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wishing that any should perish,
1 in the last days mockers shall come with mockery, walking 4 after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his 2 coming? for, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of 5 the creation. For this they wilfully forget, that there were
Wherefore, beloved, seeing 14 that ye look for these things, give diligence that ye may be found in peace, without spot and blameless in his sight. And account that the longsuf- 15 fering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved bro
heavens from of old, and an 6The most ther Paul also, according to
earth compacted out of water and amidst water, by the word 6 of God; by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perish7 ed: but the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been 4 stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgement and destruction of ungodly men.
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But forget not this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one 9 day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not
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This is now, beloved, the second epistle that I write unto you; and in both of them I stir up your sincere mind by 3 or, putting you in remembrance; through 2 that ye should remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the Lord and Saviour through your apo3 stles: knowing this first, that
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THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF
1 THAT which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld, and our hands handled, concerning the 1 Word of 2 life (and the life was mani
fested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare unto
you the life, the eternal life, 1 Or, word know him, and keepeth not
which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us); 3 that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you also, that ye also may have fellowship with us: yea, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus 4 Christ and these things we write, that 2 our joy may be fulfilled.
his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him: but whoso keepeth his word, 5 in him verily hath the love of God been perfected. Hereby know we that we are in him: he that saith he abideth in 6 him ought himself also to walk even as he walked.
5 And this is the message which we have heard from him, and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him 6 is no darkness at all. If we
say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in the darkness, we lie, and do not 7 the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from 8 all sin. If we say that we have
no sin, we deceive ourselves, 9 and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us 10 from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye may not sin. And if any
Beloved, no new command- 7 ment write I unto you, but an old commandment which ye ties read had from the beginning: the old commandment is the word which ye heard. Again, a new 8 commandment write I unto you, which thing is true in him and in you; because the darkness is passing away, and the true light already shineth. He that saith he is in the 9 light, and hateth his brother, is in the darkness even until now. He that loveth his bro- 10 ther abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him. But he 11 that hateth his brother is in the darkness, and walketh in the darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because the darkness hath blinded his eyes.
I write unto you, my little 12 children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. I write unto you, fa- 18
man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: and he 2 is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. And hereby know we that we 3 know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I 4
confesseth the Son hath the
Little children, it is the last hour and as ye heard that antichrist cometh, even now have there arisen many antichrists; whereby we know
Behold what manner of 3 love the Father hath bestowed
19 that it is the last hour. They 7 Or, abide upon us, that we should be
went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest 2 how that they 20 all are not of us. And ye have an anointing from the Holy One, and ye know all things. 21 I have not written unto you
called children of God: and such we are. For this cause the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Be- 2 loved, now are we children of God, and it is not yet made manifest what we shall be. We know that, if 11 he shall be manifested, we shall be like him; for we shall see him
because ye know not the truth, 10 Or, know even as he is. And every one 3 but because ye know it, and 4 because no lie is of the truth.
that hath this hope set on him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Every one that 4 doeth sin doeth also lawlessness and sin is lawlessness.
are of us
thers, because ye know him which is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the evil one. I have written unto you, little children, because ye 2 Or, that 14 know the Father. 1I have written unto you, fathers, because ye know him which is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the evil 15 one. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father 4 Or, that 16 is not in him. For all that is
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in the world, the lust of the
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22 Who is the liar but he that 11 Or, it
denieth that Jesus is the
Christ? This is the antichrist,
even he that denieth the Fa- 12 Or, bear And ye know that he was 5 23 ther and the Son. Whosoever denicth the Son, the same hath not the Father: he that
manifested to 12 take away sins; and in him is no sin. Who- 6 soever abideth in him sinneth
not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither 1 know7 eth him. My little children, let no man lead you astray: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is 8 righteous: he that doeth sin
is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. 1 Or, hath To this end was the Son of God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whosoever is begotten of God doeth no sin, because his sced abideth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is begotten 10 of God. In this the children
of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that 11 loveth not his brother. For this is the message which ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another: 12 not as Cain was of the evil one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
13 Marvel not, brethren, if the 14 world hateth you. We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not abideth in death. 15 Whosoever hateth his brother
is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal 16 life abiding in him. Hereby
know we love, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives 17 for the brethren. But whoso hath the world's goods, and beholdeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his compassion from him, how doth the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not
love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth. 19 Hereby shall we know that we
are of the truth, and shall
3 Gr. believe the name.
4 Some ancient authorities read annulleth Jesus.
2 assure our heart before him, whereinsoever our heart con- 20 demn us; because God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, 21 if our heart condemn us not, we have boldness toward God; and whatsoever we ask, we 22 receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do the things that are pleasing in his sight. And this is 23 his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he gave us commandment. And 24 he that keepeth his commandments abideth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he gave us.
Beloved, believe not every 4 spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Here- 2. by know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit which confesseth that Jesus Christ come in the flesh is of God: and every 3 spirit which 4 confesseth not Jesus is not of God: and this is the spirit of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already. Ye are of God, 4 my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. They are 5 of the world: therefore speak they as of the world, and the world heareth them. We are 6 of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he who is not of God heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
Beloved, let us love one an- 7 other: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is begotten of God, and knoweth God, He that loveth not 8
knoweth not God; for God is 9 love. Herein was the love of God manifested in us, that God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through 10 him. Herein is love, not that
we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our 11 sins. Beloved, if God so loved
us, we also ought to love one 1 Or, in 12 another. No man hath beheld
God at any time: if we love one another, God abideth in us, and his love is perfected 13 in us: hereby know we that
we abide in him, and he in us, because he hath given us 14 of his Spirit. And we have beheld and bear witness that the Father hath sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess that
Jesus is the Son of God, God abideth in him, and he in 16 God. And we know and have believed the love which God hath in us. God is love; and he that abideth in love abideth in God, and God abideth 17 in him. Herein is love made perfect with us, that we may have boldness in the day of judgement; because as he is,
even so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We love, because he first loved 20 us. If a man say, I love God, 3 Gr. in. and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, 2 cannot love God whom 21 he hath not seen. And this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God love his brother also.
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is begotten of God: and whosoever loveth
him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him. Here- 2 by we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and do his commandments. For this is the love 3 of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is begotten of 4 God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that hath overcome the world, even our faith. And who is he that 5 I overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God? This is he 6 that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not 3 with the water only, but 3 with the water and 3 with the blood. And it is the Spirit that bear- 7 eth witness, because the Spirit is the truth. For there are 8 three who bear witness, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and the three agree in one. If we receive the wit- 9 ness of men, the witness of God is greater: for the witness of God is this, that he hath borne witness concerning his Son. He that believ- 10 eth on the Son of God hath the witness in him: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he hath not believed in the witness that God hath borne concerning his Son. And the witness 11 is this, that God gave unto us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the 12 Son hath the life; he that hath not the Son of God hath not the life.
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how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
These things have I written 13 unto you, that ye may know that ye have eternal life, even unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God. And 14 this is the boldness which we have toward him, that, if we ask any thing according to