Greetings

1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all they that know the truth;

1 (A)The elder to the (B)chosen (C)lady and her children, whom I (D)love in truth; and not only I, but also all who (E)know the truth,

1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;

1 The Elder:(a)To the elect(A) lady(b) and her children: I love all of you in the truth—and not only I, but also all who have come to know the truth(B)

1 From:aThe Elder To: The chosen lady and her children, whom I genuinely love, and not only I but also all who know the truth,

2 for the truth's sake which abideth in us, and it shall be with us for ever:

2 for (F)the sake of the truth which abides (G)in us and will be (H)with us forever:

2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.

2 because of the truth that remains in us(C) and will be with us forever.

2 that is present in us and will be with us forever.

3 Grace, mercy, peace shall be with us, from God the Father, and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

3 (I)Grace, mercy and peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

3 Grace, mercy, and peace(D) will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son(E) of the Father, in truth and love.(F)

3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus the Messiah, the Father's Son, in truth and love.

Truth And Deception

4 I rejoice greatly that I have found certain of thy children walking in truth, even as we received commandment from the Father.

4 (J)I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment to do from the Father.

4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

4 I was very glad to find some of your children walking in the truth,(G) in keeping with a command we have received from the Father.

4 I was overjoyed to find some of your children living truthfully, just as the Father has commanded us.

Warning Against False Teachers

5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote to thee a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

5 Now I ask you, lady, (K)not as though I were writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had (L)from the beginning, that we (M)love one another.

5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

5 So now I urge you, dear lady—not as if I were writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another.(H)

5 Dear lady, I am now requesting of you that we all continue to love one another. It is not as though I am writing to give you a new commandment, but one that we have had from the beginning.

6 And this is love, that we should walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, even as ye heard from the beginning, that ye should walk in it.

6 And (N)this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, (O)just as you have heard (P)from the beginning, that you should walk in it.

6 And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

6 And this is love:(I) that we walk according to His commands.(J) This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love.(c)

6 And this is what demonstrates love: that we live according to God's commandments. Just as you have heard from the beginning what he commanded, you must live by it.

Reject Teachers Who Don'T Teach What Christ Taught

7 For many deceivers are gone forth into the world, even they that confess not that Jesus Christ cometh in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.

7 For (Q)many deceivers have (R)gone out into the world, those who (S)do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is (T)the deceiver and the (U)antichrist.

7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

7 Many deceivers have gone out into the world; they do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh.(d)(K) This is the deceiver and the antichrist.(L)

7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world. They refuse to acknowledge Jesus the Messiah as having become human. Any such person is a deceiver and an antichrist.

8 Look to yourselves, that ye lose not the things which we have wrought, but that ye receive a full reward.

8 (V)Watch yourselves, (W)that you do not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.

8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

8 Watch yourselves so you don’t lose what we(e) have worked for, but that you may receive a full reward.(M)

8 See to it that you don't destroy what we have worked for, but that you receive your full reward.

9 Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ, hath not God: he that abideth in the teaching, the same hath both the Father and the Son.

9 (a)Anyone who (b)goes too far and (X)does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.

9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

9 Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teaching(N) but goes beyond it, does not have God.(O) The one who remains(P) in that teaching, this one has both the Father(Q) and the Son.(R)

9 Everyone who does not remain true to the teaching of the Messiah, but goes beyond it, does not have God. The person who remains true to the teaching of the Messiah has both the Father and the Son.

10 If any one cometh unto you, and bringeth not this teaching, receive him not into your house, and give him no greeting:

10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, (Y)do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting;

10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive(S) him into your home, and don’t say, “Welcome,” to him;

10 If anyone comes to you but does not present his teachings, do not receive him into your house or even welcome him,

11 for he that giveth him greeting partaketh in his evil works.

11 for the one who gives him a greeting (Z)participates in his evil deeds.

11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

11 for the one who says, “Welcome,” to him shares(T) in his evil works.(U)

11 because the one who welcomes him shares in his evil deeds.

Farewell

12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write them with paper and ink: but I hope to come unto you, and to speak face to face, that your joy may be made full.

12 (AA)Though I have many things to write to you, I do not want to do so with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, so that (c)your (AB)joy may be made full.

12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

12 Though I have many things to write to you,(V) I don’t want to do so with paper and ink. Instead, I hope to be with you and talk face to face(f) so that our joy(W) may be complete.

12 Although I have a great deal to write to you, I would prefer not to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

13 The children of thine elect sister salute thee.

13 The children of your (AC)chosen sister greet you.

13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.

13 The children of your elect sister send you greetings.

13 The children of your chosen sister greet you.

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