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3 John 1 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 This letter is from John the Elder. It is written to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth. 1 The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2 Dear friend, I am praying that all is well with you and that your body is as healthy as I know your soul is. 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 Some of the brothers recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living in the 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 I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children live in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
5 Dear friend, you are doing a good work for God when you take care of the traveling teachers who are passing through, even though they are strangers to you. 5 Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers, even though they are strangers to you.
6 They have told the church here of your friendship and your loving deeds. You do well to send them on their way in a manner that pleases God. 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 For they are traveling for the Lord and accept nothing from those who are not Christians. 7 It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans.
8 So we ourselves should support them so that we may become partners with them for the truth. 8 We ought therefore to show hospitality to such men so that we may work together for the truth.
9 I sent a brief letter to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, does not acknowledge our authority. 9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will have nothing to do with us.
10 When I come, I will report some of the things he is doing and the wicked things he is saying about us. He not only refuses to welcome the traveling teachers, he also tells others not to help them. And when they do help, he puts them out of the church. 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 Dear friend, don't let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God's children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know 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 But everyone speaks highly of Demetrius, even truth itself. We ourselves can say the same for him, and you know we speak the truth. 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 much to tell you, but I don't want to do it in a letter. 13 I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink.
14 For I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk face to face. 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.
15 May God's peace be with you.Your friends here send you their greetings. Please give my personal greetings to each of our friends there. 15