1 我这做长老的写信给蒙拣选的女士[a]和你的儿女，就是我本着真理所爱的。你们不单是我所爱的，也是一切认识真理的人所爱的。 2 我们爱你们，因为真理在我们里面，并且永远与我们同在。
4 你的儿女当中有人按照我们从父领受的命令遵行真理，我知道后非常欣慰。 5 女士啊，我现在劝你，我们大家要彼此相爱。这不是新命令，而是我们从起初就已经领受的命令。 6 爱就是遵行上帝的命令，这是你们从起初就听过又当遵行的命令。
7 因为现在世上有许多骗子出来迷惑人，他们否认耶稣基督曾降世为人。这样的人是骗子，是敌基督者。 8 你们要谨慎，好得到完满的赏赐，免得我们前功尽弃。 9 谁偏离基督的教导，谁心中就没有上帝；谁遵守基督的教导，谁就有父和子与他同在。 10 若有人到你们那里不传基督的教导，不要请他到家里，也不要问候他， 11 因为问候他就是与他同流合污。
Notas al pie
- 1:1 学者一般认为“蒙拣选的女士”是指教会。
1 This letter is from John, the elder.[a]
I am writing to the chosen lady and to her children,[b] whom I love in the truth—as does everyone else who knows the truth— 2 because the truth lives in us and will be with us forever.
3 Grace, mercy, and peace, which come from God the Father and from Jesus Christ—the Son of the Father—will continue to be with us who live in truth and love.
Live in the Truth
4 How happy I was to meet some of your children and find them living according to the truth, just as the Father commanded.
5 I am writing to remind you, dear friends,[c] that we should love one another. This is not a new commandment, but one we have had from the beginning. 6 Love means doing what God has commanded us, and he has commanded us to love one another, just as you heard from the beginning.
7 I say this because many deceivers have gone out into the world. They deny that Jesus Christ came[d] in a real body. Such a person is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8 Watch out that you do not lose what we[e] have worked so hard to achieve. Be diligent so that you receive your full reward. 9 Anyone who wanders away from this teaching has no relationship with God. But anyone who remains in the teaching of Christ has a relationship with both the Father and the Son.
10 If anyone comes to your meeting and does not teach the truth about Christ, don’t invite that person into your home or give any kind of encouragement. 11 Anyone who encourages such people becomes a partner in their evil work.
12 I have much more to say to you, but I don’t want to do it with paper and ink. For I hope to visit you soon and talk with you face to face. Then our joy will be complete.
13 Greetings from the children of your sister,[f] chosen by God.