2 John 1 New American Standard Bible


1 1  The elder to the chosen lady and her children , whom I love in truth ; and not only I, but also all who know the truth , 2  for the sake of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever : 3  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 .

Abide in the Doctrine of Christ

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

5  Now I ask you, lady , not as though I were writing to you a new commandment , but the one which we have had from the beginning , that we love one another . 6  And this is love , that we walk according to His commandments . This is the commandment , just as you have heard from the beginning , that you should walk in it.

7  For many deceivers have gone out into the world , those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh . This is the deceiver and the antichrist . 8  Watch yourselves , that you do not lose what we have accomplished , but that you may receive a full reward . 9  [1]Anyone who [2]goes too far and 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 .

10  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching , do not receive him into your house , and do not give him a greeting ; 11  for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds .

Final Greetings

12  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 [3]your joy may be made full . 13  The children of your chosen sister greet you.


[1] 1:9 Lit "Everyone"

[2] 1:9 Lit "goes on ahead"

[3] 1:12 One early ms reads "our"

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