3 John 1:13
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New International Version
I have much to write you, but I do not want to do so with pen and ink.

New Living Translation
I have much more to say to you, but I don't want to write it with pen and ink.

English Standard Version
I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink.

Berean Study Bible
I have many things to write you, but I would prefer not to do so with pen and ink.

Berean Literal Bible
I had many things to write to you, but I do not desire to write to you with ink and pen;

New American Standard Bible
I had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink;

King James Bible
I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have many things to write you, but I don't want to write to you with pen and ink.

International Standard Version
Although I have a great deal to write to you, I would rather not write with pen and ink.

NET Bible
I have many things to write to you, but I do not wish to write to you with pen and ink.

New Heart English Bible
I had many things to write to you, but I am unwilling to write to you with ink and pen;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I have much to write to you, but have not desired to write to you with ink and pen.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have a lot to write to you. However, I would rather not write.

New American Standard 1977
I had many things to write to you, but I am not willing to write them to you with pen and ink;

Jubilee Bible 2000
I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee,

King James 2000 Bible
I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write unto you:

American King James Version
I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write to you:

American Standard Version
I had many things to write unto thee, but I am unwilling to write them to thee with ink and pen:

Douay-Rheims Bible
I had many things to write unto thee: but I would not by ink and pen write to thee.

Darby Bible Translation
I had many things to write to thee, but I will not with ink and pen write to thee;

English Revised Version
I had many things to write unto thee, but I am unwilling to write them to thee with ink and pen:

Webster's Bible Translation
I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write to thee:

Weymouth New Testament
I have a great deal to say to you, but I do not wish to go on writing it with ink and pen.

World English Bible
I had many things to write to you, but I am unwilling to write to you with ink and pen;

Young's Literal Translation
Many things I had to write, but I do not wish through ink and pen to write to thee,
Study Bible
Conclusion
12Demetrius has received a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. We also testify for him, and you know that our testimony is true. 13I have many things to write you, but I would prefer not to do so with pen and ink. 14Instead, I hope to see you soon and speak face to face. Peace to you. The friends here send you greetings. Greet each of our friends there by name.…
Cross References
Matthew 1:19
Because Joseph her husband, a righteous man, was unwilling to disgrace her publicly, he resolved to divorce her quietly.

2 John 1:12
I have many things to write you, but I would prefer not to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to come and speak with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete.
Treasury of Scripture

I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write to you:

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2 John 1:12 Having many things to write to you, I would not write with paper …

(3) (13) I had many things to write.--Rather, There were many things which I wished to write.

But I will not.--Comp. 2John 1:12.

(14) Peace be to thee.--The best wish which the Apostle can form, instead of the usual Greek ending, "Be strong," or "Farewell!" It was our Lord's resurrection greeting; the internal peace of a good conscience, the external peace of universal friendship, the heavenly peace of future glory begun even in this life. (Comp. John 20:19; John 20:26; Rom. 5:33; Galatians 6:16; Ephesians 6:23; 2Thessalonians 3:16; 1Peter 5:14.)

Our friends salute thee.--Rather, The friends. By this appellation, uncommon in the New Testament, St. John recalls our Lord's words in John 15:13-15.

Greet the friends by name.--Each friend was to receive a personal message from the Apostle, and Caius would know who they were as well as if St. John wrote them down. In a short private Letter it would be unsuitable to have a long list of special messages as in a Pauline Epistle, especially as the Apostle hoped shortly to see them. John perhaps thinks of his Master's ideal in John 10:3.

Vers. 13, 14. - 3. CONCLUSION (see notes on 2 John 12, 13). Here the pen or reed κάλαμος is mentioned instead of the paper, as a means of writing. The word is found nowhere else in the New Testament in this sense Note the ἀλλά and the δέ, each with its right force, the former expressing a strongcr opposition than the latter: "I had many things to write to thee; nevertheless, I do not care ἀλλ οὐ θέλω with ink and pen to write to thee: but I hope ἐλπίζω δέ straightway to see thee, and we shall speak mouth to mouth." "The friends" are perhaps so called in contrast to the hostility of Diotrephes and his party. Instead of warfare, "peace be to thee;" instead of the wicked prating of enemies, the salutations of friends. The elder concludes with his own personal salutation to all the members of his flock who reside near to Gaius (comp. John 10:3).



I have many things to write,.... With regard to churches, and particular persons, and concerning hospitality to the poor brethren:

but I will not with ink and pen write unto thee; suggesting he should take another method of communicating his mind to him, which he next mentions. 13. I will not—rather as Greek, "I wish not … to write" more.1:13,14 Here is the character of Demetrius. A name in the gospel, or a good report in the churches, is better than worldly honour. Few are well spoken of by all; and sometimes it is ill to be so. Happy those whose spirit and conduct commend them before God and men. We must be ready to bear our testimony to them; and it is well when those who commend, can appeal to the consciences of such as know most of those who are commended. A personal conversation together often spares time and trouble, and mistakes which rise from letters; and good Christians may well be glad to see one another. The blessing is, Peace be to you; all happiness attend you. Those may well salute and greet one another on earth, who hope to live together in heaven. By associating with and copying the example of such Christians, we shall have peace within, and live at peace with the brethren; our communications with the Lord's people on earth will be pleasing, and we shall be numbered with them in glory everlasting.
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