New International Reader's Version

3 John

I, the elder, am writing this letter.

I am sending it to you, my dear friend Gaius. I love you because of the truth.

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. 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. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are living by the truth.

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. They have told the church about your love. Please help them by sending them on their way in a manner that honors God. They started on their journey to serve Jesus Christ. They didn’t receive any help from those who aren’t believers. So we should welcome people like them. We should work together with them for the truth.

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.

Knijga O Kristu

Treæa Ivanova poslanica

Dragi moj, molim se da u svemu budeš dobro te da ti je tijelo zdravo kao što znam da ti je zdrava duša.

Veoma su me obradovala neka braća koja su došla i posvjedočila mi da živiš čestito i u Istini.

Za mene nema veće radosti nego kad čujem da moja djeca žive u Istini!

Briga za Božje djelatnike

Dragi moj, postupaš kao pravi vjernik pomažući braći, i to došljacima.

Oni su ovdašnjoj Crkvi pričali o tvojim djelima ljubavi. Dobro činiš opskrbljujući ih za put kako je dostojno Boga.

Jer oni putuju radi Gospodina[a] i ne primaju ništa od nekršćana.[b]

Dužni smo im pružati gostoprimstvo da budemo suradnici Istine.

O tomu sam ukratko pisao Crkvi, ali Diotref, koji želi biti vođa, ne želi s nama ništa imati.

10 Kad 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.

11 Dragi moj, ne povodi se za lošim, nego za dobrim. Tko čini dobro, od Boga je; tko čini zlo, ne poznaje Boga.

12 O 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

13 Mnogo vam još toga imam kazati, ali ne želim o tomu pisati.

14 Nadam se da ću te uskoro vidjeti, pa ćemo razgovarati licem u lice.

15 Neka je Božji mir s tobom.Pozdravljaju te prijatelji! Molim te, pozdravi mi poimence svakoga našeg prijatelja.

Notas al pie

  1. Treæa Ivanova poslanica 1:7 U grčkome: radi Imena.
  2. Treæa Ivanova poslanica 1:7 U grčkome: od pogana.