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 Panin,
Meretwerɛ akɔma Awuraa a wɔayi no ne ne mma a medɔ wɔn, nokorɛ no enti. Ɛnyɛ me nko, na mmom, wɔn a wɔnim nokorɛ no nyinaa dɔ mo, 2ɛfiri sɛ, nokorɛ no te yɛn mu na ɛbɛtena yɛn mu akɔsi daa:
3Adom, mmɔborɔhunu ne asomdwoeɛ mfiri Agya Onyankopɔn ne Awurade Yesu Kristo, Agya no Ba no nkyɛn, mmra yɛn so nokorɛ ne ɔdɔ mu.
4Mʼani gyee sɛ mehunuu sɛ mo mma no bi te nokorɛ mu sɛdeɛ Agya no hyɛɛ yɛn no. 5Enti, mereka akyerɛ wo, Awuraa sɛ, momma yɛnnodɔ yɛn ho. Yei nyɛ mmara foforɔ a merehyɛ ama wo. Ɛyɛ mmara a wɔahyɛ ama yɛn firi ahyɛaseɛ. 6Saa ɔdɔ a mereka ho asɛm yi kyerɛ sɛ, momma yɛntena ase na yɛnyɛ ɔsetie mma Onyankopɔn. Mmara a mote firii ahyɛaseɛ no kyerɛ sɛ mo nyinaa, montena ase ɔdɔ mu.
7Adaadaafoɔ a wɔnnnye nntom sɛ Yesu Kristo baa ɔhonam mu no abɔ apete ewiase. Saa adaadaafoɔ yi yɛ atorofoɔ ne Kristo atamfoɔ. 8Monhwɛ mo ho so yie na moanhwere deɛ moayɛ ho adwuma na moanya mo akatua wɔ mu no. 9Obiara a ɔntena Kristo nkyerɛkyerɛ mu no, ɔnni Onyankopɔn. Na deɛ ɔtena nkyerɛkyerɛ no mu no wɔ Agya no ne Ɔba no. 10Sɛ obi ba mo nkyɛn na wamfa saa nkyerɛkyerɛ yi ammrɛ mo a, monnnye no wɔ mo efie, na monnnye nʼani nso. 11Ɛfiri sɛ, obiara a ɔgye saa onipa no ka bɔne a ɔyɛ no ho.
Asɛnka A Ɛtwa Toɔ
12Mewɔ nsɛm pii ka kyerɛ mo, nanso meremfa krataa ne twerɛduro so nka. Na mmom, mɛba onipadua so abɛkasa akyerɛ mo, na mo ani agye.
13Wo nuabaa a wɔayi no no mma no kyea wo.