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and keepeth not his command. || wicked one. I write unto you, ments, is a liar, and the truth is little children, because ye have not in him.

known the Father. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, 14 I have written unto you, in him verily is the love of fathers, because ye have known God perfected: hereby know him that is from the beginning. we that we are in him.

I have written unto you, young 6 He that saith he abideth in men, because ye are strong, him, ought himself also so to and the word of God abideth in walk, even as he walked. you, and ye have overcome the

7 Brethren, I write no new wicked one. commandment unto you, but 15 Love not the world, neither an old commandment which ye | the things that are in the world. had from the beginning. The If any man love the world, the old commandment is the word love of the Father is not in which ye have heard from the him. beginning.

16 For all that is in the world, 8 Again, a new commandment the lust of the flesh, and the lust I write unto you, which thing of the eyes, and the pride of is true in him, and in you; be- life, is not of the Father, but is cause the darkness is past, and of the world. the true light now shineth. 17 And the world passeth

9 He that saith he is in the away, and the lust thereof: but light, and hateth his brother, is he that doeth the will of God, in darkness, even until now. abideth for ever.

10 He that loveth his brother | 18 Little children, it is the abideth in the light, and there last time; and as ye have heard is none occasion of stumbling that antichrist shall come, even in him:

now are there many antichrists; 11 But he that hateth his browhereby we know that it is the ther is in darkness and walketh last time. in darkness, and knoweth not 19 They went out from us, whither he goeth, because that but they were not of us; for if darkness hath blinded his eyes. they had been of us, they would

12 I write unto you, little child | no doubt have continued with dren, because your sins are for us; but they went out, that they given you for his name's sake. | might be made manifest that

13 I write unto you, fathers, they were not all of us. because ye have known him 1 20 But ye have an unction that is from the beginning. I from the Holy One, and ye write unto you, young men, I know all things. because ye have overcome the || 21 I have not written unto

you, because ye know not the ||

CHAP. III. truth; but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

GOD'S GREAT LOVE. 22 Who is a liar, but he that BEHOLD, what manner of denieth that Jesus is the Christ? love the Father hath bestowed He is antichrist that denieth the upon us, that we should be Father and the Son.

called the sons of God! there23 Whosoever denieth the fore the world knoweth us not, Son, the same hath not the because it knew him not. Father: [but be that acknow- 2 Beloved, now are we the ledgeth the Son, hath the Father sons of God; and it doth not also. 1

yet appear what we shall be: 24 Let that therefore abide in but we know that, when he you, which ye have heard from | shall appear, we shall be like the beginning. If that which him; for we shall see him as he ye have heard from the begin- i is. ning shall remain in you, ye | 3 And every man that hath this also shall continue in the Son, hope in him purifieth himself, and in the Father.

even as he is pure. 25 And this is the promise 4 Whosoever committeth sin, that he hath promised us, even transgresseth also the law: for eternal life.

sin is the transgression of the 26 These things have I written law. unto you concerning them that | 5 And ye know that he was seduce you.

manifested to take away, our 27 But the anointing, which sins; and in him is no sin. ye have received of him, abid. 6 Whosoever abideth in him, eth in you: and ye need not that sinneth not: whosoever sinneth, any man teach you: but as the hath not seen him, neither same anointing teacheth you of known him. all things, and is truth, and is no 7 Little children, let no man lie, and even as it hath taught deceive you; he that doeth you, ye shall abide in him. righteousness is righteous, even

28 And now, little children, as he is righteous. abide in him; that, when he 8 He that committeth sin, is shall appear, we may have con- of the devil; for the devil sinfidence, and not be ashamed be- neth from the beginning. For fore him at his coming.

this purpose the Son of God 29 If ye know that he is righ- was manifested, that he might teous, ye know that every one destroy the works of the devil. that doeth righteousness is born 9 Whosoever is born of God, of him.

doth not commit sin; for his VOL. IV.

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seed remaineth in him: and he || tongue; but in deed and in truth. cannot sin, because he is born 19 And hereby we know that of God.

we are of the truth, and shall 10 In this, the children of assure our hearts before him. God are manifest, and the chil- 20 For if our heart condemn dren of the devil: whosoever us, God is greater than our doeth not righteousness is not heart, and knoweth all things. of God, neither he that loveth || 21 Beloved, if our heart con. not his brother.

demn us not, then have we con11 For this is the message that fidence toward God? ye heard from the beginning, ll 22 And whatsoever we ask, that we should love one another. | we receive of him, because we

12 Not as Cain, who was of keep his commandments, and that wicked one, and slew his do those things that are pleasbrother. And wherefore slew | ing in his sight. he him? Because his own 23 And this is his command. works were evil, and his bro- | ment, That we should believe ther's righteous.

on the name of his Son Jesus 13 Marvel not, my brethren, if Christ, and love one another, as the world hate you.

he gave us commandment. 14 We know that we have 24 And he that keepeth his passed from death unto life, be- | commandments dwelleth in him, cause we love the brethren. He and he in him; and hereby we that loveth not his brother, | know that he abideth in us, by abideth in death.

the Spirit which he hath given 15 Whosoever hateth his bro- us. ther, is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath

CHAP. IV. eternal life abiding in him. 16 Hereby perceive we the

TRY THE SPIRITS. love of God, because he laid BELOVED, believe not eve. down his life for us: and we i ry· spirit, but try the spirits, ought to lay down our lives for whether they are of God; bethe brethren.

cause many false prophets are 17 But whoso hath this world's gone out into the world. good, and seeth his brother have 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit need, and shutteth up his bow- of God; Every spirit that conels of compassion from him, how fesseth that Jesus Christ is come dwelleth the love of God in in the flesh, is of God: him?

W 3 And every spirit that con18 My little children, let us | fesseth not that Jesus Christ is not love in word, neither income in the flesh, is not of Good

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and this is that spirit of anti- | cause he hath given us of his christ, whereof ye have heard Spirit. that it should come; and even 14 And we have seen and do now already is it in the world. testify, that the Father sent the

4 Ye are of God, little chil. Son to be the Saviour of the dren, and have overcome them; world. because greater is he that is in 15 Whosoever shall confess you, than he that is in the that Jesus is the Son of God, world.

God dwelleth in him, and he in 5 They are of the world; God. therefore speak they of the 16 And we have known and world, and the world heareth believed the love that God hath them.

to us. God is love; and he 6 We are of God: he that that dwelleth in love, dwelleth knoweth God, heareth us; he in God, and God in him. that is not of God, heareth not 17 Herein is our love made us. Hereby know we the spirit perfect, that we may have boldof truth, and the spirit of error. ness in the day of judgment;

7 Beloved, let us love one because as he is, so are we in another: for love is of God; | this world. and every one that loveth, is 18 There is no fear in love; born of God, and knoweth God. but perfect love casteth out

8 He that loveth not, knoweth fear : because fear hath tornot God: for God is love. ment. He that feareth, is not . 9 In this was manifested the made perfect in love. love of God toward us, because 19 We love him, because he that God sent his only begotten first loved us. Son into the world, that we 20 If a man say, I love God, might live through him.

and hateth his brother, he is a 10 Herein is love, not that we | liar; for he that loveth not his loved God, but that he loved brother whom he hath' seen, us, and sent his Son to be the how can he love God whom he propitiation for our sins.

hath not seen? 11 Beloved, if God so loved 21 And this commandment · us, we ought also to love one have we from him, That he another.

who loveth God, love his bro12 No man hath seen God at ther also. any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and

CHAP. V. his love is perfected in us.

THE THREE WITNESSES. 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, be

WHOSOEVER believeth

that Jesus is the Christ, is born in himself: he that believeth of God: and every one that not God, hath made him a liar; loveth him that begat, loveth because he believeth not the rehim also that is begotten of cord that God gave of his Son. him.

|| 11 And this is the record, that 2 By this we know that we God hath given to, us eternal love the children of God, when life ; and this life is in his Son. we love God, and keep his com- 12 He that hath the Son, hath mandments.

life ; and he that hath not the 3 For this is the love of God, Son of God, hath not life. that we keep his command | 13 These things have I written ments: and his commandments unto you that believe on the are not grievous.

name of the Son of God ; that .4 For whatsoever is born of ye may know that ye have eterGod, overcometh the world : |nal life, and that ye may believe and this is the victory that over on the name of the Son of God. cometh the world, even our || 14 And this is the confidence faith.

that we have in him, that if we 5 Who is he that overcometh ask any thing according to his the world, but he that believeth will, he heareth us: that Jesus is the Son of God? | 15 And if we know that he

6 This is he that came by water hear us, whatsoever we ask, we and blood, even Jesus Christ; || know that we have the petitions not by water only, but by water that we desired of him.. and blood : and it is the Spirit | 16 If any man see his brother that beareth witness, because | sin a sin, which is not unto the Spirit is truth.

death, he shall ask, and he shall 7 For there are three that bear || give him life for them that sin record in heaven, the Father, | not unto death. There is a sin the Word, and the Holy Ghost : | unto death : I do not say that he and these three are one.

shall pray for it. 8 And there are three that bear 17 All unrighteousness is sin : witness in earth, the spirit, and and there is a sin not unto death. the water, and the blood : and 18 We know that whosoever these three agree in one. is born of God, sinneth not:

9 If we receive the witness of but he that is begotten of God, men, the winness of God is keepeth himself, and that wickgreater: for this is the witness ed one toucheth him not. of God, which he hath testified || 19 And we know that we are of his Son.

of God, and the whole world 10 He that bclieveth on the lieth in wickedness. Son of God, hath the witness 20 And we know that the Son

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