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5 But whoever keeps his word,
God's love has really been perfected in him. Hereby we know we are in him:
6 He who says he "remains in him," is bound also to walk himself
even as he walked.
7 Beloved, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning:
The old commandment is the word which you have learned.
8 Again I write a new commandment to you,
Namely, that which is true in him and in you: For the darkness is passing away, and already the true light shines. 0 He who says he is " in the light," and yet hates his brother, is still in the darkness:
10 He who loves his brother remains in the light, and in him there is no
11 But he who hates his brother is in the darkness, and walks in the
darkness, and knows not where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
12 Little children, I write to you,
Because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake:
13 Fathers, I write to you,
Because you know him who is from the beginning: Young men, I write to you,
Because you have conquered the evil one. Little children, I have written to you,
Because you know the Father:
14 Fathers, I have written to you,
Because you know him who is from the beginning: Young men, I have written to you
Because you are strong, and the word of God remains in you, and you have conquered the evil one.
15 Love not the world, nor yet what is in the world:
If any man loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world,
The desire of the flesh, the desire of the eyes, the proud glory of life,
17 And the world is passing away witli its desire,
But he who obeys the will of God remains for ever.
18 Little ones, it is the last hour;
And as you have heard that "antichrist is coming," many antichrists have appeared even now. Hence we know it is the last hour.
19 From us they went out, but of us they were not: Had they been of us, they would have remained with us,
But the)' went out, to make it plain that they were none of us.
20 And you have an anointing from the holy One, and you all have
21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but
because you know it, and because no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is the liar if not he who denies that Jesus is the Christ?
The denier of the Father and of the Son, he is the antichrist.
23 Whoever denies the Son, has not the Father:
He who confesses the Son has the Father also.
24 Let that remain in you which you have learned from the heginning:
If what you have learned from the beginning remain in you, you also shall remain in the Son and in the Father;
25 And this is the promise which he has given us, the life eternal.
26 I have written to you thus concerning those who lead you astray:
27 Yet as for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you,
and you have no need of anyone to teach you. Nay,1 his anointing teaches you concerningall th ings, and is true, and is no lie; And even as it has taught you, you remain in him.
28 And now, little children, remain in him,
That we may have confidence when he is disclosed,
29 As you know that he is upright,
You know that every one who practises uprightness is horn of him. 3 1 Look, what a love the Father has given to us, that we should be called "children of God "; and children of God we are. The world knows us not, for this reason, that it knew not him.
2 Beloved, we are children of God now;
Yet what we shall be has not yet been disclosed. When he is disclosed, we know we shall be like him, For we shall see him even as he is.
3 And every one who sets this hope on him
Purifies himself, even as he is pure.
4 Anyone who commits sin commits lawlessness also;
Yea, sin is lawlessness.
5 And you know that he was disclosed to take away sins,
And in him is no sin.
6 Anyone who abides in him sins not:
Anyone who sins has neither seen him nor known him.
7 Little children, let no one lead you astray— He who practises uprightness is upright,
Even as God is upright:
8 He who commits sin is of the devil,
For the devil has sinned from the beginning.
9 Anyone born of God commits no sin,
Because his Birth remains in him: Yea, he cannot sin,
Because he is born of God.
10 Herein the children of God and the children of the devil are to be
recognised. Anyone who does not practise uprightness is not of God, Nor is he who loves not Ms brother.
11 For the message you have learned from the beginning is this:
That we should love one another.
12 Not as Kain was of the evil one,
And slew his brother.
Because his own deeds were evil, and his brother's upright.
13 Marvel not, brothers, that the world hates you:
14 We know wc have passed from death into life,
Because we love the brothers. He who loves not, remains in death:
15 Every one who hates his brother is a manslayer,
And you know that no inanslayer has life eternal remaining in him.
16 Hereby we know love, because he laid down his life for us:
And we are bound to lay down our lives for the brothers.
17 But whoever has this world's resources, and observes his brother in need,
yet shuts up his compassion from him, How is the love of God to remain in him?
18 Little children, let us not love with word or with the tongue,
But in deed and truth.
19 Hereby1 we shall know that we are of the truth,
And so reassure our hearts before him.
20 For, if our heart condemn us,
It is plain that God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not,
We have confidence towards God,
22 And whatever we ask we receive from him,
Because we keep his commandments, and do what is pleasing in his sight.
23 And his commandment is this:
That we should believe the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he gave us a commandment.
24 And he who keeps his commandments remains in him, and he in him.
And hereby we know he remains in us, by the Spirit which he gave us.
4 1 Beloved, believe not every spirit,
But test whether the spirits are of God;
Because many false prophets have gone out into the world.
2 Know the spirit of God by this :—
Every spirit which confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh,
3 And every spirit which confesses not Jesus,
Is not of God.
4 You are of God, little children, and you have conquered them;
Because he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
5 They are of the world,
Therefore of the world they speak, and to them the world listens.
6 We are of God:
He who knows God listens to us,
He who is not of God listens not to us.
And the spirit of error.
7 Beloved, let us love one another:—
For love is of God,
8 He who loves not knows not God,
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9 Herein the love of God was manifested for us,
That God sent his only Son into the world, that we might live through him.
10 Herein is love: not that we loved God but that he loved us,
And sent his Son as the propitiation for our sins.
11 Beloved, if God loved us so,
Then we are bound to love one another.
12 As for God, no one has ever beheld him. If we love one another,
God remains in us and in us his love is perfected:
13 Hereby we know that we remain in him and he in us,
Because he has given us of his Spirit. ] 4 And we have beheld and bear witness
That the Father sent the Son as the saviour of the world.
15 Whoever shall confess that "Jesus is the Son of God,"
God remains in him and he in God.
16 And we know and have believed the love God has for us:
God is love,
And he who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.
17 Herein love is perfected with us,
That we have confidence at the day of judgment;
18 In love there is no fear:
Nay, perfect love casts out fear; For fear goes with punishment,
And he who fears is not perfected in love.
19 We love, because he first loved us.
20 If anyone says, "I love God," and yet hates his brother,
He is a liar;
For he who loves not his brother whom he has seen,
21 And we have this commandment from him,
That he who loves God love his brother also.
6 1 Every one who believes that Jesus is the Christ,
2 Hereby we know that we love the children of God,
When we love God and obey his commandments;
3 For the love of God is this,
That we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not heavy,
4 Because whatsoever is born of God conquers the world; Yea, this is the conquest that has conquered the world,
Even our faith.
5 Who is the conqueror of the world?
Who but he that believes Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is he, Jesus Christ, who came through water and blood,
Not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. And it is the Spirit that is witness, Because the Spirit is the truth.
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7, 8 For the witnesses are three, the Spirit and the water and the blood,
For the evidence of God is this, that he has borne evidence concern-
10 He who believes on the Son of God
Carries the evidence within himself:
Because he has not believed in the evidence which God has borne
11 And the evidence is this,
That God gave us life eternal, and this life is in his Son:
12 He who has the Son has the life,
He who has not the Son of God has not the life.
13 These things I have written to you who believe on the name of the Son of God,
That you may know you have life eternal.
14 And the confidence we have towards him is this,
That if we ask anything according to his will, he listens to us;
15 And if we know he listens to us, in whatever we ask,
We know that we have the requests we have asked from him.
16 If anyone sees his brother committing a sin which is not to death,
He shall ask and so give life to him—to those who sin not to death. There is a sin to death;
I do not say he is to pray about that.
17 All iniquity is sin;
Yet there is a sin not to death.
18 We know that anyone born of God sins not:
Nay, He who was born of God keeps him,
19 We know that we are of God,
And the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.
20 But we know that the Son of God has come,
And has given us understanding to know him who is real,
21 Little children, keep yourselves clear of idols.