1The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;2For the truth's sake, which dwells in us, and shall be with us forever.3Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.4I rejoiced greatly that I found some of your children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.5And now I beseech you, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto you, but that which we had from the beginning, that we love one another.6And this is love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it.7For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.8Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have worked for, but that we receive a full reward.9Whoever goes beyond, and abides not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abides in the doctrine of Christ, he has both the Father and the Son.10If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:11For he that bids him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.12Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.13The children of your elect sister greet you. Amen.