3 John 1
He commendeth Gaius for his piety
3 John 1:1 The elder to the well-beloved Gaius, whom I love in 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.
3 John 1:5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; 3 John 1:6 Who have borne testimony of thy charity before the church: whom if thou shalt bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou wilt do well:
to true preachers:
3 John 1:7 Because for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing from the Gentiles. 3 John 1:8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we may be fellow-helpers to the truth.
complaining of the unkind dealing of ambitious Diotrephes on the contrary side,
3 John 1:9 I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence 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 with that, 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 by all [men], and by the truth itself: and we [also] bear testimony; and ye know that our testimony is true. 3 John 1:13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write to 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.