2 John 1:4
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New International Version
It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us.

New Living Translation
How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.

English Standard Version
I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father.

New American Standard Bible
I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment to do from the Father.

King James Bible
I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I was very glad to find some of your children walking in the truth, in keeping with a command we have received from the Father.

International Standard Version
I was overjoyed to find some of your children living truthfully, just as the Father has commanded us.

NET Bible
I rejoiced greatly because I have found some of your children living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded us.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I rejoiced much when I found some of your children walking in truth, according to the commandment which we have received from The Father.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I was very happy to find some of your children living in the truth as the Father has commanded us.

Jubilee Bible 2000
I have rejoiced greatly, for I have found of thy sons that they walk in the truth, as we have received the commandment from the Father.

King James 2000 Bible
I rejoiced greatly that I found some of your children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

American King James Version
I rejoiced greatly that I found of your children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

American Standard Version
I rejoice greatly that I have found certain of thy children walking in truth, even as we received commandment from the Father.

Douay-Rheims Bible
I was exceeding glad, that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

Darby Bible Translation
I rejoiced greatly that I have found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received commandment from the Father.

English Revised Version
I rejoice greatly that I have found certain of thy children walking in truth, even as we received commandment from the Father.

Webster's Bible Translation
I rejoiced greatly, that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

Weymouth New Testament
It is an intense joy to me to have found some of your children living true Christian lives, in obedience to the command which we have received from the Father.

World English Bible
I rejoice greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, even as we have been commanded by the Father.

Young's Literal Translation
I rejoiced exceedingly that I have found of thy children walking in truth, even as a command we did receive from the Father;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

1:4-6 It is good to be trained to early religion; and children may be beloved for their parents' sake. It gave great joy to the apostle to see children treading in their parents' steps, and likely in their turn to support the gospel. May God bless such families more and more, and raise up many to copy their example. How pleasing the contrast to numbers who spread irreligion, infidelity, and vice, among their children! Our walk is true, our converse right, when according to the word of God. This commandment of mutual Christian love, may be said to be a new one, in respect of its being declared by the Lord Christ; yet, as to the matter, it is old. And this is love to our own souls, that we obey the Divine commands. The foresight of the decay of this love, as well as of other apostacies, or fallings away, might engage the apostle to urge this duty, and this command, frequently and earnestly.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - I rejoice greatly that I have found (certain) of thy children walking in truth. The Revised Version is certainly right in rendering εὕρηκα "I have found" rather than "I found;" and it is probably right in rendering ἐχάρην "I rejoice" rather than "I rejoiced." It looks like the idiomatic "epistolary aorist," of which we have had probable instances in 1 John 2:21 and 26. In this idiom the point of view of the recipient of the letter is taken instead of that of the writer. In Latin the imperfect is used in a similar way - scribebam, dabamus; and sometimes the perfect, scripsi, misi, and the like (comp. Acts 23:30; Philippians 2:25, 28; Philemon 1:11, 19, 21. See Moulton's Winer, page 347). We are probably to understand this verse as a gentle intimation on the part of the elder that he has reason to know that certain others of her children are not walking in truth. Through the elect lady's too indiscriminate hospitality, some of her children have been seduced by the deceivers who have come to her bringing other doctrine than that of Christ.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children,.... Not all, but some of them; for good parents have not always good children, or at least not all of them; Adam had a Cain, Abraham an Ishmael, and Isaac an Esau: God is pleased to show his discriminating grace in tribes and families, by taking some, and leaving others: it is a great mercy when any are called by grace, and instead of the fathers are the children: and this was the case of some of the children of this elect lady, they were

walking in the truth: in Christ, the truth, by faith, as they had received him; and in the truth of the Gospel, as they had embraced and professed it; they abode in it, and by it, and made a proficiency in the knowledge of it, which may be signified by walking, that being a progressive action: as also they walked according to it, and as became it; and likewise they walked in the truth of Gospel worship, discipline, and ordinances:

as we have received a commandment from the Father; and which has been made known by Jesus Christ, as his mind and will. Now as it is matter of joy and gladness to godly parents when their children walk in the paths of faith, truth, and holiness, so it is also to ministers of the Gospel, as well as to the angels in heaven; it gives them an inward pleasure and joy, and which is not only expressed by them, to such children and their parents, but is also abundant by many thanksgivings unto God.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. I found—probably in one of his missionary tours of superintendence. See [2653]Introduction, at the end, and 2Jo 12; 3Jo 10, 14.

of thy children—some.

in truth—that is, in the Gospel truth.

as—even as. "The Father's commandment" is the standard of "the truth."

2 John 1:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Walking in the Truth
4I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment to do from the Father. 5Now 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.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 13:6
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

3 John 1:3
It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it.

3 John 1:4
I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.
Treasury of Scripture

I rejoiced greatly that I found of your children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

rejoiced.

Philippians 4:10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care …

1 Thessalonians 2:19,20 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even …

1 Thessalonians 3:6-10 But now when Timotheus came from you to us, and brought us good tidings …

3 John 1:3,4 For I rejoiced greatly, when the brothers came and testified of the …

walking.

Hosea 14:9 Who is wise, and he shall understand these things? prudent, and he …

Malachi 2:6 The law of truth was in his mouth, and iniquity was not found in …

Galatians 2:14 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth …

Ephesians 5:2,8 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…

1 John 1:6,7 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, …

1 John 2:6 He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

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