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.
Zuwa ga ƙaunataccen abokina Gayus, wanda nake ƙauna ƙwarai da gaske.
2Abokina ƙaunatacce, ina addu’a ka sami zaman lafiya don kome yă yi maka daidai, kamar yadda ruhunka yake zaune lafiya. 3Na yi farin ciki ƙwarai sa’ad da waɗansu ’yan’uwa suka zo suka yi zance game da yadda kake da aminci ga gaskiyan nan da kuma yadda kake cin gaba cikin gaskiyan nan. 4Ba abin da ya fi sa ni farin ciki fiye da in ji cewa ’ya’yana suna cikin gaskiyan nan.
5Abokina ƙaunatacce, kana da aminci cikin abin da kake yi wa ’yan’uwa, ko da yake su baƙi ne a gare ka. 6Sun faɗa wa ikkilisiya game da ƙaunarka. Za ka kyauta in ka sallame su a hanyar da ta cancanci Allah. 7Saboda Sunan nan ne suka fito, ba sa karɓan wani taimako daga waɗanda ba masu bi ba. 8Saboda haka ya kamata mu nuna halin karɓan baƙi ga irin mutanen nan domin mu yi aiki tare saboda gaskiyan nan.
9Na rubuta wa ikkilisiya, amma Diyotirefes, wanda yake son zama na farko, ya ƙi yă yi hulɗa da mu. 10Saboda haka in na zo, zan tone abin da yake yi, yana surutu game da mu, yana ɓaɓɓata mu. Wannan ma bai ishe shi ba, har yana ƙin marabtar ’yan’uwa. Yana hana waɗanda suke so yin haka, yana ma korinsu daga ikkilisiya.
11Abokina ƙaunatacce, kada ka yi koyi da abin da yake mugu sai dai abin da yake nagari. Duk mai yin abin da yake nagari daga Allah yake. Duk mai yin abin da yake mugu bai taɓa sanin Allah ba. 12Demetiriyus yana da shaida mai kyau daga wurin kowa, har gaskiya kanta ma ta shaide shi. Mu ma muna ba da shaida mai kyau a kansa, ka kuma san cewa shaidarmu gaskiya ce.
13Ina da abubuwa da dama da zan rubuta maka, sai dai ba na so in yi amfani da alƙalami da inki in rubuta su. 14Ina fata in gan ka nan ba da daɗewa ba, za mu kuwa yi magana fuska da fuska.
15Salama gare ka.
Abokai a nan suna gaishe ka. Ka gai da abokai a can da sunansu.