2 John 1:5

5 And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.

Read 2 John 1:5 Using Other Translations

And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
And now I ask you, dear lady--not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning--that we love one another.
I am writing to remind you, dear friends, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning.

What does 2 John 1:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
2 John 1:5

And now I beseech thee, lady
Or "Kyria", which word the Syriac and Arabic versions retain, as if it was a proper name: the apostle having finished the inscription, salutation, and congratulation in the preceding verses, passes to an exhortation and entreaty to observe the commandment of love to one another, which is not a new commandment, but what was from the beginning:

not as though I wrote a new commandment (See Gill on 1 John 2:7) and (See Gill on 1 John 2:8).

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