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.
11 a 3Yk 1 b Bar 16:13 c Yk 8:32Nze omukadde mpandiikira omukyala omulonde awamu n’abaana be, be njagalira ddala mu mazima, si nze mbaagala nzekka, wabula n’abo bonna abategeera amazima. 22 a 2Pe 1:12 b 1Yk 1:8Amazima ago gabeera mu ffe, era gajjanga kubeera mu ffe emirembe gyonna.
33 Bar 1:7Ekisa, n’okusaasira n’emirembe ebiva eri Katonda Kitaffe ne Yesu Kristo Omwana wa Kitaffe bijjanga kubeera naffe mu mazima ne mu kwagala.
44 3Yk 3, 4Nnasanyuka nnyo, bwe nnasanga abamu ku baana bo nga batambulira mu mazima nga bwe twalagirwa Kitaffe. 55 1Yk 2:7; 3:11Naye nnyabo kaakano nkusaba nga siri ng’akuwa ekiragiro ekiggya, naye nkujjukiza ekiragiro ekyo Katonda kye yatuwa okuva ku lubereberye nti, “Twagalanenga.” 66 1Yk 2:5Era kuno kwe kwagalana nti tugonderenga ebiragiro bya Katonda. Kubanga okuva ku lubereberye twategeezebwa nga bwe tuteekwa okutambula.
77 a 1Yk 2:22; 4:2, 3 b 1Yk 4:1 c 1Yk 2:18Mwekuume, abalimba bangi mu nsi abatakkiriza nti Yesu yayambala omubiri. Buli muntu ayogera bw’atyo mulimba era mulabe wa Kristo. 88 1Ko 3:8Mwekuume, muleme okufiirwa kye twakolerera, wabula mukikuume kubanga mulifuna empeera yammwe yonna. 99 1Yk 2:23Buli asukka ku ebyo Kristo by’ayigiriza n’atabinywereramu, talina Katonda; naye oyo anywerera mu kuyigiriza okwo alina Kitaffe n’Omwana. 1010 Bar 16:17Omuntu yenna bw’ajja gye muli, n’atayigiriza bw’atyo, temumwanirizanga mu nnyumba yammwe, n’okulamusa temumulamusanga. 1111 1Ti 5:22Kubanga buli amusembeza aba yeenyigidde mu bikolwa ebyo ebibi.
1212 3Yk 13, 14Mbadde na bingi eby’okubawandiikira, kyokka saagala byonna kubibawandiikira buwandiikizi, wabula nsuubira okubakyalira tulyoke twogeraganye nga tulabagana amaaso n’amaaso, essanyu lyaffe liryoke lituukirire.
1313 nny 1Abaana ba mwannyoko omulonde bakulamusizza.