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CHAP. II.

Christ our advocate with the Father. I. JOHN.

Of loving one another 6 If we say that we have fel- | perfected: hereby know we that lowship with him, and walk in we are in him. darkness, we lie, and do not the 6 He that saith he abideth truth:

in him, ought himself also so 7 But if we walk in the light, to walk, even as he walked. as he is in the light, we have 7 Brethren, I write no new fellowship one with another, and commandment unto you, but an the blood of Jesus Christ his old commandment which ye had Son cleanseth us from all sin. from the beginning : The old

8 If we say that we have no commandment is the word which sin, we deceive ourselves, and ye have heard from the begin. the truth is not in us.

ning 9 If we confess our sins, he is 8 Again, a new commandment faithful and just to forgive us I write unto you, which thing our sins, and to cleanse us from is true in him and in you: beall unrighteousness.

cause the darkness is past, and 10 If we say that we have the true light now shineth. not sinned, we make him a liar, 9 He that saith he is in the and his word is not in us. light, and hateth his brother, is

in darkness even until now. 1 He comforteth them against the sins of infirm- 10 He that loveth his brother ity

. 3 Rightly to know God is to keep abideth in the light, and there his commandments, 9 to love our brethren,

is none occasion of stumbling beware of seducers : 20 from whose deceits

in him. ihe godly are safe, preserved by perseverance in faith, and holiness of life.

11 But he that hateth his MY

little children, these brother is in darkness, and walk

things write I unto you, eth in darkness, and knoweth that ye sin not. And if any not whither he goeth, because man sin, we have an advocate that darkness hath blinded his with the Father, Jesus Christ eyes. the righteous :

12 I write unto you, little 2 And he is the propitiation children, because your sins are for our sins: and not for ours forgiven you for his name's sake. only, but also for the sins of 13 I write unto you, fathers, the whole world.

because ye have known him that 3 And hereby we do know is from the beginning. I write that we know him, if we keep unto you, young men, because his commandments.

ye have overcome the wicked 4 He that saith, I know him, one. I write unto you, little and keepeth not his command-children, because ye have known ments, is a liar, and the truth the Father. is not in him.

14 I have written unto you, 5 But whoso keepeth his word, fathers, because ye have known in him verily is the love of God | him that is from the beginning.

15 and not to love the world. 18 We must

ed one.

The apostle cautioneth

CHAP. III. against antichristian errors. I have written unto you, young Son, the same hath not the men, because ye are strong, and Father: [but he that acknowlthe word of God abideth in you, edgeth the Son hath the Father and ye have overcome the wick- also.)

24 Let that therefore abide in 15 Love not the world, nei- you, which ye have heard from ther the things that are in the the beginning. If that which world. If any man love the ye have heard from the begiuworld, the love of the Father is ning shall remain in you, ye not in him.

also shall continue in the Son, 16 For all that is in the world, and in the Father. the lust of the flesh, and the 25 And this is the promise lust of the eyes, and the pride that he hath promised us, even of life, is not of the Father, but eternal life. is of the world,

26 These things have I writ17 And the world passeth ten unto you concerning them away, and the lust thereof: but that seduce you. he that doeth the will of God 27 But the anointing which abideth for ever.

ye

have received of him abideth 18 Little children, it is the in you, and ye need not that last time: and as ye have heard any man teach you: but as the that antichrist shall come, even same anointing teacheth you of now are there many antichrists; | all things, and is truth, and is whereby we know that it is the no lie, and even as it hath last time.

taught you, ye shall abide in 19 They went out from us, him. but they were not of us; for if 28 And now, little children, they had been of us, they would abide in him; that when he no doubt have continued with shall appear, we may have conus : but they went out, that they fidence, and not be ashamed bemight be made manifest that fore him at his coming. they were not all of us.

29 If ye know that he is righ20 But ye have an unction teous, ye know that every one from the Holy One, and ye that doeth righteousness is born know all things.

of him. 21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the

1 He declareth the singular love of God to truth, but because ye know it, wards us, in making us his sons : 3 who and that no lie is of the truth. therefore ought obediently to keep his coin.

mandments, il as also brotherly to love one 22 Who is a liar but he that

CHAP. III.

denieth that Jesus is the Christ? Blove the Father hath be

another.

the Father and the Son.

stowed upon us, that we should 23 Whosoerer denieth the l be called the sons of God!

1. JOHN.

God's great love to mankind.

The nature of brotherly love. therefore the world knoweth us that ye heard from the beginnot, because it knew him not. ning, that we should love one

2 Beloved, now are we the another. sons of God, and it doth not yet 12 Not as Cain, who was of appear what we shall be: but we that wicked one, and slew his know that, when he shall ap- brother. And wherefore slew he pear, we shall be like him ; for him? Because his own works we shall see him as he is. were evil, and his brother's

3 And every man that hath righteous. this hope in him purifieth him- 13 Marvel not, my brethren, self, even as he is pure.

if the world hate you. 4 Whosoever committeth sin 14 We know that we have transgresseth also the law; for passed from death unto life, sin is the transgression of the because we love the brethren. law

He that loveth not his brother, 5 And ye know that he was abideth in death. manifested to take away our 15 Whosoever hateth his brothsins; and in him is no sin. er, is a murderer: and ye know

6 Whosoever abideth in him that no murderer hath eternal sinneth not: whosoever sinneth life abiding in him. hath not seen him, neither 16 Hereby perceive we the known him

love of God, because he laid 7 Little children, let no man down his life for us : and we deceive you: he that doethought to lay down our lives for righteousness is righteous, even the brethren. as he is righteous.

17 But whoso hath this world's 8 He that committeth sin is good, and seeth his brother have of the devil; for the devil sin- need, and shutteth up his bowneth from the beginning. For els of compassion from him, this purpose the Son of God how dwelleth the love of God was manifested, that he might in him? destroy the works of the devil. 18 My little children, let us

9 Whosoever is born of God not love in word, neither in doth not commit sin; for his tongue, but in deed and in truth.

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seed remaineth in him; and he 19 And hereby we know that

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cannot sin, because he is born we are of the truth, and shall of God.

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

fidence toward God. u For this is the message 22 And whatsoever we ask,

| He warneth them not to believe all teachers,

How to try the spirits.

CHAP. IV.

Obligation of mutual love. we receive of him, because we knoweth God, heareth us; he keep his commandments, and do that is not of God, heareth not those things that are pleasing us. Hereby know we the spirit in his sight.

of truth, and the spirit of error. 23 And this is his command- 7 Beloved, let us love one aninent, That we should believe other: for love is of God; and on the name of his Son Jesus every one that loveth is born of Christ, and love one another, as God, and knoweth God. he

gave us commandment. 8 He that loveth not, knoweth 24 And he that keepeth his not God; for God is love. commandments, dwelleth in 9 In this was manifested the him, and he in him. And here- love of God toward us, because by we know that he abideth in that God sent his only-begotten us, by the Spirit which he hath Son into the world, that we given us.

might live through him. CHAP. IV.

10 Herein is love, not that

we loved God, but that he lovwho boast of the Spirit, but to try them by the rules of the catholic faith: 7 und by many

ed us, and sent his Son to be reasons exhorteth to brotherly love.

the propitiation for our sins. not ev

11 Beloved, if God so loved ery spirit, but try the spirits us, we ought also to love one whether they are of God: be-, another. cause many false prophets are 12 No man hath seen God at gone out into the world.

any time. If we love one an2 Hereby know ye the Spirit other, God dwelleth in us, and of God: Every spirit that con- his love is perfected in us. fesseth that Jesus Christ is come 13 Hereby know we that we in the flesh, is of God:

dwell in him, and he in us, be3 And every spirit that con- cause he hath given us of his fesseth not that Jesus Christ is Spirit. come in the flesh, is not of God. 14 And we have seen and do And this is that spirit of anti-testify, that the Father sent the christ, whereof ye have heard Son to be the Saviour of the that it should come; and even world. now already is it in the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess

4 Ye are of. God, little chil- | that Jesus is the Son of God, dren, and have overcome them: God dwelleth in him, and he because greater is he that is in in God. you, than he that is in the world. 16 And we have known and

5 They are of the world : believed the love that God hath therefore speak they of the to us. God is love: and he world, and the world heareth that dwelleth in love, dwelleth them.

in God, and God in him. 6 We are of God. He that 17 Herein is our love made

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True faith overcometh the world. I. JOHN.

The witnesses of our faith. perfect, that we may have bold- 5 Who is he that overcometh ness in the day of judgment: the world, but he that believeth because as he is, so are we in that Jesus is the Son of God? this world.

6 This is he that came by 18 There is no fear in love ; water and blood, even Jesus but perfect love casteth out Christ; not by water only, but fear: because fear hath tor- by water and blood. And it is ment. He that feareth, is not the Spirit that beareth witness, made perfect in love.

because the Spirit is truth. 19 We love him, because he 7 For there are three that first loved us.

bear record in heaven, the Fa20 If a man say, I love God, ther, the Word, and the Holy and hateth his brother, he is a Ghost: and these three are one. liar. For he that loveth not his 8 And there are three that brother, whom he hath seen, bear witness in earth, the spirit

, how can he love God, whom he and the water, and the blood : hath not seen?

and these three agree in one. 21 And this commandment 9 If we receive the witness have we from him, That he of men, the witness of God is who loveth God, love his broth-greater: for this is the witness

of God which he hath testified of his Son.

10 He that believeth on the keepeth his commandments : 3 which to the faithful are light, and not grievous. 9 Jesus

Son of God hath the witness in is the Son of God, able to save us, 14 and lo himself: he that believeth not hear our prayers, which we make for ourselves, and for others.

God, hath made him a liar, beHOSOEVER believeth cause he believeth not the rec WHO

that Jesus is the Christ, ord that God gave of his Son. is born of God: and every one

11 And this is the record, that what loveth him that begat, lov- God hath given to us eternal eth him also that is begotten of life: and this life is in his Son. him.

12 He that hath the Son, hath 2 By this we know that we life; and he that hath not the love the children of God, when Son of God, hath not life. we love God, and keep his 13 These things have I writcommandments.

ten unto you that believe on the 3 For this is the love of God, name of the Son of God; that that we keep his command- ye may know that ye have eterments; and his commandments nal life, and that ye may believe are not grievous.

on the name of the Son of God. 4 For whatsoever is born of 14 And this is the confidence God, overcometh the world: and that we have in him, that if this is the victory that overcom- we ask any thing according to eth the world, even our faith. his will, he heareth us :

CHAP. V. | He that loveth God loveth his chililren, and

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