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The elder man to Gaius, most dear brother [most dear], whom I love in truth.

Most dear brother, of all things I make prayer, that thou enter, and fare wellfully, as thy soul doeth wellfully.[a]

I joyed [full] greatly, for brethren came, and bare witnessing to thy truth, as thou walkest in truth.

I have not more grace of these things, than that I hear that my sons walk in truth.

Most dear brother, thou doest faithfully, whatever thou workest in brethren [Most dear, thou doest faithfully, whatever thou workest into brethren], and that into pilgrims,

which yielded witnessing to thy charity, in the sight of the church; which thou leadest forth [whom thou leadest forth], and doest well-worthily to God.

For they went forth for his name, and took nothing of heathen men. [Soothly for his name they went forth, nothing taking of heathen men.]

Therefore we owe to receive such, that we be even-workers of truth.

I had written peradventure to the church, but this Diotrephes, that loveth to bear primacy in them [that loveth for to bear primacy, or chief places, in them], receiveth not us.

10 For this thing, if I shall come, I shall admonish his works, which he doeth, chiding against us with evil words[b]. And as if these things suffice not to him, neither he receiveth brethren, and forbiddeth them that receive, and putteth out of the church [and casteth out of the church].

11 Most dear brother [Most dear], do not thou follow evil thing, but that that is good thing. He that doeth well, is of God; he that doeth evil, seeth not God.

12 Witnessing is yielded to Demetrius of all men, and of truth itself; but also we bear witnessing, and thou knowest, that our witnessing is true.

13 I had many things to write to thee, but I would not write to thee by ink and pen.

14 For I hope soon to see thee, and we shall speak mouth to mouth. Peace be to thee. Friends greet thee well. Greet thou well friends by name.


  1. 3 John 1:2 Most dear, of all things I make prayer, that thou enter, and fare wellsomely, as thy soul fareth wellsomely.
  2. 3 John 1:10 garring, or chiding/chattering against us with evil words