You Walk in the Truth
1 The elder [of the church addresses this letter] to the beloved and esteemed Gaius, whom I love in truth.
2 Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]. 3 For I was greatly pleased when [some of the] brothers came [from time to time] and testified to your [faithfulness to the] truth [of the gospel message], that is, how you are walking in truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my [spiritual] children are living [their lives] in the truth.
5 Beloved, you are acting faithfully in what you are providing for the brothers, and especially when they are strangers; 6 and they have testified before the church of your love and friendship. You will do well to [assist them and] send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. 7 For these [traveling missionaries] went out for the sake of the Name [of Christ], accepting nothing [in the way of assistance] from the Gentiles. 8 So we ought to support such people [welcoming them as guests and providing for them], so that we may be fellow workers for the truth [that is, for the gospel message of salvation].
9 I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to put himself first, does not accept what we say and refuses to recognize my authority. 10 For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, unjustly accusing us with wicked words and unjustified charges. And not satisfied with this, he refuses to receive the [missionary] brothers himself, and also forbids those who want to [welcome them] and puts them out of the church.
11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but [imitate] what is good. The one who practices good [exhibiting godly character, moral courage and personal integrity] is of God; the one who practices [or permits or tolerates] evil has not seen God [he has no personal experience with Him and does not know Him at all]. 12 Demetrius has received a good testimony and commendation from everyone—and from the truth [the standard of God’s word] itself; and we add our testimony and speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.
15 Peace be to you. The friends [here] greet you. Greet the friends [personally] by name.
1 Me, Ɔpanyin, mekyerɛw kɔma me dɔfo pa Gaio.
2 M’adamfo pa, mebɔ mpae sɛ biribiara nkɔ so yiye mma wo, na nya ahoɔden sɛnea minim sɛ honhom fa mu no, wowɔ ahoɔden no. 3 Anuanom bi baa ha bɛka kyerɛɛ me se, woanya nokware no mu gyidi no, na woda so kita nokware no mu no, ɛyɛɛ me anigye yiye. 4 Biribiara nyɛ me anigye nkyɛn sɛ metee sɛ me mma no te nokware mu.
5 M’adamfo pa, wudi nokware yiye wɔ adwuma a woyɛ ma anuanom no a ɛmfa ho sɛ wɔyɛ ahɔho mpo. 6 Wɔaka ɔdɔ a wodɔ asafo a ɛwɔ ha no ho asɛm. Mesrɛ wo, boa wɔn wɔn akwantu no mu ma ɛnsɔ Onyankopɔn ani. 7 Efisɛ, wɔn kwan a wɔretu no, wɔretu wɔ Kristo din mu a wɔmpɛ mmoa biara mfi wɔn a wɔnyɛ gyidifo no nkyɛn.
8 Yɛn Kristofo na ɛsɛ sɛ yɛboa saa nnipa no sɛnea yɛne wɔn bɛyɛ nokware no ho adwuma.
9 Mekyerɛw krataa tiaa bi kɔmaa asafo no, nanso Diotrefe a n’ani gye sɛ ɔyɛ wɔn panyin no rentie nea meka no. 10 Sɛ meba a, biribiara a wayɛ no, mede ho asɛm bɛto mo anim. Nsɛm a ɛyɛ hu a ɔka fa yɛn ho ne atoro a otwa nyinaa, mɛka ho asɛm. Nanso ɛno nko ara nye mma no. Sɛ anuanom no ba a, ɔrennye wɔn, na obiara a ɔpɛ sɛ ogye wɔn no nso, ɔbɛma no agyae na wabɔ mmɔden apam wɔn afi asafo no mu.
11 M’adamfo 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.
12 Obiara 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.
Nkyia a etwa to
13 Mewɔ nsɛm bebree ka kyerɛ mo nanso meremfa krataa ne kyerɛwdua so nka. 14 Ɛrenkyɛ biara mehu mo na me ne mo akasa.
15 Asomdwoe nka mo. Mo nnamfonom nyinaa kyiakyia mo. Kyiakyia yɛn nnamfonom nyinaa.