1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.
3 I was overjoyed when some of the friends a arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, namely how you walk in the truth.

References for 3 John 1:3

    • a 1:3 - Gk [brothers]
      4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
      5 Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, b even though they are strangers to you;

      References for 3 John 1:5

        • b 1:5 - Gk [brothers]
          6 they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God;
          7 for they began their journey for the sake of Christ, c accepting no support from non-believers. d

          References for 3 John 1:7

            • c 1:7 - Gk [for the sake of the name]
            • d 1:7 - Gk [the Gentiles]
              8 Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may become co-workers with the truth.
              9 I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.
              10 So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing in spreading false charges against us. And not content with those charges, he refuses to welcome the friends, e and even prevents those who want to do so and expels them from the church.

              References for 3 John 1:10

                • e 1:10 - Gk [brothers]
                  11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.
                  12 Everyone has testified favorably about Demetrius, and so has the truth itself. We also testify for him, f and you know that our testimony is true.

                  References for 3 John 1:12

                    • f 1:12 - Gk lacks [for him]
                      13 I have much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink;
                      14 instead I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face to face.
                      15 Peace to you. The friends send you their greetings. Greet the friends there, each by name.