1 aThe elder to the beloved bGaius, whom I clove in truth. 2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. 3 For I awas very glad when bbrethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you aare walking in truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear of amy children bwalking in the truth. 5 Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the abrethren, and especially when they are bstrangers; 6 and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to asend them on their way in a manner bworthy of God. 7 For they went out for the sake of athe Name, baccepting nothing from the Gentiles. 8 Therefore we ought to support such men, so that we may be fellow workers with the truth. 9 I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to abe first among them, does not accept what we say. 10 For this reason, aif I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not breceive the cbrethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and dputs them out of the church. 11 Beloved, ado not imitate what is evil, but what is good. bThe one who does good is of God; cthe one who does evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius ahas received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself; and we add our testimony, and byou know that our testimony is true. 13 aI had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink; 14 but I hope to see you shortly, and we will speak face to face. 15 aPeace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends bby name.