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2 John 1:10-12

1:10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house and do not give him any greeting, 1  1:11 because the person who gives him a greeting shares in his evil deeds. 2 


1:12 Though I have many other 3  things to write to you, I do not want to do so with 4  paper and ink, 5  but I hope to come visit you and speak face to face, 6  so that our joy may be complete. 7 

1 sn Do not give him any greeting does not mean to insult the person. It means “do not greet the person as a fellow Christian” (which is impossible anyway since the opponents are not genuine believers in the author’s opinion).

2 sn Shares in his evil deeds. Giving a public greeting could be understood by an onlooker to suggest agreement with the (false) teaching of the opponents and is thus prohibited by John.

3 tn “Other” is not in the Greek text but is supplied for clarity in English.

4 tn Grk “by means of.”

5 sn Presumably the author means he would rather say the additional things he wants to say to the recipients in person rather than by letter (with paper and ink).

6 tn Grk “speak mouth to mouth,” an idiom for which the English equivalent is “speak face to face.”

7 tn Grk “be fulfilled.”

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