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.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

約翰二書

我這作長老的寫信給蒙揀選的女士[a]和你的兒女,就是我本著真理所愛的。你們不單是我所愛的,也是一切認識真理的人所愛的。 我們愛你們,因為真理在我們裡面,並且永遠與我們同在。

從父上帝和祂兒子耶穌基督而來的恩典、憐憫和平安也必在真理和愛中與我們同在!

彼此相愛

你的兒女當中有人按照我們從父領受的命令遵行真理,我知道後非常欣慰。 女士啊,我現在勸你,我們大家要彼此相愛。這不是新命令,而是我們從起初就已經領受的命令。 愛就是遵行上帝的命令,這是你們從起初就聽過又當遵行的命令。

提防騙子

因為現在世上有許多騙子出來迷惑人,他們否認耶穌基督曾降世為人。這樣的人是騙子,是敵基督者。 你們要謹慎,好得到完滿的賞賜,免得我們前功盡棄。 誰偏離基督的教導,誰心中就沒有上帝;誰遵守基督的教導,誰就有父和子與他同在。 10 若有人到你們那裡不傳基督的教導,不要請他到家裡,也不要問候他, 11 因為問候他就是與他同流合污。

結語

12 我還有許多事要告訴你們,但不想藉助紙墨,而是希望有機會到你們那裡與你們當面暢談,使我們充滿喜樂。

13 你那蒙揀選之姊妹的兒女問候你。

Notas al pie

  1. 1·1 學者一般認為「蒙揀選的女士」是指教會。