1 Presbyter Gaio carissimo, quem ego diligo in veritate.
2 Carissime, in omnibus exopto prospere te agere et valere, sicut prospere agit anima tua.
3 Nam gavisus sum valde, venientibus fratribus et testimonium perhibentibus veritati tuae, quomodo tu in veritate ambules.
4 Maius horum non habeo gaudium, quam ut audiam filios meos in veritate ambulare.
5 Carissime, fideliter facis, quidquid operaris in fratres et hoc in peregrinos,
6 qui testimonium reddiderunt caritati tuae in conspectu ecclesiae. Bene facies subveniens illis in via digne Deo;
7 pro nomine enim profecti sunt, nihil accipientes a gentilibus.
8 Nos ergo debemus sublevare huiusmodi, ut cooperatores simus veritatis.
9 Scripsi aliquid ecclesiae; sed is qui amat primatum gerere in eis, Diotrephes, non recipit nos.
10 Propter hoc, si venero, commonebo eius opera, quae facit verbis malignis garriens in nos; et quasi non ei ista sufficiant, nec ipse suscipit fratres et eos, qui cu piunt, prohibet et de ecclesia eicit.
11 Carissime, noli imitari malum, sed quod bonum est. Qui benefacit, ex Deo est; qui malefacit, non vidit Deum.
12 Demetrio testimonium redditur ab omnibus et ab ipsa veritate; sed et nos testimonium perhibemus, et scis quoniam testimonium nostrum verum est.
13 Multa habui scribere tibi, sed nolo per atramentum et calamum scribere tibi;
14 spero autem protinus te videre, et os ad os loquemur.
15 Pax tibi. Salutant te amici. Saluta amicos nominatim.
King James Version
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.