13 I am writing to you, fathers,
because you have come to know
the One who is from the beginning.(A)
I am writing to you, young men,
because you have had victory over the evil one.(B)
14 I have written to you, children,
because you have come to know the Father.
I have written to you, fathers,
because you have come to know
the One who is from the beginning.
I have written to you, young men,
because you are strong,
God’s word(C) remains in you,
and you have had victory over the evil one.

A Warning about the World

15 Do not love the world(D) or the things that belong to[a] the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 2:15 Lit things in

13 I am writing to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.(A)
I am writing to you, young men,
    because you have overcome(B) the evil one.(C)

14 I write to you, dear children,(D)
    because you know the Father.
I write to you, fathers,
    because you know him who is from the beginning.(E)
I write to you, young men,
    because you are strong,(F)
    and the word of God(G) lives in you,(H)
    and you have overcome the evil one.(I)

On Not Loving the World

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world.(J) If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them.(K)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 2:15 Or world, the Father’s love

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