New Living Translation

3 John

Greetings

This letter is from John, the elder.[a]

I am writing to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth.

Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. Some of the traveling teachers[b] recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living according to the truth. I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.

Caring for the Lord’s Workers

Dear friend, you are being faithful to God when you care for the traveling teachers who pass through, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church here of your loving friendship. Please continue providing for such teachers in a manner that pleases God. For they are traveling for the Lord,[c] and they accept nothing from people who are not believers.[d] So we ourselves should support them so that we can be their partners as they teach the truth.

I wrote to the church about this, but Diotrephes, who loves to be the leader, refuses to have anything to do with us. 10 When I come, I will report some of the things he is doing and the evil accusations he is making against us. Not only does he refuse to welcome the traveling teachers, he also tells others not to help them. And when they do help, he puts them out of the church.

11 Dear friend, don’t let this bad example influence you. Follow only what is good. Remember that those who do good prove that they are God’s children, and those who do evil prove that they do not know God.[e]

12 Everyone speaks highly of Demetrius, as does the truth itself. We ourselves can say the same for him, and you know we speak the truth.

Conclusion

13 I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to write it with pen and ink. 14 For I hope to see you soon, and then we will talk face to face.

15 [f]Peace be with you.

Your friends here send you their greetings. Please give my personal greetings to each of our friends there.

Notas al pie

  1. 1 Greek From the elder.
  2. 3 Greek the brothers; also in verses 5 and 10.
  3. 7a Greek They went out on behalf of the Name.
  4. 7b Greek from Gentiles.
  5. 11 Greek they have not seen God.
  6. 15 Some English translations combine verses 14 and 15 into verse 14.

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3 Johannes

Indledende hilsen

Min kære Gajus.

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

Gajus har taget imod Johannesʼ venner

Det 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. De 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. De rejser jo i Navnets tjeneste og tager ikke imod gaver eller underhold fra dem, der ikke kender ham. Derfor må vi andre tage os af den slags mennesker, så vi kan arbejde i fællesskab for sandheden.

En dårlig leder

Jeg har tidligere skrevet til menigheden om det her, men Diotrefes, som gerne vil være deres leder, anerkender os ikke. 10 Når 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.

11 Kære 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

12 Alle 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.

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