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  • The Epistles of John: Living in Truth and Love. 2 John 12,13

    Week Eleven: Nov 20, 2011

    This week we finished 2 John, and then started 1 John. I will start 1 John in a separate post.



    b. Final words (12)

    12 – Although I have a great deal to write to you,1 I would prefer not to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

    - This is a serious matter and there is a lot to do, but John does not want to write. The ending her is very similar to the closing of 3 John

    c. Greeting (13)

    13 – The children of your2 chosen sister greet you.3

    - John closes the letter closes in the standard way. The reference to “Children” most likely refers to the members of John’s Church.

    In the next post I will start 1 John

    If you have question or comments about the class, feel free to send me an email at and be sure to put “Epistles of John” in the header.

    See here for references and more background on the class.

    Scripture taken from the Holy Bible: International Standard Version®. Copyright © 1996-2008 by The ISV Foundation. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED INTERNATIONALLY. Used by permission.

    Note: Some places I have modify the text from the ISV version. Passages that I have modified have been noted with and * by the verse number and the ISV text is included in a footnote.


    1 v12 Lit. you (plural)
    2 v13 Lit. you (singular)
    3 v13 Other mss. read you. Amen

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