Amplified Bible

2 John

Walk According to His Commandments

The elder [of the church addresses this letter] to the elect (chosen) [a]lady and her children, whom I love in truth—and not only I, but also all who know and understand the truth— because of the truth which lives in our hearts and will be with us forever: Grace, mercy, and peace (inner calm, a sense of spiritual well-being) will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, in truth and love.

I was greatly delighted to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father. Now I ask you, lady, not as if I were writing to you a new commandment, but [simply reminding you of] the one which we have had from the beginning, that we [b]love and unselfishly seek the best for one another. And this is love: that we walk in accordance with His commandments and are guided continually by His precepts. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should [always] walk in love.

For many deceivers [heretics, posing as Christians] have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge and confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh (bodily form). This [person, the kind who does this] is the deceiver and the [c]antichrist [that is, the antagonist of Christ]. Watch yourselves, so that you do not lose what we have accomplished together, but that you may receive a full and perfect reward [when He grants rewards to faithful believers]. Anyone who runs on ahead and does not remain in the doctrine of Christ [that is, one who is not content with what He taught], does not have God; but the one who continues to remain in the teaching [of Christ does have God], he has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching [but diminishes or adds to the doctrine of Christ], do not receive or welcome him into your house, and do not give him a greeting or any encouragement; 11 for the one who gives him a greeting [who encourages him or wishes him success, unwittingly] participates in his evil deeds. 12 I have many things to write to you, but I prefer not to do so with paper (papyrus) and black (ink); but I hope to come to you and speak with you [d]face to face, so that [e]your joy may be complete.

13 The children of your elect (chosen) sister greet you.

Notas al pie

  1. 2 John 1:1 Many scholars believe the words “lady and her children” refer to a specific woman and her family; some others view the words “lady and her children” as the personification of a church and its members.
  2. 2 John 1:5 The key to understanding this and other statements about love is to know that this love (the Greek word agape) is not so much a matter of emotion as it is of doing things for the benefit of another person, that is, having an unselfish concern for another and a willingness to seek the best for another.
  3. 2 John 1:7 John is not referring to the Antichrist of Revelation, but is using the term generally of anyone who is opposed to the cause of Christ.
  4. 2 John 1:12 Lit mouth to mouth.
  5. 2 John 1:12 One early ms reads our.

La Bibbia della Gioia

2 Giovanni

Questa lettera è scritta da me, Giovanni, anziano della Chiesa, alla Signora eletta e ai suoi figli, che amo sinceramente, come li amano anche tutti i credenti, grazie alla verità che è e resterà per sempre nel nostro cuore.

Grazia, misericordia e pace saranno con noi come doni di Dio Padre e di Gesù Cristo, Figlio suo nella verità e nellʼamore.

Attenzione ai falsi maestri!

Mi ha fatto molto piacere aver trovato qui alcuni dei tuoi figli, e constatare che vivono seguendo la verità e obbedendo ai comandamenti di Dio.

Ed ora, signora, voglio ricordarti il vecchio comandamento che Dio ci ha dato fin dal principio, e cioè che i cristiani devono amarsi a vicenda. Se amiamo Dio, vivremo secondo i suoi comandamenti; e il comandamento che Dio ci ha dato fin dal principio, è questo: vivete nellʼamore.

State in guardia dai falsi maestri (se ne sono presentati tanti), parlo di quelli che non credono che Gesù Cristo venne sulla terra come essere umano, con un corpo come il nostro. Qualsiasi persona così è lʼingannatore e lʼanticristo. Badate di non essere come loro e di non perdere il premio delle vostre fatiche, ma comportatevi in modo da ricevere una piena ricompensa dal Signore. Chi va al di là dellʼinsegnamento di Cristo, non ha Dio. Chi, invece, sta saldo nellʼinsegnamento di Cristo, resta unito al Padre e al Figlio.

10 Se qualcuno viene da voi e non crede a ciò che Cristo ha insegnato, non fatelo neppure entrare in casa! E non lo salutate. 11 Se lo fate, sarete suoi complici nella sua malvagità.

12 Avrei ancora tante cose da scrivervi, ma non voglio farlo per lettera, perché spero di venire a trovarvi presto e di parlarne con voi a viva voce. Così la vostra gioia sarà completa.

13 Ti salutano i figli di tua sorella, eletta da Dio.

Giovanni.