Love not the world (mh agapate ton kosmon). Prohibition with mh and the present active imperative of agapaw, either stop doing it or do not have the habit of doing it. This use of kosmo is common in John's Gospel ( 1:10 ; 17:14 ) and appears also in 1 John 5:19 . In epitome the Roman Empire represented it. See it also in James 4:4 . It confronts every believer today. If any man love (ean ti agapai). Third-class condition with ean and present active subjunctive of agapaw (same form as indicative), "if any keep on loving the world." The love of the Father (h agaph tou patro). Objective genitive, this phrase only here in N.T., with which compare "love of God" in James 2:5 . In antithesis to love of the world.