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The elder:

To the electa lady and her children, whom I love in the truth—and not only I, but also all who know the truthbbecause of the truth that remains in usc and will be with us forever.

Grace, mercy, and peaced will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Sone of the Father, in truth and love.f


I was very glad to find some of your children walking in truth,g in keeping with a command we have received from the Father. So now I ask you, dear lady—not as if I were writing you a new command, but one we have had from the beginning—that we love one another.h This is love:i that we walk according to his commands.j This is the command as you have heard it from the beginning: that you walk in love.A

Many deceivers have gone out into the world; they do not confess the coming of Jesus Christ in the flesh.k This is the deceiver and the antichrist.l Watch yourselves so that you don’t lose what weB have worked for, but that you may receive a full reward.m Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teachingn but goes beyond it does not have God.o The one who remainsp in that teaching, this one has both the Fatherq and the Son.r 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receives him into your home, and do not greet him; 11 for the one who greets him sharest in his evil works.u


12 Though I have many things to write to you,v I don’t want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to come to you and talk face to face so that our joyw may be complete.

13 The children of your elect sister send you greetings.


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The Christian Standard Bible (CSB) is a highly trustworthy, faithful translation that is proven to be the optimal blend of accuracy and readability. It’s as literal to the original as possible without sacrificing clarity. The CSB is poised to become the translation that pastors rely on and Bible readers turn to again and again to read and to share with others.

The CSB is an original translation: more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations translated directly from the best available Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic source texts into English. Its source texts are the standard used by scholars and seminaries today.

The CSB is trustworthy: the conservative, evangelical scholars of the CSB affirm the authority of Scripture as the inerrant Word of God and seek the highest level of faithfulness to the original and accuracy in their translation. These scholars and LifeWay, the non-profit ministry that stewards the CSB, also champion the Bible against cultural trends that would compromise its truths.

The CSB is clear: it is as literal a translation of the ancient source texts as possible, but, in the many places throughout Scripture where a word-for-word rendering might obscure the meaning for a modern audience, it uses a more dynamic translation. In all cases, the intent is to convey the original meaning of God’s Word as faithfully and as clearly as possible.


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