3 John 1
1 # 2 John 1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, #1 John 3:18; 2 John 1whom I love in truth.
2Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul. 3For #2 John 4I rejoiced greatly when the brothers#3 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verses 5, 10 came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth. 4I have no greater joy than to hear that #[1 Cor. 4:14, 15; Gal. 4:19; 1 Tim. 1:2; 2 Tim. 1:2; Titus 1:4; Philem. 10]my children are walking in the truth.
Support and Opposition
5Beloved, it is a faithful thing you do in all your efforts for #[Gal. 6:10; Heb. 13:1] these brothers, #See Matt. 25:35strangers as they are, 6who testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey in a manner #1 Thess. 2:12; [Col. 1:10]worthy of God. 7For they have gone out for the sake of #See Acts 5:41 the name, #1 Cor. 9:12, 15accepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8Therefore we ought to support people like these, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
9I have written something to the church, but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority. 10So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.
11Beloved, #[Ps. 34:14; 37:27; Isa. 1:16, 17] do not imitate evil but imitate good. #1 John 2:29 Whoever does good is from God; #See 1 John 3:6whoever does evil has not seen God. 12Demetrius #[1 Tim. 3:7] has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also add our testimony, and #John 21:24you know that our testimony is true.
13 # 2 John 12 I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink. 14I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
15Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, #John 10:3each by name.
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