1My little children, I am writing YOU these things that YOU may not commit a sin. And yet, if anyone does commit a sin, we have a helper with the Father, Jesus Christ, a righteous one.2And he is a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins, yet not for ours only but also for the whole world’s.3And by this we have the knowledge that we have come to know him, namely, if we continue observing his commandments.4He that says: “I have come to know him,” and yet is not observing his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in this [person].5But whoever does observe his word, truthfully in this [person] the love of God has been made perfect. By this we have the knowledge that we are in union with him.6He that says he remains in union with him is under obligation himself also to go on walking just as that one walked.
7Beloved ones, I am writing YOU, not a new commandment, but an old commandment which YOU have had from [the] beginning. This old commandment is the word which YOU heard.8Again, I am writing YOU a new commandment, a fact that is true in his case and in YOURS, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.
9He that says he is in the light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness up to right now.10He that loves his brother remains in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in his case.11But he that hates his brother is in the darkness and is walking in the darkness, and he does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
12I am writing YOU, little children, because YOUR sins have been forgiven YOU for the sake of his name.13I am writing YOU, fathers, because YOU have come to know him who is from [the] beginning. I am writing YOU, young men, because YOU have conquered the wicked one. I write YOU, young children, because YOU have come to know the Father.14I write YOU, fathers, because YOU have come to know him who is from [the] beginning. I write YOU, young men, because YOU are strong and the word of God remains in YOU and YOU have conquered the wicked one.
15Do not be loving either the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him;16because everything in the world—the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the showy display of one’s means of life—does not originate with the Father, but originates with the world.17Furthermore, the world is passing away and so is its desire, but he that does the will of God remains forever.
18Young children, it is the last hour, and, just as YOU have heard that antichrist is coming, even now there have come to be many antichrists; from which fact we gain the knowledge that it is the last hour.19They went out from us, but they were not of our sort; for if they had been of our sort, they would have remained with us. But [they went out] that it might be shown up that not all are of our sort.20And YOU have an anointing from the holy one; all of YOU have knowledge.21I write YOU, not because YOU do not know the truth, but because YOU know it, and because no lie originates with the truth.
22Who is the liar if it is not the one that denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one that denies the Father and the Son.23Everyone that denies the Son does not have the Father either. He that confesses the Son has the Father also.24As for YOU, let that which YOU have heard from [the] beginning remain in YOU. If that which YOU have heard from [the] beginning remains in YOU, YOU will also abide in union with the Son and in union with the Father.25Furthermore, this is the promised thing that he himself promised us, the life everlasting.
26These things I write YOU about those who are trying to mislead YOU.27And as for YOU, the anointing that YOU received from him remains in YOU, and YOU do not need anyone to be teaching YOU; but, as the anointing from him is teaching YOU about all things, and is true and is no lie, and just as it has taught YOU, remain in union with him.28So now, little children, remain in union with him, that when he is made manifest we may have freeness of speech and not be shamed away from him at his presence.29If YOU know that he is righteous, YOU gain the knowledge that everyone who practices righteousness has been born from him.