2 Beloved, I wish that thou be prospered in all things and be sound, even as thy soul prospers. 3 For I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou dost walk in the truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my sons walk in the truth.
5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully whatever thou doest regarding the brethren and with the strangers, 6 who have borne witness of thy charity before the congregation , whom if thou wilt help them as is convenient according to God, thou shalt do well; 7 because for his name's sake, they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. 8 We, therefore, ought to receive such, that we might be fellow workers to the truth.
9 I wrote unto the congregation , but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence among them, did not receive us. 10 Therefore, if I come, I will cause his deeds to be understood, speaking against us with malicious words, and not content with this, he does not receive the brethren and forbids those that desire to receive them and casts them out of the congregation .
11 Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of God, but he that does evil has not seen God. 12 Everyone gives testimony of Demetrius, even the truth itself; and we also bear witness, and ye have known that our witness is true.