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The Third Epistle of

1  The elder unto the well-beloved Gai'us, Acts 19.29 · Rom. 16.23 · 1 Cor. 1.14 whom I love in the truth.
2  ¶ Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
3  For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
4  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

Gaius' Hospitality Commended
5  ¶ Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
6  which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:
7  because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
8  We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow helpers to the truth.

The Opposition of Diotrephes
9  ¶ I wrote unto the church: but Diot're-phes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
10  Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

The Good Report concerning Demetrius
11  ¶ Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
12  Deme'tri-us hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.

Final Greetings
13  ¶ I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
14  but I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face.
¶ Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.

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