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                A Diagramming of 3 John

1  The Elder, to Gaius,  my DEAR FRIEND,
                         whom I truly love.

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2  DEAR FRIEND,
   I pray   that in every way things may GO WELL WITH YOU
            and
            that you may be healthy
               - just as I have heard that things are
                                  GOING WELL WITH YOUR SOUL.

   [WHY THIS PRAYER:]
3  For
   it filled me
       with great JOY
       when Christian brothers
            came,
            and
            told me about
                     the TRUTH that is in you -
                     the TRUTH in which you continue to LIVE.

   [ABOUT THIS JOY:]
4  I have no greater JOY than to hear
               that my spiritual children
                           continue to LIVE in the TRUTH.

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5  DEAR FRIEND,
   you have been faithful
             in what you have done for the Christian brothers,
             even though they are strangers to you.
6       - They have told the church about your love.

   You will do well to send them
                 on their way,
                 in a manner worthy of God.

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7  It was for his name's sake that they went
                 out,
                 receiving   no financial help
                             from those who do not know God.
8  We, therefore, ought to help
             them,
             so that we may be fellow workers for the truth.

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9  I wrote to the church,
   but
   Diotrephes,   who loves to put himself first,
                 will not pay attention to what we say.

10 So 
   if I visit,
   I will point out what he is doing,
       spreading false rumors about us.
       Not satisfied with that,
             he not only refuses to welcome
                              the Christian brothers,
                but
                also   tries to stop others from doing so,
                       expelling them out of the church.

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11 DEAR FRIEND,
   do not imitate what is evil,
   but
   [do imitate] what is good.

       He who does what is good is from God;
       he who does what is evil has not seen God.


12 Everyone speaks well of Demetrius;
   the truth itself speaks well of him.

       We also speak well of him,
       and
       you know that our testimony is true.

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13 I have many things to say to you,
   but
   am unwilling to do so with pen and ink.

14     I hope to see you soon,
       and
       then we will talk face to face.

   Peace to you.

       The friends here greet you.
       Greet the friends there by name.
 

Dennis Hinks 1996 (my translation)
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