THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF
1:1: That which was from the beginning, which we
have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked
upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
1:2: (For the life was manifested, and we have seen
it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which
was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
1:3: That which we have seen and heard declare we
unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly
our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
1:4: And these things write we unto you, that your
joy may be full.
1:5: This then is the message which we have heard
of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is
no darkness at all.
1:6: If we say that we have fellowship with him,
and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
1:7: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the
light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus
Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
1:8: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves,
and the truth is not in us.
1:9: If we confess our sins, he is faithful and
just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1:10: If we say that we have not sinned, we make
him a liar, and his word is not in us.
2:1: My little children, these things write I unto
you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate
with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2:2: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and
not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
2:3: And hereby we do know that we know him, if
we keep his commandments.
2:4: He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not
his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
2:5: But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is
the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
2:6: He that saith he abideth in him ought himself
also so to walk, even as he walked.
2:7: Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you,
but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old
commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.
2:8: Again, a new commandment I write unto you,
which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is
past, and the true light now shineth.
2:9: He that saith he is in the light, and hateth
his brother, is in darkness even until now.
2:10: He that loveth his brother abideth in the
light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him.
2:11: But he that hateth his brother is in darkness,
and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because
that darkness hath blinded his eyes.
2:12: I write unto you, little children, because
your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
2:13: I write unto you, fathers, because ye have
known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young
men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you,
little children, because ye have known the Father.
2:14: I have written unto you, fathers, because
ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto
you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth
in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.
2:15: Love not the world, neither the things that
are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father
is not in him.
2:16: For 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 passeth away, and the lust thereof:
but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
2:18: Little children, it is the last time: and
as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there
many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
2:19: They went out from us, but they were not of
us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued
with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that
they were not all of us.
2:20: But ye have an unction from the Holy One,
and ye know all things.
2:21: I have not written unto you because ye know
not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the
2:22: Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus
is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the
2:23: Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not
the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father
2:24: Let that therefore abide in you, which ye
have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from
the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the
Son, and in the Father.
2:25: And this is the promise that he hath promised
us, even eternal life.
2:26: These things have I written unto you concerning
them that seduce you.
2:27: But the anointing which ye have received of
him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but
as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth,
and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide
2:28: And now, little children, abide in him; that,
when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed
before him at his coming.
2:29: If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that
every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
3:1: Behold, what manner of love the Father hath
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore
the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
3:2: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it
doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he
shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he
3:3: And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth
himself, even as he is pure.
3:4: Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also
the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
3:5: And ye know that he was manifested to take
away our sins; and in him is no sin.
3:6: Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever
sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
3:7: Little children, let no man deceive you: he
that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
3:8: He that committeth sin is of the devil; for
the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son
of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the
3:9: Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin;
for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is
born of God.
3:10: In this the children of God are manifest,
and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness
is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
3:11: For this is the message that ye heard from
the beginning, that we should love one another.
3:12: Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and
slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works
were evil, and his brother's righteous.
3:13: Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate
3:14: We know that we have passed from death unto
life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother
abideth in death.
3:15: Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer:
and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
3:16: Hereby perceive we the love of God, because
he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives
for the brethren.
3:17: But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth
his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion
from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
3:18: My little children, let us not love in word,
neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
3:19: And hereby we know that we are of the truth,
and shall assure our hearts before him.
3:20: For if our heart condemn us, God is greater
than our heart, and knoweth all things.
3:21: Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then
have we confidence toward God.
3:22: And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him,
because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are
pleasing in his sight.
3:23: And this is his commandment, That we should
believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another,
as he gave us commandment.
3:24: And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth
in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us,
by the Spirit which he hath given us.
4:1: Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try
the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets
are gone out into the world.
4:2: Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit
that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
4:3: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus
Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit
of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and
even now already is it in the world.
4:4: Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome
them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in
4:5: They are of the world: therefore speak they
of the world, and the world heareth them.
4:6: We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth
us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit
of truth, and the spirit of error.
4:7: Beloved, let us love one another: for love
is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth
4:8: He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God
4:9: In this was manifested the love of God toward
us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world,
that we might live through him.
4:10: Herein is love, not that we loved God, but
that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for
4:11: Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also
to love one another.
4:12: No man hath seen God at any time. If we love
one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in
4:13: Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he
in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
4:14: And we have seen and do testify that the Father
sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
4:15: Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the
Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.
4:16: And we have known and believed the love that
God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth
in God, and God in him.
4:17: Herein is our love made perfect, that we may
have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are
we in this world.
4:18: There is no fear in love; but perfect love
casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is
not made perfect in love.
4:19: We love him, because he first loved us.
4:20: If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother,
he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath
seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?
4:21: And this commandment have we from him, That
he who loveth God love his brother also.
5:1: Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ
is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth
him also that is begotten of him.
5:2: By this we know that we love the children of
God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
5:3: For this is the love of God, that we keep his
commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.
5:4: For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the
world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even
5:5: Who is he that overcometh the world, but he
that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
5:6: This is he that came by water and blood, even
Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it
is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth.
5:7: For there are three that bear record in heaven,
the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are
5:8: And there are three that bear witness in earth,
the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree
5:9: If we receive the witness of men, the witness
of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath
testified of his Son.
5:10: He that believeth on the Son of God hath the
witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a
liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his
5:11: And this is the record, that God hath given
to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.
5:12: He that hath the Son hath life; and he that
hath not the Son of God hath not life.
5:13: These things have I written unto you that
believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye
have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the
Son of God.
5:14: And this is the confidence that we have in
him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth
5:15: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever
we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of
5:16: If any man see his brother sin a sin which
is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for
them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do
not say that he shall pray for it.
5:17: All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a
sin not unto death.
5:18: We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth
not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that
wicked one toucheth him not.
5:19: And we know that we are of God, and the whole
world lieth in wickedness.
5:20: And we know that the Son of God is come, and
hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true,
and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ.
This is the true God, and eternal life.
5:21: Little children, keep yourselves from idols.