2 John 1:5
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New International Version
And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another.

King James Bible
And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

Darby Bible Translation
And now I beseech thee, lady, not as writing to thee a new commandment, but that which we have had from [the] beginning, that we should love one another.

World English Bible
Now I beg you, dear lady, not as though I wrote to you a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.

Young's Literal Translation
and now I beseech thee, Kyria, not as writing to thee a new command, but which we had from the beginning, that we may love one another,

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

That which we had from the beginning - The commandment to love one another was what they had heard from the first publication of Christianity, and what he wishes this excellent woman to inculcate on all those under her care. The mode of address here shows that it was a person, not a Church, to which the apostle wrote.

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not.

1 John 2:7,8 Brothers, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning...

1 John 3:11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

that we.

John 13:34,35 A new commandment I give to you, That you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another...

John 15:12 This is my commandment, That you love one another, as I have loved you.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Ephesians 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us...

1 Thessalonians 4:9 But as touching brotherly love you need not that I write to you: for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

Hebrews 13:1 Let brotherly love continue.

1 Peter 1:22,23 Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit to unfeigned love of the brothers...

1 Peter 4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

2 Peter 1:7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

1 John 3:14-18,23 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brothers. He that loves not his brother stays in death...

1 John 4:7-12,20 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loves is born of God, and knows God...

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The Books of the New Testament
[Sidenote: The Author.] The author describes himself as "Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ" (i. 1). Few books of the New Testament are so well attested as this Epistle. The external evidence for its authenticity is strong, and stronger than that for any other Catholic Epistle except 1 John. It seems to be quoted in Didache, i. 4. The letter of Polycarp written about A.D. 110 shows a complete familiarity with 1 Peter. He evidently regarded it as a letter of the highest authority. His contemporary
Leighton Pullan—The Books of the New Testament

Cross References
John 13:34
"A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

John 13:35
By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."

John 15:12
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.

John 15:17
This is my command: Love each other.

1 John 2:7
Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.

1 John 3:11
For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another.

1 John 4:7
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.

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