Amplified Bible

3 John

You Walk in the Truth

The elder [of the church addresses this letter] to the beloved and esteemed Gaius, whom I love in truth.

Beloved, I pray that in every way you may succeed and prosper and be in good health [physically], just as [I know] your soul prospers [spiritually]. For I was greatly pleased when [some of the] brothers came [from time to time] and testified to your [faithfulness to the] truth [of the gospel message], that is, how you are walking in truth. I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my [spiritual] children are living [their lives] in the truth.

Beloved, you are acting faithfully in what you are providing for the brothers, and especially when they are strangers; and they have testified before the church of your love and friendship. You will do well to [assist them and] send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. For these [traveling missionaries] went out for the sake of the Name [of Christ], accepting nothing [in the way of assistance] from the Gentiles. So we ought to support such people [welcoming them as guests and providing for them], so that we may be fellow workers for the truth [that is, for the gospel message of salvation].

I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to put himself first, does not accept what we say and refuses to recognize my authority. 10 For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, unjustly accusing us with wicked words and unjustified charges. And not satisfied with this, he refuses to receive the [missionary] brothers himself, and also forbids those who want to [welcome them] and puts them out of the church.

11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but [imitate] what is good. The one who practices good [exhibiting godly character, moral courage and personal integrity] is of God; the one who practices [or permits or tolerates] evil has not seen God [he has no personal experience with Him and does not know Him at all]. 12 Demetrius has received a good testimony and commendation from everyone—and from the truth [the standard of God’s word] itself; and we add our testimony and speak well of him, and you know that our testimony is true.

13 I had many things [to say when I began] to write to you, but I prefer not to put it down with pen (reed) and [a]black (ink); 14 but I hope to see you soon, and we will speak [b]face to face.

15 Peace be to you. The friends [here] greet you. Greet the friends [personally] by name.

Footnotes

  1. 3 John 1:13 A mixture of water, charcoal, and gum resin used for writing.
  2. 3 John 1:14 Lit mouth to mouth.

Knijga O Kristu

Treæa Ivanova poslanica

Dragi moj, molim se da u svemu budeš dobro te da ti je tijelo zdravo kao što znam da ti je zdrava duša.

Veoma su me obradovala neka braća koja su došla i posvjedočila mi da živiš čestito i u Istini.

Za mene nema veće radosti nego kad čujem da moja djeca žive u Istini!

Briga za Božje djelatnike

Dragi moj, postupaš kao pravi vjernik pomažući braći, i to došljacima.

Oni su ovdašnjoj Crkvi pričali o tvojim djelima ljubavi. Dobro činiš opskrbljujući ih za put kako je dostojno Boga.

Jer oni putuju radi Gospodina[a] i ne primaju ništa od nekršćana.[b]

Dužni smo im pružati gostoprimstvo da budemo suradnici Istine.

O tomu sam ukratko pisao Crkvi, ali Diotref, koji želi biti vođa, ne želi s nama ništa imati.

10 Kad dođem onamo, spočitnut ću mu ono što čini naklapajući o nama zlobne riječi. Ne samo da odbija prihvatiti braću koja dođu već to zabranjuje i onima koji bi ih htjeli prihvatiti i izopćuje ih iz Crkve.

11 Dragi moj, ne povodi se za lošim, nego za dobrim. Tko čini dobro, od Boga je; tko čini zlo, ne poznaje Boga.

12 O Demetriju svi govore samo najbolje, a i sama Istina govori njemu u prilog. I mi o njemu možemo isto reći, a znaš da mi govorimo istinu.

Zaključak

13 Mnogo vam još toga imam kazati, ali ne želim o tomu pisati.

14 Nadam se da ću te uskoro vidjeti, pa ćemo razgovarati licem u lice.

15 Neka je Božji mir s tobom.Pozdravljaju te prijatelji! Molim te, pozdravi mi poimence svakoga našeg prijatelja.

Footnotes

  1. Treæa Ivanova poslanica 1:7 U grčkome: radi Imena.
  2. Treæa Ivanova poslanica 1:7 U grčkome: od pogana.