2 John 1:5

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And now, I beseech thee Lady, not as though I wrote a new commandement vnto thee: but that which wee had from the beginning, that wee loue one another.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Now I ask you, lady, not as though {I were} writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote to thee a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And now, my sister, I make a request to you, not sending you a new law, but the law which we had from the first, that we have love for one another.
- Basic English Bible

And now I beseech thee, lady, not as writing to thee a new commandment, but that which we have had from [the] beginning, that we should love one another.
- Darby Bible

And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
- Webster's Bible

And now, dear lady, I pray you--writing to you, as I do, not a new command, but the one which we have had from the very beginning--let us love one another.
- Weymouth Bible

Now I beg you, dear lady, not as though I wrote to you a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
- World English Bible

And now Y preye thee, ladi, not as writinge a newe maundement to thee, but that that we hadden fro the bigynnyng, that we loue ech other.
- Wycliffe Bible

and now I beseech thee, Kyria, not as writing to thee a new command, but which we had from the beginning, that we may love one another,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 2 John 1:5


1:5 That which we had from the beginning - Of our Lord's ministry. Indeed it was, in some sense, from the beginning of the world. That we may love one another - More abundantly.


People's Bible Notes for 2 John 1:5


2Jo 1:5 And now I beseech thee, lady. "Kyria" in Greek. If "lady" at all, it would mean "your ladyship". See PNT "2Jo 1:1". Not as though I wrote a new commandment. Love embraces all. Compare and see PNT "1Jo 2:7".

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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