2 John 1:1
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English Standard Version
The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth, and not only I, but also all who know the truth,

King James Bible
The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;

American Standard Version
The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all they that know the truth;

Douay-Rheims Bible
The ancient to the lady Elect, and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth,

English Revised Version
The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all they that know the truth;

Webster's Bible Translation
The elder to the elect lady, and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;

Weymouth New Testament
The Elder to the elect lady and her children. Truly I love you all, and not I alone, but also all who know the truth,

2 John 1:1 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

The elder (ὁ πρεσβύτερος)

The word is used originally of seniority in age. So Luke 15:25. Afterward as a term of rank or office. Applied to members of the Sanhedrim (Matthew 16:21; Acts 6:12). Those who presided over the Christian assemblies or churches (Acts 11:30; 1 Timothy 5:17, 1 Timothy 5:19). The twenty-four members of the heavenly court in John's vision (Revelation 4:4, Revelation 4:10; Revelation 5:5, Revelation 5:6, Revelation 5:8, Revelation 5:11, Revelation 5:14). Here, with reference to official position, coupled, presumably, with age.

Unto the elect lady (ἐκλεκτῇ κυρίᾳ)

An expression which baffles all the commentators. It is supposed by some that the title describes a person, by others, a society. The views of the former class as to the person designated, are (1.) That the letter was addressed to a certain Babylonian named Electa. (2.) To a person named Kyria. (3.) To Electa Kyria, a compound proper name. Those who regard the phrase as describing a society, divide on the question whether a particular Christian society or the whole Church is intended. It is impossible to settle the question satisfactorily.

Children (τέκνοις)

May be taken either in a literal or in a spiritual sense. For the later, see 1 Timothy 1, 1 Timothy 2:1-15; Galatians 4:25; 3 John 1:4. Compare also 2 John 1:4, 2 John 1:13. The explanation turns on the meaning of ἐκλεκτῇ κυρίᾳ. If it mean the Church, children will have the spiritual sense. If it be a proper name, the literal.

Whom (οὓς)

Comprehensive, embracing the mother and the children of both sexes.

I love (ἀγαπῶ)

See on John 5:20.

In the truth (ἐν ἀληθείᾳ)

Omit the. The expression in truth marks the atmosphere or element of truth in which something is said, or felt, or done. See John 17:17. In truth is equivalent to truly, really. Compare Colossians 1:6; John 17:19.

That have known (οἱ ἐγνωκότες)

Either have come to know, or as Rev., know. The perfect tense of γινώσκω, to learn to know, is rendered as a present: I have learned to know, therefore I know. See on 1 John 2:3.

2 John 1:1 Parallel Commentaries

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elder.

1 Peter 5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ...

3 John 1:1 The elder to the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

the elect lady.

2 John 1:5,13 And now I beseech you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment to you, but that which we had from the beginning...

Luke 1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write to you in order...

Ephesians 1:4,5 According as he has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love...

1 Thessalonians 1:3,4 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ...

2 Thessalonians 2:13,14 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved of the Lord...

1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit...

whom.

2 John 1:2,3 For the truth's sake, which dwells in us, and shall be with us for ever...

1 Peter 1:22,23 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned love of the brothers...

1 John 3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.

3 John 1:1 The elder to the well beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth.

known.

John 8:32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Galatians 2:5,14 To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you...

Galatians 3:1 O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth...

Galatians 5:7 You did run well; who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth?

Colossians 1:5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel;

2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brothers beloved of the Lord...

1 Timothy 2:4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

Hebrews 10:26 For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remains no more sacrifice for sins,

1 John 2:21 I have not written to you because you know not the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

Cross References
John 8:32
and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."

Acts 11:30
And they did so, sending it to the elders by the hand of Barnabas and Saul.

Romans 16:13
Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord; also his mother, who has been a mother to me as well.

1 Timothy 2:4
who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

1 Peter 5:1
So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed:

1 Peter 5:13
She who is at Babylon, who is likewise chosen, sends you greetings, and so does Mark, my son.

1 John 3:18
Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

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