2 John 1:1

“The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

The Elder vnto the elect Lady, and her children, whome I loue in the trueth: and not I onely, but also all they that haue knowen þe trueth:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

The elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not only I, but also all who know the truth,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all they that know the truth;
- American Standard Version (1901)

I, a ruler in the church, send word to the noble sister who is of God's selection, and to her children, for whom I have true love; and not only I, but all who have knowledge of what is true;
- Basic English Bible

The elder to [the] elect lady and her children, whom *I* love in truth, and not *I* only but also all who have known the truth,
- Darby Bible

The elder to the elect lady, and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
- Webster's Bible

The Elder to the elect lady and her children. Truly I love you all, and not I alone, but also all who know the truth,
- Weymouth Bible

The elder, to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all those who know the truth;
- World English Bible

The eldere man, to the chosun ladi, and to her children, whiche Y loue in treuthe; and not Y aloone, but also alle men that knowen treuthe;
- Wycliffe Bible

The Elder to the choice Kyria, and to her children, whom I love in truth, and not I only, but also all those having known the truth,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 John 1:1


1:1 The elder - An appellation suited to a familiar letter, but upon a weighty subject. To the elect - That is, Christian. Kuria is undoubtedly a proper name, both here and in #2Jo 1:5|; for it was not then usual to apply the title of lady to any but the Roman empress; neither would such a manner of speaking have been suitable to the simplicity and dignity of the apostle. Whom - Both her and her children. I love in the truth - With unfeigned and holy love.


People's Bible Notes for 2 John 1:1


2Jo 1:1 SUMMARY OF II JOHN: The Address to an Elect Woman and Her Family. The Commandment of Love. Antichrists. Godspeed Not to Be Given to These Opposers. Greetings. The elder. John, unlike Peter and Paul, nowhere in his writings speaks of himself as an apostle. Peter also speaks of himself as an elder. John probably uses the term here, not officially, but in reference to his great age, as the only survivor of the apostles, and perhaps then the only personal disciple of the Lord living. Unto the elect lady. The term is "Kyria" in the Greek, a term which we know to have been a female proper name. Hence many of the best commentators from the time of Athanasius have held that this is the name of the sister. If not a proper name "Kyria" would be the feminine form of "Kurios" (Lord), the term applied to Christ, a worldly title unaccountable in the church, which does not recognize artificial distinctions of rank. To avoid this difficulty some have held that by "Kyria" the church is meant. It is better to regard the term a proper name. Whom I love. That is, the mother and her children.

Discussion for 2 John 1

  • Mina
    Through fasting and prayers
  • A disciple
    W, "How do you put up a fight against your desires of the flesh?" What is it in a man, who considers his ways, and turns to God and repents? that he will soften and change his mind and heart, to convert and to do no more sin? This is what is meant by "holding the beginning of our confidence steadfast unto the end;" that we don't let those things slip! Use force in your mind! Speak the Scripture!
  • Wanda Payne
    You fight against the desires of the flesh by submitting to The Lord every day. Tell Him you know that you desperately need Him. Read your Bible OUT LOUD every day. PRAY every day. Stop watching things on TV , newspapers, internet,etc., that you know are designed to pull you into wrong thinking and wrong actions. Also tell your flesh NO we are not doing that.
  • Nate
    read James ch 4 verses 5-8 ( you draw near unto God by reading and medataing upon his word
  • Wayne
    How do you put up a fight against your desires of the flesh?
  • Brianna
    Vs. 6 If we truly love Jehovah then we will make an effort to serve him whole souled. Sometimes our fleshly desires work against us, but we must put up a fight to resist them. BY doing so, God can bless us, and we can have a free flow of Holy Spirit.

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