coming.
Or, “you will do well to.”
Or, “the.”
Or, “become workers with the truth.”
Lit., “the (one) liking to be first.”
Lit., “not being satisfied.”
Or, “continues; makes it his practice.”
Lit., “reed.”
Lit., “mouth toward mouth.”