1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have
seen with our eyes, which we have looked on, and our hands have handled,
of the Word of life;
1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness,
and show to you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested
1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we to you, that you also
may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father,
and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1:4 And these things write we to you, that your joy may be full.
1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare to
you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we
lie, and do not the truth:
1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship
one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleans us from
1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth
is not in us.
1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,
and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word
is not in us.
2:1 My little children, these things write I to you, that you sin not.
And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our's only, but
also for the sins of the whole world.
2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
2:4 He that said, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar,
and the truth is not in him.
2:5 But whoever keeps his word, in him truly is the love of God perfected:
hereby know we that we are in him.
2:6 He that said he stays in him ought himself also so to walk, even as
2:7 Brothers, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment
which you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which
you have heard from the beginning.
2:8 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in him
and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shines.
2:9 He that said he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness
even until now.
2:10 He that loves his brother stays in the light, and there is none occasion
of stumbling in him.
2:11 But he that hates his brother is in darkness, and walks in darkness,
and knows not where he goes, because that darkness has blinded his eyes.
2:12 I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you
for his name's sake.
2:13 I write to you, fathers, because you have known him that is from the
beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked
one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father.
2:14 I have written to you, fathers, because you have known him that is
from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong,
and the word of God stays in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.
2:15 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.
2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust
of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the
2:17 And the world passes away, and the lust thereof: but he that does
the will of God stays for ever.
2:18 Little children, it is the last time: and as you have heard that antichrist
shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it
is the last time.
2:19 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 they went out, that
they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.
2:20 But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things.
2:21 I have not written to you because you know not the truth, but because
you know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
2:22 Who is a liar but he that denies that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist,
that denies the Father and the Son.
2:23 Whoever denies the Son, the same has not the Father: he that acknowledges
the Son has the Father also.
2:24 Let that therefore abide in you, which you have heard from the beginning.
If that which you have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, you
also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.
2:25 And this is the promise that he has promised us, even eternal life.
2:26 These things have I written to you concerning them that seduce you.
2:27 But the anointing which you have received of him stays in you, and
you need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teaches
you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it has taught
you, you shall abide in him.
2:28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear,
we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.
2:29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that every one that does
righteousness is born of him.
3:1 Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we
should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because
it knew him not.
3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what
we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him;
for we shall see him as he is.
3:3 And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he
3:4 Whoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression
of the law.
3:5 And you know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him
is no sin.
3:6 Whoever stays in him sins not: whoever sins has not seen him, neither
3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that does righteousness
is righteous, even as he is righteous.
3:8 He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil sins from the beginning.
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the
works of the devil.
3:9 Whoever is born of God does not commit sin; for his seed remains in
him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the
devil: whoever does not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loves
not his brother.
3:11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we
should love one another.
3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And
why slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
3:13 Marvel not, my brothers, if the world hate you.
3:14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the
brothers. He that loves not his brother stays in death.
3:15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer: and you know that no murderer
has eternal life abiding in him.
3:16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life
for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
3:17 But whoever has this world's good, and sees his brother have need,
and shuts up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwells the love of
God in him?
3:18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but
in deed and in truth.
3:19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our
hearts before him.
3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knows
3:21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward
3:22 And whatever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments,
and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
3:23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of
his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
3:24 And he that keeps his commandments dwells in him, and he in him.
And hereby we know that he stays in us, by the Spirit which he has given
4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they
are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
4:2 Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that
Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
4:3 And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the
flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof you
have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.
4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater
is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
4:5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world
4:6 We are of God: he that knows God hears us; he that is not of God hears
not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
4:7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one
that loves is born of God, and knows God.
4:8 He that loves not knows not God; for God is love.
4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God
sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent
his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
4:12 No man has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwells
in us, and his love is perfected in us.
4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he has
given us of his Spirit.
4:14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be
the Savior of the world.
4:15 Whoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in
him, and he in God.
4:16 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.
4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the
day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.
4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because
fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love.
4:19 We love him, because he first loved us.
4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar: for
he that loves not his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom
he has not seen?
4:21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loves God love
his brother also.
5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every
one that loves him that begat loves him also that is begotten of him.
5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God,
and keep his commandments.
5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his
commandments are not grievous.
5:4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory
that overcomes the world, even our faith.
5:5 Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus
is the Son of God?
5:6 This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by
water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that bears witness,
because the Spirit is truth.
5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word,
and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the
water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.
5:9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for
this is the witness of God which he has testified of his Son.
5:10 He that believes on the Son of God has the witness in himself: he
that believes not God has made him a liar; because he believes not the
record that God gave of his Son.
5:11 And this is the record, that God has given to us eternal life, and
this life is in his Son.
5:12 He that has the Son has life; and he that has not the Son of God has
5:13 These things have I written to you that believe on the name of the
Son of God; that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you
may believe on the name of the Son of God.
5:14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any
thing according to his will, he hears us:
5:15 And if we know that he hear us, whatever we ask, we know that we have
the petitions that we desired of him.
5:16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not to death, he shall
ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not to death. There is
a sin to death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.
5:17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not to death.
5:18 We know that whoever is born of God sins not; but he that is begotten
of God keeps himself, and that wicked one touches him not.
5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in wickedness.
5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and has given us an understanding,
that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even
in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.