1 From the Elder: greetings to my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in truth.
1Cor 1:14 1John 3:18 Rom 16:23 2John 1:1-13 Acts 19:29 Acts 20:4
2 My dear friend, I hope everything is going happily with you and that you are as well physically as you are spiritually.
2Pet 1:3-9 2Pet 3:18 Col 1:4-6 Ps 20:1-5 1Pet 4:8 1Thess 1:3-10 Jas 5:12
3 It was a great joy to me when some brothers came and told of your faithfulness to the truth, and of your life in the truth.
2John 1:4 Eph 1:15-16 2Cor 7:6-7 2John 1:2 Col 1:7-8 Ps 119:11 Rom 1:8-9
4 It is always my greatest joy to hear that my children are living according to the truth.
1Kgs 2:4 1Kgs 3:6 2Kgs 20:3 Gal 4:19 Phlm 1:10 1Tim 1:2 2Tim 1:2
5 My dear friend, you have done loyal work in helping these brothers, even though they were strangers to you.
2Cor 4:1-3 Col 3:17 Gal 6:10 Luke 12:42 Luke 16:10-12 Matt 24:45 1Pet 4:10-11
6 They are a proof to the whole Church of your love and it would be a kindness if you could help them on their journey as God would approve.
1Thess 2:12 Acts 15:3 Titus 3:13 1Pet 2:20 2Cor 1:16 Acts 21:5 Col 1:10
7 It was entirely for the sake of the name that they set out, without depending on the non-believers for anything:
1Cor 9:18 2Cor 4:5 2Cor 11:7-9 2Cor 12:13 2Kgs 5:15-16 Col 1:24 Rev 2:3
8 it is our duty to welcome people of this sort and contribute our share to their work for the truth.
1Cor 3:5-9 1Cor 16:10-11 1Thess 3:2 2Cor 6:1 2Cor 7:2-3 2Cor 8:23 3John 1:10
9 I have written a note for the members of the church, but Diotrephes, who enjoys being in charge of it, refuses to accept us.
Luke 9:48 Luke 22:24-27 Titus 1:7-16 Mark 9:34 Mark 10:35-45 Matt 10:40-42 Matt 20:20-28
10 So if I come, I shall tell everyone how he has behaved, and about the wicked accusations he has been circulating against us. As if that were not enough, he not only refuses to welcome our brothers, but prevents from doing so other people who would have liked to, and expels them from the church.
Isa 66:5 Prov 10:10 2Cor 13:2 John 9:34-35 Prov 10:8 1Cor 5:1-5 2Cor 10:1-11
11 My dear friend, never follow a bad example, but keep following the good one; whoever does what is right is from God, but no one who does what is wrong has ever seen God.
Isa 1:16-17 Ps 37:27 1John 2:29 1Pet 3:11 2Tim 3:10 Eph 5:1 Ps 34:14
12 Demetrius has been approved by everyone, and indeed by Truth itself. We too will vouch for him and you know that our testimony is true.
1Tim 3:7 John 21:24 Acts 10:22 Acts 22:12 John 19:35 1Thess 4:12
13 There were several things I had to tell you but I would rather not trust them to pen and ink.
14 However, I hope to see you soon and talk to you in person.
1Pet 5:14 Dan 4:1 Eph 6:23 Gal 5:16 Gen 43:23 Rom 16:1-16
15 Peace be with you; greetings from your friends; greet each of our friends by name.