1From: The Elder
To: Dear Gaius, whom I love in truth:
2Dear friend, I am praying that everything prosper with you and that you be in good health, as I know you are prospering spiritually. 3For I was so happy when some brothers came and testified how faithful you are to the truth, as you continue living in the truth. 4Nothing gives me greater joy than hearing that my children are living in the truth.
5Dear friend, you are faithful in all the work you are doing for the brothers, even when they are strangers to you. 6They have testified to your love in front of the congregation. You will be doing well if you send them on their way in a manner worthy of God, 7since it was for the sake of HaShem that they went out without accepting anything from the Goyim. 8It is we, therefore, who should support such people; so that we may share in their work for the truth.
9I wrote something to the congregation; but Diotrephes, who likes to be the macher among them, doesn’t recognize our authority. 10So if I come, I will bring up everything he is doing, including his spiteful and groundless gossip about us. And as if that weren’t enough for him, he refuses to recognize the brothers’ authority either; moreover, he stops those who want to do so and tries to drive them out of the congregation!
11Dear friend, don’t imitate the bad, but the good. Those who do what is good are from God; those who do what is bad are not from God.
12Everyone speaks well of Demetrius, and so does the truth itself. We vouch for him, and you know that our testimony is true.
13I have much to write you, but I don’t want to write with pen and ink; 14however, I am hoping to see you very soon, and we will speak face to face.
Shalom to you. Your friends send you their greetings. Greet each of our friends by name.