I will see you soon (2 John 1:12)

“Although I have much

To write to you,

I would rather

Not use paper

With ink.


I hope to come

To you

To talk with you

Face to face.


Our joy may be complete.”

Πολλὰ ἔχων ὑμῖν γράφειν οὐκ ἐβουλήθην διὰ χάρτου καὶ μέλανος, ἀλλὰ ἐλπίζω γενέσθαι πρὸς ὑμᾶς καὶ στόμα πρὸς στόμα λαλῆσαι, ἵνα ἡ χαρὰ ἡμῶν πεπληρωμένη ᾖ.

This author said, “Although I have much to write to you (Πολλὰ ἔχων ὑμῖν γράφειν), I would rather not (οὐκ ἐβουλήθην) use paper (διὰ χάρτου) with ink (καὶ μέλανος).  Instead (ἀλλὰ), I hope (ἐλπίζω) to come to you (γενέσθαι πρὸς ὑμᾶς) to talk with you (λαλῆσαι) face to face (καὶ στόμα πρὸς στόμα).  Thus, our joy (ἵνα ἡ χαρὰ ἡμῶν) may be complete (πεπληρωμένη ᾖ).”  This is the only time that this word appears in all the NT canonical writings, here in 2 John, the word χάρτου, that means a sheet of paper or papyrus.  This author explained why he was ending this writing so quickly.  He had a lot to say, but he did not like writing with paper and pen.  He preferred talking mouth to mouth, or as we say face to face.  He wanted to come to them, which indicated that it might not be far away.  He felt that their joy would be complete if they were talking to each other rather than writing to each other.  Do you like to write to people or talk with them face to face?

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