I wrote a short letter to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to be their leader, will not pay any attention to what I say.
When I come, then, I will bring up everything he has done: the terrible things he says about us and the lies he tells! But that is not enough for him; he will not receive the Christians when they come, and even stops those who want to receive them and tries to drive them out of the church!
My dear friend, do not imitate what is bad, but imitate what is good. Whoever does good belongs to God; whoever does what is bad has not seen God.
Everyone speaks well of Demetrius; truth itself speaks well of him. And we add our testimony, and you know that what we say is true.
I have so much to tell you, but I do not want to do it with pen and ink.
I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk personally.
Peace be with you. All your friends send greetings. Greet all our friends personally.