We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.
I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us.
So if I come,1 I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us. Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers.2 He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.311
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good.4 Anyone who does what is good is from God.5 Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.612
Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone7--and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.813
I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink.
I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.9 Peace to you.10 The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.11