3 John The Passion Translation (TPT)
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3 I was filled with joy and delight when the brothers arrived and informed me of your faithfulness to the truth. They told me how you live continually in the truth of Christ.[f] 4 It is the greatest joy of my life to hear that my children are consistently living their lives in the ways of truth!
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5 My beloved friend, I commend you for your demonstration of faithful love by all that you have done for the brothers on their journey, even though they were strangers at the time.[g] 6 They have shared publicly with the congregation[h] about the beautiful acts of love you have shown them.[i] Now, if you would be so kind, send them on their way with a generous gift, in a manner that would honor God.[j] 7 You see, it was their passion for the glory of the name of Christ that launched them out, and they’ve not accepted financial support from unbelievers.[k] 8 They are deserving of all the support we can give them, because through our giving we can partner with them for the truth.[l]
9 I have already written you once about this,[m] but Diotrephes,[n] who loves to be in charge and recognized as first among you, does not acknowledge our authority. 10 So if I come, I will address what he’s doing—spreading his malicious slander against us.[o] And not content with that, he refuses to welcome our brothers,[p] and he stands in the way of those who want to receive them and show them hospitality by throwing them out of the church!
12 As for Demetrius, everyone speaks very highly of him,[s] and even the truth itself stands by his side. We too wholeheartedly endorse him, and you know that our recommendation is reliable.
15 Peace to you, my friend. Your friends here send their loving greetings to you. Please greet each one of our friends there by name.
3 John New International Version (NIV)
1 The elder,
To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2 Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3 It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
5 Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters,[a] even though they are strangers to you. 6 They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. 7 It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. 8 We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.
9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. 10 So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.
11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone—and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.
13 I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.