1 The elder, to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in [the] truth.

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      2 Dear friend, I pray you may prosper concerning everything and be healthy, just as your soul prospers.
      3 For I rejoiced exceedingly [when the]a brothers came and testified [to] your truth, just as you are walking in [the] truth.

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        • a 1:3 - *Here "[when]" is supplied as a component of the participle ("came") which is understood as temporal
          4 I have no greater joy than this: that I hear my children are walking in the truth.

          Instructions to Gaius

          5 Dear friend, you act faithfullyb [in] whatever you do for the brothers, {even though they are strangers}c.

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            • b 1:5 - Or "you act loyally"
            • c 1:5 - Literally "and this strangers"
              6 They have testified [to] your love before the church; you will do well to send themd on their way in a manner worthy of God.

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                • d 1:6 - Literally "whom"
                  7 For they have gone out on behalf of the name, accepting nothing from the pagans.e

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                    • e 1:7 - That is, Gentile unbelievers (as opposed to Gentile Christians)
                      8 Therefore we ought to support such [people], so that we become fellow workers with [the] truth.

                      Diotrephes Causes Trouble

                      9 I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who wants to be first [among] them, does not acknowledge us.

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                          10 Therefore, if I come, I will call attention to {the deeds he is doing}f, disparaging us with evil words. And not being content with these, he does not receive the brothers himself, and he hinders those wanting [to do so] and throws [them] out of the church.

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                            • f 1:10 - Literally "his deeds which he is doing"
                              11 Dear friend, do not imitate [what is] evil, but [what is] good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.

                              Demetrius Commended

                              12 Demetrius has been testified to by all, even by the truth itself. And we also testify [to him], and you know that our testimony is true.

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                                  Conclusion and Final Greeting

                                  13 I have many things to write to you, but I do not want to write to you by means of ink and pen.

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                                      14 But I hope to see you right away, and to speak {face to face}g.

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                                        • g 1:14 - Literally "mouth to mouth"
                                          15 Peace [be] to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.