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The First Epistle of St John
The 1st Chapter
That, that which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the word of life. For the life appeared, and we have seen, and bear witness, and show unto you that eternal life, which was with the father, and appeared unto us. That, that which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that you may have fellowship with us and that our fellowship may be with the father and his son Jesus Christ. And this write we unto you, that our joy may be full.
And this is the tidings which we have heard of him and declare unto you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and yet walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth. But and if we walk in (light) even as he is in light, then have we fellowship with him, and the blood of Jesus Christ his son cleanses us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and truth is not in us. If we knowledge our sins, he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
The 2nd Chapter
My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not: if any man sin, yet we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ, which is righteous: and he it is that obtains grace for our sins: not for our sins only: but also for the sins of all the world. And hereby we are sure that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that says I know him, and keeps not his commandments is a liar, and the verity is not in him. Whosoever keeps his word, in him is the love of God perfect in deed. And thereby know we that we are in him. He that says he bides in him, ought to walk even as he walked.
Brethren I write no new commandment unto you: but that old commandment which you heard from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. Again a new commandment: I write unto you, a thing that is true in him, and also in you: for the darkness is past, and the true light now shines. He that says how that he is in the light, and yet hates his brother, is in darkness even until this time. He that loves his brother, abides in the light and there is none occasion of evil in him. He that hates his brother, is in darkness, and walks in darkness: and cannot tell *whither he goes, *whither=what ever place, result, or condition. because that darkness has blinded his eyes.
Babes I write unto you how that your sins are forgiven you for his names sake. I write unto you fathers, how that you have known him that was from the beginning. I write unto you young men, how that you have overcome the wicked. I write unto you little children, how that you have known the father. I write unto you fathers, how that you have known him that was from the beginning. I write unto you young men, how that you are strong: and the word of God abides in you and you have overcome that wicked.
See that you love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him. For all that is in the world (as the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of goods) is not of the father, but of the world. And the world vanishes away and the lust there of: but he that fulfills the will of God, abides ever.
Little children it is the last time, and as you have heard how the Antichrist shall come even now are there many Antichrists come already. Whereby we know that it is the last time. They went out from us, but they were not of us. For if they had been of us, they would no doubt, have continued with us. But that fortuned that it might appear, that they were not of us.
And you have an ointment of the holy ghost, and you know all things. I wrote not unto you, as though you knew not the truth: but as though you knew it, and know also that no lie comes of truth. Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is Christ? The same is the Antichrist that denies the father and the son. Whosoever denies the son, the same has not the father. Let therefore abide in you that same which you heard from the beginning. If that which you heard from the beginning, shall remain in you, you also shall continue in the son, and in the father. And this is the promise that he has promised us, even eternal life.
This have I written unto you, concerning them that deceive you. And the anointing which you have received of him, dwells in you. And you need not that any man teach you: but as the annointing teaches you all things, and is true, and is no lie, and as it taught you, even so bide therein. And now babes abide in him that when he shall appear, we may be bold and not be made ashamed of him at his coming. If you know that he is righteous, know also that he which follows righteousness, is born of him.
The 3rd Chapter
Behold what love the father has showed on us that we should be called the sons of God. For this cause the world knows you not, because it knows not him. Dearly beloved, now are we the sons of God, and yet it does not appear what we shall be. But we know that when it shall appear, we shall be like him. For we shall see him as he is. And every man that has this hope in him, purges himself, even as he is pure. Whosoever commits sin, commits unrighteousness also, for sin is unrighteousness. And you know that he appeared to take away our sins, and in him is no sin. As many as bide in him sin not: whosoever sins, has not seen him, neither has known him.
Babes, let no man deceive you, He that does righteousness, is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that commits sin, is of the devil: for the devil sins since the beginning. For this purpose appeared the son of God, to loose the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God, sins not: for his seed remains in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. In this are the children of God known, and the children of the devil. Whosoever does not righteousness, is not of God, neither he that loves not his brother.
For this is the tidings, that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another not as Cain which was of the wicked and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brothers good. Marvel not my brethren though the world hate you. We know that we are translated from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loves not his brother, abides in death. Whosoever hates his brother, is a man slayer. And you know that no man slayer, has eternal life abiding in him.
Hereby perceive we love: that he gave his life for us: and therefore ought we also to give our lives for the brethren. Whosoever has this worlds good (goods?) and sees his brother have need: and shuts up his compassion from him: how dwells the love of God in him? My babes, let us not love in word, neither in tongue: but with deed and in verity: for thereby we know that we are of the verity, and can before him quiet our hearts. But if our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and knows all things. Beloved, if our hearts condemn us not, then have we trust to God ward: and whatsoever we ask we shall receive of him: because we keep his commandments, and do those things which are pleasing in his sight.
And this is his commandment, that we believe on the name of his son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave commandment. And he that keeps his commandments, dwells in him, and he in him: and thereby we know that there abides in us of the spirit which he gave us.
The 4th Chapter
You beloved, believe not every spirit but prove the spirits whether they are of God or not, for many false Prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby shall you know the spirit of God. Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God. And every spirit which confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not of God. And this is that spirit of Antichrist, of whom you have heard, how that he should come: and even now already is he in the world.
Little children, you are of God and have overcome them: for greater is he that is in you, then he that is in the world. They are of the world, and therefore speak they of the world, and the world hears them. We are of God. He that knows God, hears us: he that is not of God, hears us not. Hereby know we the spirit of verity, and the spirit of error.
Beloved, let us love one another: for love comes of God. And every one that loves is born of God, and knows God. He that loves not, knows not God: for God is love. In this appeared the love of God to us ward, because that God sent his only begotten son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us, and sent his son to make agreement for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells in us, and his love is perfect in us. Hereby know we: that we dwell in him, and he in us: because he has given us of his spirit. And we have seen and do testify that the father sent the son, which is the saviour of the world. Whosoever confesses that Jesus is the son of God, in him dwells God, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God has to us.
God is love, and he that dwells in love, dwells in God, and God in him. Herein is the love perfect in us, that we should have trust in the day of judgment: For as he is, even so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out all fear, for fear has painfulness. He that fears, is not perfect in love.
We love him, for he loved us first. If a man say, I love God, and yet hate his brother he is a liar. For how can he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, love God whom he has not seen? And this commandment have we of him: that he which loves God, should love his brother also.
The 5th Chapter
Whosoever believes that Jesus is Christ, is born of God. And every one that loves him which begat, loves him also which was begotten of him. In this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments. This is the love of God that we keep his commandments, and his commandments are not grievous. For all that is born of God, overcomes the world. And this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world: but he which believes that Jesus is the son of God.
This Jesus Christ is he that came by water and blood, not by water only: but by water and blood. And it is the spirit that bears witness, because the spirit is truth. *(For there are three which bear record in heaven, the father, the word, and the holy ghost. And these three are one). For there are three which bear record (in earth:) the spirit, and water, and blood: and these three are one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater. For this is the witness of God, which he testified of his son. He that believes on the son of God, has the witness in him self. He that believes not God, has made him a liar, because he believed not the record that God gave of his son. And this is that record, how that God has given unto us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that has the son, has life: and he that has not the son of God, has not life. *the text above in italic was found in very small type case in the original text.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the son of God that you may know how that you have eternal life, and that you may believe on the name of the son of God. And this is the trust that we have in him: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hear us whatsoever we ask, we know that we shall have the petitions that we desire of him.
If any man see his brother sin a sin that is not unto death, let him ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death, for which say I not that a man should pray. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not unto death.
We know that whosoever is born of God, sins not: but he that is begotten of God keeps himself, and that wicked touches him not. We know that we are of God, and that the world is all together set on wickedness. We know that the son of God is come, and has given us a mind to know him which is true: and we are in him that is true, through his son Jesus Christ. This same is very God, and eternal life. Babes keep yourselves from images. Amen.
Here ends the first epistle of saint John
The Second Epistle of St John
The elder to the elect lady and her children which I love in the truth: and not I only, but also all that have known the truth, for the truths sake, which dwells in us, and shall be in us for ever.
With you be grace, mercy, and peace from God the father and from the Lord Jesus Christ the son of the father, in truth and love.
I rejoiced greatly, that I found of your children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment of the father. And now beseech I you lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto you, but that same which we had from the beginning, that we should love one another. And this is the love, that we should walk after his commandments.
This commandment is (that as you have heard from the beginning) you should walk in it. For many deceivers are entered into the world, which confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an Antichrist. Look on yourselves, that we loose not that we have wrought: but that we may have a full reward. Whosoever transgresses and bides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that endures in the doctrine of Christ, has both the father and the son.
If there come any unto you and bring not this learning, him receive not to house: neither bid him God speed. For he that bids him God speed, is partaker of his evil deeds. I had many things to write unto you, nevertheless I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak with you mouth to mouth, that our joy may be full. The sons of your elect sister greet you. Amen.
Here ends the second epistle of saint John
The Third Epistle of St John
The elder unto the beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Beloved I wish I in all things that you prospered and fared well even as your soul prospereth. I rejoiced greatly when the brethren came, and testified of the truth that is in you, how you walk in truth. I have no greater joy than for to hear how that my sons walk in verity.
Beloved, you do faithfully whatsoever you do to the brethren, and to strangers, which bare witness of your love before all the congregation. Which brethren when you bring forwards on their journey (as it beseems God) you shall do well: because that for his names sake they went forth, and took nothing of the Gentiles. We therefore ought to receive such, that we also might be helpers to the truth.
I wrote unto the congregation: but Diotrephes which loves to have the preeminence among them, receives us not. Wherefore if I come, I will declare his deeds which he does, jesting on us with malicious words, neither is therewith content. Not only he himself receives not the brethren: but also he forbids them that would, and thrusts them out of the congregation.
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that does well is of God: but he that does evil sees not God. Demetrius has good report of all men, and of the truth: you and we our selves also bear record, and you know that our record is true. I have many things to write: but I will not with ink and pen write unto you. For I trust I shall shortly see you, and we shall speak mouth to mouth. Peace be with you. The lovers salute you. Greet the lovers by name.
Here ends the third epistle of saint John
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