The Elder to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth.
2 Beloved, concerning all things I pray for you to prosper and to be in health, as your soul prospers. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when some brothers came and bore witness of you in the truth, as you walk in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than these things, that I hear my children are walking in the truth. 5 Beloved, you are faithfully doing whatever you are working for the brothers, and those strangers, 6 who bore witness of your love before the church, whom you will do well to send forward worthily of God; 7 for they went forth on behalf of the name taking nothing from the nations. 8 We ought therefore to entertain such men, in order that we may become co-workers in the truth.
9 I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes who loves to be first among them does not receive us. 10 Therefore, if I come, I will remember his works which he does, prating against us with evil words, and not being satisfied with these he also does not receive the brothers, and he prevents those who would and puts them out of the church.
11 Beloved, do not imitate the bad but the good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does ill has not seen God. 12 Witness has been born about Demetrius by all, and by the truth itself; and you know that our witness is true.
13 I had many things to write to you, but I wish not to write to you by means of ink and pen; 14 but I am hoping to see you immediately, and we will speak mouth to mouth. 15 Peace to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.