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.

Holy Bible in Gĩkũyũ

3 Johana 1:1-14

11 Atũm 11:30; 2Joh 1Kuuma kũrĩ niĩ Mũthuuri wa Kanitha,

Ndakwandĩkĩra, wee mũrata wakwa mwendwa Gayo, ũrĩa nyendete kũna kũna.

2Mũrata wakwa mwendwa, mahooya makwa nĩ atĩ ũkenagĩre ũgima wa mwĩrĩ, na atĩ maũndũ mothe magaacĩre, o ta ũrĩa ngoro yaku ĩikarĩte ĩgaacĩire. 33 2Joh 4; Atũm 1:16Nĩndĩrakenire mũno nĩ ũndũ wa ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ amwe gũũka kũnjĩĩra ũhoro wa wĩhokeku waku ũhoro-inĩ ũrĩa wa ma, na ũrĩa ũkĩrĩrĩirie gũthiĩ na njĩra ya ũhoro ũrĩa wa ma. 44 1Joh 2:1Gũtirĩ ũndũ ũngĩ ũngenagia gũkĩra kũigua atĩ ciana ciakwa no ithiiaga irũmĩrĩire njĩra ĩrĩa ya ũhoro ũrĩa wa ma.

55 Arom 12:13; Ahib 13:2Mũrata wakwa mwendwa, wee nĩũkoragwo ũrĩ mwĩhokeku thĩinĩ wa maũndũ marĩa wĩkagĩra ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ, o na gũtuĩka ndũmooĩ. 66 1Akor 16:11; Aef 4:1Nĩmerĩĩte kanitha ũhoro wa wendani waku. Nĩ wega ũmoimagarie o ta ũrĩa kwagĩrĩire harĩ Ngai. 77 Joh 15:21; Atũm 20:33, 35Moimagarire nĩ ũndũ wa Rĩĩtwa rĩake na makĩrega ũteithio kuuma kũrĩ andũ arĩa matetĩkĩtie Ngai. 8Nĩ ũndũ ũcio ithuĩ-rĩ, twagĩrĩirwo gũtaanahagĩra andũ ta acio nĩgeetha tũrutithanagie wĩra wa ũhoro ũrĩa wa ma tũrĩ hamwe.

9Nĩndandĩkĩire kanitha, no Diotirefe, ũrĩa wendaga gũtuĩka ta mũnene, nĩareganire na ithuĩ. 1010 2Joh 12; Joh 9:22 Nĩ ũndũ ũcio ndooka, nĩngoiga maũndũ marĩa ekaga, kwaria ndeto cia mũhuhu na cia gũtũcambia. Ningĩ akaaga kũiganwo nĩ ũguo, akarega kũnyiita ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ ũgeni. Agacooka akagirĩrĩria arĩa mekwenda gwĩka ũguo o na akamaingata kanitha-inĩ.

1111 Thab 37:27; 1Joh 2:29Mũrata wakwa mwendwa, ndũkanae kwĩgerekania na ũhoro ũrĩa mũũru, no wĩgerekanagie na ũhoro ũrĩa mwega. Mũndũ o wothe ũrĩa wĩkaga wega nĩ wa Ngai. Nake ũrĩa wothe wĩkaga ũũru ũcio ndarĩ ona Ngai. 1212 1Tim 3:7; Joh 2:24Demeterio nĩagathagĩrĩrio nĩ andũ othe, o na ũhoro ũrĩa wa ma guo mwene. O na ithuĩ nĩtũmũgaathagĩrĩria, na inyuĩ nĩmũũĩ atĩ ũira witũ nĩ wa ma.

13Ndĩ na maũndũ maingĩ ma gũkwandĩkĩra, no ndikwenda gũkwandĩkĩra na karamu na rangi. 14Ndĩ na mwĩhoko wa gũkuona ica ikuhĩ, twaranĩrie tũkĩonanaga.

Thayũ ũroogĩa kũrĩwe. Arata arĩa me gũkũ nĩmakũgeithia. Geithia arata arĩa marĩ kũu na marĩĩtwa mao.