1The Elder: # Or Presbyter
To the elect #Rm 16:131Pt 5:132Jn 13 lady # Or Kyria, a proper name; probably a literary figure for a local church known to John; the children would be its members. and her children: I love all of you in the truth — and not only I, but also all who have come to know the truth #Jn 8:32|NoBook| 14:61Tm 2:4 — 2because of the truth that remains in us #1Jn 1:8 and will be with us forever.
3Grace, mercy, and peace #1Tm 1:22Tm 1:2 will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son #Heb 1:2 of the Father, in truth and love. #1Jn 4:12
Truth and Deception
4I was very glad to find some of your children walking in the truth, #3Jn 3-4 in keeping with a command we have received from the Father. 5So now I urge you, dear lady — not as if I were writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning — that we love one another. #1Jn 3:11 6And this is love: #1Jn 2:5|NoBook| 5:3 that we walk according to His commands. #Ps 103:18Mk 7:8Jn 14:15|NoBook| 15:10 This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: you must walk in love. # Lit in it
7Many deceivers have gone out into the world; they do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh. # Or confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh #Php 3:3 This is the deceiver and the antichrist. #1Jn 2:18|NoBook| 4:3 8Watch yourselves so you don’t lose what we # Other mss read you have worked for, but that you may receive a full reward. #2Pt 2:13 9Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teaching #Jn 8:31-321Jn 2:21-23 but goes beyond it, does not have God. #Jn 5:12|NoBook| 8:411Jn 2:23 The one who remains #Jn 15:4-16 in that teaching, this one has both the Father #Mt 11:27 and the Son. #Heb 1:21Jn 2:23 10If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive #Jn 1:12|NoBook| 6:21|NoBook| 13:20 him into your home, and don’t say, “Welcome,” to him; 11for the one who says, “Welcome,” to him shares #1Tm 5:22 in his evil works. #Eph 5:111Tm 5:22Jd 23
12Though I have many things to write to you, #3Jn 13 I don’t want to do so with paper and ink. Instead, I hope to be with you and talk face to face # Lit mouth to mouth so that our joy #Jn 15:11 may be complete.
13The children of your elect sister send you greetings.