Modern Literal Version
3 John]



     1 The elder to beloved Gaius, whom I love* in truth. 2 Beloved Gaius, I am praying for you to be prospered and to be sound {Or: healthy} concerning all things, just-as your soul is prospering. 3 For* I rejoiced exceedingly of brethren coming and testifying of your truth, just-as you are walking in truth. 4 I have no greater joy from these things, in order that I may hear my children are walking in the truth.



     5 Beloved, you practice faithfully whatever you have worked toward the brethren and toward strangers; 6 who testified to your° love* in the sight of the congregation*; whom you will do well, having sent onward worthily of God. 7 For* they went forth on behalf of the Name, taking nothing from the Gentiles. 8 Therefore we ought to receive those who are such, in order that we should become fellow workers for the truth.



     9 I wrote to the congregation*, but Diotrephes, who loves to be their foremost one, is not accepting us. 10 Because of this, if I come, I will be reminding him of his works in which he practices: gossiping against us with evil words and not being content in these, nor does he himself accept the brethren and he forbids those who plan to come, and casts them out of the congregation*.



     11 Beloved, do not imitate the evil one, but the good one. He who practices good is from God. He who practices evil has not seen God. 12 As for Demetrius, he has been testified of by all and by the truth itself. But we also are testifying and you° know that our testimony is true.



     13 I had many things to write to you, but I do not wish to write them to you through ink and reed. 14 But I hope to see you immediately and we will be speaking mouth to mouth {i.e., face to face}. Peace to you°. The friends greet you°. Greet the friends according to name.



     {NOTES: Please read the Preface and other non-bible sections. * is our universal footnoting for words contained in the 'Definitions' section. These words are NOT the same Greek word as the non-asterisk form; i.e. *FOR is different from FOR* is different from FOR.}




Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1999, 2014 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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