1 I, the elder, am writing this letter.
I am sending it to you, my dear friend Gaius. I love you because of the truth.
2 Dear 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. 3 Some 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. 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are living by the truth.
5 Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters. You are faithful even though they are strangers to you. 6 They have told the church about your love. Please help them by sending them on their way in a manner that honors God. 7 They started on their journey to serve Jesus Christ. They didn’t receive any help from those who aren’t believers. 8 So we should welcome people like them. We should work together with them for the truth.
9 I wrote to the church. But Diotrephes will not welcome us. He loves to be the first in everything. 10 So 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.
11 Dear 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. 12 Everyone 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.
13 I have a lot to write to you. But I don’t want to write with pen and ink. 14 I hope I can see you soon. Then we can talk face to face.
May you have peace.
The friends here send their greetings. Greet each one of the friends there.
1 我這作長老的寫信給親愛的該猶，就是我本著真理所愛的人。 2 親愛的弟兄，衷心地祝你凡事順利，身體和靈魂一樣健康。
3 有弟兄們來為你的行為做見證，說你忠心地遵行真理，這使我非常欣慰。 4 沒有比聽見自己的孩子遵行真理更使我歡喜了。
5 親愛的弟兄，你常常忠心地照顧素不相識的弟兄， 6 他們把你的愛心告訴了教會。願你照著上帝所喜悅的方式繼續幫助他們， 7 因為他們為了主耶穌的名四處傳道，不收取非信徒的任何東西。 8 我們應該接待這樣的人，好與他們一同傳揚真理。
9 我曾寫信給你那裡的教會，但喜歡做領袖的丟特腓不理會我們。 10 因此，我若去你們那裡，會提及他的所作所為，就是他怎樣惡言中傷我們。不僅如此，他還拒絕接待弟兄，並且禁止別人接待，甚至將接待的人趕出教會。
11 親愛的弟兄，不要效法罪惡，要效法美善。行善的人屬於上帝，行惡的人不認識上帝。 12 低米丟得到了眾人的好評，真理本身也為他做見證，我們也為他做見證。你們知道我們的見證是真實的。
13 我本來有很多事想跟你談，但不想用筆墨寫給你， 14 只希望可以快快地見到你，跟你當面暢談。