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2 John The Passion Translation (TPT)

Loving Truth

From the elder[a] to God’s chosen woman[b] and her children:

I love you all as those who are in the truth.[c] And I’m not the only one, for all who come to know the truth[d] share my love for you because of the living truth that has a permanent home in us and will be with us forever.[e]

God our Father and Jesus Christ, his Son, will release to us overflowing grace, mercy, and peace, filled with true love.[f]

I was delighted and filled with joy when I learned that your children are consistently living in the truth, just as we have received the command from the Father.

Dearest woman, I have a request to make of you. It is not a new commandment but a repetition of the one we have had from the beginning: that we constantly love one another. This love means living in obedience to whatever God commands us. For to walk in love toward one another is the unifying commandment we’ve heard from the beginning.

Warning about False Teachers

Numerous deceivers have surfaced from among us and gone out into the world,[g] people who will not acknowledge Jesus Christ coming as a man. These deceivers are antichrists! Be on your guard so that you do not lose all that we[h] have diligently worked for but receive a full reward.

Anyone who wanders away[i] and does not remain faithful to the teaching of Christ has no relationship with God. But those who remain in the teaching of Christ have a wonderful relationship with both the Father and the Son. 10 So if anyone comes into your fellowship claiming to be a true believer yet doesn’t bring this teaching, you are not to consider him as a fellow believer,[j] nor should you welcome him into your homes.[k] 11 For if you welcome him as a believer,[l] you will be partnering with him in his evil agenda.

12 Although I have many more subjects I’d like to discuss with you, I’d rather not include them in this letter.[m] But I look forward to coming to visit and speaking with you face-to-face[n]—for being together will complete our joy!

13 The children of your sister, whom God has chosen, send you their loving greetings. Amen.[o]


  1. 2 John 1:1 Or “presbyter.” This was obviously a self-designated term for the apostle John. He was an elder because of being the only living apostle who was chosen by Jesus.
  2. 2 John 1:1 The letter is addressed to the eklekte kuria (“elect/chosen/excellent lady”). Most commentators see this as a metaphor for the church and her spiritual children, believing that John wrote this letter to a sister congregation or network of congregations. This has been the majority view since it was first noted by Jerome (Jerome, Ep. Xi. ad Ageruchiam). Still, others see it as a letter to a specific woman, with the conjecture that her name was either Elekta or Kyria. This is a possibility, since one way to read the letter is that John knew this woman and was acquainted with her sister and her children (v. 13). If this was indeed written to Kyria (feminine of “lord,” meaning a woman in authority), there is a possibility that she was the pastor or overseer of a specific church. But who was the most especially “chosen woman” in the entire Bible? It was Mary, the mother of our Lord Jesus. John was given the commission by Jesus himself in his last moments on earth to care for Mary as his mother, and we know that Mary had a sister (John 19:25-27, cf. v. 13). What other woman is chosen and loved, not only by John but all the church? Every believer in Jesus rightly honors and reveres his mother, Mary. Throughout church history there have been a few scholars who believe that Mary was the recipient of this letter. (See Knauer, Stud. U. Krit., 1833, Part 2, p.452ff.; q.v. J. E. Huther, Critical and Exegetical Handbook to the General Epistles of James, Peter, John, and Jude, translated from the German, 11 vols., Funk and Wagnalls, 1884.)
  3. 2 John 1:1 Or “whom I love in truth.” John uses the word love sixty-two times in the New Testament, while all the other New Testament writers combined use it a total of 116 times.
  4. 2 John 1:1 It is possible that John is using the word truth as he uses word (Gr. logos), as a title for Jesus Christ (“all who know the Truth”).
  5. 2 John 1:2 Or “into the age.” The Aramaic can be translated “because the truth sustains us to the end of the eternity.”
  6. 2 John 1:3 Or “in truth and love.”
  7. 2 John 1:7 In the context of love, John now mentions false teachers. This shows us that love is the safeguard against error. The more that love flows through us as we honor God’s commands, the more we are kept from deception. Our unity, produced by love, enables us to recognize and resist false teachers.
  8. 2 John 1:8 Some manuscripts have “you.”
  9. 2 John 1:9 Or “goes beyond” (the teaching of Christ). The Aramaic implies a visiting minister or itinerant speaker, “whoever passes through.”
  10. 2 John 1:10 Or “don’t give him any greeting” (as a believer). Hospitality was such a cultural virtue in the time of John that he actually had to warn them not to show hospitality to false teachers.
  11. 2 John 1:10 Or possibly “house [church].”
  12. 2 John 1:11 Or “If you give him a [public] greeting [as a believer].”
  13. 2 John 1:12 Or “I’d rather not write with ink [pen] and paper.”
  14. 2 John 1:12 The Aramaic can be translated “mouth to mouth.”
  15. 2 John 1:13 Most manuscripts do not include “Amen.”
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