1Me, Asɔre panin,
Meretwerɛ akɔma me dɔfo pa Gaio.
2Mʼadamfo pa, mebɔ mpaeɛ sɛ biribiara nkɔ so yie mma wo, na nya ahoɔden sɛdeɛ menim sɛ honhom fa mu no, wowɔ ahoɔden no. 3Anuanom bi baa ha bɛka kyerɛɛ me sɛ, woanya nokorɛ no mu gyidie no, na woda so kura nokorɛ no mu no, ɛyɛɛ me anigye yie. 4Biribiara nyɛ me anigye nkyɛn sɛ mɛte sɛ me mma no te nokorɛ mu.
5Mʼadamfo pa, wodi nokorɛ yie wɔ adwuma a woyɛ ma anuanom no a ɛmfa ho sɛ wɔyɛ ahɔhoɔ mpo. 6Wɔaka ɔdɔ a wodɔ asafo a ɛwɔ hɔ no ho asɛm. Mesrɛ wo, boa wɔn wɔn akwantuo no mu ma ɛnsɔ Onyankopɔn ani. 7Ɛfiri sɛ, wɔn kwan a wɔretu no, wɔretu wɔ Awurade din mu a wɔmpɛ mmoa biara mfiri wɔn a wɔnyɛ agyidifoɔ no nkyɛn. 8Yɛn Akristofoɔ na ɛsɛ sɛ yɛboa saa nnipa no sɛdeɛ yɛne wɔn bɛyɛ nokorɛ no ho adwuma.
9Metwerɛɛ krataa tiawa bi kɔmaa asafo no, nanso Diotrefe a nʼani gye sɛ ɔyɛ wɔn panin no rentie deɛ meka no. 10Sɛ meba a, biribiara a wayɛ no, mede ho asɛm bɛto mo anim. Nsɛm a ɛyɛ hu a ɔka fa yɛn ho ne atorɔ a ɔtwa nyinaa, mɛka ho asɛm. Nanso, ɛno nko ara nyɛ mma no. Sɛ anuanom afoforɔ ba a, ɔnnye wɔn, na obiara a ɔpɛ sɛ ɔgye wɔn no nso, ɔsi wɔn kwan na wabɔ mmɔden apam wɔn afiri asafo no mu.
11Mʼadamfo pa, monnsua ade bɔne, na mmom, monsua ade pa. Obiara a ɔyɛ papa no yɛ Onyankopɔn dea. Na obiara a ɔyɛ bɔne no nhunuu Onyankopɔn. 12Obiara ka Demetrio ho asɛm pa, na mpo nokorɛ no ankasa ka ne ho asɛm pa. Na yɛn nso yɛdi ne ho adanseɛ pa na monim sɛ deɛ yɛka no yɛ nokorɛ.
13Mewɔ nsɛm bebree ka kyerɛ mo, nanso meremfa krataa ne twerɛdua so nka. 14Ɛrenkyɛre biara mɛhunu mo na me ne mo akasa.
15Asomdwoeɛ nka mo.
Mo nnamfonom nyinaa kyeakyea mo. Kyeakyea yɛn nnamfonom nyinaa.
1The elder unto the wellbeloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth. 3For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. 4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. 5Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers; 6Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well: 7Because that for his name’s sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. 8We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth.
9I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. 10Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.
11Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. 12Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
13I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee: 14But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Greet the friends by name.