Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

2 Yohana

Kutoka kwa Mzee. Kwa mama mteule pamoja na watoto wake niwapendao katika kweli. Wala si mimi tu niwapendaye bali wote wanaoifahamu kweli; kwa sababu ya ile kweli ikaayo ndani yetu na ambayo itakuwa nasi hadi milele.

Neema, huruma, na amani zitokazo kwa Mungu Baba na kwa Yesu Kristo Mwana wake zitakuwa pamoja nasi katika kweli na upendo.

Kweli Na Upendo

Nimefurahi sana kuona kwamba baadhi ya watoto wako wanadumu katika kweli, kama Baba alivyotuamuru. Na sasa, mama mpendwa, sikuandikii amri mpya, bali ile ile ambayo tumekuwa nayo kutoka mwanzo: kwamba tupendane. Na upendo ni huu: kwamba tuishi kwa kuzifuata amri za Mungu. Na kama mlivyosikia tangu mwanzo, amri yake ni kwamba muishi maisha ya upendo.

Kwa maana wadanganyifu wengi wametokea duniani, watu wasiokiri ya kwamba Kristo alikuja kama mwanadamu. Mtu kama huyo ni mdanganyifu na mpinga-Kristo. Jihadharini msije mkapoteza yale mliyoyafanyia kazi, bali mpewe thawabu kamili.

Mtu ye yote anayevuka mpaka wa mafundisho ya Kristo, na kuyaacha, huyo hana Mungu. Na mtu anayedumu katika mafundisho ya Kristo, huyo anaye Baba na Mwana pia. 10 Mtu ye yote akija kwenu bila kuwaletea mafundisho haya, msimkaribishe nyumbani kwenu, wala msimsalimu. 11 Kwa maana mtu anayemsalimu anashiriki kazi zake za uovu.

12 Ninayo mengi ya kuwaandikia, lakini sipendi kutumia kara tasi na wino. Badala yake ninatarajia kuwatembelea na kuongea nanyi uso kwa uso, ili furaha yetu ikamilike.

New International Reader's Version

2 John

I, the elder, am writing this letter.

I am sending it to the lady chosen by God and to her children. I love all of you because of the truth. I’m not the only one who loves you. So does everyone who knows the truth. I love you because of the truth that is alive in us. This truth will be with us forever.

God the Father and Jesus Christ his Son will give you grace, mercy and peace. These blessings will be with us because we love the truth.

It has given me great joy to find some of your children living by the truth. That’s just what the Father commanded us to do. Dear lady, I’m not writing you a new command. I’m writing a command we’ve had from the beginning. I’m asking that we love one another. The way we show our love is to obey God’s commands. He commands you to lead a life of love. That’s what you have heard from the beginning.

I say this because many people have tried to fool others. These people have gone out into the world. They don’t agree that Jesus Christ came in a human body. People like this try to trick others. These people are like the great enemy of Christ. Watch out that you don’t lose what we have worked for. Make sure that you get your full reward. Suppose someone thinks they know more than we do. So they don’t follow Christ’s teaching. Then that person doesn’t belong to God. But whoever follows Christ’s teaching belongs to the Father and the Son. 10 Suppose someone comes to you and doesn’t teach these truths. Then don’t take them into your house or welcome them. 11 Anyone who welcomes them shares in their evil work.

12 I have a lot to write to you. But I don’t want to use paper and ink. I hope I can visit you instead. Then I can talk with you face to face. That will make our joy complete.

13 The children of your sister, who is chosen by God, send their greetings.