1My little children, I write this to you, so that you do not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Intercessor with the Father, יהושע Messiah, a righteous One.
2And He Himself is an atoning offering for our sins, and not for ours only but also for all the world.
3And by this we know that we know Him, if we guard His commands.#See 3:6.
4The one who says, “I know Him,” and does not guard His commands, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5But whoever guards His Word, truly the love of Elohim has been perfected#Gen. 17:1, Ps. 119:1, Mt. 5:48. in him. By this we know that we are in Him.#See 3:24.
6The one who says he stays in Him ought himself also to walk, even as He walked.
7Beloved, I write no fresh command to you, but an old command which you have had from the beginning. The old command is the Word which you heard from the beginning.#See v. 24.
8Again I write you a fresh command, which is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light now shines.
9The one who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in the darkness until now.
10The one who loves his brother stays in the light, and there is no stumbling-block in him.
11But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
12I write to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven on account of His Name.
13I write to you, fathers, because you have known Him from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, because you have known the Father.
14I wrote to you, fathers, because you have known Him from the beginning. I wrote to you, young men, because you are strong, and the Word of Elohim stays in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.
15Do not love the world nor that which is in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.#Jm. 4:4.
16Because all that is in the world – the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life – is not of the Father but is of the world.
17And the world passes away, and the lust of it, but the one doing the desire of Elohim remains forever.
18Little children, it is the last hour. And as you have heard that the anti-messiah is coming, even now many anti-messiahs have come. This is how we know that it is the last hour.
19They went out from us, but they were not of us, for if they had been of us, they would have stayed with us – but in order that it might be made manifest that none of them were of us.
20And you have an anointing from the Set-apart One, and you know all.
21I did not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and because no falsehood is of the truth.
22Who is the liar, except the one denying that יהושע is the Messiah? This is the anti-messiah, the one denying the Father and the Son.
23No one denying the Son has the Father. The one confessing the Son has the Father as well.
24As for you, let that stay in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning stays in you, you also shall stay in the Son and in the Father.
25And this is the promise that He has promised us: everlasting life.
26I have written this to you concerning those who lead you astray.
27But the anointing which you have received from Him stays in you, and you have no need that anyone should teach you. But as the same anointing does teach you concerning all, and is true, and is no falsehood, and even as it has taught you, you stay in Him.
28And now, little children, stay in Him, so that when He appears, we might have boldness and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.
29If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone doing righteousness has been born of Him.#See 3:7-10, 5:4, 5:18.