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.

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2 Johannes

Indledende hilsen og bøn

Kære udvalgte frue.

Den gamle mand sender mange hilsener til dig og dine børn, som jeg elsker meget højt. Og det er ikke kun mig, der elsker jer, men det gør alle, der er kommet til erkendelse af sandheden. Vi er knyttet sammen, fordi vi har taget imod sandheden, og den bliver i os til evig tid.

Min bøn for jer er, at Gud Fader og Jesus Kristus, hans Søn, vil give jer nåde, barmhjertighed og fred til at leve jeres liv i sandhed og kærlighed.

Befalingen om at elske hinanden

Hvor har det glædet mig at møde nogle af dine børn her og se, at de lever i overensstemmelse med sandheden, sådan som Faderen har befalet os.

Alligevel vil jeg minde dig om, kære frue, at vi altid skal vise hinanden kærlighed. Det er ikke nogen ny befaling, jeg skriver til dig. Det er den samme, vi altid har kendt. Hvordan viser vi så kærlighed? Det gør vi ved at følge hans befaling. Og hans befaling er, at vi skal leve i kærligheden, sådan som vi har hørt det fra begyndelsen.

Vogt jer for den falske lære

Det er vigtigt, at I holder fast ved sandheden, for der er mange bedragere, som rejser rundt i verden. De tror ikke på, at Jesus, Messias, kom til jorden som et menneske af kød og blod. Den slags folk er bedragere, og de lever i oprør mod Kristus.

Pas på, at I ikke mister noget af det, I allerede har opnået, men gør, hvad I kan, for at I til sidst kan få den fulde løn af Herren. Den, som går for vidt og ikke forbliver i Kristi lære, har ikke del i Gud. Men den, som holder fast ved den sande lære, har del i Sønnen såvel som i Faderen. 10 Hvis nogle kommer for at undervise jer, og det ikke er den sande lære, de kommer med, skal I ikke byde dem velkommen eller invitere dem indenfor. 11 For hvis I opmuntrer dem, gør I jer medansvarlige for deres onde handlinger.

Afsluttende hilsen

12 Selvom jeg har meget, jeg gerne vil skrive til jer, vil jeg ikke bruge mere papir og blæk, for jeg håber snart at komme og besøge jer, så vi kan tale sammen ansigt til ansigt og glæde os over at være sammen.

13 Din udvalgte søsters børn sender mange hilsener.