The Elder to the choice Kyria, and to her children, whom I love in truth, and not I only, but also all those having known the truth,
because of the truth that is remaining in us, and with us shall be to the age,
there shall be with you grace, kindness, peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
I rejoiced exceedingly that I have found of thy children walking in truth, even as a command we did receive from the Father;
and now I beseech thee, Kyria, not as writing to thee a new command, but which we had from the beginning, that we may love one another,
and this is the love, that we may walk according to His commands; this is the command, even as ye did hear from the beginning, that in it ye may walk,
because many leading astray did enter into the world, who are not confessing Jesus Christ coming in flesh; this one is he who is leading astray, and the antichrist.
See to yourselves that ye may not lose the things that we wrought, but a full reward may receive;
every one who is transgressing, and is not remaining in the teaching of the Christ, hath not God; he who is remaining in the teaching of the Christ, this one hath both the Father and the Son;
if any one doth come unto you, and this teaching doth not bear, receive him not into the house, and say not to him, `Hail!'
for he who is saying to him, `Hail,' hath fellowship with his evil works.
Many things having to write to you, I did not intend through paper and ink, but I hope to come unto you, and speak mouth to mouth, that our joy may be full;
salute thee do the children of thy choice sister. Amen.
The Elder to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth!
beloved, concerning all things I desire thee to prosper, and to be in health, even as thy soul doth prosper,
for I rejoiced exceedingly, brethren coming and testifying of the truth in thee, even as thou in truth dost walk;
greater than these things I have no joy, that I may hear of my children in truth walking.
Beloved, faithfully dost thou do whatever thou mayest work to the brethren and to the strangers,
who did testify of thy love before an assembly, whom thou wilt do well, having sent forward worthily of God,
because for [His] name they went forth, nothing receiving from the nations;
we, then, ought to receive such, that fellow-workers we may become to the truth.
I did write to the assembly, but he who is loving the first place among them -- Diotrephes -- doth not receive us;
because of this, if I may come, I will cause him to remember his works that he doth, with evil words prating against us; and not content with these, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and those intending he doth forbid, and out of the assembly he doth cast.
Beloved, be not thou following that which is evil, but that which is good; he who is doing good, of God he is, and he who is doing evil hath not seen God;
to Demetrius testimony hath been given by all, and by the truth itself, and we also -- we do testify, and ye have known that our testimony is true.
Many things I had to write, but I do not wish through ink and pen to write to thee,
and I hope straightway to see thee, and mouth to mouth we shall speak. Peace to thee! salute thee do the friends; be saluting the friends by name.
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Judas, of Jesus Christ a servant, and brother of James, to those sanctified in God the Father, and in Jesus Christ kept -- called,
kindness to you, and peace, and love, be multiplied!
Beloved, all diligence using to write to you concerning the common salvation, I had necessity to write to you, exhorting to agonize for the faith once delivered to the saints,
for there did come in unobserved certain men, long ago having been written beforehand to this judgment, impious, the grace of our God perverting to lasciviousness, and our only Master, God, and Lord -- Jesus Christ -- denying,
and to remind you I intend, you knowing once this, that the Lord, a people out of the land of Egypt having saved, again those who did not believe did destroy;
messengers also, those who did not keep their own principality, but did leave their proper dwelling, to a judgment of a great day, in bonds everlasting, under darkness He hath kept,
as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them, in like manner to these, having given themselves to whoredom, and gone after other flesh, have been set before -- an example, of fire age-during, justice suffering.
In like manner, nevertheless, those dreaming also the flesh indeed do defile, and lordship they put away, and dignities they speak evil of,
yet Michael, the chief messenger, when, with the devil contending, he was disputing about the body of Moses, did not dare to bring up an evil-speaking judgment, but said, `The Lord rebuke thee!'
and these, as many things indeed as they have not known, they speak evil of; and as many things as naturally (as the irrational beasts) they understand, in these they are corrupted;
wo to them! because in the way of Cain they did go on, and to the deceit of Balaam for reward they did rush, and in the gainsaying of Korah they did perish.
These are in your love-feasts craggy rocks; feasting together with you, without fear shepherding themselves; clouds without water, by winds carried about; trees autumnal, without fruit, twice dead, rooted up;
wild waves of a sea, foaming out their own shames; stars going astray, to whom the gloom of the darkness to the age hath been kept.
And prophesy also to these did the seventh from Adam -- Enoch -- saying, `Lo, the Lord did come in His saintly myriads,
to do judgment against all, and to convict all their impious ones, concerning all their works of impiety that they did impiously, and concerning all the stiff things that speak against Him did impious sinners.'
These are murmurers, repiners; according to their desires walking, and their mouth doth speak great swellings, giving admiration to persons for the sake of profit;
and ye, beloved, remember ye the sayings spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ:
that they said to you, that in the last time there shall be scoffers, after their own desires of impieties going on,
these are those setting themselves apart, natural men, the Spirit not having.
And ye, beloved, on your most holy faith building yourselves up, in the Holy Spirit praying,
yourselves in the love of God keep ye, waiting for the kindness of our Lord Jesus Christ -- to life age-during;
and to some be kind, judging thoroughly,
and some in fear save ye, out of the fire snatching, hating even the coat from the flesh spotted.
And to Him who is able to guard you not stumbling, and to set [you] in the presence of His glory unblemished, in gladness,
to the only wise God our Saviour, [is] glory and greatness, power and authority, both now and to all the ages! Amen.