1:1 The elder to the beloved Ga'ius, whom I love in the truth.
1:1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.

1:2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in health; I know that it is well with your soul.
1:2 Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, just as it is well with your soul.

1:3 For I greatly rejoiced when some of the brethren arrived and testified to the truth of your life, as indeed you do follow the truth.
1:3 I was overjoyed when some of the friends arrived and testified to your faithfulness to the truth, namely how you walk in the truth.

1:4 No greater joy can I have than this, to hear that my children follow the truth.
1:4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth.

1:5 Beloved, it is a loyal thing you do when you render any service to the brethren, especially to strangers,
1:5 Beloved, you do faithfully whatever you do for the friends, even though they are strangers to you;

1:6 who have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on their journey as befits God's service.
1:6 they have testified to your love before the church. You will do well to send them on in a manner worthy of God;

1:7 For they have set out for his sake and have accepted nothing from the heathen.
1:7 for they began their journey for the sake of Christ, accepting no support from non-believers.

1:8 So we ought to support such men, that we may be fellow workers in the truth.
1:8 Therefore we ought to support such people, so that we may become co-workers with the truth.

1:9 I have written something to the church; but Diot'rephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge my authority.
1:9 I have written something to the church; but Diotrephes, who likes to put himself first, does not acknowledge our authority.

1:10 So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, prating against me with evil words. And not content with that, he refuses himself to welcome the brethren, and also stops those who want to welcome them and puts them out of the church.
1:10 So if I come, I will call attention to what he is doing in spreading false charges against us. And not content with those charges, he refuses to welcome the friends, and even prevents those who want to do so and expels them from the church.

1:11 Beloved, do not imitate evil but imitate good. He who does good is of God; he who does evil has not seen God.
1:11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil but imitate what is good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God.

1:12 Deme'trius has testimony from every one, and from the truth itself; I testify to him too, and you know my testimony is true.
1:12 Everyone has testified favorably about Demetrius, and so has the truth itself. We also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true.

1:13 I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink;
1:13 I have much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink;

1:14 I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face to face.
1:14 instead I hope to see you soon, and we will talk together face to face. Peace to you. The friends send you their greetings. Greet the friends there, each by name.

1:15 Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, every one of them.
1:15 Jude, a servant of Jesus Christ and brother of James, To those who are called, who are beloved in God the Father and kept safe for Jesus Christ: