2 John 1:11
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New International Version
Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.

New Living Translation
Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.

English Standard Version
for whoever greets him takes part in his wicked works.

New American Standard Bible
for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.

King James Bible
For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for the one who says, "Welcome," to him shares in his evil works.

International Standard Version
because the one who welcomes him shares in his evil deeds.

NET Bible
because the person who gives him a greeting shares in his evil deeds.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For he that says to him, “You are welcome”, is a partaker with his evil deeds.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever greets him shares the evil things he's doing.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he that says unto him, Welcome, is partaker of his evil deeds.

King James 2000 Bible
For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

American King James Version
For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.

American Standard Version
for he that giveth him greeting partaketh in his evil works.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For he that saith unto him, God speed you, communicateth with his wicked works.

Darby Bible Translation
for he who greets him partakes in his wicked works.

English Revised Version
for he that giveth him greeting partaketh in his evil works.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he that wisheth him happiness, is partaker of his evil deeds.

Weymouth New Testament
He who bids him Farewell is a sharer in his evil deeds.

World English Bible
for he who welcomes him participates in his evil works.

Young's Literal Translation
for he who is saying to him, 'Hail,' hath fellowship with his evil works.
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 11. - To give countenance and sanction to false doctrine is to share in the responsibility for all the harm which such false doctrine does. With which solemn warning the main portion of the Epistle ends.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For he that biddeth him God speed,.... Wishes him well, and success in his ministry, or in a friendly and familiar way converses with him:

is partaker of his evil deeds; he has fellowship with him, instead of reproving or shunning him, as he ought; he is an abettor of him in his principles, and so far joins in the propagation of them, and helps to spread them, and gives too much reason to think he is one with him in them.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. By wishing a false brother or teacher "God (or 'good') speed," you imply that he is capable as such of good speed and joy (the literal meaning of the Greek), and that you wish him it while opposing Christ; so you identify yourself with "his evil deeds." The Greek of "partaker" is "having communion with." We cannot have communion with saints and with Antichrist at the same time. Here we see John's naturally fiery zeal directed to a right end. Polycarp, the disciple of John, told contemporaries of Irenæus, who narrates the story on their authority, that on one occasion when John was about to bathe, and heard that Cerinthus, the heretic, was within, he retired with abhorrence, exclaiming, Surely the house will fall in ruins since the enemy of the truth is there.

2 John 1:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
Beware of Deceivers
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
Ephesians 5:11
Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them.

1 Timothy 5:22
Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, and do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure.

Hebrews 5:13
Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness.

Jude 1:23
save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear--hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh.
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