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Current Translation: New Living Translation
Current Chapter: 2 John 1
1This letter is from John the Elder. It is written to the chosen lady and to her children, whom I love in the truth, as does everyone else who knows God's truth--[footnote]
2the truth that lives in us and will be in our hearts forever.
3May grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God our Father and from Jesus Christ his Son, be with us who live in truth and love.
Live in the Truth
4How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living in the truth, just as we have been commanded by the Father.
5And now I want to urge you, dear lady, that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we had from the beginning.
6Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.
7Many deceivers have gone out into the world. They do not believe that Jesus Christ came to earth in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8Watch out, so that you do not lose the prize for which we have been working so hard. Be diligent so that you will receive your full reward.[footnote]
9For if you wander beyond the teaching of Christ, you will not have fellowship with God. But if you continue in the teaching of Christ, you will have fellowship with both the Father and the Son.
10If someone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don't invite him into your house or encourage him in any way.
11Anyone who encourages him becomes a partner in his evil work.
12Well, I have much more to say to you, but I don't want to say it in a letter. For I hope to visit you soon and to talk with you face to face. Then our joy will be complete.
13Greetings from the children of your sister, chosen by God.[footnote]
From the Holy Bible, New Living Translation®, by Tyndale Charitable Trust copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.