1:1The elder unto thewellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
1:2Beloved, I wish aboveall things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soulprospereth. 1:3For I rejoicedgreatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is inthee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 1:4I have no greater joy than to hearthat my children walk in truth. 1:5Beloved, thou doest faithfullywhatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; 1:6Which have borne witness of thycharity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journeyafter a godly sort, thou shalt do well: 1:7Because that for his name’s sakethey went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. 1:8We therefore ought to receivesuch, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
1:9I wrote unto thechurch: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them,receiveth us not. 1:10Wherefore, if I come, I willremember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with maliciouswords: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive thebrethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out ofthe church.
1:11Beloved, follow notthat which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God:but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. 1:12Demetrius hath good report of allmen, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record;and ye know that our record is true.
1:13I had many things towrite, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee: 1:14But I trust I shall shortly seethee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Ourfriends salute thee. Greet the friends by name. Authorized King James Version, originally published by Oxford Press, Oxford, 1769