2:1 My children, these things I write to you in order that ye may not sin; and if any one sin, we have a patron with the Father, Jesus Christ [the] righteous;
2:2 and *he* is the propitiation for our sins; but not for ours alone, but also for the whole world.
2:3 And hereby we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
2:4 He that says, I know him, and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;
2:5 but whoever keeps his word, in him verily the love of God is perfected. Hereby we know that we are in him.
2:6 He that says he abides in him ought, even as *he* walked, himself also [so] to walk.
2:7 Beloved, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment, which ye have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye heard.
2:8 Again, I write a new commandment to you, which thing is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light already shines.
2:9 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in the darkness until now.
2:10 He that loves his brother abides in light, and there is no occasion of stumbling in him.
2:11 But he that hates his brother is in the darkness, and walks in the darkness, and knows not where he goes, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.
2:12 I write to you, children, because [your] sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
2:13 I write to you, fathers, because ye have known him [that is] from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked [one]. I write to you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
2:14 I have written to you, fathers, because ye have known him [that is] from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and ye have overcome the wicked [one].
2:15 Love not the world, nor the things in the world. If any one love the world, the love of the Father is not in him;
2:16 because all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
2:17 And the world is passing, and its lust, but he that does the will of God abides for eternity.
2:18 Little children, it is [the] last hour, and, according as ye have heard that antichrist comes, even now there have come many antichrists, whence we know that it is [the] last hour.
2:19 They went out from among us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have surely remained with us, but that they might be made manifest that none are of us.
2:20 And *ye* have [the] unction from the holy [one], and ye know all things.
2:21 I have not written to you because ye do not know the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
2:22 Who is the liar but he who denies that Jesus is the Christ? *He* is the antichrist who denies the Father and the Son.
2:23 Whoever denies the Son has not the Father either; he who confesses the Son has the Father also.
2:24 As for *you* let that which ye have heard from the beginning abide in you: if what ye have heard from the beginning abides in you, *ye* also shall abide in the Son and in the Father.
2:25 And this is the promise which *he* has promised us, life eternal.
2:26 These things have I written to you concerning those who lead you astray:
2:27 and *yourselves*, the unction which ye have received from him abides in you, and ye have not need that any one should teach you; but as the same unction teaches you as to all things, and is true and is not a lie, and even as it has taught you, ye shall abide in him.
2:28 And now, children, abide in him, that if he be manifested we may have boldness, and not be put to shame from before him at his coming.
2:29 If ye know that he is righteous, know that every one who practises righteousness is begotten of him.