3 John 1
He commendeth Gaius for his piety
3 John 1:1 The elder vnto þe beloued Gayus whom I loue in the trueth. 3 John 1:2 Beloued I wisshe in all thynges that thou prosperedest, and faredest well, euen as thy soule prospereth, 3 John 1:3 For I reioysed greatly, when þe brethren came, and testifyed of the trueth that is in the, how thou walkest in the trueth. 3 John 1:4 I haue no greater ioye, then for to heare, how that my sonnes walke in veritye.
3 John 1:5 Beloued thou doest faythfully, what soeuer þu doest to þe brethren, and to straungers, 3 John 1:6 which beare wytnes of thy loue before the congregacyon. Which brethren if thou brynge forwardes of theyr iorney (after a godly sorte) þu shalt do well:
to true preachers:
3 John 1:7 because that for his names sake they went forth: and toke nothynge of the Gentyls. 3 John 1:8 We therfore ought to receaue such, that we myght be helpers to the trueth.
complaining of the unkind dealing of ambitious Diotrephes on the contrary side,
3 John 1:9 I wrote vnto the congregacion: but Diotrephes which loueth to haue the preeminence amonge them, receaueth vs not. 3 John 1:10 Wherfore yf I come, I will declare hys dedes which he doeth, iestinge on vs wt malicious wordes, nether is therewith content. Not onely he him selfe receaueth not þe brethren: but also he forbyddeth them þt wolde, and thrusteth them out of the congregacion.
whose evil example is not to be followed:
3 John 1:11 Beloued, folowe not that which is euyll, but that which is good. He that doeth well is of God: but he that doeth euill, seyth not God.
and giveth special testimony to the good report of Demetrius.
3 John 1:12 Demetrius hath good reporte of all men & of the trueth it selfe. yee, and we oure selues also beare recorde, & ye knowe, that oure recorde is true. 3 John 1:13 I had many thinges to wryte: but I will not with ynke and penne wryte vnto the. 3 John 1:14 I trust I shall shortly se þe & we shall speake mouth to mouth. Peace be vnto the. The louers salute the. Grete the louers by name.