1Behold , what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,that we should be called the sons of God:thereforetheworldknowethusnot,because it knewhimnot.2Beloved,now are we the sons of God,and it doth not yetappearwhat we shall be : but we knowthat,when he shall appear , we shall belikehim;for we shall seehimas he is .
3And every man that haththishopeinhimpurifiethhimself, even asheispure.4Whosoevercommittethsintransgressethalso the law:forsinis the transgression of the law.5And ye knowthathe was manifestedto take awayoursins;andinhimisnosin.6Whosoeverabidethinhimsinnethnot:whosoeversinnethhathnotseenhim,neitherknownhim.7
Little children,let no mandeceiveyou: he that doethrighteousnessisrighteous, even asheisrighteous.8
He that committethsinisof the devil;for the devilsinnethfrom the beginning.For this purpose the Son of God was manifested , that he might destroy the works of the devil.9Whosoever is bornaofGoddothnot commit sin;forhisseedremainethinhim:and he cannotsin , because he is bornofGod.10Inthis the children of Godaremanifest,and the children of the devil:whosoeverdoethnotrighteousnessisnotofGod,neither he that lovethnothisbrother.11Forthisis the messagebthat ye heardfrom the beginning,that we should love one another.12NotasCain, who wasof that wicked one,andslewhisbrother.Andwhereforeslew he him?Because his ownworkswereevil,andhisbrother'srighteous.13Marvelnot,mybrethren,if the worldhateyou.14
We knowthatwe have passedfromdeathuntolife,because we love the brethren. He that lovethnot his brotherabidethindeath.15Whosoeverhatethhisbrotheris a murderer:and ye knowthatnomurdererhatheternallifeabidinginhim.16Herebyperceivewe the love of God, becausehe laid downhislifeforus:andweought to lay down our livesfor the brethren.17Butwhosohath this world'sgood,andseethhisbrotherhaveneed,and shutteth uphisbowels of compassion fromhim,howdwelleth the love of Godinhim?18My little children, let usnotlove in word,neither in tongue;but in deedand in truth.19Andherebyweknowthat we areof the truth,and shall assurecourheartsbeforehim.20Forifourheart condemn us , Godisgreater than ourheart,andknoweth all things.21Beloved,ifourheartcondemnusnot, then have weconfidencetowardGod.22Andwhatsoeverweask , we receiveofhim,because we keephiscommandments,anddo those things that are pleasing in hissight.23Andthisishiscommandment,That we should believe on the name of hisSonJesusChrist,andlove one another,as he gaveuscommandment.24And he that keepethhiscommandmentsdwellethinhim,andheinhim.Andherebyweknowthat he abidethinus,by the Spiritwhich he hath givenus.