To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. 4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
5Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters,1:5 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family. even though they are strangers to you. 6They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. 7It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. 8We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.
9I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. 10So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.
11Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil but what is good. Anyone who does what is good is from God. Anyone who does what is evil has not seen God. 12Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone—and even by the truth itself. We also speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.
13I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. 14I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
15Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.
1Me, Asɔre panyin,
Mekyerɛw kɔma me dɔfo pa Gaio.
2Mʼadamfo pa, mebɔ mpae sɛ biribiara nkɔ so yiye mma wo, na nya ahoɔden sɛnea minim sɛ wowɔ ahoɔden wɔ honhom fa mu no. 3Anuanom bi baa ha bɛka kyerɛɛ me se, woanya nokware no mu gyidi no, na woda so kura nokware no mu no, ɛyɛɛ me anigye yiye. 4Biribiara nyɛ me anigye nkyɛn sɛ mɛte sɛ me mma no te nokware mu.
5Mʼadamfo pa, wudi nokware yiye wɔ adwuma a woyɛ ma anuanom no a ɛmfa ho sɛ wɔyɛ ahɔho mpo. 6Wɔaka ɔdɔ a wodɔ asafo a ɛwɔ hɔ no ho asɛm. Mesrɛ wo, boa wɔn wɔ wɔn akwantu no mu ma ɛnsɔ Onyankopɔn ani. 7Efisɛ wɔretu wɔn kwan wɔ Awurade din mu a wɔmpɛ mmoa biara mfi wɔn a wɔnyɛ agyidifo no nkyɛn. 8Yɛn Kristofo na ɛsɛ sɛ yɛboa saa nnipa no sɛnea yɛne wɔn bɛyɛ nokware no ho adwuma.
9Mekyerɛw krataa tiaa bi kɔmaa asafo no, nanso Diotrefe a nʼani gye sɛ ɔyɛ wɔn panyin no ntie nea meka no. 10Sɛ meba a, mede biribiara a ɔreyɛ no ho asɛm bɛto mo anim. Mɛka nsɛm a ɛyɛ hu a ɔka fa yɛn ho ne atoro a otwa nyinaa no ho asɛm. Nanso ɛno nko ara nye mma no. Sɛ anuanom afoforo ba a, onnye wɔn, na osiw wɔn a wɔpɛ sɛ wogye wɔn no nso kwan, san apam wɔn fi asafo no mu.
11Mʼadamfo pa, munnsua ade bɔne, na mmom munsua ade pa. Obiara a ɔyɛ papa no yɛ Onyankopɔn de. Na obiara a ɔyɛ bɔne no nhuu Onyankopɔn ɛ. 12Obiara ka Demetrio ho asɛm pa, na mpo nokware no ankasa ka ne ho asɛm pa. Na yɛn nso yedi ne ho adanse pa, na munim sɛ nea yɛka no yɛ nokware.
13Mewɔ nsɛm bebree ka kyerɛ mo, nanso meremfa krataa ne kyerɛwdua so nka. 14Ɛrenkyɛ biara mehu mo na me ne mo akasa.
15Asomdwoe nka mo.
Mo nnamfonom nyinaa kyiakyia mo. Kyiakyia yɛn nnamfonom nyinaa.