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  Third John

1The elder unto Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth. 2Beloved, I pray that in all things you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.

3For I rejoiced greatly, when brethren came and bare witness unto your truth, even as you walk in truth. 4Greater joy have I none than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth. 5Beloved, you do a faithful work in whatsoever you do toward them that are brethren and strangers withal; 6who bare witness to your love before the church: whom you will do well to set forward on their journey worthily of God: 7because that for the sake of the Name they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. 8We therefore ought to welcome such, that we may be fellow-workers for the truth.

9I wrote somewhat unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, receives us not. 10Therefore, if I come, I will bring to remembrance his works which he does, prating against us with wicked words: and not content therewith, neither does he himself receive the brethren, and them that he would forbid and casts them out of the church. 11Beloved, imitate not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God: he that does evil has not seen God.

12Demetrius has the witness of all men, and of the truth itself: yes, we also bear witness: and you know that our witness is true. 13I had many things to write unto you, but I am unwilling to write them to you with ink and pen: 14but I hope shortly to see you, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be unto you. The friends salute you. Salute the friends by name.


  All text copyright 2005 Aaron Randall. All rights reserved.  Photos, unless otherwise credited, are the property of the auth, all rights reserved.  Originally posted February 24, 2004.  Revised: April 11, 2012.