1The elderunto the electladyandherchildren, whomIloveinthe truth; andnotIonly, butalsoallthey that have knownthe truth; 2Forthe truth’s sake, whichdwellethinus, andshall bewithusforever. 3Gracebewithyou, mercy, and peace, fromGodthe Father, andfromthe LordJesusChrist, the Sonof the Father, intruthandlove.
4I rejoicedgreatlythatI foundofthychildrenwalkingintruth, aswe have receiveda commandmentfromthe Father. 5AndnowI beseechthee, lady, notasthough I wrotea newcommandmentunto thee, butthatwhichwe hadfromthe beginning, thatwe loveone another. 6Andthisislove, thatwe walkafterhiscommandments. Thisisthe commandment, That, asye have heardfromthe beginning, ye should walkinit. 7Formanydeceiversare enteredintothe world, who confessnotthat JesusChristis comeinthe flesh. Thisisa deceiverandan antichrist.
8Lookto yourselves, thatwe losenotthose things whichwe have wrought, but that we receiveafullreward. 9Whosoevertransgresseth, andabidethnotinthe doctrineof Christ, hathnotGod. He that abidethinthe doctrineof Christ, hehathboththe Fatherandthe Son. 10Ifthere comeanyuntoyou, andbringnotthisdoctrine, receivehimnotinto your house, neitherbidhimGod speed: 11Forhe that biddethhimGod speedis partakerofhisevildeeds.
12Havingmanythings to writeunto you, I wouldnot write withpaperandink: butI trustto comeuntoyou, andspeakfacetoface, thatourjoymay befull. 13The childrenofthyelectsistergreetthee. Amen.