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2 John 1 (Lexham English Bible)

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Greeting

1 The elder, to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth--and not I alone, but also all those who know the truth-- 2 because of the truth that resides in us and will be with us {forever}a. 3 Grace, mercy, peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Son of the Father in truth and love. 4 {I was very glad}b because I found [some] of your children walking in [the] truth, just as {the Father commanded us}c.

Watch Out for False Teachers

5 And now I ask you, lady (not as [if I were] writing a new commandment to you, but [one] that we have had from the beginning), that we should 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, so that you should walk in it. 7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not confess Jesus Christd coming in [the] flesh. This person is the deceiver and the antichrist! 8 Watch yourselves that you do not lose what we have worked for, but receive a full reward. 9 Everyone who goes too far and does not remain in the teaching of Christ does not have God. The one who remains in the teaching--this person 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 speak a greeting to him, 11 because the one who speaks a greeting to him shares in his evil deeds.

Conclusion and Final Greeting

12 [Although]e I have many [things] to write to you, I do not want [to do so] by means of paper and ink, but I hope to be with you and to speak {face to face}f, so that yourg joy may be complete. 13 The children of your elect sister greet you.
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