1:1 The 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;
1:1 The elder to the chosen lady and her children, whom I love in truth; and not only I, but also all who know the truth,

1:2 for the truth's sake which abideth in us, and it shall be with us for ever:
1:2 for the sake of the truth which abides in us and will be with us forever:

1:3 Grace, mercy, peace shall be with us, from God the Father, and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
1:3 Grace, mercy [and] peace will be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.

1:4 I rejoice greatly that I have found (certain) of thy children walking in truth, even as we received commandment from the Father.
1:4 I was very glad to find [some] of your children walking in truth, just as we have received commandment [to do] from the Father.

1:5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote to thee a new commandment, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.
1:5 And now I ask you, lady, not as writing to you a new commandment, but the one which we have had from the beginning, that we love one another.

1:6 And this is love, that we should walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, even as ye heard from the beginning, that ye should walk in it.
1:6 And this is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, just as you have heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it.

1:7 For many deceivers are gone forth into the world, (even) they that confess not that Jesus Christ cometh in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.
1:7 For many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ [as] coming in the flesh. This is the deceiver and the antichrist.

1:8 Look to yourselves, that ye lose not the things which we have wrought, but that ye receive a full reward.
1:8 Watch yourselves, that you might not lose what we have accomplished, but that you may receive a full reward.

1:9 Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ, hath not God: he that abideth in the teaching, the same hath both the Father and the Son.
1:9 Anyone who goes too far and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God; the one who abides in the teaching, he has both the Father and the Son.

1:10 If any one cometh unto you, and bringeth not this teaching, receive him not into (your) house, and give him no greeting:
1:10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into [your] house, and do not give him a greeting;

1:11 for he that giveth him greeting partaketh in his evil works.
1:11 for the one who gives him a greeting participates in his evil deeds.

1:12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not (write them) with paper and ink: but I hope to come unto you, and to speak face to face, that your joy may be made full.
1:12 Having many things to write to you, I do not want to [do so] with paper and ink; but I hope to come to you and speak face to face, that your joy may be made full.

1:13 The children of thine elect sister salute thee.
1:13 The children of your chosen sister greet you.