Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

3 Yohana

Kutoka Kwa Mzee. Kwa mpendwa wangu Gayo, nimpendaye katika kweli. Mpendwa, ninakuombea ufanikiwe katika mambo yote na kwamba uwe na afya njema ya mwili; kwa maana najua roho yako ni salama. Nilifurahi sana walipokuja ndugu kadhaa wakashuhudia jinsi ulivyo mwaminifu katika kweli na jinsi unavyoendelea kuishi katika kweli. Hakuna kitu kinachonifurahisha zaidi kuliko kusi kia kwamba watoto wangu wanafuata kweli.

Uaminifu Wa Gayo

Mpendwa, wewe umekuwa mwaminifu kwa yote unayowatendea hao ndugu, ingawaje wao ni wageni kwako. Wamelishuhudia kanisa kuhusu upendo wako. Tafadhali wasaidie waendelee na safari yao kwa namna itakayompendeza Mungu. Kwa maana wanasafiri kwa ajili ya Bwana na wamekataa kupokea cho chote kutoka kwa watu wasiomjua Mungu . Kwa hiyo tunawajibu wa kuwasaidia watu wa namna hiyo ili tuwe watenda kazi pamoja nao kwa ajili ya kweli.

Diotrefe Na Demetrio

Niliandika barua kwa hilo kanisa; lakini Diotrefe apendaye kujiweka mbele kama kiongozi wao, hatambui mamlaka yangu. 10 Kwa hiyo nitakapokuja nitaeleza mambo anayofanya; na kuhusu maneno maovu anayosema juu yangu. Wala hatosheki na hayo bali anakataa kuwakaribisha ndugu. Pia anawazuia wale ambao wanataka kuwakarib isha na anawafukuza kutoka katika kanisa. 11 Mpendwa, usiige ubaya bali iga wema. Atendaye mema ni wa Mungu. Atendaye uovu hajapata kumwona Mungu. 12 Demetrio anashuhudiwa wema na kila mtu na hata kweli yenyewe inamshuhudia. Mimi pia ninamshuhudia wema, na wewe unajua kwamba ushuhuda wangu ni wa kweli.

Salamu Za Mwisho

13 Ninayo mengi ya kukuandikia, lakini afadhali nisitumie kalamu na wino. 14 Natarajia kukuona karibuni na tutaongea uso kwa uso.

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.