||The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I
love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that
have known the truth;
||For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be
with us for ever.
||Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the
Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the
Father, in truth and love.
||I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking
in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
||And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a
new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the
beginning, that we love one another.
||And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.
This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the
beginning, ye should walk in it.
||For many deceivers are entered into the world, who
confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is
a deceiver and an antichrist.
||Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which
we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
||Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine
of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of
Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
||If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine,
receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
||For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his
||Having many things to write unto you, I would not write
with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak
face to face, that our joy may be full.
||The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.