Modern Literal Version
2 John]

     1 The elder to the chosen {F} lady and her children, whom I love* in the truth, and not only I, but also all those who have known the truth; 2 because of the truth which abides in us and it will be with us forever. 3 Grace, mercy, peace will be with us, from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love*.

     {Footnotes: 2Jn 1,5, or: Kyria; (a proper name). Lady is most likely a salutation like 'Sir' or 'Lady,' used figuratively for a congregation* which fits the plural you* & singular you in verse 12-13.}

     4 I have rejoiced exceedingly that I have found some out of your children walking in truth, just-as we received commandment from the Father. 5 And now I ask you {F} lady, not as though I write to you a new commandment, but what we have had from the beginning, in order that we should love* one another. 6 And this is love*, in order that we should walk according to his commandments. This is the commandment, just-as you* have heard from the beginning, in order that you* should walk in it. 7 Because many misleaders entered into the world, those who are not confessing Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. This is the misleader and the antichrist. 8 Beware* in yourselves, in order that you* should not destroy the things which we worked in you*, but in order that we may receive a full reward. 9 Everyone who transgresses and is not abiding in the teaching of the Christ, does not have God. He who abides in the teaching of Christ, this one has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone is coming to you* and is not bringing this teaching, do* not receive him into your* house and do* not say hello to him; 11 for* he who says hello to him is sharing in his evil works.

     12 Having many things to write to you*, I did not plan to write them through paper and ink, but I am hoping to come to you* and to speak mouth to mouth {i.e., face to face}, in order that our joy may be fulfilled. 13 The children of your chosen sister greet you. Amen.

{{ Introduction to 3 John 67-70 AD

    John starts with a long encouragement to the believing at the congregation. Then he names Diotrephes as a false teacher who practices evil against John and others. Then gives a great testimony about Demetrius who probably stood up against Diotrephes.}}

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1999, 2014 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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