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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

2 John 1

Verse 1

elder . App-189 . Here not an official title, but referring to the apostle's age. Compare Philemon 1:9 .

unto = to.

elect . Compare 1 Peter 1:2 . But perhaps used in the sense of "excellent".

lady . Greek. kuria, feminine of kurios. In all probability a proper name, "Kyria".

children . App-108 .

love . App-135 .

the . Omit.

truth . Seep. 1511. The element or sphere in which the love was seen. Compare Ephesians 4:15 .

also, &c . = all they also.

known . App-132 .

Verse 2

For, &c . = On account of ( App-104 . 2 John 1:2 ) the truth.

dwelleth = abideth. Greek. meno . See p. 1511.

for ever. App-151 . a.

Verse 3

Grace . Only here, and three times in the Gospel, and twice in Rev., in John's writings. App-184 . Compare 1 Timothy 1:2 .

be = shall be.

mercy . Only here in John.

God . App-98 .

Father . App-98 .

Lord . The texts omit.

Jesus Christ . App-98 .

Son . App-108 . The expression "The Son of the Father", is found here only. Compare John 1:18 . 1 John 1:3 .

love . App-135 .

Verse 4

rejoiced . Compare 3 John 1:3 . Several of Paul's epistles open with thanksgiving.

greatly . Greek. lian. Only here and 3 John 1:3 in John's writings.

of . App-104 . Not implying that there were others who did not so walk, but referring to such as he had met.

have . Omit.

Verse 5

beseech = ask. App-134 .

new . Greek. kainos. See Matthew 9:17 .

from the beginning . Greek. ap' arches. See 1 John 1:1 .

that = in order that. Greek. hina .

Verse 6

have . Omit. In this verse is the Figure of speech Antimetabole, "walk . . . commandments commandment . . . walk".

Verse 7

deceivers . Greek. planos. See 2 Corinthians 6:8 . Compare 1 John 4:1 .

world . App-129 .

that, &c. Literally Jesus Christ coming in the flesh. The present participle is used, as in Revelation 1:4 . In 1Jn 4:2 , 1 John 4:3 , the perfect is used, referring to His first coming. This refers to His second coming. Compare Acts 1:11 .

a, an = the.

antichrist . See 1 John 2:18 .

Verse 8

Look to . App-133 .

we . The texts read "ye" in both occurances.

lose . Greek. apollumi. See John 17:12 .

have wrought . i.e. the truth and love resulting from John's teaching.

reward . Greek. misthos. In John's writings only here, John 4:36 (wages), and Revelation 11:18 ; Revelation 22:12 .

Verse 9

transgresseth . App-128 . The texts read "goeth before", Greek. proago. See 1 Timothy 1:18 ; 1 Timothy 5:24 .Hebrews 7:18 . This refers to false teachers who claimed to bring some higher teaching, beyond the apostle's doctrine. Compare 1Ti 6:3 . 2 Timothy 1:13 ; 2 Timothy 3:14 .

abideth . See "dwelleth", 2 John 1:2 .

Christ . App-98 .

of Christ . The texts omit.

Verse 10

there . . . any = any one ( App-123 ) cometh.

neither, &c . = and . . . not ( App-105 ).

bid . . . God speed . Literally, say, Hail! (Greek. chairein,

to rejoice . See Matthew 26:49 ).

Verse 11

is partaker = partaketh. Greek. koinoneo. See Rom 15:27 . 1 Timothy 5:22 .

evil . App-128 .

Verse 12

would . App-102 .

with = by means of. App-104 . 2 John 1:1 .

paper . Greek. chartes. Only here.

ink . See 2 Corinthians 3:3 .

trust = hope.

speak . App-121 .

face, &c . Literally mouth to ( App-104 .) mouth.

our . The texts read "your".

joy . See 1 John 1:4 .

full . See 1 John 1:4 .

Verse 13

greet = salute.

Amen . The texts omit.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 John 1". "Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bul/2-john-1.html. 1909-1922.