The Third Epistle of John
܀ ܐܓܪܬܐ ܕܬܠܬ ܕܝܘܚܢܢ ܫܠܝܚܐ ܐ ܀
1 THE Elder, to my beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2 Our beloved;
in all things, I pray for thee that thou mayest prosper and be in health, as thy soul doth prosper.
3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified concerning thy integrity, even as thou walkest in the truth.
4 And I have no greater joy, than to hear that my children walk in the truth.
5 Our beloved, thou doest in faith, what thou performest towards the brethren;
and especially towards strangers,
6 who have borne testimony to thy charity before the whole community, to whom thou doest good, as is pleasing to God.
7 For they went forth in behalf of his name, taking nothing of the non-believers.
8 We therefore ought to receive such persons, that we may be aiders of the truth.
9 I was desirous of writing to the community;
but he who loveth to be foremost among them, Diotrephes, receiveth us not.
10 Therefore, if he come, remember those his doings, that he treated us with malignant words;
and this not sufficing him, he received not the brethren;
and those who would receive [them], he prohibited, and even ejected them from the community.
11 Our beloved, be not a follower of what is evil, but of what is good.
He that doeth good, is of God; but he that doeth evil, hath not seen God.
12 Of Demetrius, there is good testimony from every one, and from the community, and from the truth itself:
and we also bear [him] testimony, and ye know that our testimony is true.
13 I had many things to write to thee;
but I will not write [them] to thee with ink and pen.
14 But I hope soon to see thee, and to converse mouth to mouth.
15 Peace be with thee.
The friends salute thee.
Salute the friends, severally, by name.
End of the third Epistle of John the Legate.