2 John 1:12
Parallel Verses
English Standard Version
Though I have much to write to you, I would rather not use paper and ink. Instead I hope to come to you and talk face to face, so that our joy may be complete.

King James Bible
Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

American Standard Version
Having many things to write unto you, I would not write them with paper and ink: but I hope to come unto you, and to speak face to face, that your joy may be made full.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Having more things to write unto you, I would not by paper and ink: for I hope that I shall be with you, and speak face to face: that your joy may be full.

English Revised Version
Having many things to write unto you, I would not write them with paper and ink: but I hope to come unto you, and to speak face to face, that your joy may be fulfilled.

Webster's Bible Translation
Having many things to write to you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come to you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.

Weymouth New Testament
I have a great deal to say to you all, but will not write it with paper and ink. Yet I hope to come to see you and speak face to face, so that your happiness may be complete.

2 John 1:12 Parallel
Commentary
Vincent's Word Studies

I would not (οὐκ ἐβουλήθην)

See on Matthew 1:19.

Paper (χάρτου)

Only here in the New Testament. The Egyptian papyrus or byblus, Cyperus papyrus, anciently very common, but not now found within the limits of the country. It is a tall, smooth flag or reed, with a large triangular stalk, containing the pith which furnished the paper. The paper was manufactured by cutting the pith into strips, arranging them horizontally, and then placing across them another layer of strips, uniting the two layers by a paste, and subjecting the whole to a heavy pressure. The upper and middle portions of the reed were used for this purpose. The fact that the plant is no longer found is significant in connection with Isaiah's prophecy that "the flags (Hebrews suph, papyrus) shall waste away" (Isaiah 19:6). The plant grew in shallow water or in marshes, and is accordingly represented on the monuments as at the side of a stream or in irrigated lands. The Jews wrote on various materials, such as the leaves of the olive and palm, the rind of the pomegranate, and the skins of animals. The tablet (πινακίδιον, Luke 1:63) was in very common use. It consisted of thin pieces of wood, strung together, and either plain, or covered with papyrus or with wax.

Ink (μέλανος)

Lit., that which is black. The word occurs only once outside of John's Epistles (2 Corinthians 3:3), and only three times in all (2 John 1:12; 3 John 1:13). Ink was prepared of soot or of vegetable or mineral substances. Gum and vitriol were also used. Colored inks, red and gold, were also employed.

To come unto you (γενέσθαι πρὸς ὑμὰς)

Or, to be present with you. For the phrase, see 1 Corinthians 2:3; 1 Corinthians 16:10.

Face to face (στόμα πρὸς στόμα)

Lit, mouth to mouth. Compare πρόσωπον προς πρόσωπον, face to face, 1 Corinthians 8:12.

Full (πεπληρωμένη)

Rev., rightly, fulfilled.

2 John 1:12 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

many.

John 16:12 I have yet many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.

I would.

3 John 1:13 I had many things to write, but I will not with ink and pen write to you:

I trust.

Romans 15:24 Whenever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey...

1 Corinthians 16:5-7 Now I will come to you, when I shall pass through Macedonia: for I do pass through Macedonia...

Philemon 1:22 But with prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given to you.

Hebrews 13:19,23 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner...

face to face. Gr. mouth to mouth.

Numbers 12:8 With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the LORD shall he behold...

that.

John 15:11 These things have I spoken to you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

John 16:24 Till now have you asked nothing in my name: ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full.

John 17:13 And now come I to you; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

2 Timothy 1:4 Greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy;

1 John 1:4 And these things write we to you, that your joy may be full.

our. or, your.

Cross References
John 3:29
The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at the bridegroom's voice. Therefore this joy of mine is now complete.

1 John 1:4
And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.

3 John 1:10
So if I come, I will bring up what he is doing, talking wicked nonsense against us. And not content with that, he refuses to welcome the brothers, and also stops those who want to and puts them out of the church.

3 John 1:13
I had much to write to you, but I would rather not write with pen and ink.

3 John 1:14
I hope to see you soon, and we will talk face to face. [15] Peace be to you. The friends greet you. Greet the friends, each by name.

Jump to Previous
Complete Deal Face Full Great Happiness Hope Hoping Ink Instead Joy Paper Purpose Rather Speak Trust Use Visit Want Write
Jump to Next
Complete Deal Face Full Great Happiness Hope Hoping Ink Instead Joy Paper Purpose Rather Speak Trust Use Visit Want Write
Links
2 John 1:12 NIV
2 John 1:12 NLT
2 John 1:12 ESV
2 John 1:12 NASB
2 John 1:12 KJV

2 John 1:12 Bible Apps
2 John 1:12 Biblia Paralela
2 John 1:12 Chinese Bible
2 John 1:12 French Bible
2 John 1:12 German Bible

Bible Hub

ESV Text Edition: 2016. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
2 John 1:11
Top of Page
Top of Page