1The elder to the beloved 2Gaius, whom I 3love in truth.
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Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
For I 4was very glad when 5brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you 6are walking in truth.
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I have no greater joy than this, to hear of 7my children 8walking in the truth.
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Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the 9brethren, and especially when they are 10strangers;
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and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to 11send them on their way in a manner 12worthy of God.
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For they went out for the sake of 13the Name, 14accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
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Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth.
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I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to 15be first among them, does not accept what we say.
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For this reason, 16if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not 17receive the 18brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and 19puts them out of the church.
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Beloved, 20do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. 21The one who does good is of God; 22the one who does evil has not seen God.
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Demetrius 23has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself; and we add our testimony, and 24you know that our testimony is true.
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25I had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink;
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but I hope to see you shortly, and we will speak face to face.
26Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends 27by name.
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