1 John

1   That which was from the beginning, which we’ve heard, which we’ve looked upon with our eyes, which we gazed upon, and our hands have felt, concerning the message of life. And the life was manifested, and we’ve seen, and we testify, and we report to you= the everlasting life, who was with the father and was manifested to us. We report to you= what we’ve seen and heard, so that you= also may have partnershipa with us. And our partnershipa is with the father, and with his son Yeshua the Anointed.

    And we write these things to you= so that our joy may be completed. And this is the message which we’ve heard from him, and which we report to you=, that God is light, and there’s no darkness in him at all. If we say that we have partnershipa with him, but we walk in the darkness, we’re lying and we don’t practise the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he himself is in the light, we have partnershipa with one another, and the blood of Yeshua the Anointed, his son, cleanses us from all sin.

    If we say that we have no sin we lead ourselves astray, and the truth isn’t among us. If we acknowledge our sins, he’s trustworthy and righteous, so that he’ll pardon us our sins, and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we haven’t sinned, we make him a liar, and his message isn’t among us.

a) partnership in Greek has the idea of sharing everything in common

2   My little ones, I write these things to you= so that you= shouldn’t sin. But if anyone sins, we have an aide towards the father, righteous Yeshua the Anointed. And he himself is a propitiationa for our sins. And not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world. And in this we perceive that we’ve perceived him — if we keep his commands. The one who says, “I’ve perceived him” but who doesn’t keep his commands is a liar, and the truth isn’t in them. But whoever keeps his message, truly the love of God has been matured in them. In this we perceive that we’re in him.

    The one who says they remain in him ought, themselves, to walk just as he walked. Brothers, I’m not writing a new command to you=, but an old command, which you’ve= had from the beginning. The old command is the message which you’ve= heard from the beginning. Again I write a new command to you= which is true in him and among you=, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining.

    The one who says they’re in the light, but who hates his brother, is still now in the darkness. The one who loves his brother remains in the light, and in him there’s no snare. But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness, and he walks in the darkness, and he doesn’t know where he’s going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

    I write to you= little ones because your= sins have been pardoned through his name. I write to you= fathers because you’ve= perceived him from the beginning. I write to you= young men because you’ve= conquered the wicked. I write to you= children because you’ve= perceived the father. I write to you= fathers because you’ve= perceived him from the beginning. I write to you= young men because you’re= strong and the message of God remains among you=, and you’ve= conquered the wicked.

    Don’t love the world, nor the things of the world. If anyone loves the world the love of the father isn’t in them. Because everything in the world, the desire of the flesh, and the desire of the eyes, and the pretentiousness of life, isn’t from the father but from the world. And the world, and the desire of it, is passing away, but the one who does the will of God remains into the age.

    Children, this is the last hour, and just as you’ve= heard that the anti-anointed is coming, and that many anti-anointeds have already come. (This is how we perceive that it’s the last hour). They came out from us, but they weren’t from us. For if they’d been from us, they would’ve remained with us. But [this happened] so that they might be made manifest, that none of them are from us.

    And you= have an anointing from the holy one, and you= know everything. I don’t write to you= because you= don’t know the truth, but because you= do know it, and that every falsehood isn’t from the truth. Who’s the liar, except the one who denies that Yeshua is the Anointed. This is the anti-anointed, the one who denies the father and the son. Everyone who denies the son doesn’t have the father either.

    So you=, let that which you’ve= heard from the beginning remain among you=. If that which you’ve= heard from the beginning remains among you=, you’ll= remain in the son and in the father. And this is the promise which he himself promised to us — everlasting life. I write these things to you= about those who lead you= astray.

    And you=, the anointing which you= received from him remains among you=, and you’ve= no need that anyone might teach you=. But as the same anointing teaches you= about all things, and it’s true, and it isn’t a lie, and just as he teaches you=, you’ll= remain in him.

    And now little ones, remain in him, so that when he’s manifested we may have boldness, and not be put to shame before him at his arrival. If you= see that he’s righteous, then you= perceive that everyone who practises righteousness has been born from him.

a) a propitiation is a gift given to someone who is angry to turn away their anger

3   Look what kind of love the father has given to us, that we should be called children of God. Because of this the world doesn’t perceive you=, because it hasn’t perceived him. Beloved, now we’re children of God, and it hasn’t yet been manifested what we will be, but we know that when he’s manifested, we’ll be like him, because we’ll see him just as he is. And everyone who has this expectation on him purifies themselves, just as he’s pure.

    Everyone who practises sin also practises lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness. And you= know that he was manifested so that he should take away our sins, and there’s no sin in him. Everyone who remains in him doesn’t sin. Everyone who sins hasn’t seen him, nor have they perceived him.

    Little ones, don’t let anybody lead you= astray. The one who practises righteousness is righteous, just as he’s righteous. The one who practises sin is from Diabolosa, because from the beginning Diabolos sins, resulting in this — the son of God was manifested so that he should break down the works of Diabolos.

    Everyone who has been born from God doesn’t practise sin, because his seed remains in him, and they aren’t able to sin because they’ve been born from God. In this the children of God are evident, and the children of Diabolos. Everyone who doesn’t practise righteousness isn’t from God, and the one who doesn’t love his brother, (because this is the message which you= heard from the beginning, that we should love one another).

    Don’t be like Cain who was from the wicked one, and who slaughtered his brother. Why did he slaughter him? Because his works were wicked but those of his brother were just. Don’t marvel my brothers, if the world hates you=. We know that we’ve passed over from death into life because we love the brothers. The one who doesn’t love their brother remains in death. Everyone who hates their brother is a murderer, and you= know that no murderer has everlasting life remaining in him.

    In this we’ve perceived love, that he laid down his life for our sake. And we ought to lay down our lives for the sake of the brothers. Yet, whoever has the livelihood of the world, and observes his brother who has a need, and shuts their heartb to them, how does the love of God remain in them? My little ones, may we not love by what we say, nor by the tongue, but in works and in truth. And in this we perceive that we’re from the truth, and in front of him we’ll persuade our hearts, because if our heart passes sentence on us — God is greater than our heart, and he perceives everything.

    Beloved. If our heart doesn’t pass sentence on us, we have boldness towards God. And whatever we may request we receive from him, because we keep his commands, and we do the things which are pleasing in his sight. And this is his command, that we should trust in the name of his son, Yeshua the Anointed, and that we should love one another just as he’s commanded us. And the one who keeps his commands remains in him, and he himself in them. And in this we perceive that he remains among us, by the spirit whom he’s given to us.

a) Diabolos means “slanderer”

b) “heart” here is literally “innards”. Greeks considered your inner feelings to be located in your innards, while in modern English we consider them to be in your heart.

4   Beloved, don’t trust every spirit, but discern the spirits if they’re from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. In this the spirit of God is perceived, every spirit which acknowledges that Yeshua the Anointed has come in the flesh, is from God. And every spirit which doesn’t acknowledge that Yeshua the Anointed has come in the flesh, isn’t from God, and this is the one of the anti-anointed, which you’ve= heard is coming, and is now in the world already.

    You’re= from God little ones, and you’ve= conquered them because the one who’s among you= is greater than the one who is in the world. They’re from the world. Because of this they talk from the world and the world hears them. We’re of God. The one who perceives God hears us, the one who isn’t from God doesn’t hear us. From this we perceive the spirit of truth, and the spirit of errora.

    Beloved, let’s love one another, because love is from God, and everyone who loves has been born from God, and they perceive God. The one who doesn’t love hasn’t perceived God, because God is love. The love of God was manifested among us in this, that God sent his only born son into the world, so that we should live through him. In this is love, not because we loved God, but because he himself loved us, and sent his son, a propitiationb for our sins. Beloved, if God loved us in this way, we also ought to love one another.

    Nobody has ever gazed on God. If we love one another, God remains among us, and his love has been matured among us. We perceive that we remain in him, and he himself among us in this, that he’s given to us from his spirit. And we’ve gazed on, and we testify that the father has sent, the son, the saviour of the world. Whoever acknowledges that Yeshua is the son of God, God remains in them, and they themselves in God.

    And we’ve perceived, and have trusted the love which God has among us. God is love, and the one who remains in the love remains in God, and God remains in them. Love has been matured among us in this, that we have boldness in the day of judgement because just as he is, so are we in this world.

    Fear isn’t in love, but mature love throws fear outside, because fear has punishment, but the one who’s afraid isn’t made mature in love. We love him because he himself first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God”, but hates his brother, they’re a liar. For the one who doesn’t love his brother whom he sees — how are they able to love God whom they haven’t seen? And we have this command from him, that the one who loves God also love his brother.

a) “error” is literally “going astray”

b) a propitiation is a gift given to someone who is angry to turn away their anger

5   Everyone who trusts that Yeshua is the Anointed has been born from God, and everyone who loves the one who fathered him also loves the one who has been born from him. We perceive that we love the children of God in this, whenever we love God and we keep his commands. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commands. And his commands aren’t burdensome.

    Because everyone who has been born from God conquers the world, and this is the conquest of the one who conquers the world — your= faith. Who’s the one who conquers the world, except the one who trusts that Yeshua is the son of God. This is the one who came through water and through blood, Yeshua the Anointed. Not only in the water, but in the water and in the blood. And the spirit is the one who testifies, because the spirit is the truth. Because there are three who testify, the spirit, and the water, and the blood. And those three are in agreement.

    If we accept the testimony of people, the testimony of God is greater because this is the testimony of God which he’s testified concerning his son. The one who trusts in the son of God has the testimony in them. The one who doesn’t trust God has made him a liar because they haven’t trusted in the testimony of God about his son. And this is the testimony, that God gives us everlasting life, and this life is in his son. The one who has the son, has the life. The one who doesn’t have the son of God, doesn’t have the life.

    I write these things to you=, to those who trust in the name of the son of God, so that you= may see that you= have everlasting life, and so that you= may trust in the name of the son of God. And this is the boldness which we have towards him, that if we request anything in accordance with his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us, whatever we may request, we know that we have the requests which we’ve requested of him.

    If anyone sees his brother sinning, (a sin which doesn’t result in death), he’ll request, and he’ll give life to him, (to those who sin not resulting in death). There’s a sin which results in death. I’m not saying he should ask about that. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin which doesn’t result in death. We know that everyone who has been born from God doesn’t sin. But the one who’s born from God guards themselves, and the wicked one doesn’t touch them.

    We know that we’re from God, and the whole world liesa in the wicked one. And we know that the son of God is arriving, and he’s given us understanding so that we may perceive the true one. And we’re in the true one, in his son, Yeshua the Anointed. This is the true god and the everlasting life.

    Little ones, keep yourselves from idols.


a) “lies” in the sense of laying down, not in the sense of not telling the truth

b) amen is a Hebrew word meaning “truly”