1That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we did behold, and our hands did handle, concerning the Word of the Life —
2and the Life was manifested, and we have seen, and do testify, and declare to you the Life, the age-during, which was with the Father, and was manifested to us —
3that which we have seen and heard declare we to you, that ye also may have fellowship with us, and our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ;
4and these things we write to you, that your joy may be full.
5And this is the message that we have heard from Him, and announce to you, that God is light, and darkness in Him is not at all;
6if we may say — ‘we have fellowship with Him,’ and in the darkness may walk — we lie, and do not the truth;
7and if in the light we may walk, as He is in the light — we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son doth cleanse us from every sin;
8if we may say — ‘we have not sin,’ ourselves we lead astray, and the truth is not in us;
9if we may confess our sins, stedfast He is and righteous that He may forgive us the sins, and may cleanse us from every unrighteousness;
10if we may say — ‘we have not sinned,’ a liar we make Him, and His word is not in us.