Amplified Bible

3 John

You Walk in the Truth

The elder [of the church addresses this letter] to the beloved and esteemed Gaius, whom I love in truth.

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]. 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. I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my [spiritual] children are living [their lives] in the truth.

Beloved, you are acting faithfully in what you are providing for the brothers, and especially when they are strangers; 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. For these [traveling missionaries] went out for the sake of the Name [of Christ], accepting nothing [in the way of assistance] from the Gentiles. 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].

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.

13 I had many things [to say when I began] to write to you, but I prefer not to put it down with pen (reed) and [a]black (ink); 14 but I hope to see you soon, and we will speak [b]face to face.

15 Peace be to you. The friends [here] greet you. Greet the friends [personally] by name.

Notas al pie

  1. 3 John 1:13 A mixture of water, charcoal, and gum resin used for writing.
  2. 3 John 1:14 Lit mouth to mouth.

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Tretí Jánov List

Ján, starší, milovanému Gájovi!

Môj milovaný, uisťujem ťa o svojej láske a modlím sa za teba, aby sa ti vo všetkom darilo a aby si bol zdravý, ako je zdravá tvoja duša.

Nesmierne som sa zaradoval, keď mi niektorí bratia, čo sa u mňa zastavili, porozprávali, že svojím životom verne nasleduješ pravdu.

Nič ma tak nepoteší ako správa, že moje deti sa držia Kristovej pravdy.

Môj milovaný, konáš naozaj záslužnú a dobrú prácu, že sa staráš o bratov, ktorí navštívia váš zbor.

Všade rozprávajú o tvojej láske. Robíš dobre, keď ich vybavíš na ďalšiu cestu, ako sa patrí na Božích služobníkov.

Pracujú predsa pre Krista, a preto neprijímajú podporu od neveriacich.

Pre takých ľudí máme mať otvorené dvere, a tak prispievať k šíreniu pravdy.

Zlý príklad

Napísal som vášmu zboru list, ale Diotrefes, ktorý chce mať medzi vami vždy prvé aj posledné slovo, nás neuznáva.

10 Keď prídem k vám, budem ho volať na zodpovednosť za to, že nás tak nepekne ohovára, neprijíma našich bratov, ba dokonca bráni tým, ktorí sa ich ujímajú, a vylučuje ich zo zboru.

11 Môj milovaný, nespravuj sa podľa zlého, ale drž sa dobrého príkladu. Kto koná podľa Božej vôle, je jeho dieťaťom. Kto koná svojvoľne, Boha nepozná.

12 O Demetriovi vydávajú všetci dobré svedectvo i jeho príkladný život potvrdzuje Božiu pravdu. Aj my sa zaňho zaručujeme a vieš, že naše svedectvo je spoľahlivé.

13 Rád by som napísal ešte viac, ale je to zbytočné,

14 lebo dúfam, že sa čoskoro uvidíme a dôkladne sa o všetkom pozhovárame.

15 Nech ti srdce napĺňa pokoj. Pozdravujú ťa priatelia a aj ty pozdrav všetkých bratov.