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, just as you are progressing spiritually. 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 honours 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 to 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.
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.