CHAPTER 1 **1** The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. **2** Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. **3** For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. **4** I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. **5** Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; **6** Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: **7** Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. **8** We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth. **9** I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. **10** Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth _them_ out of the church. **11** Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. **12** Demetrius hath good report of all _men_, and of the truth itself: yea, and we _also_ bear record; and ye know that our record is true. **13** I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee: **14** But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace _be_ to thee. _Our_ friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.