I have much to write (3 John 1:13)

“Although I have much

To write to you,

I would rather

Not write to you

With pen

And ink.”

Πολλὰ εἶχον γράψαι σοι, ἀλλ’ οὐ θέλω διὰ μέλανος καὶ καλάμου σοι γράφειν·

This author said, “Although I have much (Πολλὰ εἶχον) to write to you (γράψαι σοι), I would rather (ἀλλ’ οὐ θέλω) not write to you (σοι γράφειν) with pen (καὶ καλάμου) and ink (διὰ μέλανος).”  This verse is very much like 2 John, chapter 1:12, almost word for word, “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).”  A couple of the words are different, but the idea is the same.  He had a lot to say, but he did not like writing with paper and pen.  This author did not like to write things down just like 2 John.  Was he the same person?  Do you like to write things down?


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