1The Word, which gives life!
He existed from the beginning.
We have heard him,
we have seen him with our eyes,
we have contemplated him,
we have touched him with our hands!
2The life appeared,
and we have seen it.
We are testifying to it
and announcing it to you —
He was with the Father,
and he appeared to us.
3What we have seen and heard,
we are proclaiming to you;
so that you too
may have fellowship with us.
Our fellowship is with the Father
and with his Son, Yeshua the Messiah.
4We are writing these things
so that our joy may be complete.
5And this is the message which we have heard from him and proclaim to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him — none!
6If we claim to have fellowship with him while we are walking in the darkness, we are lying and not living out the truth. 7But if we are walking in the light, as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of his Son Yeshua purifies us from all sin.
8If we claim not to have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we acknowledge our sins, then, since he is trustworthy and just, he will forgive them and purify us from all wrongdoing.
10If we claim we have not been sinning, we are making him out to be a liar, and his Word is not in us.