1The 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; 2For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. 3Grace 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.
4I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. 5And 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. 6And 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. 7For 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. 8Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9Whosoever 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. 10If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
12Having 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. 13The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.
Zuwa ga uwargida zaɓaɓɓiya da kuma ’ya’yanta, waɗanda nake ƙauna ƙwarai da gaske kuma ba ni kaɗai ba, amma har da dukan waɗanda suka san gaskiya. 2Muna ƙaunarku saboda gaskiyan nan, wadda take cikinmu za tă kuma kasance tare da mu har abada.
3Alheri, jinƙai da kuma salama daga Allah Uba da kuma Yesu Kiristi, Ɗan Uba, su kasance tare da mu cikin gaskiya da ƙauna.
4Na yi farin ciki ƙwarai, da na sami waɗansu ’ya’yanki suna tafiya cikin gaskiya, kamar yadda Uba ya umarce mu. 5Yanzu kuma, uwargida ƙaunatacciya, ba sabon umarni nake rubuta miki ba sai dai wanda muke da shi tun farko. Ina roƙo cewa mu ƙaunaci juna. 6Ƙauna, ita ce mu yi biyayya ga umarnansa. Kamar yadda kuka ji tun da fari, umarninsa shi ne ku yi zaman ƙauna.
7Masu ruɗi da yawa, waɗanda ba su yarda da zuwan Yesu Kiristi cikin jiki ba, sun riga sun fito a duniya. Duk irin mutumin nan mai ruɗi ne kuma magabcin Kiristi. 8Ku lura don kada ku yi hasarar aikin da kuka yi, sai dai ku sami cikakken lada. 9Duk mutumin da bai tsaya a kan koyarwar Kiristi ba, amma ya yi ƙari a kanta, mutumin nan ba shi da Allah. Amma wanda ya tsaya a kan koyarwar Kiristi, yana da Uban da kuma Ɗan. 10Duk wanda ya zo wurinku bai kuma kawo koyarwan nan ba, kada ku karɓe shi a gidanku ko ku marabce shi. 11Duk wanda ya karɓe shi yana tarayya da mugun aikinsa ke nan.
12Ina da abubuwa da dama da zan rubuta muku, sai dai ba na so in yi amfani da takarda da inki in rubuta. A maimako, ina fata in ziyarce ku in kuma yi magana da ku fuska da fuska, domin farin cikinmu yă zama cikakke.
13’Ya’yan ’yar’uwarki wadda Allah ya keɓe, suna gaishe ku.