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 Union Version (Simplified)

約 翰 二 書

作 长 老 的 写 信 给 蒙 拣 选 的 太 太 ( 或 作 : 教 会 ; 下 同 ) , 和 他 的 儿 女 , 就 是 我 诚 心 所 爱 的 ; 不 但 我 爱 , 也 是 一 切 知 道 真 理 之 人 所 爱 的 。

爱 你 们 是 为 真 理 的 缘 故 , 这 真 理 存 在 我 们 里 面 , 也 必 永 远 与 我 们 同 在 。

恩 惠 , 怜 悯 , 平 安 从 父 神 和 他 儿 子 耶 稣 基 督 在 真 理 和 爱 心 上 必 常 与 我 们 同 在 !

我 见 你 的 儿 女 , 有 照 我 们 从 父 所 受 之 命 令 遵 行 真 理 的 , 就 甚 欢 喜 。

太 太 阿 , 我 现 在 劝 你 , 我 们 大 家 要 彼 此 相 爱 。 这 并 不 是 我 写 一 条 新 命 令 给 你 , 乃 是 我 们 从 起 初 所 受 的 命 令 。

我 们 若 照 他 的 命 令 行 , 这 就 是 爱 。 你 们 从 起 初 所 听 见 当 行 的 , 就 是 这 命 令 。

因 为 世 上 有 许 多 迷 惑 人 的 出 来 , 他 们 不 认 耶 稣 基 督 是 成 了 肉 身 来 的 ; 这 就 是 那 迷 惑 人 、 敌 基 督 的 。

你 们 要 小 心 , 不 要 失 去 你 们 ( 有 古 卷 : 我 们 ) 所 做 的 工 , 乃 要 得 着 满 足 的 赏 赐 。

凡 越 过 基 督 的 教 训 、 不 常 守 着 的 , 就 没 有 神 ; 常 守 这 教 训 的 , 就 有 父 又 有 子 。

10 若 有 人 到 你 们 那 里 , 不 是 传 这 教 训 , 不 要 接 他 到 家 里 , 也 不 要 问 他 的 安 ;

11 因 为 问 他 安 的 , 就 在 他 的 恶 行 上 有 分 。

12 我 还 有 许 多 事 要 写 给 你 们 , 却 不 愿 意 用 纸 墨 写 出 来 , 但 盼 望 到 你 们 那 里 , 与 你 们 当 面 谈 论 , 使 你 们 的 喜 乐 满 足 。

13 你 那 蒙 拣 选 之 姊 妹 的 儿 女 都 问 你 安 。