1I, the elder, am writing this letter.
I am sending it to the lady chosen by God and to her children. I love all of you because of the truth. I’m not the only one who loves you. So does everyone who knows the truth. 2I love you because of the truth that is alive in us. This truth will be with us forever.
3God the Father and Jesus Christ his Son will give you grace, mercy and peace. These blessings will be with us because we love the truth.
4It has given me great joy to find some of your children living by the truth. That’s just what the Father commanded us to do. 5Dear lady, I’m not writing you a new command. I’m writing a command we’ve had from the beginning. I’m asking that we love one another. 6The way we show our love is to obey God’s commands. He commands you to lead a life of love. That’s what you have heard from the beginning.
7I say this because many people have tried to fool others. These people have gone out into the world. They don’t agree that Jesus Christ came in a human body. People like this try to trick others. These people are like the great enemy of Christ. 8Watch out that you don’t lose what we have worked for. Make sure that you get your full reward. 9Suppose someone thinks they know more than we do. So they don’t follow Christ’s teaching. Then that person doesn’t belong to God. But whoever follows Christ’s teaching belongs to the Father and the Son. 10Suppose someone comes to you and doesn’t teach these truths. Then don’t take them into your house or welcome them. 11Anyone who welcomes them shares in their evil work.
12I have a lot to write to you. But I don’t want to use paper and ink. I hope I can visit you instead. Then I can talk with you face to face. That will make our joy complete.
13The children of your sister, who is chosen by God, send their greetings.
1Me, Asɔre Panyin,
Mekyerɛw kɔma Awuraa a wɔayi no ne ne mma a medɔ wɔn, nokware no nti. Ɛnyɛ me nko, na mmom, wɔn a wonim nokware no nyinaa dɔ mo, 2efisɛ nokware no te yɛn mu na ɛbɛtena yɛn mu akosi daa:
3Adom, mmɔborɔhunu ne asomdwoe mfi Agya Nyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo, Agya no Ba no nkyɛn, mmra yɛn so nokware ne ɔdɔ mu.
4Mʼani gyee sɛ mihuu sɛ mo mma no bi te nokware mu sɛnea Agya no hyɛɛ yɛn no. 5Enti mereka akyerɛ wo, Awuraa se, momma yɛnnodɔ yɛn ho. Eyi nyɛ mmara foforo a merehyɛ ama wo. Ɛyɛ mmara a wɔahyɛ ama yɛn fi mfiase. 6Saa ɔdɔ a mereka ho asɛm yi kyerɛ sɛ momma yɛntena ase na yɛnyɛ osetie mma Onyankopɔn. Mmara a mote fii mfiase no kyerɛ sɛ mo nyinaa, montena ase ɔdɔ mu.
7Nnaadaafo a wonnye nto mu no se Yesu Kristo baa ɔhonam mu no abɔ apete wiase. Saa nnaadaafo yi yɛ atorofo ne Kristo atamfo. 8Monhwɛ mo ho so yiye na moanhwere nea moayɛ ho adwuma na moanya mo akatua wɔ mu no. 9Obiara a ɔntena Kristo nkyerɛkyerɛ mu no nni Onyankopɔn. Na nea ɔtena nkyerɛkyerɛ no mu no wɔ Agya no ne Ɔba no. 10Sɛ obi ba mo nkyɛn na wamfa saa nkyerɛkyerɛ yi ammrɛ mo a, munnnye no wɔ mo fi na munnnye nʼani nso. 11Efisɛ obiara a ogye saa nipa no ka bɔne a ɔyɛ no ho.
Asɛnka A Etwa To
12Mewɔ nsɛm pii kyerɛw brɛ mo, nanso mempɛ sɛ mɛfa krataa ne kyerɛwduru so aka. Mmom, mɛba abɛsra mo na me ne mo abɛkasa na ama yɛn anigye awie pɛyɛ.
13Wo nuabea a Onyankopɔn apaw no no mma kyia wo.