The Message

2 John

1-2 My dear congregation, I, your pastor, love you in very truth. And I’m not alone—everyone who knows the Truth that has taken up permanent residence in us loves you.

Let grace, mercy, and peace be with us in truth and love from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, Son of the Father!

4-6 I can’t tell you how happy I am to learn that many members of your congregation are diligent in living out the Truth, exactly as commanded by the Father. But permit me a reminder, friends, and this is not a new commandment but simply a repetition of our original and basic charter: that we love each other. Love means following his commandments, and his unifying commandment is that you conduct your lives in love. This is the first thing you heard, and nothing has changed.

Don’t Walk Out on God

There are a lot of smooth-talking charlatans loose in the world who refuse to believe that Jesus Christ was truly human, a flesh-and-blood human being. Give them their true title: Deceiver! Antichrist!

8-9 And be very careful around them so you don’t lose out on what we’ve worked so diligently in together; I want you to get every reward you have coming to you. Anyone who gets so progressive in his thinking that he walks out on the teaching of Christ, walks out on God. But whoever stays with the teaching, stays faithful to both the Father and the Son.

10-11 If anyone shows up who doesn’t hold to this teaching, don’t invite him in and give him the run of the place. That would just give him a platform to perpetuate his evil ways, making you his partner.

12-13 I have a lot more things to tell you, but I’d rather not use paper and ink. I hope to be there soon in person and have a heart-to-heart talk. That will be far more satisfying to both you and me. Everyone here in your sister congregation sends greetings.

Bíbélì Mímọ́ Yorùbá Òde Òn

2 Johanu

Alàgbà,

Sì àyànfẹ́ obìnrin ọlọ́lá àti àwọn ọmọ rẹ̀, àwọn tí mo fẹ́ ní òtítọ́, kì í sì í ṣe èmi nìkan, ṣùgbọ́n gbogbo àwọn tí ó mọ òtítọ́ pẹ̀lú; nítorí òtítọ́ tí ń gbé inú wa, yóò sì bá wa gbé títí.

Oore-ọ̀fẹ́, àánú, àti àlàáfíà, láti ọ̀dọ̀ Ọlọ́run Baba, àti láti ọ̀dọ̀ Jesu Kristi, Ọmọ Baba, yóò wà pẹ̀lú wa nínú òtítọ́ àti nínú ìfẹ́.

Mo yọ̀ gidigidi pé mo rí nínú àwọn ọmọ rẹ tí ń rìn nínú òtítọ́, gẹ́gẹ́ bí Baba ti pa àṣẹ fún wa. Ǹjẹ́ nísinsin yìí, mo bẹ̀ ọ́, obìnrin ọlọ́lá, kì í ṣe bí ẹni pé èmi ń kọ̀wé òfin tuntun kan sí ọ, bí kò ṣe èyí ti àwa tí ní ní àtètèkọ́ṣe, pé kí àwa fẹ́ràn ara wa. Èyí sì ni ìfẹ́, pé, kí àwa máa rin nípa òfin rẹ̀, èyí ni òfin náà, àní bí ẹ ti gbọ́ ni àtètèkọ́ṣe, pé, kí ẹ̀yin rìn nínú rẹ̀.

Nítorí ẹlẹ́tàn púpọ̀ ti jáde wa sínú ayé, àwọn tí kò jẹ́wọ́ pé Jesu Kristi wá nínú ara. Èyí ni ẹlẹ́tàn àti aṣòdì sí Kristi. Ẹ kíyèsára yín, kí ẹ má ba à sọ iṣẹ́ tí ẹ tí ṣe nù, ṣùgbọ́n kí ẹ̀yin lè rí èrè kíkún gbà. Olúkúlùkù ẹni tí ó bá ń rú òfin tí kò si dúró nínú ẹ̀kọ́ Kristi, kò mọ Ọlọ́run. Ẹni tí ó bá dúró nínú ẹ̀kọ́, òun ni ó mọ Baba àti Ọmọ. 10 Bí ẹnikẹ́ni bá tọ̀ yín wá, tí kò sì mu ẹ̀kọ́ yìí wá, ẹ má ṣe gbà á sí ilé, kí ẹ má sì ṣe kí i kú ààbọ̀. 11 Nítorí ẹni tí ó bá kí kú ààbọ̀, ó ní ọwọ́ nínú iṣẹ́ búburú rẹ̀.

12 Bí mo tilẹ̀ ní ohun púpọ̀ láti ṣe alábápín pẹ̀lú yín, síbẹ̀ èmi kò fẹ́ lo ìwé ìkọ̀wé àti jẹ́lú ìkọ̀wé. Ṣùgbọ́n èmi ní ìrètí láti tọ̀ yín wá àti láti bá a yín sọ̀rọ̀ lójúkojú, kí ayọ̀ yín bá à le è kún.

13 Àwọn ọmọ arábìnrin rẹ àyànfẹ́ kí ọ.