12 I write to you, dear children [2:1], because your sins are forgiven ·through Christ [L on account of his name; C the name represents the person]. 13 I write to you, fathers [C probably senior members of the congregation], ·because [or that] you know the One who existed from the beginning [C Christ; John 1:1]. I write to you, young people, ·because [or that] you have ·defeated [conquered; overcome] the Evil One. 14 I ·write [or have written] to you, children, ·because [or that] you ·know [have come to know] the Father. I ·write [or have written] to you, fathers, ·because [or that] you ·know [have come to know] the One who existed from the beginning [2:13]. I ·write [or have written] to you, young people, ·because [or that] you are strong; the ·teaching [L word] of God ·lives [abides; remains] in you, and you have ·defeated [conquered; overcome] the Evil One.
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