2 John 1:10
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New International Version
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them.

New Living Translation
If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don't invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement.

English Standard Version
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house or give him any greeting,

New American Standard Bible
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting;

King James Bible
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your home, and don't say, "Welcome," to him;

International Standard Version
If anyone comes to you but does not present his teachings, do not receive him into your house or even welcome him,

NET Bible
If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house and do not give him any greeting,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If a man comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into the house and you shall not say to him, “You are welcome.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If anyone comes to you and doesn't bring these teachings, don't take him into your home or even greet him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If anyone comes unto you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house neither say unto him, Welcome:

King James 2000 Bible
If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

American King James Version
If there come any to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

American Standard Version
If any one cometh unto you, and bringeth not this teaching, receive him not into your house, and give him no greeting:

Douay-Rheims Bible
If any man come to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house nor say to him, God speed you.

Darby Bible Translation
If any one come to you and bring not this doctrine, do not receive him into [the] house, and greet him not;

English Revised Version
If any one cometh unto you, and bringeth not this teaching, receive him not into your house, and give him no greeting:

Webster's Bible Translation
If any one cometh to you, and bringeth not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither wish him happiness:

Weymouth New Testament
If any one who comes to you does not bring this teaching, do not receive him under your roof nor bid him Farewell.

World English Bible
If anyone comes to you, and doesn't bring this teaching, don't receive him into your house, and don't welcome him,

Young's Literal Translation
if any one doth come unto you, and this teaching doth not bear, receive him not into the house, and say not to him, 'Hail!'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:7-11 The deceiver and his deceit are described: he brings some error concerning the person or office of the Lord Jesus. Such a one is a deceiver and an antichrist; he deludes souls, and undermines the glory and kingdom of the Lord Christ. Let us not think it strange, that there are deceivers and opposers of the Lord Christ's name and dignity now, for there were such, even in the apostles' times. The more deceivers and deceits abound, the more watchful the disciples must be. Sad it is, that splendid attainments in the school of Christ, should ever be lost. The way to gain the full reward is, to abide true to Christ, and constant in religion to the end. Firm cleaving to Christian truth unites us to Christ, and thereby to the Father also; for they are one. Let us equally disregard such as abide not in the doctrine of Christ, and those who transgress his commands. Any who did not profess and preach the doctrine of Christ, respecting him as the Son of God, and salvation by him from guilt and sin, were not to be noticed and countenanced. Yet in obeying this command, we must show kindness and a good spirit to those who differ from us in lesser matters, but hold firmly the all-important doctrines of Christ's person, atonement, and holy salvation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - If any one cometh unto you. As in 1 John 5:9, the Greek construction (indicative with εἰ, not conjunctive with ἐάν shows that the case is stated as a fact, and not as a mere supposition. "If people of this kind come - and it is well known that they do - do not receive them or give them a welcome." It is of the utmost importance to remember that St. John is here giving a rule for a special case, not laying down a general principle. His words give no sanction to the view that no hospitality is to be shown to heretics, still less to the monstrous mediaeval doctrine that no faith need be kept with them. The apostle is giving directions to a particular Christian household during a particular crisis in the history of the Christian faith. It by no means follows that he would have given the same directions to every household during that crisis, or to any household under totally different circumstances. We may well believe that he would not have followed them himself, but would have endeavoured "to convince the gainsayers." His charity towards them would not have been misunderstood, and his faith would not have been in danger of being subverted. It was otherwise with her and her children, as experience had proved. And before we take this verse as a rule for our own guidance, we must consider the difference, which may well constitute an essential difference, between a time in which those who confessed Jesus Christ coming in the flesh were a despised and persecuted handful, and one in which some courage is required to avow that one denies him.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

If there come any unto you,.... Under the character of a preacher;

and bring not this doctrine; or does not preach the doctrine of Christ, as before explained, but despises it, and preaches a contrary one:

receive him not into your house; neither into the house of God, suffer him not to preach there; nor into your own house, give him no entertainment there: false teachers always tried to creep into houses, where they served their own turn every way, both by feeding their bellies, and spreading their pernicious doctrines; and therefore such should: be avoided, both publicly and privately; their ministry should not be attended on in the church, or house of God; and they should not be entertained in private houses, and much less caressed:

neither bid him God speed; or give him the usual civil form of salutation, as a good day to you, all hail, all health and prosperity attend you, the Lord be with you, and the like. The word used by the Jews was which signifies "happiness"; so it is said (i), what do they salute with? "God speed"; which was forbidden to say to one that was ploughing in the seventh year. The meaning is, that with such no familiar conversation should be had, lest any encouragement should be given them; or it should induce a suspicion in the minds of other saints, that they are in the same sentiments; or it should tend to make others think favourably of them, and be a snare and a stumblingblock to weak Christians.

(i) T. Hieros. Sheviith, fol. 35. 2. Vid. Taanith. fol. 64. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. If there come any—as a teacher or brother. The Greek is indicative, not subjunctive; implying that such persons do actually come, and are sure to come; when any comes, as there will. True love is combined with hearty renunciation and separation from all that is false, whether persons or doctrines.

receive him not … neither bid him God speed—This is not said of those who were always aliens from the Church, but of those who wish to be esteemed brethren, and subvert the true doctrine [Grotius]. The greeting salutation forbidden in the case of such a one is that usual among Christian brethren in those days, not a mere formality, but a token of Christian brotherhood.

2 John 1:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
Beware of Deceivers
9Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son. 10If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not give him a greeting; 11for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.
Cross References
1 Kings 13:16
The man of God said, "I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat bread or drink water with you in this place.

Acts 15:23
With them they sent the following letter: The apostles and elders, your brothers, To the Gentile believers in Antioch, Syria and Cilicia: Greetings.

Romans 16:17
I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.

2 Thessalonians 3:6
In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we command you, brothers and sisters, to keep away from every believer who is idle and disruptive and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.

2 Thessalonians 3:14
Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed.

Titus 3:10
Warn a divisive person once, and then warn them a second time. After that, have nothing to do with them.

3 John 1:10
So when I come, I will call attention to what he is doing, spreading malicious nonsense about us. Not satisfied with that, he even refuses to welcome other believers. He also stops those who want to do so and puts them out of the church.
Treasury of Scripture

If there come any to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:

come.

2 John 1:11 For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Romans 16:17,18 Now I beseech you, brothers, mark them which cause divisions and …

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written to you not to keep company, if any man that …

1 Corinthians 16:22 If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.

Galatians 1:8,9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to …

2 Timothy 3:5,6 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such …

Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject;

neither.

Genesis 24:12 And he said O LORD God of my master Abraham, I pray you, send me …

Psalm 129:8 Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD be on you: …

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