1:2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 1:3For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 1:4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 1:5Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; 1:6Which 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: 1:7Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. 1:8We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
1:9I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 1:10Wherefore, 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.
1:11Beloved, 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. 1:12Demetrius 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.
1:13I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee: 1:14But 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.