1 Nze, Omukadde, mpandiikira ggwe Gayo omwagalwa, gwe njagala mu mazima.
2 Munnange omwagalwa, nkusabira okole bulungi ebintu byonna era obeere mulamu mu mubiri, nga bw’oli mu mwoyo. 3 Abooluganda bwe nabatuukako kya nsanyusa nnyo bwe bambuulira nti onyweredde mu mazima, era nti mw’otambulira. 4 Tewali kindeetera ssanyu lisinga ng’eryo lye nfuna bwe mpulira nti abaana bange batambulira mu mazima.
5 Omwagalwa, okola ekintu kya bwesigwa buli lw’okolera abooluganda ebirungi na ddala ababeera ku ŋŋendo ne bw’oba tobamanyi. 6 Baategeeza Ekkanisa omukwano gwe wabalaga awamu ne bye wabakolera. Kibeera kirungi singa obasiibuza ekirabo ekiba kisaanidde. 7 Kubanga baatambulira mu linnya lya Mukama, nga tebakkiriza ebyo abatali bakkiriza bye baabawanga. 8 Noolwekyo ffe ffennyini, ffe tusaana okubalabirira tulyoke tufuuke bakozi bannaabwe mu mazima.
Diyotuleefe ne Demeteriyo
9 Nawandiikira Ekkanisa ku nsonga eyo, kyokka Diyotuleefe, olw’okwagala okwefuula omukulembeze tatwagala. 10 Bwe ndijja ndibategeeza ebimu ku bintu by’akola, n’ebintu by’atwogerako ebitali birungi, era n’olulimi oluvuma lw’akozesa. Takoma ku kugaana kwaniriza abooluganda abatambuze kyokka, naye n’okulagira alagira abantu abalala nabo, baleme okubaaniriza era abo ababaaniriza agezaako okubagoba mu Kkanisa.
11 Mukwano gwange, togobereranga kyakulabirako ekibi wabula eby’obutuukirivu. Gobereranga ebyo byokka by’olaba nga bya butuukirivu. Kirungi ojjukirenga nti abo abakola eby’obutuukirivu baba bakakasiza ddala nga bwe bali abaana ba Katonda; naye abakola ebitali bya butuukirivu balaga nga bwe bali ewala ne Katonda. 12 Naye buli omu ayogera bya mazima ku Demeteriyo. Nange mwogerako bya mazima byereere. Naye omanyi nga nze njogera mazima.
13 Mbadde na bingi eby’okukugamba, kyokka saagala kubikuwandiikira mu bbaluwa, 14 kubanga nsuubira okukulaba mu bbanga ttono. Kale olwo tuliba na bingi eby’okwogerako ffembi nga tulabaganye amaaso n’amaaso.
15 Emirembe gibeerenga naawe.
Ab’emikwano abali wano bakulamusizza. Nange, mikwano gyange abali eyo, buli omu munnamusize.
1 This letter is from John, the elder.[a]
I am writing to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth.
2 Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 Some of the traveling teachers[b] recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living according to the truth. 4 I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.
Caring for the Lord’s Workers
5 Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you. 6 They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God. 7 For they are traveling for the Lord,[c] and they accept nothing from people who are not believers.[d] 8 So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth.
9 I wrote to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, refuses to have anything to do with us. 10 When I come, I will report some of the things he is doing and the evil accusations he is making against us. Not only does he refuse to welcome the traveling teachers, he also tells others not to help them. And when they do help, he puts them out of the church.
11 Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.[e]
12 Everyone speaks highly of Demetrius, as does the truth itself. We ourselves can say the same for him, and you know we speak the truth.
13 I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to write it with pen and ink. 14 For I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk face to face.
15 [f]Peace be with you.
Your friends here send you their greetings. Please give my personal greetings to each of our friends there.