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God's great love to mankind. I JOHN,

The nature, extent, and, shall appear, we may have con- manifested, that he might defidence, and not be ashamed stroy the works of the devil. before him at his coming.

9 Whosoever is born of God 29 If ye know that he is doth not commit sin; for his righteous, ye know that every seed remaineth in him: and he one which doeth righteousness cannot sin, because he is born is born of him.

of God. CHAP. III.

10 In this the children of God's singular love to us. God are manifest, and the childEHOLD, what manner of ren of the devil: whosoever

love the Father hath be- doeth not righteousness, is not stowed upon us, that we should of God, neither he that loveth be called the sons of God! not his brother. therefore the world knoweth us 11 For this is the message not, because it knew him not. that ye heard from the begin

2 Beloved, now are we the ning, that we should love one sons of God; and it doth not another. yet appear what we shall be: but 12 Not as Cain, who was of we know that, when he shall that wicked one, and slew his appear, we shall be like him; brother. And wherefore slew for we shall see him as he is. he him? Because his own works

3 And every man that hath were evil, and his brother's this hope in him, purifieth him- righteous. self even as he is pure.

13 Marvel not, my brethren, 4 Whosoever committeth sin if the world hate

you. transgresseth also the law : for 14 We know that we have sin is the transgression of the passed from death unto life, law.

because we love the brethren. 5 And ye know that he was He that loveth not his brother, manifested to take away our abideth in death. sias; and in him is no sin. 15 Whosoever hateth his bro6 Whosoever abideth in him ther is a murderer: and


know sinneth not: whosoever sinneth, that no murderer hath eternal hath not seen him, neither life abiding in him. known him.

• 16 Hereby perceive we the 7 Little children, let no man love of God, because he laid deceive you; he that doeth right-down his life for us : and we eousness, is righteous even as he ought to lay down our lives for is righteous.

the brethren. 8 He that committeth sin, is 17 But whoso hath this of the devil; for the devil sinneth world's good,, and seeth his from the beginning. For this brother hath need, and shutteth purpose the Son of God was up his bowels of compassion


benefit of brotherly love.

How to try the spirits. from him, how dwelleth the come in the flesh, is not of God: love of God in him?

and this is that spirit of anti18 My little children, let us christ, whereof ye have heard not love in word, neither in that it should come, and even tongue; but in deed and in truth. now already is it in the world.

19 And hereby we know that 4 Ye are of God, little childwe are of the truth, and shall ren, and have overcome them : assure our hearts before him. because greater is he that is in

20 For if our heart condemn you, than he that is in the world. us, God is greater than our 5 They are of the world: thereheart, and knoweth all things. fore speak they of the world,

21 Beloved, if our heart con- and the world heareth them. demn us not, then have we 6 We are of God: he that confidence towards God:

knoweth God, heareth us; he 22 And whatsoever we ask, that is not of God, heareth not we receive of him, because w us. Hereby know we the spirit keep his commandments, and of truth, and the spirit of error. do those things that are pleasing 7 Beloved, let us love one in his sight.

another: for love is of God; and 23 And this is his command every one that loveth, is born of nent, That we should believe God, and knoweth God. on the name of his Son Jesus 8 He that loveth not, knowChrist, and love one another, as eth not God; for God is love. he gave us commandment.

9 In this was manifested the 24 And he that keepeth his love of God toward us, because commandments dwelleth in him, that God sent his only-begotten and he in him. And hereby Son into the world, that we we know that he abideth in us, might live through him. by the Spirit which he hath 10 Herein is love, not that given us.

we loved God, but that he loved CHAP. IV.

us, and sent his Son to be the Against believing all teachers. propitiation for our sins. ELOVED, believe not 11 Beloved, if God so loved

every spirit, but try the us, we ought also to love one spirits whether they are of God; another. because many false prophets are 12 No man hath seen God gone out into the world.

at any time. If we love one 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit another, God dwelleth in us, of God: Every spirit that con- and 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 hatli given us of his fesseth not that Jesus Christ is Spirit.

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Obligation of mutual love. I JOHN,

The witnesses of our faith. 14 And we have seen, and do love the children of God, when testify, that the Father sent the we love God, and keep his comSon to be the Saviour of the mandments. world.

3 For this is the love of God. 15 Whosoever shall confess that we keep his commandthat Jesus is the Son of God, ments: and his commandments God dwelleth in him, and he are not grievous. in God.

4 For whatsoever is born of 16 And we have known and God overcometh the world : and believed the love that God hath this is the victory that overcomto us.

God is love; and he thateth the world, even our faith. dwelleth in love dwelleth in 5 Who is he that overcometh God, and God in him. the world, but he that believeth

17 Herein is our love made that Jesus is the Son of God? perfect, that we may have bold- 6 This is he that came by ness in the day of judgement: water and blood, even Jesus because as he is, so are we in Christ; not by water only, but this world.

by water and blood. And it is 18 There is no fear in love; the Spirit that beareth witness, but perfect love casteth out fear; because the Spirit is truth. because fear hath torment. He 7 For there are three that that feareth, is not made perfect bear record in heaven, the Fain love.

ther, the Word, and the Holy 19 We love him because he Ghost: and these three are one. first loved us.

8 And there are three that 20 If a man say, I love God, bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and hateth his brother, he is and the water, and the blood: a liar: for he that loveth not his and these three agree in one. brother whom he hath seen, 9 If we receive the witness how can he love God whom he of men, the witness of God is hath not seen?

greater: for this is the witness 21 And this commandment of God, which he hath testified have we from him, that he who of his Son. loveth God love his brother also. 10 He that believeth on the CHAP. V.

Son of God hath the witness in The three witnesses.

himself: he that believeth not HOSOEVER believeth God, hath made him a liar;

that Jesus is the Christ, is because he believeth not the born of God: and every one that record that God gave of his Son. loveth him that begat, loveth 11 And this is the record, that him also that is begotten of God hath given to us eternal him.

life, and this life is in his Son. 2 By this we know that we 12 He that hath the Son, hath



The Christian's confidence

in prayer to God. life; and he that hath not the death: I do not say that he Son of God, hath not life. shall pray for it.

13 | These things have I 17 All unrighteousness is sin: written unto you that believe and there is a sin not unto death. on the name of the Son of God; 18 We know that whosoever that ye may know that ye have is born of God sinneth not; but eternal life, and that ye may he that is begotten of God keepbelieve on the name of the Son eth himself, and that wicked one of God.

toucheth him not. 14 And this is the confidence 19 And we know that we are that we have in him, That, if of God, and the whole world we ask any thing according to lieth in wickedness. his will, he heareth us:

20 And we know that the 15 And if we know that he Son of God is come, and hath hear us, whatsoever we ask, we given us an understanding, that know that we have the petitions we may know him that is true : that we desired of him.

and we are in him that is true, 16 If any man see his brother even in his Son Jesus Christ. sin a sin which is not unto death, This is the true God, and eterhe shall ask, and he shall give nal life. him life for them that sin not 21 Little children, keep yourunto death. There is a sin unto selves from idols. Amen.

The Second Epistle of John. An elect lady, &c. exhorted. a commandment from the FaTHA

HE elder unto the elect lady ther.

and her children, whom 5 And now I beseech thee, I love in the truth; and not lady, not as though I wrote a I only, but also all they that new commandment unto thee, have known the truth;

but that which we had from the 2 For the truth's sake which beginning, that we love one dwelleth in us, and shall be with another. us for ever.

6 And this is love, that we 3 Grace be with you, mercy, walk after his commandments. and peace, from God the Father, This is the commandment, That and from the Lord Jesus Christ, as ye have heard from the the Son of the Father, in truth beginning) ye should walk in and love.

it. 4 I rejoiced greatly that I 7. For many deceivers are found of thy children walking entered into the world, who in truth, as we have received .confess not that Jesus Christ The apostle cautioneth


against false teachers. is come in the flesh. This is trine, receive him not into your a deceiver and an antichrist. house, neither bid him God

8 Look to yourselves, that speed: we lose not those things which 11 For he that biddeth him we have wrought, but that we God speed, is partaker of his receive a full reward.

evil deeds. 9 Whosoever transgresseth, 12 Having many things to and abideth not in the doctrine write unto you, I would not of Christ, hath not God: He write with paper and ink: but that abideth in the doctrine of I trust to come unto you, and Christ, he hath both the Fa- speak face to face, that our joy ther and the Son.

10 If there come any unto i3 The children of thy elect you, and bring not this doc- | sister greet thee. Amen.

may be full.


The Third Epistle of John.

their journey after a godly sort, Gaius' piety commended.

thou shalt do well: HE elder unto the well- 7 Because that for his name's

beloved Gaius, whom I sake they went forth, taking love in the truth.

nothing of the Gentiles. 2 Beloved, I wish above all 8. We therefore ought to rethings that thou mayest prosper ceive such, that we might be and be in health, even as thy fellow-helpers to the truth. * soul prospereth.

9 I wrote unto the church: 3 For I rejoiced greatly when but Diotrephes, who loveth to the brethren came and testified have the pre-eminence among of the truth that is in thee, them, receiveth us not.

as thou walkest in the 10 Wherefore, if I come, truth.

I will remember his deeds which 4 I have no greater joy than be doeth, prating against us to hear that my children walk with malicious words: and not in truth.

content therewith, neither doth 5 Beloved, thou doest faith-- he himself receive the brethren, fully whatsoever thou doest to and forbiddeth them that would, the brethren and to strangers; and casteth them out of the

6 Which have borne witness church. of thy charity before the church; 11 Beloved, follow not that whom if thou bring forward on I which is evil,, but that which is


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