1Ndine mkulu wampingo, kulembera:
Mayi wosankhidwa ndi Mulungu ndi kwa ana ake amene ndimawakonda mʼchoonadi. Ndipo sindine ndekha amene ndimawakonda, komanso onse odziwa choonadi. 2Timakukondani chifukwa cha choonadi chimene chimakhala mwa ife ndipo chidzakhala mwa ife mpaka muyaya.
3Chisomo, chifundo ndi mtendere zochokera kwa Mulungu Atate ndi kwa Yesu Khristu, Mwana wa Atate, zikhale ndi ife mʼchoonadi ndi mʼchikondi.
Choonadi ndi Chikondi
4Ndinakondwera kwambiri nditapeza ana anu ena akuyenda mʼchoonadi, monga Atate anatilamulira. 5Ndipo tsopano, amayi wokondedwa, sindikukulemberani lamulo latsopano koma lomwe lija takhala nalo kuyambira pachiyambi. Ine ndikukupemphani kuti tidzikondana wina ndi mnzake. 6Ndipo chikondi ndiye kuyenda momvera malamulo ake. Lamulo lake ndi lakuti mukhale moyo wachikondi monga munamva kuyambira pachiyambi.
7Ndikunena zimenezi chifukwa anthu ambiri onyenga, amene savomereza kuti Yesu Khristu anabwera monga munthu, akuyenda mʼdziko lapansi. Munthu aliyense otere ndi wonyenga ndiponso wokana Khristu. 8Chenjerani kuti mungataye chimene mwagwirira ntchito, koma chitani khama kuti mukalandire mphotho yanu yonse. 9Aliyense amene sasunga chiphunzitso cha Khristu, alibe Mulungu. Koma amene amasunga chiphunzitsochi, ameneyo alinso ndi Atate ndi Mwana. 10Ngati wina aliyense abwera kwa inu osaphunzitsa zimenezi, musamulandire mʼnyumba mwanu kapena kumupatsa moni. 11Aliyense wolandira munthu wotere ndiye kuti akuvomerezana nazo ntchito zake zoyipa.
12Ndili nazo zambiri zoti ndikulembereni, koma sindikufuna kuzilemba mʼkalata. Mʼmalo mwake, ndikuyembekeza kufika kwanuko kuti tidzakambirane nanu pamaso ndi pamaso, potero chimwemwe chathu chidzakhala chathunthu.
13Ana a mlongo wanu wosankhidwa ndi Mulungu akupereka moni.
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.