1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, a we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And b He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but c also for the whole world. 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a d liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But e whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God 1 is perfected f in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 g He who says he abides in Him h ought himself also to walk just as He walked.
7 2 Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had i from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard 3 from the beginning. 8 Again, j a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, k because the darkness is passing away, and l the true light is already shining. 9 m He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. 10 n He who loves his brother abides in the light, and o there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who p hates his brother is in darkness and q walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
I write to you, little children,
Because r your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake. 13 I write to you, fathers,
Because you have known Him who is s 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 t known the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers,
Because you have known Him who is from the beginning.
I have written to you, young men,
Because u you are strong, and the word of God abides in you,
And you have overcome the wicked one.
15 v Do not love the world or the things in the world. w If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world - the lust of the flesh, x the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life - is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And y the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.
18 z Little children, a it is the last hour; and as you have heard that b the 4 Antichrist is coming, c even now many antichrists have come, by which we know d that it is the last hour. 19 e They went out from us, but they were not of us; for f if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out g that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. 20 But h you have an anointing i from the Holy One, and j you 5 know all things. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 l Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 m Whoever denies the Son does not have the n Father either; o he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 24 Therefore let that abide in you q you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 r And this is the promise that He has promised us - eternal life.
26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to 6 deceive you. 27 But the s anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and t you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing u teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you 7 will abide in Him.
28 And now, little children, abide in Him, that 8 when He appears, we may have v confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. 29 w If you know that He is righteous, you know that x everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.