11 The Elder to the choice Kyria, and to her children, whom I love in truth, and not I only, but also all those having known the truth, 2 because of the truth that is remaining in us, and with us shall be to the age, 3 there shall be with you grace, kindness, peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

Abide in the Doctrine of Christ

4 I rejoiced exceedingly that I have found of thy children walking in truth, even as a command we did receive from the Father;

5 and now I beseech thee, Kyria, not as writing to thee a new command, but which we had from the beginning, that we may love one another, 6 and this is the love, that we may walk according to His commands; this is the command, even as ye did hear from the beginning, that in it ye may walk,

7 because many leading astray did enter into the world, who are not confessing Jesus Christ coming in flesh; this one is he who is leading astray, and the antichrist. 8 See to yourselves that ye may not lose the things that we wrought, but a full reward may receive; 9 every one who is transgressing, and is not remaining in the teaching of the Christ, hath not God; he who is remaining in the teaching of the Christ, this one hath both the Father and the Son;

10 if any one doth come unto you, and this teaching doth not bear, receive him not into the house, and say not to him, 'Hail!' 11 for he who is saying to him, 'Hail,' hath fellowship with his evil works.

Final Greetings

12 Many things having to write to you, I did not intend through paper and ink, but I hope to come unto you, and speak mouth to mouth, that our joy may be full; 13 salute thee do the children of thy choice sister. Amen.


11 The Elder to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth! 2 beloved, concerning all things I desire thee to prosper, and to be in health, even as thy soul doth prosper,

3 for I rejoiced exceedingly, brethren coming and testifying of the truth in thee, even as thou in truth dost walk; 4 greater than these things I have no joy, that I may hear of my children in truth walking.

Gaius' Hospitality Commended

5 Beloved, faithfully dost thou do whatever thou mayest work to the brethren and to the strangers, 6 who did testify of thy love before an assembly, whom thou wilt do well, having sent forward worthily of God, 7 because for 'His' name they went forth, nothing receiving from the nations; 8 we, then, ought to receive such, that fellow-workers we may become to the truth.

The Opposition of Diotrephes

9 I did write to the assembly, but he who is loving the first place among them—Diotrephes—doth not receive us; 10 because of this, if I may come, I will cause him to remember his works that he doth, with evil words prating against us; and not content with these, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and those intending he doth forbid, and out of the assembly he doth cast.

The Good Report concerning Demetrius

11 Beloved, be not thou following that which is evil, but that which is good; he who is doing good, of God he is, and he who is doing evil hath not seen God;

12 to Demetrius testimony hath been given by all, and by the truth itself, and we also—we do testify, and ye have known that our testimony is true.

Final Greetings

13 Many things I had to write, but I do not wish through ink and pen to write to thee, 14 and I hope straightway to see thee, and mouth to mouth we shall speak. Peace to thee! salute thee do the friends; be saluting the friends by name.