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3 John 1 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:1 - This letter is from John, the elder.[fn]
I am writing to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth.
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:2 - Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:3 - Some of the traveling teachers[fn] recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living according to the truth.
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:4 - I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.
Caring for the Lord’s Workers
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:5 - Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you.
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:6 - They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God.
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:7 - For they are traveling for the Lord,[fn] and they accept nothing from people who are not believers.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:8 - So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth.
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:9 - I wrote to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, refuses to have anything to do with us.
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:10 - When I come, I will report some of the things he is doing and the evil accusations he is making against us. Not only does he refuse to welcome the traveling teachers, he also tells others not to help them. And when they do help, he puts them out of the church.
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:11 - Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:12 - Everyone speaks highly of Demetrius, as does the truth itself. We ourselves can say the same for him, and you know we speak the truth.
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:13 - I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to write it with pen and ink.
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:14 - For I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk face to face.
Unchecked Copy Box3Jo 1:15 - [fn]Peace be with you.
Your friends here send you their greetings. Please give my personal greetings to each of our friends there.
NLT Footnotes
Greek From the elder.
Greek the brothers; also in verses 5 and 10.
Greek They went out on behalf of the Name.
Greek from Gentiles.
Greek they have not seen God.
Some English translations combine verses 14 and 15 into verse 14.
BLB Footnotes
Some English translations combine verses 14 and 15 into verse 14.  

Holy Bible, New Living Translation copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

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