New American Standard Bible

3 John

You Walk in the Truth

The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth, that is, how you are walking in truth. I have no greater joy than [a]this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.

Beloved, you are acting faithfully in whatever you accomplish for the brethren, and [b]especially when they are strangers; and they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their way in a manner worthy of God. For they went out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. Therefore we ought to [c]support such men, so that we may [d]be fellow workers [e]with the truth.

I wrote something to the church; but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept [f]what we say. 10 For this reason, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us with wicked words; and not satisfied with this, he himself does not receive the brethren, either, and he forbids those who desire to do so and puts them out of the church.

11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God. 12 Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself; and we add our testimony, and you know that our testimony is true.

13 I had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink; 14 but I hope to see you shortly, and we will speak face to face.

15 Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.

Footnotes

  1. 3 John 1:4 Lit these things, that I hear
  2. 3 John 1:5 Lit this
  3. 3 John 1:8 Or receive such men as guests
  4. 3 John 1:8 Or prove ourselves to be
  5. 3 John 1:8 Or for
  6. 3 John 1:9 Lit us

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

约翰三书

我这做长老的写信给亲爱的该犹,就是我本着真理所爱的人。 亲爱的弟兄,衷心地祝你凡事顺利,身体和灵魂一样健康。

该犹的好品行

有弟兄们来为你的行为做见证,说你忠心地遵行真理,这使我非常欣慰。 没有比听见自己的孩子遵行真理更使我欢喜了。

亲爱的弟兄,你常常忠心地照顾素不相识的弟兄, 他们把你的爱心告诉了教会。愿你照着上帝所喜悦的方式继续帮助他们, 因为他们为了主耶稣的名四处传道,不收取非信徒的任何东西。 我们应该接待这样的人,好与他们一同传扬真理。

丢特腓的恶行

我曾写信给你那里的教会,但喜欢做领袖的丢特腓不理会我们。 10 因此,我若去你们那里,会提及他的所作所为,就是他怎样恶言中伤我们。不仅如此,他还拒绝接待弟兄,并且禁止别人接待,甚至将接待的人赶出教会。

抑恶扬善

11 亲爱的弟兄,不要效法罪恶,要效法美善。行善的人属于上帝,行恶的人不认识上帝。 12 低米丢得到了众人的好评,真理本身也为他做见证,我们也为他做见证。你们知道我们的见证是真实的。

结语

13 我本来有很多事想跟你谈,但不想用笔墨写给你, 14 只希望可以快快地见到你,跟你当面畅谈。

15 祝你平安!这里的朋友们都问候你,请代我一一问候你那边的朋友。