2 My dear children! these things am I writing unto you in order that ye may not be committing sin. And if anyone should commit sin an Advocate have we with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous;
2 and he is a propitiation concerning our sins,—and not concerning our own only but also concerning those of the whole world.
3 And hereby perceive we that we understand him,—if his commandments we are keeping.
4 He that saith—I understand him! and his commandments is not keeping is false, and in him the truth is not!
5 But whosoever may be keeping his word of a truth in this man the love of God hath been made perfect. Hereby perceive we that in him we are.
6 He that saith that in him he abideth ought just as He walked himself also to be walking.
7 Beloved! no new commandment am I writing unto you; but an old commandment which ye have been holding from the beginning: The old commandment is the word which ye have heard.
8 Again a new commandment am I writing unto you,—which thing is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the real light already is shining.
9 He that saith he is in the light and hateth his brother is in the darkness until even now!
10 He that loveth his brother is abiding in the light, and cause of stumbling in him is there none!
11 Whereas he that hateth his brother in the darkness dwelleth and in the darkness walketh; and knoweth not whither he is drifting, because the darkness hath blinded his eyes.
12 I write unto you, dear children, Because your sins have been forgiven you for the sake of his name:
13 I write unto you, fathers, Because ye understand him who was from the beginning: I write unto you, young men, Because ye have overcome the wicked one. I have written unto you, little children, Because ye understand the Father:
14 I have written unto you, fathers, Because ye understand him who was from the beginning: I have written you, young men, Because ye are strong And the word of God within you abideth And ye have overcome the wicked one.
15 Be not loving the world Nor yet the things that are in the world: If anyone be loving the world The love of the Father is not in him.
16 Because all that is in the world—The coveting of the flesh, The coveting of the eyes, And the vain grandeur of life—Is not of the Father but is of the world;
17 And the world passeth away and the coveting [thereof], But he that doeth the will of God endureth unto times age-abiding.
18 Little children! it is the last hour; And just as ye have heard that an antichrist is coming Even now antichrists have become many, Whence we perceive that it is the last hour:
19 From among us they went out But they were not of us; For if of us they had been They would in that case have abode with us; But [it came to pass] in order that they might be made manifest, Because all are not of us.
20 And ye have an anointing from the Holy One,—Ye all know:
21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, But because ye know it And because no falsehood is of the truth.
22 Who is the False One;—Save he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? The same is the Antichrist,—He that denieth the Father and the Son.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son Neither hath he the Father: He that confesseth the Son Hath the Father also.
24 As for you What ye have heard from the beginning In you let it abide. If in you shall abide that which from the beginning ye have heard Ye also in the Son and [in] the Father shall abide.
25 And this is the promise which he hath promised unto us,—The age-abiding life.
26 These things have I written unto you concerning them who would lead you astray.
27 And as for you The anointing which ye have received from him abideth in you, and ye have no need that anyone be teaching you; But as his anointing is teaching you, And is true and is no falsehood Even just as it hath taught you Abide ye in him.
28 And now, dear children, abide ye in him, In order that if he be made manifest we may have boldness and not be shamed away from him by his presence.
29 If ye know that he is righteous Ye perceive that—Whosoever doeth righteousness of him hath been born.