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A Study on 3 John


1The Elder, to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I truly love.

2Dear friend, I pray that in every way things may go well with you and that you may be healthy - just as I have heard that things are going well with your soul. 3For it filled me with great joy when Christian brothers came, and told me about the truth that is in you - the truth in which you continue to live. 4I have no greater joy than to hear that my spiritual children continue to live in the truth.

5Dear friend, you have been faithful in what you have done for the Christian brothers, even though they are strangers to you. 6They have told the church about your love. You will do well to send them on their way, in a manner worthy of God. 7It was for his name's sake that they went out, receiving no financial help from those who do not know God. 8We, therefore, ought to help them, so that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

9I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to put himself first, will not pay attention to what we say. 10So if I visit, I will point out what he is doing, spreading false rumors about us. Not satisfied with that, he not only refuses to welcome the Christian brothers, but also tries to stop others from doing so, expelling them out of the church.

11Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does what is good is from God; he who does what is evil has not seen God. 12Everyone speaks well of Demetrius; the truth itself speaks well of him. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.

13I have many things to say to you, but am unwilling to do so with pen and ink. 14I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk face to face.

Peace to you. The friends here greet you. Greet the friends there by name.




v. 1-2

v. 3-4

v. 5-6

v. 7-8

v. 9-10

v. 11

v. 12

v. 13

v. 14


Dennis Hinks - Translation 1996
Study Guide 1994, 2004