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INTRODUCTION.

I.

What was from the beginning,

What we have heard,
What we have seen with our eyes,

What we looked at and our hands handled,
About the Word, the Life
And the Life was made known,

And we have seen and are witnesses,
And tell to you the Life, the eternal,

Who was with the Father,
And was made known to us
What we have seen and heard we tell you also,
So that

you
also
may

have a share with us
Yes, and our share is with the Father,

And with his Son Jesus Christ. And we are writing these things, So that our happiness may be made complete.

1: 5.

2.

And the message we have heard from him is this,

And we announce it to you, That God is light,

And there is no darkness at all in him.

If we say we are sharers with him,

And keep living in darkness,
We are liars, and do not do what the truth demands.

But if we keep living in the light,
As he is in the light,
We are sharers with each other,
And the blood of Jesus his Son frees us

From the guilt of every kind of sin.
If we say we have no sin,
We are leading ourselves astray,

And the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and good,
To put our sins away for us,

And to free us from everything that is not right.
If we say we have not sinned,
We make him a liar, and what he has told us is not

in us.

2:1.

(God is Light.)

3. My little children I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if any one sins we have a helper with the Father, that is, Jesus Christ the good, and he is a means of appeasing God so as to do away with our sins, and not so as to do away

with ours only, but also with the sins of the whole world. And this is the way we become acquainted with the fact that we are acquainted with him by continuing to keep his commandments. He who says:

I am acquainted with him, and does not continue to keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps doing what he tells him, truly in him has the love of God been perfected. This is the way we become acquainted with the fact that we are in him : He who says he is continuing in him ought himself also to keep living just as he kept living.

4. Dear brothers, it is not a new commandment I am writing to you, but an old commandment which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard. Again a new commandment am I writing to you, and it is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.

He who says he is in the light and keeps hating his brother is in the darkness to this moment. He who keeps loving his brother continues in the light and no occasion of stumbling is in him. He who keeps hating his brother is in the darkness and keeps living in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded

his eyes.

5. I am writing to you, little children, Because your sins are put away from you for his

name's sake. I am writing to you, fathers, Because you have become acquainted with

him who is from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men,

Because you have overcome the wicked

one.

2: 13.

I wrote to you, little children,
Because you have become acquainted with the

Father.
I wrote to you, fathers,
Because you have become acquainted with

him who is from the beginning.
I wrote to you, young men,

Because you are strong,
And what God told you continues in

you,
And you have overcome the wicked

one.

6.
Do not love the world

Nor the things which are in the world.
If any one keeps loving the world,

The love of the Father is not in him.

For everything which is in the world,

The desire of the flesh,
And the desire of the eyes,

And this life's love of display,-
Is not from the Father, but from the world.
And the world is passing away

And its desire.
But he who keeps doing the will of God

Continues forever.

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