Love one another (2 John 1:5)

“Beloved lady!

But now,

I ask you,

Not as though

I were writing you

A new commandment,

But one we have had

From the beginning,

Let us love one another.”

καὶ νῦν ἐρωτῶ σε, κυρία, οὐχ ὡς ἐντολὴν γράφων σοι καινὴν, ἀλλὰ ἣν εἴχαμεν ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς, ἵνα ἀγαπῶμεν ἀλλήλους.

This author said “Beloved lady (κυρία)!  But now (καὶ νῦν), I ask you (ἐρωτῶ σε), not as though I were writing you a new commandment (οὐχ ὡς ἐντολὴν γράφων σοι καινὴν), but one we have had (ἀλλὰ ἣν εἴχαμεν) from the beginning (ἀπ’ ἀρχῆς), let us love one another (ἵνα ἀγαπῶμεν ἀλλήλους).”  This is the only time that this word appears in all the NT canonical writings, here in 2 John, the word κυρίᾳ, that means a lady.  This author referred to the recipient of this letter as a lady again just in the first verse.  He also picked up on a theme that was very important in 1 John, love of your brother or neighbor.  Just as he had elaborated in 1 John, chapter 2:7-11, he talked about this commandment as not something new.  They had known about the commandment to love one another from when they first became followers of Jesus Christ, at the beginning.  There was no doubt that one of the key commandments was to love all other humans.  Do you think that love your neighbor is an important commandment?

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