1Me, Asɔre panyin,
Mekyerɛw kɔma me dɔfo pa Gaio.
2Mʼadamfo pa, mebɔ mpae sɛ biribiara nkɔ so yiye mma wo, na nya ahoɔden sɛnea minim sɛ wowɔ ahoɔden wɔ honhom fa mu no. 3Anuanom bi baa ha bɛka kyerɛɛ me se, woanya nokware no mu gyidi no, na woda so kura nokware no mu no, ɛyɛɛ me anigye yiye. 4Biribiara nyɛ me anigye nkyɛn sɛ mɛte sɛ me mma no te nokware mu.
5Mʼadamfo pa, wudi nokware yiye wɔ adwuma a woyɛ ma anuanom no a ɛmfa ho sɛ wɔyɛ ahɔho mpo. 6Wɔaka ɔdɔ a wodɔ asafo a ɛwɔ hɔ no ho asɛm. Mesrɛ wo, boa wɔn wɔ wɔn akwantu no mu ma ɛnsɔ Onyankopɔn ani. 7Efisɛ wɔretu wɔn kwan wɔ Awurade din mu a wɔmpɛ mmoa biara mfi wɔn a wɔnyɛ agyidifo no nkyɛn. 8Yɛn Kristofo na ɛsɛ sɛ yɛboa saa nnipa no sɛnea yɛne wɔn bɛyɛ nokware no ho adwuma.
9Mekyerɛw krataa tiaa bi kɔmaa asafo no, nanso Diotrefe a nʼani gye sɛ ɔyɛ wɔn panyin no ntie nea meka no. 10Sɛ meba a, mede biribiara a ɔreyɛ no ho asɛm bɛto mo anim. Mɛka nsɛm a ɛyɛ hu a ɔka fa yɛn ho ne atoro a otwa nyinaa no ho asɛm. Nanso ɛno nko ara nye mma no. Sɛ anuanom afoforo ba a, onnye wɔn, na osiw wɔn a wɔpɛ sɛ wogye wɔn no nso kwan, san apam wɔn fi asafo no mu.
11Mʼadamfo pa, munnsua ade bɔne, na mmom munsua ade pa. Obiara a ɔyɛ papa no yɛ Onyankopɔn de. Na obiara a ɔyɛ bɔne no nhuu Onyankopɔn ɛ. 12Obiara ka Demetrio ho asɛm pa, na mpo nokware no ankasa ka ne ho asɛm pa. Na yɛn nso yedi ne ho adanse pa, na munim sɛ nea yɛka no yɛ nokware.
13Mewɔ nsɛm bebree ka kyerɛ mo, nanso meremfa krataa ne kyerɛwdua so nka. 14Ɛrenkyɛ biara mehu mo na me ne mo akasa.
15Asomdwoe nka mo.
Mo nnamfonom nyinaa kyiakyia mo. Kyiakyia yɛn nnamfonom nyinaa.
1The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 5Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; 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: 7Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. 8We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
9I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 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.
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. 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.
13I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee: 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.