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CHAP. IV. Obligation of mutual love, we receive of him, because we knoweth God, heareth us; he keep his commandments, and do that is not of God, heareth not those things that are pleasing us. Hereby know we the spirit in his sight.

of truth, and the spirit of error. 23 And this is his command- 7 Beloved, let us love one anment; that we should believe other: for love is of God; and on the name of his Son Jesus every one that loveth is born of Christ, and love one another, as God, and knoweth God. he gave us commandment. 8 He that loveth not, knoweth

24 And he that keepeth his not God; for God is love. commandments, dwelleth in 9 In this was manifested the him, and he in him. And here- love of God toward us, because by we know that he abideth in that God sent his only-begotten us, by the Spirit which he hath Son into the world, that we giveri us.

might live through him. CHAP. IV.

10 Herein is love, not that I He warneth them not to believe all leachers, we loved God, but that he lovwho boast of the Spirit, but to try them by the rules of the catholic faith: 7 und by many

ed us, and sent his Son to be reasons exhorteth to brotherly love.

the propitiation for our sins. ELOVED, believe not ev- 11

ery spirit, but try the spirits us, we ought also to love one whether they are of God: be- | another. cause many false prophets are 12 No man hath seen God at gone out into the world.


time. If we love one an2 Hereby know ye the Spirit other, God dwelleth in us, and of God: Every spirit that con- his love is perfected in us. fesseth that Jesus Christ is come 13 Hereby know we that we in the flesh, is of God:

dwell in him, and he in us, be3 And every spirit that con- cause he hath given us of his fesseth not that Jesus Christ is Spirit. come in the flesh, is not of God. 14 And we have seen and do And this is that spirit of anti- testify, that the Father sent the christ, whereof ye have heard Son to be the Saviour of the that it should come; and even world. now already is it in the world. 15 Whosoever shall confess

4 Ye are of God, little chil- that Jesus is the Son of God, dren, and have overcome them: God dwelleth in him, and he because greater is he that is in in God. you, than he that is in the world. 16 And we have known and

5 They are of the world : believed the love that God hath therefore speak they of the to us. God is love: and he world, and the world heareth that dwelleth in love, dwelleth

in God, and God in him. 6 We are of God. He that 17 Herein is our love made


er also.

True faith overcometh the world. I. JOHN.

The witnesses of our faith. perfect, that we may have bold- 5 Who is he that overcometh ness in the day of judgment: the world, but he that believeth because as he is, so are we in that Jesus is the Son of God? this world.

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6 This is he that came by 18 There is no fear in love; water and blood, even Jesus but perfect love casteth out Christ; not by water only, but fear: because fear hath tor- by water and blood. And it is ment. He that feareth, is not the Spirit that beareth witness, made perfect in love.

because the Spirit is truth. 19 We love him, because he 7 For there are three that first loved us.

bear record in heaven, the Fa20 If a man say, I love God, ther, the Word, and the Holy and hateth his brother

, he is a Ghost: and these three are one. liar. For he that loveth not his 8 And there are three that brother, whom he hath seen, bear witness in earth, the spirit, how can he love God, whom he and the water, and the blood : hath not seen?

and these three agree in one. 21 And this commandment 9 If we receive the witness have we from him, that he of men, the witness of God is who loveth God, love his broth- greater: for this is the witness

of God which he hath testified CHAP. V.

of his Son. | He that loveth God loveth his children, and

10 He that believeth on the keepeth his commandments : 3 which to the faithful are light, and not grievous. 9 Jesus Son of God hath the witness in is the Son of God, able to save us, 14 and to himself: he that believeth not hear our prayers, which we make for ourselves, and for others.

God, hath made him a liar, beWI

HOSOEVER believeth cause he believeth not the rec

that Jesus is the Christ, ord that God gave of his Son. is born of God: and every one 11 And this is the record, that that loveth him that begat, lov- God hath given to us eternal eth him also that is begotten of life: and this life is in his Son. him.

12 He that hath the Son, hath 2 By this we know that we life; and he that hath not the love the children of God, when Son of God, hath not life. we love God, and keep his 13 These things have I writcommandments.

ten unto you that believe on the 3 For this is the love of God, name of the Son of God; that that we keep his command ye may know that ye have eterments; and his commandments nal life, and that ye may believe are not grievous.

on the name of the Son of God. 4 For whatsoever is born of 14 And this is the confidence God, overcometh the world: and that we have in him, that if this is the victory that overcom- we ask any thing according to eth the world, even our faith. his will, he heareth us :

The Christian's


confidence in prayer. 15 And if we know that he | but he that is begotten of God, hear us, whatsoever we ask, we keepeth himself, and that wickknow that we have the petitions ed one toucheth him not. that we desired of him.

19 And we know that we are 16 If any man see his broth- of God, and the whole world er sin a sin which is not unto lieth in wickedness. , ,

20 And we know that the Son give him life for them that sin of God is come, and hath given not unto death. There is a sin us an understanding, that we unto death: I do not say that may know him that is true ; and he shall pray for it.

we are in him that is true, even 17 All unrighteousness is sin: in his Son Jesus Christ. This and there is a sin not unto is the true God, and eternal death.

life. 18 We know that whosoever 21 Little children, keep youris born of God, sinneth not;

selves from idols. Amen.


I He cxhorteth a certain honourable matron,

but that which we had from with her children, to persevere in Christian the beginning, that we love one of their former profession : 10 and to have another. nothing to do with those seducers that bring 6 And this is love, that we not the true doctrine of Christ Jesus.

walk after his commandments. THE elder unto the elect This is the commandment, That,

lady, and her children, as ye have heard from the bewhom I love in the truth; and ginning, ye should walk in it. not I only, but also all they 7 For many deceivers are enthat have known the truth; tered into the world, who con

2 For the truth's sake which fess not that Jesus Christ is dwelleth in us, and shall be come in the flesh. This is a dewith us for ever.

ceiver, and an antichrist. 3 Grace be with you, mercy, 8 Look to yourselves, that we and peace from God the Fa- lose not those things which we ther, and from the Lord Jesus have wrought, but that we reChrist, the Son of the Father, ceive a full reward. in truth and love.

9 Whosoever transgresseth, 4 I rejoiced greatly, that I and abideth not in the doctrine found of thy children walking of Christ, hath not God. He in truth, as we have received a that abideth in the doctrine of commandment from the Father. Christ, he hath both the Father

5 And now I beseech thee, and the Son. lady, not as though I wrote a 10 If there come any unto new commandment unto thee, you, and bring not this doc

The hospitality of Gaius praised. III. JOHN.

Demetrius commended. trine, receive him not into your write unto you, I would not house, neither bid him God write with paper and ink: but speed :

I trust to come unto you, and 11 For he that biddeth him speak face to face, that our joy God speed, is partaker of his may be full. evil deeds.

13 The children of thy elect 12 Having many things to sister greet thee. Amen.


He commendech Gaius for his piety, 5 and

ceive such, that we might be hospitality, 7 to true preachers :" 9 com- fellow-helpers to the truth. plaining of the unkind dealing of ambitious

9 I wrote unto the church : Diotrephes on the contrary side, 11 whose evil example is not to be followed : 12 and but Diotrephes, who loveth to giveth special testimony to the good report have the pre-eminence among of Demeirius.

them, receiveth us not. THE elder unto the well

10 Wherefore, if I come, I beloved Gaius, whom I will remember his deeds which love in the truth.

he doeth, prating against us 2 Beloved, I wish above all with malicious words: and not things that thou mayest pros- content there with, neither doth per and be in health, even as he himself receive the brethren, thy soul prospereth.

and forbiddeth them that would, 3 For I rejoiced greatly, when and casteth them out of the the brethren came and testified church. of the truth that is in thee, even 11 Beloved, follow not that as thou walkest in the truth. which is evil, but that which is

4 I have no greater joy than good. He that doeth good is to hear that my children walk of God: but he that doeth evil in truth.

hath not seen God. 5 Beloved, thou doest faith- 12 Demetrius hath good refully whatsoever thou doest to port of all men, and of the the brethren, and to stran- truth itself: yea, and we also gers ;

bear record; and ye

know that 6 Which have borne witness our record is true. of thy charity before the church: 13 I had many things to write, whom if thou bring forward on but I will not with ink and pen their journey after a godly sort, write unto thee: thou shalt do well:

14 But I trust I shall shortly 7 Because that for his name's see thee, and we shall speak sake they went forth, taking face to face. Peace be to thee. nothing of the Gentiles.

Our friends salute thee. Greet 8 We therefore ought to re- l the friends by name.


4 False teachers are

7 Even as Sodom and GoHe exhorteth them to be constant in the profession of the faith.

morrah, and the cities about crept in to seduce them : for whose damnable them in like manner, giving is prepared : 20 whereas the godly, by the themselves over to fornication, assistance of the Holy Spirit, and prayers and going after strange flesh, to God, may persetere, and grow in grace, and keep themselves, and recover others out are set forth for an example, of the snares of thosc deceivers.

suffering the vengeance of eterJUDE, the servant of Jesus nal fire

Christ, and brother of James, 8 Likewise also these filthy to them that are sanctified by dreamers defile the flesh, deGod the Father, and preserved spise dominion, and speak evil in Jesus Christ, and called : of dignities. 2 Mercy unto you, and peace,

9 Yet Michael the archangel, and love, be multiplied. when contending with the devil,

3 Beloved, when I gave all he disputed about the body of diligence to write unto you of Moses, durst not bring against the common salvation, it was him a railing accusation, but needful for me to write unto said, The Lord rebuke thee. you, and exhort you that ye 10 But these speak evil of should earnestly contend for the those things which they know faith which was once delivered not : but what they know natunto the saints.

urally, as brute beasts, in those 4 For there are certain men things they corrupt themselves. crept in unawares, who were 11 Wo unto them ! for they before of old ordained to this have gone in the way of Cain, condemnation, ungodly men, and ran greedily after the error turning the grace of our God of Balaam for reward, and perinto lasciviousness, and deny- ished in the gainsaying of Core. ing the only Lord God, and our 12 These are spots in your Lord Jesus Christ.

feasts of charity, when they 5 I will therefore put you in feast with you, feeding themremembrance, though ye once selves without fear: clouds they knew this, how that the Lord, are without water, carried about having saved the people out of of winds; trees whose fruit withthe land of Egypt, afterward de- ereth, without fruit, twice dead, stroyed them that believed not. plucked up by the roots ;

6 And the angels which kept 13 Raging waves of the sea, not their first estate, but left foaming out their own shame; their own habitation, he hath wandering stars, to whom is reserved in everlasting chains reserved the blackness of darkunder darkness unto the judg-ness for ever. ment of the great day.

14 And Enoch also, the

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