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 Panin,
Meretwerɛ akɔma Awuraa a wɔayi no ne ne mma a medɔ wɔn, nokorɛ no enti. Ɛnyɛ me nko, na mmom, wɔn a wɔnim nokorɛ no nyinaa dɔ mo, 2ɛfiri sɛ, nokorɛ no te yɛn mu na ɛbɛtena yɛn mu akɔsi daa:
3Adom, mmɔborɔhunu ne asomdwoeɛ mfiri Agya Onyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo, Agya no Ba no nkyɛn, mmra yɛn so nokorɛ ne ɔdɔ mu.
4Mʼani gyee sɛ mehunuu sɛ mo mma no bi te nokorɛ mu sɛdeɛ Agya no hyɛɛ yɛn no. 5Enti, mereka akyerɛ wo, Awuraa sɛ, momma yɛnnodɔ yɛn ho. Yei nyɛ mmara foforɔ a merehyɛ ama wo. Ɛyɛ mmara a wɔahyɛ ama yɛn firi ahyɛaseɛ. 6Saa ɔdɔ a mereka ho asɛm yi kyerɛ sɛ, momma yɛntena ase na yɛnyɛ ɔsetie mma Onyankopɔn. Mmara a mote firii ahyɛaseɛ no kyerɛ sɛ mo nyinaa, montena ase ɔdɔ mu.
7Adaadaafoɔ a wɔnnnye nntom sɛ Yesu Kristo baa ɔhonam mu no abɔ apete ewiase. Saa adaadaafoɔ yi yɛ atorofoɔ ne Kristo atamfoɔ. 8Monhwɛ mo ho so yie na moanhwere deɛ moayɛ ho adwuma na moanya mo akatua wɔ mu no. 9Obiara a ɔntena Kristo nkyerɛkyerɛ mu no, ɔnni Onyankopɔn. Na deɛ ɔtena nkyerɛkyerɛ no mu no wɔ Agya no ne Ɔba no. 10Sɛ obi ba mo nkyɛn na wamfa saa nkyerɛkyerɛ yi ammrɛ mo a, monnnye no wɔ mo efie, na monnnye nʼani nso. 11Ɛfiri sɛ, obiara a ɔgye saa onipa no ka bɔne a ɔyɛ no ho.
Asɛnka A Ɛtwa Toɔ
12Mewɔ nsɛm pii ka kyerɛ mo, nanso meremfa krataa ne twerɛduro so nka. Na mmom, mɛba onipadua so abɛkasa akyerɛ mo, na mo ani agye.
13Wo nuabaa a wɔayi no no mma no kyea wo.