1The Ancient to the lady Elect and her children, whom I love in the truth: and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth,2For the sake of the truth which dwelleth in us and shall be with us for ever.3Grace be with you, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Christ Jesus the Son of the Father: in truth and charity.4I was exceeding glad that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.5And now I beseech thee, lady, not as writing a new commandment to thee, but that which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.6And this is charity: That we walk according to his commandments. For this is the commandment that, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in the same:7For many seducers are gone out into the world who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a seducer and an antichrist.8Look to yourselves, that you lose not the things which you have wrought: but that you may receive a full reward.9Whosoever revolteth and continueth not in the doctrine of Christ hath not God. He that continueth in the doctrine, the same hath both the Father and the Son.10If any man come to you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him: God speed you.11For he that saith unto him: God speed you, communicateth with his wicked works.12Having more things to write unto you, I would not by paper and ink: for I hope that I shall be with you and speak face to face, that your joy may be full.13The children of thy sister Elect salute thee.
1The Ancient, to the dearly beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.2Dearly beloved, concerning all things I make it my prayer that thou mayest proceed prosperously and fare well, as thy soul doth prosperously.3I was exceedingly glad when the brethren came and gave testimony to the truth in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.4I have no greater grace than this, to hear that my children walk in truth.5Dearly beloved, thou dost faithfully whatever thou dost for the brethren: and that for strangers,6Who have given testimony to thy charity in the sight of the church. Whom thou shalt do well to bring forward on their way in a manner worthy of God:7Because, for his name they went out, taking nothing of the Gentiles.8We therefore ought to receive such: that we may be fellow helpers of the truth.9I had written perhaps to the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, doth not receive us.1011Dearly beloved, follow not that which is evil: but that which is good. He that doth good is of God: he that doth evil hath not seen God.12To Demetrius, testimony is given by all, and by the truth itself: yea and we also give testimony. And thou knowest that our testimony is true.13I had many things to write unto thee: but I would not by ink and pen write to thee.14But I hope speedily to see thee: and we will speak mouth to mouth. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Salute the friends by name.