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1:1 From the Zaken :Unto the beloved Gaios, whom I love in the truth.
1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.
1:3 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.
1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children halak in truth.
1:5 beloved, thou doest faithfully whatsoever thou doest to the brethren, and to strangers;
1:6 Which they have gave witness of thy love before the assembly: whom if thou bring forward on their journey in a manner worthy of Elohim, thou shalt do well:
1:7 Because that for His Name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Goyim.
1:8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow-helpers to the truth.
1:9 I wrote unto the assembly: but Diotrephes, who love to have the first position among them, receiveth us not.
1:10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth [them] out of the assembly.
1:11 beloved, follow not that which is ra'ah, but that which is Tov. He that doeth tov is of Elohim: but he that doeth ra'ah hath not seen Elohim.
1:12 Demetrios hath good report of all [men], and of the truth itself: yea, and we [also] bear record; and ye know that our record is true.
1:13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:
1:14 But I trust I shall shortly see thee, and we shall speak face to face. Shalom [be] to thee. [Our] friends salute thee.
Greet the friends by name.
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Gaios - a Macedonian (Acts 19:29) who was Paulos's host at Korintos when the letters to the Romans was written (Rom_16:23) and was immersed with his household by Paulos (Korintos Alef 1:14). He accompanied Paulos to Ephesios and was seized by the mob (Acts 19:29). The association of his name with that of Arístarchos seems to identify him with the Gaios of Derbe (Act_20:4). The Shliach Yochanan addresses his third Epistle to someone by that name, but we do not know whether it is the same person or not.