1 我這作長老的寫信給親愛的該猶，就是我本著真理所愛的人。 2 親愛的弟兄，衷心地祝你凡事順利，身體和靈魂一樣健康。
3 有弟兄們來為你的行為做見證，說你忠心地遵行真理，這使我非常欣慰。 4 沒有比聽見自己的孩子遵行真理更使我歡喜了。
5 親愛的弟兄，你常常忠心地照顧素不相識的弟兄， 6 他們把你的愛心告訴了教會。願你照著上帝所喜悅的方式繼續幫助他們， 7 因為他們為了主耶穌的名四處傳道，不收取非信徒的任何東西。 8 我們應該接待這樣的人，好與他們一同傳揚真理。
9 我曾寫信給你那裡的教會，但喜歡做領袖的丟特腓不理會我們。 10 因此，我若去你們那裡，會提及他的所作所為，就是他怎樣惡言中傷我們。不僅如此，他還拒絕接待弟兄，並且禁止別人接待，甚至將接待的人趕出教會。
11 親愛的弟兄，不要效法罪惡，要效法美善。行善的人屬於上帝，行惡的人不認識上帝。 12 低米丟得到了眾人的好評，真理本身也為他做見證，我們也為他做見證。你們知道我們的見證是真實的。
13 我本來有很多事想跟你談，但不想用筆墨寫給你， 14 只希望可以快快地見到你，跟你當面暢談。
1-4 The Pastor, to my good friend Gaius: How truly I love you! We’re the best of friends, and I pray for good fortune in everything you do, and for your good health—that your everyday affairs prosper, as well as your soul! I was most happy when some friends arrived and brought the news that you persist in following the way of Truth. Nothing could make me happier than getting reports that my children continue diligently in the way of Truth!
Model the Good
5-8 Dear friend, when you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible. They’ve made a full report back to the church here, a message about your love. It’s good work you’re doing, helping these travelers on their way, hospitality worthy of God himself! They set out under the banner of the Name, and get no help from unbelievers. So they deserve any support we can give them. In providing meals and a bed, we become their companions in spreading the Truth.
9-10 Earlier I wrote something along this line to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves being in charge, denigrates my counsel. If I come, you can be sure I’ll hold him to account for spreading vicious rumors about us.
As if that weren’t bad enough, he not only refuses hospitality to traveling Christians but tries to stop others from welcoming them. Worse yet, instead of inviting them in he throws them out.
11 Friend, don’t go along with evil. Model the good. The person who does good does God’s work. The person who does evil falsifies God, doesn’t know the first thing about God.
12 Everyone has a good word for Demetrius—the Truth itself stands up for Demetrius! We concur, and you know we don’t hand out endorsements lightly.
13-14 I have a lot more things to tell you, but I’d rather not use pen and ink. I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk.
Peace to you. The friends here say hello. Greet our friends there by name.