1:1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.
1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all things you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.
1:3 For I rejoiced greatly, when some brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, how you walk in the truth.
1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
1:5 Beloved, you act faithfully whenever you perform any service for the brethren, especially when they are strangers.
1:6 For they have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you shall do well:
1:7 Because for his name's sake they went forth, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.
1:8 Therefore we ought to support such men, that we might be fellow workers in the truth.
1:9 I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to be first among them, does not accept us.
1:10 Therefore, if I come, I will call attention to his deeds, prating against us with malicious words: and not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brethren, and forbids those who would, and casts them out of the church.
1:11 Beloved, do not follow that which is evil, but that which is good. He who does good is of God: but he who does evil has not seen God.
1:12 Demetrius is well spoken of by everyone, and by the truth itself: and we also bear witness; and you know that our testimony is true.
1:13 I had many things to write, but I prefer not to write with pen and ink:
1:14 But I hope I shall see you shortly, and we shall speak face to face. Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends by name.