Greeting to Gaius
To the beloved Gaius, #2 John 1whom I love in truth:
2Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers. 3For I #2 John 4rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. 4I have no greater #1 Thess. 2:19, 20; 2 John 4joy than to hear that #(1 Cor. 4:15)my children walk in truth.
Gaius Commended for Generosity
5Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the brethren and for strangers, 6who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well, 7because they went forth for His name’s sake, #1 Cor. 9:12, 15taking nothing from the Gentiles. 8We therefore ought to #Matt. 10:40; Rom. 12:13; Heb. 13:2; 1 Pet. 4:9receive such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth.
Diotrephes and Demetrius
9I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. 10Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, #Prov. 10:8, 10prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.
11Beloved, #Ps. 34:14; 37:27; Rom. 14:19; 1 Thess. 5:15; 1 Tim. 6:11; 2 Tim. 2:22do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. #(1 John 2:29; 3:10)He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen #(1 John 3:10)God.
12Demetrius #Acts 6:3; 1 Tim. 3:7has a good testimony from all, and from the truth itself. And we also bear witness, #John 19:35; 21:24and you know that our testimony is true.
13#2 John 12I had many things to write, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink; 14but I hope to see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face.
Peace to you. Our friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.