1 * What from the first there was, what we have heard, what we have seen with our own eyes, what we have gazed upon and our hands have handled, about the Word of life— 2 and the life made its appearance, and we have seen and are testifying and reporting to you the eternal life which was where the Father is and made its appearance to us— 3 what we have seen and heard we are reporting to you too in order that you too may have solidarity with us. And, too, our solidarity is with the Father and with his son Jesus Christ. 4 * And these things we are writing to you in order that our happiness may be made full. 5 And this is the message we have heard from him and are announcing to you, that God is light and there is in him no darkness whatever. 6 * If we say we have solidarity with him and are walking in the darkness, we are lying and not living up to the truth. 7 But if we are walking in the light, as he is in the light, we have solidarity with each other, and the blood of his son Jesus cleanses us from every sin. 8 If we say we do not have a sin, we are deluding ourselves and the truth is not in us; 9 if we acknowledge our sins, he is loyal and fair to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from every wrongness. 10 If we say we have not sinned we are making him a liar and his word is not in us.
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