To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
2Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. 3It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. 4I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
5Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters,1:5 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family. even though they are strangers to you. 6They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honors God. 7It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. 8We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that we may work together for the truth.
9I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. 10So 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.
11Dear 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. 12Demetrius 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.
13I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink. 14I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face.
15Peace to you. The friends here send their greetings. Greet the friends there by name.
11 Atũm 11:30; 2Joh 1Kuuma kũrĩ niĩ Mũthuuri wa Kanitha,
Ndakwandĩkĩra, wee mũrata wakwa mwendwa Gayo, ũrĩa nyendete kũna kũna.
2Mũrata wakwa mwendwa, mahooya makwa nĩ atĩ ũkenagĩre ũgima wa mwĩrĩ, na atĩ maũndũ mothe magaacĩre, o ta ũrĩa ngoro yaku ĩikarĩte ĩgaacĩire. 33 2Joh 4; Atũm 1:16Nĩndĩrakenire mũno nĩ ũndũ wa ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ amwe gũũka kũnjĩĩra ũhoro wa wĩhokeku waku ũhoro-inĩ ũrĩa wa ma, na ũrĩa ũkĩrĩrĩirie gũthiĩ na njĩra ya ũhoro ũrĩa wa ma. 44 1Joh 2:1Gũtirĩ ũndũ ũngĩ ũngenagia gũkĩra kũigua atĩ ciana ciakwa no ithiiaga irũmĩrĩire njĩra ĩrĩa ya ũhoro ũrĩa wa ma.
55 Arom 12:13; Ahib 13:2Mũrata wakwa mwendwa, wee nĩũkoragwo ũrĩ mwĩhokeku thĩinĩ wa maũndũ marĩa wĩkagĩra ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ, o na gũtuĩka ndũmooĩ. 66 1Akor 16:11; Aef 4:1Nĩmerĩĩte kanitha ũhoro wa wendani waku. Nĩ wega ũmoimagarie o ta ũrĩa kwagĩrĩire harĩ Ngai. 77 Joh 15:21; Atũm 20:33, 35Moimagarire nĩ ũndũ wa Rĩĩtwa rĩake na makĩrega ũteithio kuuma kũrĩ andũ arĩa matetĩkĩtie Ngai. 8Nĩ ũndũ ũcio ithuĩ-rĩ, twagĩrĩirwo gũtaanahagĩra andũ ta acio nĩgeetha tũrutithanagie wĩra wa ũhoro ũrĩa wa ma tũrĩ hamwe.
9Nĩndandĩkĩire kanitha, no Diotirefe, ũrĩa wendaga gũtuĩka ta mũnene, nĩareganire na ithuĩ. 1010 2Joh 12; Joh 9:22 Nĩ ũndũ ũcio ndooka, nĩngoiga maũndũ marĩa ekaga, kwaria ndeto cia mũhuhu na cia gũtũcambia. Ningĩ akaaga kũiganwo nĩ ũguo, akarega kũnyiita ariũ na aarĩ a Ithe witũ ũgeni. Agacooka akagirĩrĩria arĩa mekwenda gwĩka ũguo o na akamaingata kanitha-inĩ.
1111 Thab 37:27; 1Joh 2:29Mũrata wakwa mwendwa, ndũkanae kwĩgerekania na ũhoro ũrĩa mũũru, no wĩgerekanagie na ũhoro ũrĩa mwega. Mũndũ o wothe ũrĩa wĩkaga wega nĩ wa Ngai. Nake ũrĩa wothe wĩkaga ũũru ũcio ndarĩ ona Ngai. 1212 1Tim 3:7; Joh 2:24Demeterio nĩagathagĩrĩrio nĩ andũ othe, o na ũhoro ũrĩa wa ma guo mwene. O na ithuĩ nĩtũmũgaathagĩrĩria, na inyuĩ nĩmũũĩ atĩ ũira witũ nĩ wa ma.
13Ndĩ na maũndũ maingĩ ma gũkwandĩkĩra, no ndikwenda gũkwandĩkĩra na karamu na rangi. 14Ndĩ na mwĩhoko wa gũkuona ica ikuhĩ, twaranĩrie tũkĩonanaga.
Thayũ ũroogĩa kũrĩwe. Arata arĩa me gũkũ nĩmakũgeithia. Geithia arata arĩa marĩ kũu na marĩĩtwa mao.