I hope to see you soon (3 John 1:14)

“Instead,

I hope to see you soon.

We will talk together

Face to face.”

ἐλπίζω δὲ εὐθέως σε ἰδεῖν, καὶ στόμα πρὸς στόμα λαλήσομεν.

This author said, “I hope (ἐλπίζω) to see you (σε ἰδεῖν) soon (δὲ εὐθέως).  We will talk together (λαλήσομεν) face to face (καὶ στόμα πρὸς στόμα).”  Once again, this is like 2 John, chapter 1:12, “Instead (ἀλλὰ), I hope (ἐλπίζω) to come to you (γενέσθαι πρὸς ὑμᾶς) to talk with you (λαλῆσαι) face to face (καὶ στόμα πρὸς στόμα).”  Once again, the wording is slightly different but the intent is the same as in 2 John.  He preferred talking mouth to mouth, or as we say face to face.  This author expressed the same sentiments.  He preferred to talk rather than write letters.  However, he did write these two short letters.  Gaius may have been close by.  Do you like to talk to people?

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