Knijga O Kristu

3 Ivanova 1:1-15

Pozdrav

1Starješina Ivan,1:1 U grčkome: samo starješina. dragomu Gaju kojega volim u Istini.

2Dragi moj, molim se da u svemu budeš dobro te da ti je tijelo zdravo kao što znam da ti je zdrava duša. 3Veoma su me obradovala neka braća koja su došla i posvjedočila mi da živiš čestito i u Istini. 4Za mene nema veće radosti nego kad čujem da moja djeca žive u Istini!

Briga za Božje djelatnike

5Dragi moj, postupaš kao pravi vjernik pomažući braći, i to došljacima. 6Oni su ovdašnjoj Crkvi pričali o tvojim djelima ljubavi. Dobro činiš opskrbljujući ih za put kako je dostojno Boga. 7Jer oni putuju radi Gospodina1:7 U grčkome: radi Imena. i ne primaju ništa od nekršćana.1:7 U grčkome: od pogana. 8Dužni smo im pružati gostoprimstvo da budemo suradnici Istine.

9O tomu sam ukratko pisao Crkvi, ali Diotref, koji želi biti vođa, ne želi s nama ništa imati. 10Kad dođem onamo, spočitnut ću mu ono što čini naklapajući o nama zlobne riječi. Ne samo da odbija prihvatiti braću koja dođu već to zabranjuje i onima koji bi ih htjeli prihvatiti i izopćuje ih iz Crkve.

11Dragi moj, ne povodi se za lošim, nego za dobrim. Tko čini dobro, od Boga je; tko čini zlo, ne poznaje Boga. 12O Demetriju svi govore samo najbolje, a i sama Istina govori njemu u prilog. I mi o njemu možemo isto reći, a znaš da mi govorimo istinu.

Zaključak

13Mnogo vam još toga imam kazati, ali ne želim o tomu pisati. 14Nadam se da ću te uskoro vidjeti, pa ćemo razgovarati licem u lice.

15Neka je Božji mir s tobom.

Pozdravljaju te prijatelji! Molim te, pozdravi mi poimence svakoga našeg prijatelja.

New International Reader's Version

3 John 1:1-15

1I, the elder, am writing this letter.

I am sending it to you, my dear friend Gaius. I love you because of the truth.

2Dear friend, I know that your spiritual life is going well. I pray that you also may enjoy good health. And I pray that everything else may go well with you. 3Some believers came to me and told me that you are faithful to the truth. They told me that you continue to live by it. This news gave me great joy. 4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are living by the truth.

5Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters. You are faithful even though they are strangers to you. 6They have told the church about your love. Please help them by sending them on their way in a manner that honors God. 7They started on their journey to serve Jesus Christ. They didn’t receive any help from those who aren’t believers. 8So we should welcome people like them. We should work together with them for the truth.

9I wrote to the church. But Diotrephes will not welcome us. He loves to be the first in everything. 10So when I come, I will point out what he is doing. He is saying evil things that aren’t true about us. Even this doesn’t satisfy him. So he refuses to welcome other believers. He also keeps others from welcoming them. In fact, he throws them out of the church.

11Dear friend, don’t be like those who do evil. Be like those who do good. Anyone who does what is good belongs to God. Anyone who does what is evil hasn’t really seen or known God. 12Everyone says good things about Demetrius. He lives in keeping with the truth. We also say good things about him. And you know that what we say is true.

13I have a lot to write to you. But I don’t want to write with pen and ink. 14I hope I can see you soon. Then we can talk face to face.

15May you have peace.

The friends here send their greetings. Greet each one of the friends there.