2 John

(ASV - American Standard Version)

Copyright 1901 by Thomas Nelson & Sons
Copyright 1929 by the International Council of Religious Education

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

[4]I rejoice greatly that I have found [certain] of thy children walking in truth, even as we received commandment from the Father. [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. [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. [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. [8]Look to yourselves, that ye lose not the things which we have wrought, but that ye receive a 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. [10]If any one cometh unto you, and bringeth not this teaching, receive him not into [your] house, and give him no greeting: [11]for he that giveth him greeting partaketh in his evil works.

[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. [13]The children of thine elect sister salute thee.