1 The Elder,
To the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth:
2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health,v just as your soul prospers. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.i
5 Beloved, you do faithfully what ever you do forvi the brethren andii for strangers, 6 who have borne witness of your lovevii before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well, 7 because they went forth for His name's sake, taking nothing from the Gentiles. 8 We therefore ought to receiveiii such, that we may become fellow workers for the truth.
9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, does not receive us. 10 Therefore, if I come, I will call to mind his deeds which he does, prating against us with malicious words. And not content with that, he himself does not receive the brethren, and forbids those who wish to, putting them out of the church.
Peace to you. Our friends greetxiii you. Greet the friends by name.
i. NU-Text reads the truth.
ii. NU-Text adds especially.
iii. NU-Text reads support.
iv. NU-Text and M-Text omit but.
v. KJV reads I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health.
vi. KJV reads doest to the brethren, and to strangers.
vii. KJV reads Which have borne witness of thy charity.
viii. KJV reads follow not that which is evil.
ix. KJV reads has good report of all men.
x. KJV reads bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
xi. KJV reads I will not.
xii. KJV reads But I trust.
xiii. KJV reads our friends salute thee.
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