Gaius' Hospitality Commended
5 Beloved , you are acting faithfully in whatever e you accomplish for the brethren , and especially when they are strangers ; 6 and they have testified to your love before the church . You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God . 7 For they went out for the sake of the Name , accepting nothing from the Gentiles . 8 Therefore we ought to support such men , so that we may be fellow workers with the truth .
The Opposition of Diotrephes
9 I wrote something to the church ; but Diotrephes , who loves to be first among them, does not accept what we say . 10 For this reason , if I come , I will call attention to his deeds which he does , unjustly accusing us with wicked words ; and not satisfied with this , he himself does not receive the brethren , either , and he forbids those who desire to do so and puts them out of the church .
The Good Report concerning Demetrius
11 Beloved , do not imitate what is evil , but what is good . The one who does good is of God ; the one who does evil has not seen God .
12 Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone , and from the truth itself ; and we add our testimony , and you know that our testimony is true .
13 I had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink ; 14 but I hope to see you shortly , and we will speak face to face . 15 Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name .
1:4 Lit "these things, that I hear"
1:5 Lit "this"
1:8 Or "receive such men as guests"
1:8 Or "prove ourselves to be"
1:8 Or "for"
1:9 Lit "us"