1 The elder, to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in [the] truth.
2 Dear friend, I pray you may prosper concerning everything and be healthy, just as your soul prospers.
3 For I rejoiced exceedingly [when the]a brothers came and testified [to] your truth, just as you are walking in [the] truth.
4 I have no greater joy than this: that I hear my children are walking in the truth.

Instructions to Gaius

5 Dear friend, you act faithfullyb [in] whatever you do for the brothers, {even though they are strangers}c.
6 They have testified [to] your love before the church; you will do well to send themd on their way in a manner worthy of God.
7 For they have gone out on behalf of the name, accepting nothing from the pagans.e
8 Therefore we ought to support such [people], so that we become fellow workers with [the] truth.

Diotrephes Causes Trouble

9 I wrote something to the church, but Diotrephes, who wants to be first [among] them, does not acknowledge us.
10 Therefore, if I come, I will call attention to {the deeds he is doing}f, disparaging us with evil words. And not being content with these, he does not receive the brothers himself, and he hinders those wanting [to do so] and throws [them] out of the church.
11 Dear friend, do not imitate [what is] evil, but [what is] good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God.

Demetrius Commended

12 Demetrius has been testified to by all, even by the truth itself. And we also testify [to him], and you know that our testimony is true.

Conclusion and Final Greeting

13 I have many things to write to you, but I do not want to write to you by means of ink and pen.
14 But I hope to see you right away, and to speak {face to face}g.
15 Peace [be] to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.