2 John 1:1
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New International Version
The elder, To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth--and not I only, 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;

Darby Bible Translation
The elder to [the] elect lady and her children, whom *I* love in truth, and not *I* only but also all who have known the truth,

World English Bible
The elder, to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all those who know the truth;

Young's Literal Translation
The Elder to the choice Kyria, and to her children, whom I love in truth, and not I only, but also all those having known the truth,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The elder - John the apostle, who was now a very old man, generally supposed to be about ninety, and therefore he uses the term ὁ πρεσβυτερος, presbyter or elder, not as the name of an office, but as designating his advanced age. He is allowed to have been the oldest of all the apostles, and to have been the only one who died a natural death.

This title led some of the ancients to attribute this epistle to a person called John the Presbyter, a member of the Church at Ephesus; and not to John the apostle. But this is a groundless supposition.

The elect lady - Εκλεκτῃ Κυρια· As Κυρια, kuria, may be the feminine of Κυριος, kurios, lord, therefore it may signify lady; and so several, both ancients and moderns, have understood it. But others have considered it the proper name of a woman, Kyria; and that this is a very ancient opinion is evident from the Peshito Syriac, the oldest version we have, which uses it as a proper name koureea, as does also the Arabic kooreea.

Some have thought that Eclecta was the name of this matron, from the word εκλεκτη, which we translate elect, and which here signifies the same as excellent, eminent, honorable, or the like. Others think that a particular Church is intended, which some suppose to be the Church at Jerusalem, and that the elect sister, 2 John 1:13, means the Church at Ephesus; but these are conjectures which appear to me to have no good ground. I am satisfied that no metaphor is here intended; that the epistle was sent to some eminent Christian matron, not far from Ephesus, who was probably deaconess of the Church, who, it is likely, had a Church at her house, or at whose house the apostles and traveling evangelists frequently preached, and were entertained. This will appear more probable in the course of the notes.

Whom I love in the truth - Whom I love as the Christian religion requires us to love one another.

And not I only - She was well known in the Churches; many had witnessed or heard of her fidelity, and partook of her hospitality; so that she had a good report of all Christians in that quarter.

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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.

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[Sidenote: The Author.] The author describes himself as "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ" (i. 1). Few books of the New Testament are so well attested as this Epistle. The external evidence for its authenticity is strong, and stronger than that for any other Catholic Epistle except 1 John. It seems to be quoted in Didache, i. 4. The letter of Polycarp written about A.D. 110 shows a complete familiarity with 1 Peter. He evidently regarded it as a letter of the highest authority. His contemporary
Leighton Pullan—The Books of the New Testament

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

Acts 11:30
This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

Romans 16:13
Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother, who has been a mother to me, too.

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

1 Peter 5:1
To the elders among you, I appeal as a fellow elder and a witness of Christ's sufferings who also will share in the glory to be revealed:

1 Peter 5:13
She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you, sends you her greetings, and so does my son Mark.

1 John 3:18
Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

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