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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!

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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 Version - UK

3 John 1:1-15

1The elder,

To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

2Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, just as you are progressing spiritually. 3It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. 4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

5Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters,1:5 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family. even though they are strangers to you. 6They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honours God. 7It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. 8We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.

9I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. 10So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.

11Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. 12Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone – and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.

13I have much to write to you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. 14I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.

15Peace to you.

The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.