To the lady chosen by God and to her children, whom I love in the truth—and not I only, but also all who know the truth— 2because of the truth, which lives in us and will be with us forever:
3Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father’s Son, will be with us in truth and love.
4It has given me great joy to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as the Father commanded us. 5And now, dear lady, I am not writing you a new command but one we have had from the beginning. I ask that we love one another. 6And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love.
7I say this because many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8Watch out that you do not lose what we1:8 Some manuscripts you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. 9Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. 10If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take them into your house or welcome them. 11Anyone who welcomes them shares in their wicked work.
12I have much to write to you, but I do not want to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be 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.