1 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;
2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
3 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.
4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
5 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.
6 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.
7 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.
8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
9 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.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
12 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.
13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.
1 Me, Ɔpanyin, mekyerɛw kɔma Awuraa a wɔayi no ne ne mma a medɔ wɔn yiye no. Ɛnyɛ me nko, na mmom wɔn a wonim nokware no nyinaa dɔ wo, 2 efisɛ, nokware no te yɛn mu na ɛbɛtena yɛn mu akosi daa daa. 3 Adom, mmɔborɔhunu ne asomdwoe mfi Agya Nyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo, Agya no Ba no, nkyɛn mmra yɛn so nokware ne ɔdɔ mu.
Nokware ne ɔdɔ
4 M’ani gyei sɛ mihui sɛ mo mma no bi te nokware mu sɛnea Agya no hyɛɛ yɛn no.
5 Enti mereka akyerɛ wo, Awuraa se, momma yɛnnodɔ yɛn ho. Eyi nyɛ mmara foforo a merehyɛ ama wo. Ɛyɛ mmara a wɔahyɛ ama yɛn fi mfitiase. 6 Saa ɔdɔ a mereka ho asɛm yi kyerɛ sɛ, momma yɛntena ase na yɛnyɛ osetie mma Onyankopɔn. Mmara a mote fii mfitiase no kyerɛ sɛ mo nyinaa, montena ase ɔdɔ mu.
7 Adaadaafo a wɔmpae mu nka se Yesu Kristo bae ɔhonam mu no abu so wiase. Saa onipa a ɔte saa no yɛ ɔdaadaafo na ɔyɛ Kristo tamfo nso. 8 Monhwɛ mo ho so yiye na moanhwere nea moayɛ ho adwuma na moanya mo akatua wɔ mu. 9 Obiara a ɔmfa Kristo nkyerɛkyerɛ na ɔtra no, nni Onyankopɔn. Na nea ɔfa nkyerɛkyerɛ no wɔ Agya no ne Ɔba no.
10 Sɛ obi ba mo nkyɛn na wamfa saa nkyerɛkyerɛ yi ammrɛ mo a, munnnye no wɔ mo fi, na monnka nso se, “Asomdwoe nka wo.” 11 Efisɛ, obiara a ɔbekyia no asomdwoe nka no no ka bɔne a ɔyɛ no ho.
Nsɛm a etwa to
12 Mewɔ nsɛm pii ka kyerɛ mo, nanso meremfa krataa ne kyerɛwduru so nka. Na mmom, mɛba nipadua so abɛkasa akyerɛ mo, na moani agye.
13 Wo nuabea a wɔayi no no mma no kyia wo.