1The elder, To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth—2because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:3Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.4It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.5And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.6And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.7I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist.8Watch out that you do not lose what we have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully.9Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.10If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.11Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.12I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.13The children of your sister, who is chosen by God, send their greetings.
1The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.2Dear 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.3It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.5Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you.6They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God.7It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans.8We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.9I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us.10So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.11Dear 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.12Demetrius 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.13I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink.14I 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.