3 Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us—That children of God we should be called,—And such we are! Therefore the world understandeth us not, Because it understood not him.
2 Beloved! now are we children of God; And not yet hath it been made manifest what we shall be,—We know that if it should be made manifest Like unto him shall we be, Because we shall see him just as he is.
3 And whosoever hath this hope on him Is purifying himself, just as He is pure.
4 Whosoever is committing sin Lawlessness also is committing, And sin is lawlessness;
5 And ye know that He was made manifest—In order that our sins he should take away, And sin in him is there none.
6 Whosoever in him doth abide Is not sinning: Whosoever is sinning Hath not seen him and doth not understand him.
7 Dear children! let no one lead you astray! He that is doing righteousness is righteous, Just as He is righteous:
8 He that is committing sin is of the adversary, Because from the beginning the adversary is sinning. To this end was the Son of God made manifest, In order that he might undo the works of the adversary.
9 Whosoever hath been born of God is not committing sin, Because a seed of him within him abideth; And he cannot be committing sin, Because of God hath he been born.
10 Herein are manifest the children of God and the children of the adversary: Whoever is not doing righteousness is not of God, Nor yet he that is not loving his brother.
11 Because this is the message which ye have heard from the beginning—That we should be loving one another,—
12 Not just as Cain was of the wicked one and slew his brother! And for what cause slew he him? Because his works were wicked, Whereas those of his brother were righteous.
13 Be not marveling, brethren, if the world is hating you:
14 We know that we have passed over out of death into life, Because we love the brethren: He that loveth not abideth in death.
15 Whosoever is hating his brother is a murderer; And ye know that no murderer hath life age-during within him abiding.
16 Hereby have we come to understand love: In that He for us his life laid down; And we ought for the brethren our lives to lay down.
17 But whoso hath this world’s goods And beholdeth his brother having need, And shutteth up his tender affections from him How is the love of God abiding in him?
18 Dear children! Let us not be loving in word nor yet with the tongue, But in deed and truth.
19 Hereby shall we get to know that of the truth we are, And before him shall persuade our heart;
20 Because if our own heart condemn us Greater is God than our heart, and perceiveth all things.
21 Beloved! if our heart be not condemning us Boldness have we towards God;
22 And whatsoever we are asking we are receiving from him, Because his commandments are we keeping And the things that are pleasing before him are we doing.
23 And this is his commandment,—That we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ And be loving one another—Just as he gave a commandment unto us.
24 And he that keepeth his commandments In him abideth And he in him. And hereby perceive we That he abideth in us, By reason of the Spirit which unto us he hath given.