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3 John 1 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The Pastor, to my good friend Gaius: How truly I love you! 1 The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2 We're the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health - that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul! 2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.
3 I was most happy when some friends arrived and brought the news that you persist in following the way of Truth. 3 It gave me great joy to have some brothers come and tell about your faithfulness to the truth and how you continue to walk in the truth.
4 Nothing could make me happier than getting reports that my children continue diligently in the way of Truth! 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
5 Dear friend, when you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible. 5 Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you.
6 They've made a full report back to the church here, a message about your love. It's good work you're doing, helping these travelers on their way, hospitality worthy of God himself! 6 They have told the church about your love. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God.
7 They set out under the banner of the Name, and get no help from unbelievers. 7 It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans.
8 So they deserve any support we can give them. In providing meals and a bed, we become their companions in spreading the Truth. 8 We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.
9 Earlier I wrote something along this line to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves being in charge, denigrates my counsel. 9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us.
10 If I come, you can be sure I'll hold him to account for spreading vicious rumors about us. As if that weren't bad enough, he not only refuses hospitality to traveling Christians but tries to stop others from welcoming them. Worse yet, instead of inviting them in he throws them out. 10 So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, gossiping maliciously about us. Not satisfied with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.
11 Friend, don't go along with evil. Model the good. The person who does good does God's work. The person who does evil falsifies God, doesn't know the first thing about God. 11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God.
12 Everyone has a good word for Demetrius - the Truth itself stands up for Demetrius! We concur, and you know we don't hand out endorsements lightly. 12 Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone--and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.
13 I have a lot more things to tell you, but I'd rather not use pen and ink. 13 I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink.
14 I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk. Peace to you. The friends here say hello. Greet our friends there by name. 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.