1 The older man, to my beloved GaiUs, whom I truly love.
2 My loved one; I pray that you’re doing well in everything, and that you continue in good health as the man within you prospers.
3 I was so happy when the brothers came and testified to the fact that you’re continuing to walk in the truth. 4 For nothing brings me greater joy than hearing that my children keep on walking in the truth!
5 Loved one; You’re doing a faithful work by helping the brothers… and even those who are strangers, 6 for they’ve testified about your love to the called ones. So, it would be a fine thing if you’d also send them off in a way that is worthy of The God, 7 because they’ve been going to the gentiles in [His] name and they haven’t asked anything from them. 8 As the result, we’re obliged to welcome such ones hospitably, so we can be fellow workers for the truth.
9 I wrote something to the congregation, but DioTrephes (who likes to be the most prominent) refused to welcome us. 10 That’s why, if I come there, I won’t forget the way that he acted or any of the wicked rumors that he spread about us. For even these things weren’t enough for him, because not only does he fail to welcome the brothers, but he also prevents the rest from doing so… even expelling them from the congregation!
11 Loved one; Don’t imitate his bad ways, just do what is good. Because, those who do what’s good come from God, but those who do what’s bad haven’t seen God.
12 Why, everyone has testified about this matter to DeMetrius, so he knows the truth. And now we’re warning you about this… and you know that what we’re saying is true.
13 I have many other things to write about, but I don’t wish to write them with pen and paper. 14 I hope to see you soon, and then we can talk face to face.
May you have peace.
The friends send you their greetings. Give my greetings to the friends by name.