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1The elder unto the elect lady
and her children, whom I love in truth; and not I only, but also all they
that know the truth; 2for the truth’s sake which abides in
us, and it shall be with us for ever: 3Grace, mercy, peace
shall be with us, from God the Father, and from Jesus Christ, the Son of
the Father, in truth and love. 4I rejoice greatly that I have
found certain of your children
walking in truth, even as we received commandment from the Father.
5And now I beg you, lady, not
as though I wrote to you a new commandment, but that which we had from the
beginning, that we love one another. 6And this is love, that we
should walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, even as you
heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.
7For many deceivers are gone
forth into the world, even they
that confess not that Jesus Christ comes in the flesh. This is the
deceiver and the antichrist. 8Look to yourselves, that you lose
not the things which we have worked, but that you receive a full reward. 9Whosoever
goes onward and abides not in the teaching of Christ, has not God: he that
abides in the teaching, the same has both the Father and the Son.
10If any one comes unto you, and
brings not this teaching, receive him not into your
house, and give him no greeting: 11for he that gives him
greeting partakes in his evil works.
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