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Song of Solomon
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1 The elder to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in
2 Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all
things and be healthy, even as your soul prospers. 3 For I rejoiced
greatly, when brothers came and testified about the truth in you, even as you
walk in truth. 4 I have no greater joy than this, to hear about my
children walking in truth.
5 Beloved, you do a faithful work in whatever you
accomplish for those who are brothers and strangers. 6 They have testified
about your love before the assembly. You will do well to send them forward on
their journey in a way worthy of God, 7 because for the sake of his Name
they went out, taking nothing from the Gentiles. 8 We therefore ought to
receive such, that we may be fellow workers for the truth.
9 I wrote to the assembly, but Diotrephes, who
loves to be first among them, doesn’t accept what we say. 10 Therefore if
I come, I will call attention to his deeds which he does, unjustly accusing us
with wicked words. Not content with this, neither does he himself receive the
brothers, and those who would, he forbids and throws out of the assembly.
11 Beloved, don’t imitate that which is evil, but
that which is good. He who does good is of God. He who does evil hasn’t seen
12 Demetrius has the testimony of all, and of the
truth itself; yes, we also testify, and you know that our testimony is true.
13 I had many things to write to you, but I am
unwilling to write to you with ink and pen; 14 but I hope to see you soon,
and we will speak face to face. Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet
the friends by name.
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