(A)Beloved, I am (B)not writing a new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had (C)from the beginning; the old commandment is the word which you have heard. [a]On the other hand, I am writing (D)a new commandment to you, which is true in Him and in you, because (E)the darkness is passing away and (F)the true Light is already shining. The one who says he is in the Light and yet (G)hates his (H)brother is in the darkness until now. 10 (I)The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But the one who (J)hates his brother is in the darkness and (K)walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has (L)blinded his eyes.

12 I am writing to you, (M)little children, because (N)your sins have been forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him (O)who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because (P)you have overcome (Q)the evil one. I have written to you, children, because (R)you know the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him (S)who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are (T)strong, and the (U)word of God abides in you, and (V)you have overcome the evil one.

Do Not Love the World

15 Do not love (W)the world nor the things in the world. (X)If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, (Y)the lust of the flesh and (Z)the lust of the eyes and (AA)the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17 (AB)The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who (AC)does the will of God lives forever.

18 Children, (AD)it is the last hour; and just as you heard that (AE)antichrist is coming, (AF)even now many antichrists have appeared; from this we know that it is the last hour. 19 (AG)They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, (AH)so that [b]it would be shown that they all are not of us. 20 [c]But you have an (AI)anointing from (AJ)the Holy One, and (AK)you all know. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but (AL)because you do know it, and [d]because no lie is (AM)of the truth. 22 Who is the liar but (AN)the one who denies that Jesus is the [e]Christ? This is (AO)the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son. 23 (AP)Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father; the one who confesses the Son has the Father also. 24 As for you, let that abide in you which you heard (AQ)from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also (AR)will abide in the Son and in the Father.

The Promise Is Eternal Life

25 (AS)This is the promise which He Himself [f]made to us: eternal life.

26 These things I have written to you concerning those who are trying to (AT)deceive you. 27 As for you, the (AU)anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing (AV)teaches you about all things, and is (AW)true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, [g]you abide in Him.

28 Now, (AX)little children, abide in Him, so that when He (AY)appears, we may have (AZ)confidence and (BA)not [h]shrink away from Him in shame [i]at His (BB)coming. 29 If you know that (BC)He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness (BD)is [j]born of Him.

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Footnotes

  1. 1 John 2:8 Lit Again
  2. 1 John 2:19 Lit they would be revealed
  3. 1 John 2:20 Lit And
  4. 1 John 2:21 Or know that
  5. 1 John 2:22 I.e. Messiah
  6. 1 John 2:25 Lit promised us
  7. 1 John 2:27 Or abide in Him; Gr command
  8. 1 John 2:28 Lit be put to shame from Him
  9. 1 John 2:28 Or in His presence
  10. 1 John 2:29 Or begotten

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