1The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth; 2For the truth’s sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever. 3Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
4I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father. 5And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another. 6And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it. 7For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist. 8Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward. 9Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. 10If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: 11For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.
12Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full. 13The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.
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.
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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.