1:1 The elder unto Gaius the beloved, whom I love in the truth.
1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all things thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
1:3 For 1I rejoiced greatly, when brethren came and bare witness of thee in the truth, even as thou walkest in truth.
1Or possibly, I rejoice greatly, when brethren come and bear witness unto thy truth,1:4 Greater 2joy have I not 3than these, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
2B (1243 2298) copbo vg almost alone read grace1:5 Beloved, thou doest a faithful work in whatsoever thou doest toward them that are 4brethren, even though they are strangers to you;
3Or, than these things, that I may hear etc.
4So BAℵCψ 1739 1852 1881 1241vid 1243 2344 33vid 322 048 cop (vg). 2298 and a majority of lesser Gk. mss. read brethren and toward them that are strangers;1:6 who bare witness to thy love before the church: whom thou wilt do well to set forward on their journey worthily of God:
1:7 because that 5for the sake of the Name they went forth, taking nothing of the 6Gentile people.
5ψ and a majority of lesser Gk. mss. read for his name’s sake1:8 We therefore ought to 7support such, that we may be fellow-workers 8for the truth.
6A majority of lesser Gk. mss., vg read Gentiles.
7So BAℵCψ 1739 1852 etc. A majority of lesser Gk. mss. read receive1:9 9I wrote somewhat unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, receiveth us not.
8Or, with the truth.
9So Aℵ* 1739 1241 (322) arm. Cψ 1852 (1881 1243 2344 33 vg) and a majority of lesser Gk. mss. read I wrote unto the church: B copsa,bo read Thou didst write somewhat unto the church:1:10 Therefore, if I come, I will bring to remembrance his works which he doeth, prating against us with wicked words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and them that would he forbiddeth and casteth them out of the church.
1:11 Beloved, imitate not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: he that doeth evil hath not seen God.
1:12 Demetrius hath the witness of all men, and of 10the truth itself: yes, we also bear witness; and 11thou knowest that our witness is true.
10p74*vidA*vid read the church C reads the church and the truth1:13 I had many things to write unto thee, but I am unwilling to write them to thee with ink and pen:
11So BAℵCψ 1739 1852 1881 1241 1243 2344 322 048 and 62 lesser Gk. mss., cop vg. 1175 and 304 lesser Gk. mss. read ye know 114 lesser Gk. mss. read we know
1:14 but I hope shortly to see thee, and we shall speak face to face.
1:15 Peace be unto thee. The friends salute thee. Salute thou the friends by name.