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 Version - UK

3 John

The elder,

To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, just as you are progressing spiritually. It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters,[a] even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honours God. It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.

I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. 10 So 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.

11 Dear 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. 12 Demetrius 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.

13 I have much to write to you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. 14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.

Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.

Notas al pie

  1. 3 John 1:5 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family.