1: The elder to the beloved Ga'ius, whom I love in
2: Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that
you may be in health; I know that it is well with your soul.
3: For I
greatly rejoiced when some of the brethren arrived and testified to the truth of
your life, as indeed you do follow the truth.
4: No greater joy can I
have than this, to hear that my children follow the truth.
Beloved, it is a loyal thing you do when you render any service to the brethren,
especially to strangers,
6: who have testified to your love before
the church. You will do well to send them on their journey as befits God's
7: For they have set out for his sake and have accepted
nothing from the heathen.
8: So we ought to support such men, that we
may be fellow workers in the truth.
9: I have written something to
the church; but Diot'rephes, who likes to put himself first, does not
acknowledge my authority.
10: So if I come, I will bring up what he
is doing, prating against me with evil words. And not content with that, he
refuses himself to welcome the brethren, and also stops those who want to
welcome them and puts them out of the church.
11: Beloved, do not
imitate evil but imitate good. He who does good is of God; he who does evil has
not seen God.
12: Deme'trius has testimony from every one, and from
the truth itself; I testify to him too, and you know my testimony is true.
13: I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen
14: I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face
15: Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the
friends, every one of them.