3 John 1:1-8 New International Version

Salutation

1 The elder, To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth. 2  Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

3  It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. 4  I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Gaius' Hospitality Commended

5  Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters,[1] even though they are strangers to you. 6  They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. 7  It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. 8  We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.

Footnotes

[1] 1:5 The Greek word for "brothers and sisters" ("adelphoi" ) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God's family.

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