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13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I am writing to you, young men, because you have conquered the evil one.(A)

14 I write to you, children, because you know the Father.

I write to you, fathers, because you know him who is from the beginning.

I write to you, young men, because you are strong and the word of God remains in you, and you have conquered the evil one.

15 Do not love the world or the things of the world.[a] If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 2:15 The world: all that is hostile toward God and alienated from him. Love of the world and love of God are thus mutually exclusive; cf. Jas 4:4.

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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