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 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.