1I, the elder, am writing this letter. I am sending it to the chosen lady and her children. I love all of you because of the truth. I'm not the only one who loves you. So does everyone who knows the truth.2I love you because of the truth that is alive in us. That truth will be with us forever.3God the Father and Jesus Christ his Son will give you grace, mercy and peace. Those blessings will be with us because we love the truth.4It has given me great joy to find some of your children living by the truth. That's just what the Father commanded us to do.5Dear lady, I'm not writing you a new command. I'm writing a command we've had from the beginning. I'm asking that we love one another.6The way we show our love is to obey God's commands. He commands you to lead a life of love. That's what you have heard from the beginning.7Many people who try to fool others have gone out into the world. They don't agree that Jesus Christ came in a human body. People like that try to trick others. They are enemies of Christ.8Watch out that you don't lose what you have worked for. Make sure that you get your complete reward.9Some people run ahead of others. They don't follow the teaching of Christ. People like that don't belong to God. But those who follow the teaching of Christ belong to the Father and the Son.10Suppose someone comes to you and doesn't teach these truths. Then don't take him into your house. Don't welcome him.11Anyone who welcomes him shares in his evil work.12I have a lot to write to you. But I don't want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope I can visit you. Then I can talk with you face to face. That will make our joy complete.13The children of your chosen sister send their greetings.
1I, the elder, am writing this letter. I am sending it to you, my dear friend Gaius. I love you because of the truth.2Dear friend, I know that your spiritual life is going well. I pray that you also may enjoy good health. And I pray that everything else may go well with you.3Some believers came to me and told me that you are faithful to the truth. They told me that you continue to live by it. That gave me great joy.4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are living by the truth.5Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the believers. You are faithful even though they are strangers to you.6They have told the church about your love. Please help them by sending them on their way in a manner that honors God.7They started on their journey to serve Jesus Christ. They didn't receive any help from those who aren't believers.8So we should welcome people like them. We should work together with them for the truth.9I wrote to the church. But Diotrephes won't have anything to do with us. He loves to be the first in everything.10So if I come, I will point out what he is doing. He is saying evil things about us to others. Even that doesn't satisfy him. He refuses to welcome other believers. He also keeps others from welcoming them. In fact, he throws them out of the church.11Dear friend, don't be like those who do evil. Be like those who do good. Anyone who does what is good belongs to God. Anyone who does what is evil hasn't really seen or known God.12Everyone says good things about Demetrius. He lives in keeping with the truth. We also say good things about him. And you know that our witness is true.13I have a lot to write to you. But I don't want to write with pen and ink.14I hope I can see you soon. Then we can talk face to face. May you have peace. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.
1I, Jude, am writing this letter. I serve Jesus Christ. I am a brother of James. I am sending this letter to you who have been chosen by God. You are loved by God the Father. You are kept safe by Jesus Christ.2May more and more mercy, peace, and love be given to you.3Dear friends, I really wanted to write to you about the salvation we share. But now I feel I should write and ask you to stand up for the faith. God's people were trusted with it once and for all time.4Certain people have slipped in among you in secret. Long ago it was written that they would be judged. They are godless people. They use the grace of our God as an excuse for sexual sins. They say no to Jesus Christ. He is our only Lord and King.5I want to remind you about some things you already know. The Lord saved his people. He brought them out of Egypt. But later he destroyed those who did not believe.6Some of the angels didn't stay where they belonged. They didn't keep their positions of authority. The Lord has kept those angels in darkness. They are held by chains that last forever. On judgment day, God will judge them.7The people of Sodom and Gomorrah and the towns around them also did evil things. They gave themselves over to sexual sins. They committed sins of the worst possible kind. They are an example of those who are punished with fire. The fire never goes out.8In the very same way, those dreamers pollute their own bodies. They don't accept authority. They speak evil things against heavenly beings.9But not even Michael did that. He was the leader of the angels. He argued with the devil about the body of Moses. But he didn't dare to speak evil things against the devil. Instead, he said, "May the Lord stop you!"10But those people speak evil things against what they don't understand. They are like wild animals. They can't think for themselves. They do what comes naturally to them. Those are the very things that destroy them.11How terrible it will be for them! They followed the way of Cain. They rushed ahead and made the same mistake as Balaam did. They did it because they loved money. They are like Korah. He turned against his leaders. Those people will certainly be destroyed, just as Korah was.12They are like stains at the meals you share. They eat too much. They have no shame. They are shepherds who feed only themselves. They are like clouds without rain. They are blown along by the wind. They are like trees in the fall. Since they have no fruit, they are pulled up. So they die twice.13They are like wild waves of the sea. Their shame rises up like foam. They are like falling stars. God has reserved a place of very black darkness for them. He will keep them there forever.14Enoch was the seventh man in the family line of Adam. He gave a prophecy about those people. He said, "Look! The Lord is coming with thousands and thousands of his holy ones.15He is coming to judge everyone. He is coming to sentence all ungodly people. He will judge them for all the ungodly acts they have done. They have done them in ungodly ways. He will sentence ungodly sinners for all the bad things they have said about him."16Those people complain. They find fault with others. They follow their own evil longings. They brag about themselves. They praise others to help themselves.17Dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ said was going to happen.18They told you, "In the last days, some people will make fun of the truth. They will follow their own ungodly longings."19They are the people who separate you from one another. They do only what comes naturally. They are not led by the Holy Spirit.20Dear friends, build yourselves up in your most holy faith. Let the Holy Spirit guide and help you when you pray.21The mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ will bring you eternal life. As you wait for his mercy, remain in God's love.22Show mercy to those who doubt.23Pull others out of the fire. Save them. To others, show mercy mixed with fear. Hate even the clothes that are stained by the sins of those who wear them.24Give praise to the One who is able to keep you from falling into sin. He will bring you into his heavenly glory without any fault. He will bring you there with great joy.25Give praise to the only God. He is our Savior. Glory, majesty, power and authority belong to him. Give praise to him through Jesus Christ our Lord. Give praise to the One who was before all time, who now is, and who will be forever. Amen.