The Message

3 John

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.

Bíbélì Mímọ́ Yorùbá Òde Òn

3 Johanu

Alàgbà,

Sì Gaiusi, olùfẹ́, ẹni tí mo fẹ́ nínú òtítọ́.

Olùfẹ́, èmi ń gbàdúrà pé nínú ohun gbogbo kí o lè máa dára fún ọ, kí o sì máa wà ni ìlera, àní bí o tí dára fún ọkàn rẹ. Nítorí mo yọ̀ gidigidi, nígbà tí àwọn arákùnrin dé tí wọn sì jẹ́rìí sí ìwà òtítọ́ inú rẹ̀, àní bí ìwọ tí ń rìn nínú òtítọ́. Èmi ni ayọ̀ tí ó tayọ, láti máa gbọ́ pé, àwọn ọmọ mi ń rìn nínú òtítọ́.

Olùfẹ́, ìwọ ń ṣe olóòtítọ́ nínú iṣẹ́ tí ìwọ ń ṣe fún àwọn tí ń ṣe ará, àti pàápàá fún àwọn tí ń ṣe àlejò. Tí wọn ń jẹ́rìí sí ìfẹ́ rẹ̀ níwájú ìjọ: bí ìwọ bá ń pèsè fún wọn ní ọ̀nà àjò wọn gẹ́gẹ́ bí ó tí yẹ nínú Ọlọ́run. Nítorí pé, nítorí iṣẹ́ Kristi ni wọ́n ṣe jáde lọ, láìgba ohunkóhun lọ́wọ́ àwọn aláìkọlà. Nítorí náà, ó yẹ kí àwa fi inú rere gba irú àwọn wọ̀nyí, kí àwa lè jẹ́ alábáṣiṣẹ́pọ̀ pẹ̀lú òtítọ́.

Èmi kọ̀wé sí ìjọ: ṣùgbọ́n Diotirefe, ẹni tí ó fẹ́ láti jẹ́ ẹni pàtàkì jùlọ, kò gbà wá. 10 Nítorí náà bí mo bá dé, èmi yóò mú iṣẹ́ rẹ̀ tí ó ṣe wá sì ìrántí rẹ, tí ó ń sọ ọ̀rọ̀ búburú àti ìsọkúsọ sí wa: èyí kò sì tún tẹ́ ẹ lọ́rùn, síbẹ̀ òun fúnrarẹ̀ kọ̀ láti gba àwọn ará, àwọn tí ó sì ń fẹ́ gbà wọ́n, ó ń dá wọn lẹ́kun, ó sì ń lé wọn kúrò nínú ìjọ.

11 Olùfẹ́, má ṣe ṣe àfarawé ohun tí í ṣe ibi bí kò ṣe ohun tí ṣe rere. Ẹni tí ó bá ń ṣe rere ti Ọlọ́run ni; ẹni tí ó ba ń ṣe búburú kò rí Ọlọ́run. 12 Demetriusi ní ẹ̀rí rere lọ́dọ̀ gbogbo ènìyàn àti ní ti òtítọ́ fúnrarẹ̀ pẹ̀lú; nítòótọ́, àwa pẹ̀lú sì gba ẹ̀rí rẹ̀ jẹ́; ẹ̀yin sì mọ̀ pé, òtítọ́ ni ẹ̀rí wa.

13 Èmí ní ohun púpọ̀ láti kọ sínú ìwé sí ọ, ṣùgbọ́n èmi kò fẹ́ fi kálàmù àti tawada kọ wọ́n sínú ìwé. 14 Mo ni ìrètí láti rí ọ láìpẹ́, tí àwa yóò sì sọ̀rọ̀ lójúkojú.

15 Àlàáfíà fún ọ.

Àwọn ọ̀rẹ́ wa tó wà níbí kí ọ. Kí àwọn ọ̀rẹ́ wa tó wà lọ́dọ̀ rẹ ní ọ̀kọ̀ọ̀kan.