12 I am writing to you, little children,
    because (A)your sins are forgiven for his name's sake.
13 I am writing to you, fathers,
    because you know (B)him who is from the beginning.
I am writing to you, young men,
    because (C)you have overcome the evil one.
I write to you, children,
    because (D)you know the Father.
14 I write to you, fathers,
    because you know (E)him who is from the beginning.
I write to you, young men,
    because (F)you are strong,
    and the word of God abides in you,
    and you have overcome the evil one.

Do Not Love the World

15 (G)Do not love the world or the things in the world. (H)If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—(I)the desires of the flesh and (J)the desires of the eyes and pride of life[a]—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And (K)the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 2:16 Or pride in possessions

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