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1 John 2:1-29

1My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

Love and Hatred for Fellow Believers

3We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. 4Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. 5But if anyone obeys his word, love for God2:5 Or word, God’s love is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

7Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard. 8Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

9Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister2:9 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in verse 11; and in 3:15, 17; 4:20; 5:16. is still in the darkness. 10Anyone who loves their brother and sister2:10 The Greek word for brother and sister (adelphos) refers here to a believer, whether man or woman, as part of God’s family; also in 3:10; 4:20, 21. lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble. 11But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

Reasons for Writing

12I am writing to you, dear children,

because your sins have been forgiven on account of his name.

13I am writing to you, fathers,

because you know him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men,

because you have overcome the evil one.

14I write to you, dear children,

because you know the Father.

I write to you, fathers,

because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men,

because you are strong,

and the word of God lives in you,

and you have overcome the evil one.

On Not Loving the World

15Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father2:15 Or world, the Father’s love is not in them. 16For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 17The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.

Warnings Against Denying the Son

18Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. 19They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.

20But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.2:20 Some manuscripts and you know all things 21I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. 22Who is the liar? It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. 23No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also.

24As for you, see that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. 25And this is what he promised us—eternal life.

26I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray. 27As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit—just as it has taught you, remain in him.

God’s Children and Sin

28And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

29If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Yohane 2:1-29

Kristo, Yɛn Boafoɔ

1Me mma, meretwerɛ yei abrɛ mo na moanyɛ bɔne; na sɛ obi yɛ bɔne a, yɛwɔ Yesu Kristo ɔteneneeni no a ɔsrɛ wɔ Agya no hɔ ma yɛn. 2Na Kristo no ankasa ne yɛn bɔne ho mpata na ɛnyɛ yɛn bɔne nko, na nnipa nyinaa bɔne.

3Sɛ yɛdi Onyankopɔn mmara so a, na ɛkyerɛ sɛ yɛnim no. 4Sɛ obi ka sɛ, “Menim no”, nanso ɔnni ne mmara so a, saa onipa no yɛ ɔtorofoɔ a nokorɛ nni ne mu. 5Na obiara a ɔtie nʼAsɛm no yɛ obi a nokorɛm, ne dɔ a ɔde dɔ Onyankopɔn no wie pɛ yɛ. Yei na ɛma yɛgye to mu sɛ yɛte ne mu. 6Na sɛ yɛte ne mu deɛ a, na ɛsɛ sɛ yɛdi Yesu Kristo anammɔn akyi.

Mmara Foforɔ

7Anuanom, saa mmara a meretwerɛ abrɛ mo yi nyɛ asɛm foforɔ. Ɛyɛ mmara dada a moate firi ahyɛaseɛ pɛɛ no. Mmara dada no yɛ adeɛ a moate ho asɛm dada. 8Nanso, mmara a meretwerɛ abrɛ mo yi yɛ foforɔ na emu nokorɛ no da adi wɔ Kristo ne mo mu. Esum no retwam na hann papa no gu so rehyerɛn.

9Obiara a ɔka sɛ ɔwɔ hann no mu, nanso ɔtane ne nua no wɔ sum mu bɛsi saa dɔnhwereɛ yi mu. 10Obiara a ɔdɔ ne nua no te hann mu, enti biribiara nni ne mu a ɛbɛma obi foforɔ ayɛ bɔne. 11Nanso, obiara a ɔtane ne nua no te sum mu. Ɔnam mu a ɔnnim faako a ɔrekɔ, ɛfiri sɛ, esum no afira nʼani.

12Me mma, meretwerɛ mo,

ɛfiri sɛ, ɛsiane Kristo din enti, wɔde mo bɔne akyɛ mo.

13Agyanom, meretwerɛ mo,

ɛfiri sɛ, monim deɛ ɔte ase firi ahyɛaseɛ no.

Mmabunu, meretwerɛ mo,

ɛfiri sɛ, moadi ɔbonsam so.

14Mma, meretwerɛ mo,

ɛfiri sɛ, monim Agya no.

Agyanom, meretwerɛ mo,

ɛfiri sɛ, monim deɛ ɔte ase firi ahyɛaseɛ no.

Mmabunu, meretwerɛ mo,

ɛfiri sɛ, mowɔ ahoɔden,

na Onyankopɔn asɛm no te mo mu,

na moadi ɔbonsam so.

15Monnnɔ ewiase anaasɛ biribiara a ɛyɛ ewiase dea. Sɛ modɔ ewiase a, na ɛkyerɛ sɛ monnnɔ Agya a ɔwɔ mo mu no. 16Biribiara a ɛyɛ ewiase dea, honam akɔnnɔ, deɛ nnipa hunu na wɔn kɔn dɔ, biribiara a ɛwɔ ewiase a nnipa hoahoa wɔn ho wɔ ho no, emu biara mfiri Agya no. Ne nyinaa firi ewiase. 17Ewiase ne mu akɔnnɔdeɛ retwam, nanso deɛ ɔyɛ Onyankopɔn apɛdeɛ no tena hɔ daa.

Kristo Atamfoɔ

18Me mma, awieeɛ no abɛn. Wɔka kyerɛɛ mo sɛ Kristo Tamfoɔ no bɛba, nanso seesei, Kristo atamfoɔ bebree ada wɔn ho adi, enti yɛahunu sɛ ampa awieeɛ no abɛn. 19Nokorɛm, na saa nnipa yi nka yɛn ho na ɛno enti na wɔgyaa yɛn hɔ no. Na sɛ wɔka yɛn ho a, anka wɔne yɛn tenaeɛ. Nanso, wɔgyaa yɛn hɔ, sɛdeɛ wobɛhunu no pefee sɛ wɔnka yɛn ho.

20Mo deɛ, Kristo ahwie Honhom Kronkron no agu mo so, enti mo nyinaa nim nokorɛ no. 21Ɛnyɛ sɛ monnim nokorɛ no enti na matwerɛ saa krataa yi, na mmom, monim na monim nso sɛ, atorɔ biara mfiri nokorɛ mu mma. 22Afei, hwan ne ɔtorofoɔ? Ɛyɛ obi a ɔka sɛ Yesu nyɛ Kristo no. Yei ne Kristo ɔtamfoɔ. Ɔpo Agya no ne Ɔba no nyinaa. 23Na deɛ ɔpo Ɔba no po Agya no; deɛ ɔgye Ɔba no gye Agya no nso.

24Mommɔ mmɔden mfa asɛm a motee ahyɛaseɛ no nsie mo akoma mu. Sɛ mode asɛm a motee ahyɛaseɛ no sie a, mo ne Ɔba no ne Agya no bɛnya ayɔnkofa. 25Na yei na Kristo no ankasa ahyɛ yɛn ho bɔ no, nkwa a ɛnni awieeɛ no.

26Metwerɛ mo fa wɔn a wɔpɛ sɛ wɔdaadaa mo ho. 27Na mo deɛ, Kristo ahwie ne Honhom Kronkron no agu mo so. Mmerɛ dodoɔ a ne Honhom no te mo mu no, ɛho nhia sɛ obi foforɔ bɛkyerɛkyerɛ mo. Ɛfiri sɛ, ne Honhom no kyerɛkyerɛ mo biribiara. Na deɛ ɔkyerɛ no nso yɛ nokorɛ; ɛnyɛ atorɔ. Montie Kristo nkyerɛkyerɛ no na montena ne mu.

28Me mma, montena ne mu sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a, sɛ ɔba a, yɛbɛnya akokoɔduru na yɛmfa aniwuo nkɔ hinta da a ɔbɛba no.

29Monim sɛ Kristo yɛ ɔteneneeni. Na ɛsɛ sɛ mohunu sɛ obiara a ɔyɛ ade tenenee no yɛ Onyankopɔn ba.