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.

Bibelen på hverdagsdansk

3. Johannesʼ Brev 1:1-15

Indledende hilsen

1Min kære Gajus.

Dette brev er fra den gamle mand. Du skal vide, at jeg holder utrolig meget af dig. 2Jeg håber, at du er rask, og at alt står vel til hos dig. Jeg kan forstå, at du har det godt, åndeligt set, 3for nogle af vennerne, som har været på gennemrejse, har glædet mig meget ved at fortælle om, hvordan du lever i troskab mod sandheden. 4Intet kan gøre mig mere glad end at høre, at mine børn er tro mod sandheden.

Gajus har taget imod Johannes’ venner

5Det er et udtryk for din trofasthed, kære ven, at du tager dig af de venner, der er på gennemrejse, endda selvom du slet ikke kender dem. 6De har fortalt menigheden her om din kærlige omsorg for dem. Du gør også vel i at hjælpe dem videre på en måde, der er Gud værdig. 7De rejser jo i Navnets tjeneste og tager ikke imod gaver eller underhold fra dem, der ikke kender ham. 8Derfor må vi andre tage os af den slags mennesker, så vi kan arbejde i fællesskab for sandheden.

En dårlig leder

9Jeg har tidligere skrevet til menigheden om det her, men Diotrefes, som gerne vil være deres leder, anerkender os ikke. 10Når jeg kommer, vil jeg derfor tage de ting op, han har gjort, og al den onde sladder, han har sat i gang om os. Det er ikke nok for ham at tale negativt om os. Han nægter også at tage imod de medarbejdere, vi sender til ham, ligesom han forbyder andre at gøre det. Hvis de alligevel gør det, smider han dem ud af menigheden.

11Kære ven, efterlign ikke dem, der handler ondt, men kun dem, der gør det gode. De, der gør det gode, viser, at de tilhører Gud. Men de, der handler ondt, har aldrig forstået, hvem Gud er.

Vidnesbyrd om Demetrios og afsluttende hilsener

12Alle giver Demetrios et godt vidnesbyrd, og det gør selve Sandheden også. Jeg kan også kun give ham min anbefaling, og du ved, at du kan stole på os.

13Jeg har meget mere, jeg gerne vil sige, men jeg vil ikke skrive det med pen og blæk. 14Jeg håber snart at mødes med dig, og så kan vi tales ved ansigt til ansigt. 15Fred være med dig! Vennerne her sender hilsen til dig. Hils hver enkelt af vennerne der.