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--

References for 2 John 1:1

      2 because of the truth that resides in us and will be with us {forever}a.

      References for 2 John 1:2

        • a 1:2 - Or "in perpetuity"; literally "for the age"
          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.

          References for 2 John 1:4

            • b 1:4 - Literally "I rejoiced exceedingly"
            • c 1:4 - Literally "we received commandment from the Father"

              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.

              References for 2 John 1:5

                  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!

                  References for 2 John 1:7

                    • d 1:7 - Or "confess Jesus [as] Christ coming in [the] flesh" (see 1 John 4:2)
                      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.

                      References for 2 John 1:12

                        • e 1:12 - *Here "[although]" is supplied as a component of the participle ("have") which is understood as concessive
                        • f 1:12 - Literally "mouth to mouth"
                        • g 1:12 - Some manuscripts have "our"
                          13 The children of your elect sister greet you.