1 Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and we are. For this cause the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. 2 Beloved, now are we children of God, and it is not yet manifested what we shall be. We know that, if he shall be manifested, we shall be like him; for we shall see him even as he is. 3 And every one that hath this :hope on him purifieth himself, even as HE is pure. 4 Every one that doeth :sin doeth also :lawlessness; and :sin is :lawlessness. 5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away :sins; and in him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: Every one that doeth sin hath not seen him, neither hath known him. 7 Little children, let no one lead you astray: who doeth :righteousness is righteous, even as HE is righteous: 8 who doeth :sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. To this end was the Son of :God manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Every one born of :God doeth no sin, because his seed abideth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is begotten of :God. 10 In this the children of :God are manifest, and the children of the :devil: Every one that doeth not righteousness is not of :God, neither he that loveth not his :brother. 11 Because this is the message which ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another: 12 not as Cain was of the evil one, and slew his :brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his :works were evil, and his :brother’s righteous.
13 Marvel not, brethren, if the world hateth you. 14 WE know that we have passed out of :death into :life, because we love the brethren. Who loveth not abideth in :death. 15 Whosoever hateth his :brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. 16 Hereby know we :love, because HE laid down his :life for us: and we ought to lay down our :lives for the brethren. 17 But whoso hath the †goods of the world, and beholdeth his :brother in need, and shutteth up his :compassion from him, how doth the love of :God abide in him? 18 Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth. 19 Hereby shall we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our :heart before him: 20 because if our :heart condemn us, :God is greater than our :heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if the heart condemn not, we have boldness toward :God; 22 and whatever we ask we receive of him, because we keep his :commandments and do the things pleasing in his sight. 23 And this is his :commandment, that we should believe on the name of his :Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, even as he gave us commandment. 24 And who keepeth his :commandments abideth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit whom he gave us.