1 John 2
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1My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.1My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;
2He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.2and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
3And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments.3By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.
4If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.4The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
5But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.5but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:
6Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did. A New Commandment6the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
7Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment—to love one another—is the same message you heard before.7Beloved, I am not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard.
8Yet it is also new. Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining.8On the other hand, I am writing a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true Light is already shining.
9If anyone claims, “I am living in the light,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is still living in darkness.9The one who says he is in the Light and yet hates his brother is in the darkness until now.
10Anyone who loves a fellow believer is living in the light and does not cause others to stumble.10The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him.
11But anyone who hates a fellow believer is still living and walking in darkness. Such a person does not know the way to go, having been blinded by the darkness.11But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
12I am writing to you who are God’s children because your sins have been forgiven through Jesus.12I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name's sake.
13I am writing to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I am writing to you who are young in the faith because you have won your battle with the evil one.13I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father.
14I have written to you who are God’s children because you know the Father. I have written to you who are mature in the faith because you know Christ, who existed from the beginning. I have written to you who are young in the faith because you are strong. God’s word lives in your hearts, and you have won your battle with the evil one. Do Not Love This World14I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.
15Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.15Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world.
17And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. Warning about Antichrists17The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.
18Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come.18Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour.
19These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.19They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.
20But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you his Spirit, and all of you know the truth.20But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.
21So I am writing to you not because you don’t know the truth but because you know the difference between truth and lies.21I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth.
22And who is a liar? Anyone who says that Jesus is not the Christ. Anyone who denies the Father and the Son is an antichrist.22Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.
23Anyone who denies the Son doesn’t have the Father, either. But anyone who acknowledges the Son has the Father also.23Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also.
24So you must remain faithful to what you have been taught from the beginning. If you do, you will remain in fellowship with the Son and with the Father.24As for you, let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father.
25And in this fellowship we enjoy the eternal life he promised us.25This is the promise which He Himself made to us: eternal life.
26I am writing these things to warn you about those who want to lead you astray.26These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to deceive you.
27But you have received the Holy Spirit, and he lives within you, so you don’t need anyone to teach you what is true. For the Spirit teaches you everything you need to know, and what he teaches is true—it is not a lie. So just as he has taught you, remain in fellowship with Christ. Living as Children of God27As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.
28And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.28Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming.
29Since we know that Christ is righteous, we also know that all who do what is right are God’s children.29If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.
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