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The elder to the elect lady and her children, whom I love in truth; (and not I only, but all those likewise 2 who know the truth ;) because of the truth which abideth 3 in us, and which will be with us for ever: favour, mercy, and peace be with you, from God the Father and from [the Lord] Jesus Christ the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4 I rejoiced greatly, that I found some of thy children walking in the truth, according as we have received
5 commandment from the Father. And now I beseech thee, lady, not as writing to thee a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love
6 one another. And this is love, that we walk according to his commandments. This is the commandment; as ye have heard from the beginning, to the intent that ye
7 should walk in it. For many deceivers have entered t into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh \. Such an one is a deceiver, and an anti
8 christ. Take heed to yourselves; that we lose not those
• The second and third epistles of John are plaeed by Eusebius amongst the books whose genuineness had been called in question: but this was probably owing to their brevity, and to their being addressed to particular persons; for, as Dr. Priestley observes, "both the subjects and the language are so much the same w ith those of the former epistle, that there cannot be a doubt of their having the same author.''
t Or, gone forth. MSS.
t i . c. that he is not a real man ; alluding to the errors of the Doeetse.
things which we have done, but that we receive a full 9 reward. Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, hath both the Father and the
10 Son. If any one come unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, nor greet him:
11 for he who greeteth him, is a partaker of his evil deeds.
12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: for I hope to come unto you,
13 and speak face to face, that our* joy may be full. The children of thy elect sister salute thee.
• Or, your, MSS.
THE elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
2 Beloved, I wish that thou mayest prosper in all things,
3 and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth: for l rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and bare testimony of the truth which is in thee, according as thou
4 walkest in truth*. I have no greater joy than in these things, to hear that my children walk in truth*.
5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully, whatsoever thou doest
6 to the brethren and to strangers; who have borne testimony of thy love before the church: whom if thou conduct on their journey in a manner worthy of God, thou
7 wilt do well; fort they went forth for the name of God,
8 taking nothing from the gentiles. We ought therefore to receive such; that we may be fellow-labourers for the truth.
9 I would have written to the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, re
10 ceiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will call to remembrance his deeds which he doeth, tattling against us with evil words: and, not content herewith, he receiveth not the brethren himself, and forbiddeth those that would,
11 and casteth them out of the church. Beloved, imitate not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that
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doeth good, is of God: but he that doeth evil, hath not
12 seen God. Demetrius hath a good testimony from all men, and from the truth itself: and we also bear hint testimony; and ye know that our testimony is true.
13 I had many things to write; yet I will not write to
14 thee with ink and pen: but I hope that I shall shortly see thee, when we shall speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Salute the friends by name.
JUDE, a servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to the called brethren, who have been sanctified by God the Father t, and preserved in the faith of Jesus Christ f:
2 mercy, and peace, and love, be multiplied unto you.
3 Beloved, while I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it became necessary for me to write unto you, and exhort you, that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered to the
4 saints. For some men have crept in privily, who were before, of old, set forth for this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the favour of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Sovereign ||, and our Lord Jesus
5 Christ. Now I desire to remind you, who once knew this, that the Lord, having saved his people out of the
• This epistle is one of those books the genuineness of which was disputed in the primitive ages, and which therefore, as Dr..Lardner well observes, "ought not to be alleged as affording alone sufficient proof of any doctrine." Grotius aseribes it to a bishop of Jerusalem in the reign of Adrian: but it is commonly believed to have been written by Judas,otherwise called Lcbbens andThaddcus,the son of Alphcus, the brother of James the less, and first cousin to our Lord. The design of the epistle is to guard its readers against the errors and the crimes of the Gnosties. He is thought to have made quotations from the same apoeryphal work which is referred to in the second epistle of Peter; which epistle Dr. Benson conjectures to have been consulted by him while he was writing his own. The epistle of Jude has as little evidence, cither external or internal, in its favour, as any book of the New Testament.
t sanctified, i. e. separated or set apart to God. Brethren that ore sanetified in the knmtedge of God the Father, N.
t Or, by, Or, to Jesus Christ, i. e. who adhere to his doctrine notwithstanding the many corrupters of it. See Newcorae's note,
| the only Sovereign God, R. T,