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E.W. 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 1 John 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 1 Timothy 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 Romans 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 1:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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