1 Think what love the Father has shown us in allowing us to be called 'Children of God'; as indeed we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it has not learned to know him.
1 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.
1 See what kind of love the Father has given us: We are called God's children and that is what we are! For this reason the world does not recognize us, because it did not recognize him, either.
2 Dear friends, we are God's Children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is that, when it is revealed, we shall be like Christ; because we shall see him as he is.
2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
2 Dear friends, we are now God's children, but what we will be like has not been revealed yet. We know that when the Messiah is revealed, we will be like him, because we will see him as he is.
3 And every one who has this hope with regard to Christ tries to make himself pure--as Christ is pure.
3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
3 And everyone who has this hope based on him keeps himself pure, just as the Messiah is pure.
4 Every one who lives sinfully is living in violation of Law. Sin is violation of Law.
4 Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
4 Everyone who keeps living in sin also practices disobedience. In fact, sin is disobedience.
5 And you know that Christ appeared to take away our sins; and in him Sin has no place.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
5 You know that the Messiah was revealed to take away sins, and there is not any sin in him.
6 No one who maintains union with him lives in sin; no one who lives in sin has ever really seen him or learned to know him.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
6 No one who remains in union with him keeps on sinning. The one who keeps on sinning hasn't seen him or known him.
7 My Children, do not let any one mislead you. He who lives righteously is righteous--as Christ is righteous.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
7 Little children, let no one deceive you! The one who does what is right is righteous, just as He is righteous.
7 Little children, don't let anyone deceive you. The person who practices righteousness is righteous, just as the Messiah is righteous.
8 He who lives sinfully belongs to the Devil, for the Devil has sinned from the first. It was for this that the Son of God appeared, that he might undo the Devil's work.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
8 The person who practices sin belongs to the evil one, because the Devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason that the Son of God was revealed was to destroy what the Devil has been doing.
9 No one who has received the new Life from God lives sinfully, because the very nature of God dwells within him; and he cannot live in sin, because he has received the new Life from God.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
9 No one who has been born from God practices sin, because God's seed abides in him. Indeed, he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born from God.
10 By this the Children of God are distinguished from the Children of the Devil--No one who lives unrighteously comes from God, and especially the man who does not love his Brother.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
10 This is how God's children and the Devil's children are distinguished. No person who fails to practice righteousness and to love his brother is from God.
11 For these are the Tidings that we heard from the first--that we are to love one another.
11 For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
11 For this is the message you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another,
11 This is the message that you have heard from the beginning: We should love one another.
12 We must not be like Cain, who belonged to the Evil One and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? It was because his life was bad while his brother's was good.
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
12 Do not be like Cain, who was from the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because what he was doing was evil and his brother's actions were righteous.
14 We know that we have passed out of Death into Life, because we love our Brothers. The man who does not love remains in a state of Death.
14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.
14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love one another. The person who does not love remains spiritually dead.
15 Every one who hates his Brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has Immortal Life within him.
15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life present in him.
16 We have learned to know what love is from this--that Christ laid down his life on our behalf. Therefore we also ought to lay down our lives on behalf of our Brothers.
16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
16 This is how we have come to know love: the Messiah gave his life for us. We, too, ought to give our lives for our brothers.
17 But, if any one has worldly possessions, and yet looks on while his Brother is in want, and steels his heart against him, how can it be said that the love of God is within him?
17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
17 Whoever has earthly possessions and notices a brother in need and yet withholds his compassion from him, how can the love of God be present in him?
18 My children, do not let our love be mere words, or end in talk; let it be true and show itself in acts.
18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
18 Little children, we must stop expressing love merely by our words and manner of speech; we must love also in action and in truth.
19 By that we shall know that we are on the side of the Truth; and we shall satisfy ourselves in God's sight,
19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
19 This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and how we will be able to keep ourselves strong in his presence.
20 that if our conscience condemns us, yet God is greater than our conscience and knows everything.
20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
20 If our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts and knows everything.
21 Dear friends, if our conscience does not condemn us, then we approach God with confidence,
21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
21 Dear friends, if our conscience doesn’t condemn us, we have confidence before God
21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence in the presence of God.
22 and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we are laying his commands to heart, and are doing what is pleasing in his sight.
22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
22 Whatever we request we receive from him, because we keep his commandments and do what pleases him.
23 His Command is this--that we should put our trust in the Name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and love one another, in accordance with the Command that he gave us.
23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.
23 And this is his commandment: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus the Messiah, and to love one another as he commanded us.
24 And he who lays his commands to heart maintains union with Christ, and Christ with him. And by this we know that Christ maintains union with us--by our possession of the Spirit which he gave us.
24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
24 The person who keeps his commandments abides in God, and God abides in him. This is how we can be sure that he remains in us: he has given us his Spirit.
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