The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all they that know the truth; 2 for the truth’s sake which lives in us, and it shall be with us forever: 3 Grace, mercy, peace, shall be with us, from Yahweh the Father, and from Yahshua the Messiah, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4 I rejoice greatly that I have found certain of your children walking in truth, even as we received commandment from the Father. 5 And I now beseech you, lady, not as though I wrote to you a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6 And this is love, that we should walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, even as you heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.7 For many deceivers are gone forth into the world, they that confess not that Yahshua the Messiah comes in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the anti-messiah.8 Look to yourselves, that you lose not the things that we have worked, but that you receive a full reward. 9 Whoever goes onward and lives not in the teaching of the Messiah, has not Yahweh: he that remains in the teaching, the same has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you, and brings not this teaching, receive him not into your house, and give him no greeting: 11 for he that gives him greeting partakes in his evil works.
12 Having many things to write to you, I would not write them with paper and ink: but I hope to come to you, and to speak face to face, that your joy may be made full. 13 The children of your elect sister salute you.
The Third Pastoral Letter of
The elder to Gaius the beloved, whom I love in truth.
2 Beloved, I pray that in all things you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers. 3 For I rejoiced greatly, when brethren came and bore witness your truth, even as you walk in truth. 4 No greater joy have I than this, to hear of my children walking in the truth.
5 Beloved, you do a faithful work in whatever you do toward them that are brethren and strangers withal; 6 who bore witness to your love before the assembly: whom you will do well to set forward on their journey worthily of Yahweh: 7 because that for the sake of the Name they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles. 8 We therefore ought to welcome such, that we may be fellow-workers for the truth.
9 I wrote somewhat to the assembly: but Diotrephes, who loved to have the preeminence among them, receives us not. 10 Therefore, if I come, I will bring to remembrance his works which he does, chattering against us with wicked words: and not content with that, neither does he to himself receive the brethren, and them that would he forbids and casts out of the assembly. 11 Beloved, imitate not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does good is of Yahweh: he that does evil has not seen Yahweh. 12 Demetrius has the witness of all, and of the truth itself: yes, we also bear witness; and you know that our witness 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 shortly to see you, and we shall speak face to face. Peace to you. The friends salute you. Salute the friends by name.
Judah, a servant of Yahshua the Messiah, and brother of Jacob, to them that are called, beloved in Yahweh the Father, and kept for Yahshua the Messiah: 2 Mercy to you and peace and love be multiplied.
3 Beloved, while I was giving all diligence to write to you of our common salvation, I was constrained to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints. 4 For there are certain men who sneaked in secretly, even they who were of old written of beforehand to this condemnation, lawless men, turning the grace of our Elohim into lasciviousness, and denying our only Master and Sovereign, Yahshua the Messiah.
5 Now I desire to put you in remembrance, though you know all things once for all, that Yahweh, having saved a people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. 6 And angels that kept not their own principality, but left their proper habitation, he has kept in everlasting bonds under darkness to the judgment of the great day. 7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them, having in like manner with these given themselves over to fornication and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire. 8 Yet in like manner these also in their dreamings defile the flesh, and set government as nothing, and rail at dignities. 9 But Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil, he disputed about the body of Moses, dared not bring against him a railing judgment, but said, Yahweh rebuke you. 10 But these rail at whatever things they know not: and what they understand naturally, like the creatures without reason, in these things they are destroyed. 11 Woe to them! for they went in the way of Cain, and ran riotously in the error of Balaam for hire, and perished in the criticism of Korah. 12 These are they who are hidden rocks at your love-feasts when they feast with you, shepherds that without fear feed themselves; clouds without water, carried along by winds; autumn trees without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; 13 wild waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, for whom the blackness of darkness has been reserved forever. 14 And to these also Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying, Behold, Yahweh came with ten thousands of his holy ones, 15 to execute judgment upon all, and to convict all the lawless of all their works of lawlessness which they have wickedly worked, and all the hard things which wicked sinners have spoken against him. 16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their lusts, (and their mouth speaks great swelling words), showing respect of persons for the sake of advantage.
17 But you, beloved, remember the words which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Savior Yahshua the Messiah; 18 that they said to you, In the last time there shall be mockers, walking after their own wicked lusts. 19 These are they who cause divisions, sensual, not having the Spirit. 20 But you, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, 21 keep yourselves in the love of Yahweh, looking for the mercy of our Master Yahshua the Messiah to eternal life. 22 And on some have mercy, who are in doubt; 23 and some save, snatching them out of the fire; and on some have mercy with fear; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.
24 Now to him that is able to keep you from stumbling, and to set you before the presence of his glory without blemish in great joy, 25 to the only Elohim our Savior, through Yahshua the Messiah our Sovereign, be glory, majesty, dominion, and power, before all time, and now, and forever more. Amen.