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.
1我这做长老的写信给蒙拣选的女士1:1 学者一般认为“蒙拣选的女士”是指教会。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。