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1:1 icapshe Elder vnto the elect Lady, and her children, whome I loue in the trueth: and not I onely, but also all they that haue knowen ye trueth:  
1:2 For the trueths sake which dwelleth in vs, and shalbe with vs for euer:  
1:3 Grace bee with you, mercie, and peace from God the Father, and from the Lord Iesus Christ, the Sonne of the Father in trueth and loue.  
1:4 I reioyced greatly, that I found of thy children walking in trueth, as wee haue receiued a commaundement from the Father.  
1:5 And now, I beseech thee Lady, not as though I wrote a new commandement vnto thee: but that which wee had from the beginning, that wee loue one another.  
1:6 And this is loue, that wee walke after his Commandements. This is the Commandement, that as yee haue heard from the beginning, yee should walke in it.  
1:7 For many deceiuers are entred into the world, who confesse not that Iesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiuer, and an Antichrist.  
1:8 Looke to your selues, that wee lose not those things which wee haue wrought, but that we receiue a full reward. Margin Note
1:9 Whosoeuer transgresseth and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God: hee that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Sonne.  
1:10 If there come any vnto you, and bring not this doctrine, receiue him not into your house, neither bid him, God speed.  
1:11 For hee that biddeth him God speed, is partaker of his euill deeds.  
1:12 Hauing many things to write vnto you, I would not write with paper and inke, but I trust to come vnto you, and speake face to face, that our ioy may be full. Margin Note
1:13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.