1769 King James Bible

3 John 1

He commendeth Gaius for his piety

3 John 1:1 The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. 3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3 John 1:3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 3 John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

and hospitality

3 John 1:5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; 3 John 1:6 Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:

to true preachers:

3 John 1:7 Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. 3 John 1:8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.

complaining of the unkind dealing of ambitious Diotrephes on the contrary side,

3 John 1:9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 3 John 1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth [them] out of the church.

whose evil example is not to be followed:

3 John 1:11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.

and giveth special testimony to the good report of Demetrius.

3 John 1:12 Demetrius hath good report of all [men], and of the truth itself: yea, and we [also] bear record; and ye know that our record is true. 3 John 1:13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee: 3 John 1:14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace [be] to thee. [Our] friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.

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