The Letters of John the Apostle

The First Letter of John

Chapter One

1. We have given you the hope for the One who Is from the beginning of creation, the One whom we heard and saw with our eyes, saw and felt with our hands, He who Is the manifestation of Life.
2. And Life became revealed, and we have seen and we are witnessing and we are preaching to you Life to the end of the universe*, that which was with the Father and who revealed it to us.
3. And since we saw and heard we also proclaim it to you so that you may have fellowship with us. However, our fellowship is with the Father and the Son Jesus Christ.
4. And these [things] that we write to you, are so that we may all rejoice in fellowship together.*
5. And this is the hope that we heard from him, and we give you the hope that God is that Light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him.
6. And if we say that we have fellowship with him and [yet] we walk in darkness, we are liars even though we have accepted the Truth.
7. But if we walk in the light, as he is the Light, we shall have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, shall cleanse us of all our sins.
8. And if we say that we have no sin, we have lost our soul and the Truth is not in us.
9. But if we confess our sins, [he is] Faithful and Holy, that he forgives us our sins, and we are cleansed of all abomination.
10. And if we say that we did not sin, we called him a liar, and his manifestation is not in us.


Footnotes:

1.2* Lit. Ar. id.: "Everlasting."
1.4* Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Our joy in may be encompassing."


Chapter Two

1. Children*, I write you these things so that you should not sin. And if a human [being] sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, the Holy Jesus Christ.
2. For he became the sacrifice on behalf of our sins, and even though a sacrifice for us alone, still [he became] also the sacrifice for all the universe.
3. And by this we are aware that we know him, if we uphold his commandments.
4. For the one who says that they know him and they do not uphold his commandments, they are liars and the Truth is not in them.
5. But the one who upholds their manifestation, in them abides truly the love of God, by this we know that we are in him.*
6. The one who says that they are in him, is obligated to walk as He walked.
7. Beloved*, I am writing you no new commandment, except the old commandment, that which you possessed from the beginning of creation. The old commandment became the manifestation that you heard.
8. Again the new commandment I write you, that which became [realized through] him and is in you, that destroyed* the darkness and revealed* the Light of the truth anew.
9. Whoever says that they are thus in the light but* hate their brother, are in darkness still .
10. But whoever loves their brother, are bound in the light and there is no hostility in them.
11. But whoever hates their brother, is in darkness and by darkness perishes*, and they know not which way they are going, for the darkness blinds their very eyes!
12. I write you, children, since you were forgiven your sins because of his name.
13. I write you , parents, since you [have come to] know the One who Is from eternity*. I write you, young adults, so that you may conquer* evil. I write you, little children, so that you may know the Father.
14. I wrote you, parents, as you knew Him from the Beginning. I write you, young people, since you are strong and [since] the manifestation of God abides in you and you shall be victorious over evil.
15. Do not yearn* for the world* or anything that is in it. Whoever desires* the world, the love of the Father does not abide in him.
16. For whatever is in the world* is the product of the flesh, and that product is for the eyes and of worldly pride, these are the things that are not from the Father, except from them who are of the world.
17. And the world and its product go to oblivion. But whoever does according to the will of God secures eternal Life*.

18. Children*, this is the last Age*, and like the thing that you have heard, that there is a false messiah*, and now they have many false messiahs, and because of that we know that it is the last Age.
19. They emerged from us, except they were not of us, for if they were from us, they would have clung* to us; however, they emerged from us so that it would be obvious that they were not of us.
20. And you have been anointed by the holy [Spirit,] and you know Him to be different* from every other man*.
21. I did not write you that you do not know the Truth, except so that you may know Him and [that you may know that] no falsehood can ever originate from Him.
22. Who is the liar? Except for the one who blasphemes that Jesus was not the Anointed One, and here is the false Messiah, [for] whoever blasphemes against the Father, also blasphemes against the Son.
23. And whoever blasphemes against the Son, neither do they believe in the Father. Whoever profess the Son, also profess the Father.
24. And you, the thing you heard from old* shall be strengthened in you. But if the thing you heard from old is strengthened in you, also you shall be strengthened in the Father and the Son.
25. And this is the promise that promises us eternal Life*.
26. But these [things] I write you because of those that would mislead you.*
27. And you also, if the anointing is upon you,* that which you received from Him, are not in need of any human [being] to teach you, except as the anointing that came from God, that teaches you everything* and that is [all] sincere and without [any] falsehood,* and as you learned, cling* to Him.
28. And now, children, cling to Him, so that whatever transpires, you are not separated from Him,* except that we may [stand] openly* when [Jesus] comes.
29. If you know that He is Holy, also know that whoever performs righteousness is from Him.


Footnotes:

2.5* Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained. "[Created] by him."
2.7* Lit. Ar. id.: "My beloved."
2.8.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "Oblivionated."
2.8.2* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Made it seen."
2.9.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "And."
2.9.2* Lit. Ar. id.: "Until now."
2.11* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Walks in darkness."
2.13.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "Before creation."
2.13.2* Lit. Ar. id.: "Be victorious over."
2.15.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "Have mercy."
2.15.2* Lit. Ar. id.: "Universe."
2.15.3* Lit. Ar. id.: "Has mercy for."
2.16* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "In the universe."
2.17* Lit. Ar. id.: "To the universe." Or: eternity.
2.18.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "[My] children."
2.18.2* Lit. Ar. id.: "Season."
2.18.3* Lit. Ar. id.: Or "christ."
2.19* Lit. Ar. id.: "Tied to us."
2.20.1* Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Separate you him..."
2.20.2* Lit. Ar. id.: "Human [being.]"
2.25* Lit. Ar. id.: "Olden times."
2.26.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "Life to the end of the universe."
2.26.2* Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "...cause you to [go to] oblivion."
2.27.1* Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Strengthened in you."
2.27.2* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Over all things."
2.27.3* Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And the Truth that and there is no lie in Him."
2.27.4* Lit. Ar. id.: "Strengthened with."
2.28.1* Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "That whatever that may be revealed, you do not become away from Him."
2.28.2* Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Have revealed faces," or: without fear.


Chapter Three

1. And see how great the love of the Father is for* us, that children he called us, even though we are only servants.* That is why the world does not recognize us, because they do not know Him either.
2. My beloved, now we are children of God, and it was not revealed until now what is destined to occur. But we know that whenever He is revealed, we shall be in that likeness, and we shall see Him just as He will be.
3. And whoever carries* this hope, should cleanse their soul* as He is immaculate.
4. Whoever commits sin takes on* abomination. For sin is all abomination.
5. And you understand that He was revealed as the redeemer for our sins, and there is no sin in Him.
6. And whoever adheres to Him, does not sin; and whoever sins, does not see Him and does not know Him.
7. [My] Children, let no one* mislead* you, whoever performs righteousness is righteous, like the Anointed One he becomes holy.
8. And whoever takes on* sin is of Satan. Because from the beginning Satan was a sinner, and that is why the Son of God was revealed, so as to unravel the works of Satan.
9. Whoever becomes born of God will not commit sin, because the seed is [planted] in them and they cannot sin, because from God they are born.
10. By this are differentiated the children of God from the children of Satan. Whoever does not do righteousness and does not love his brother, does not become born of God.

11. This then is the commandment that you have heard from old, that you shall love one another.*
12. Even though like Cain who became born of the evil one and killed his brother. And why did he kill him? If not because that his deeds were evil and his brotherÌs were righteous.
13. And do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world* hates you.
14. We know that we have passed from death to Life by the fact* that we love our brothers. Whoever that loves not their brother, are destined to die.*
15. For whoever hates their brother is a killer* and you know that whoever kills a human being cannot be found to be a recipient of everlasting Life.*
16. By this we know His love for us, that He sacrificed himself on our behalf, and it is also a blessing for us that on behalf* of our brothers we give ourselves.
17. And whoever has earnings of the world and sees their brother in need but withholds their mercy from them, how can there be the love of God in them?
18. [My] children, love not one another by words* and by the tongue*, except by deeds and in sincerity.

19. And by this we are cognizant that we are genuine* and before* He returns we must deliver our heart*,
20. So that if our heart should fail* us, as much as God is the creator of our heart, and does He not know everything?*
21. [My] beloved, if our heart does not fail us, let us reveal our faces before God.
22. And whatever we ask we shall be granted by Him, since we obey his commandments and beautiful intentions* we offer before Him.
23. And here is His commandment, that you believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another as He commanded us.
24. And whoever upholds His commandment shall be protected* by Him and He shall abide in them. And by this we deserve that He abides in us, from the Spirit that He gives us.


Footnotes:

3.1.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "With."
3.1.2* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "[That servants he called] also our slaves!"
3.3.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "Has upon him."
3.3.2* Lit. Ar. idiom retained. "Himself."
3.4* Lit. Ar. id.: "Binds on."
3.7.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "Human [being.]"
3.7.2* Lit. Ar. id.: "Lose."
3.8* Lit. Ar. id.: "Remains in," or: is mired in.
3.11* Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "That this commandment that you heard from old that you love one to one."
3.13* Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "people of the world."
3.14.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "This."
3.14.2* Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "[Are] bound to death."
3.15.1* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Killer of human [being.]" Or: mankiller.
3.15.2* Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: Is not found strengthened in him Life to [the end of] the universe.
3.16* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "On their faces."
3.18.1* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "By manifestations."
3.18.2* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech retained. "By the tongue," or: by lies or pretensions.
3.19.1* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "That from truth we are."
3.19.2* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Comes in."
3.19.3* Lit. Ar. idiom retained. "Commit ourselves."
3.20.1* Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Take away from us."
30.20.2* Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "How God that Fathered of to our heart and knows everything?"
3.22* Lit. Ar. id.: "Bindings."
3.24* Lit. Ar. id.: "Upheld."


Chapter Four

1. [My] beloved, do not believe all spirits, except choose between them to see if they are from God.* Because there emerged many false prophets from the world.
2. In this way you will know the Spirits of God. Every spirit that professes that Jesus Christ came in the flesh, is from God.
3. And every spirit that does not profess that Jesus came in the flesh is not from God, except this is of the false messiah, whom you have heard will come, and now he is in the world already.
4. But you came from God His children, and shall conquer them, since He is Supreme* who is in you, greater than the one who is in the world.
5. And these who are from the world, because of that they speak of the world, and people* listen to them.
6. But we who are from God and the one who knows God hears us and the one who is not born of God does not hear us. By this then we learn about the Spirit of Truth and the spirit of oblivion.
7. [My] beloved, love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves, is born from God and knows God.
8. Because God is love, and whoever loves not, knows not God.
9. By this is demonstrated* the love of God for us, that God sent His only Son to the world so that we may live in His hand.*
10. This is how love was born,* it was not that we loved God, except it was God who loved us and sent us His Son redeemer* on behalf of our sins.*
11. [My beloved,] if God loves us like this, (and) we too ought to love one another.
12. God no human being has ever seen. But if we love one another, God shall strengthen Himself in us and His love shall be fulfilled through us.*
13. And by this we know that we have been strengthened by Him and He is strengthened in us, that of His Spirit He gives us.

>14. And we have seen and we testify that the Father sent His Son, Savior of the universe.*
15. Whoever confesses in Jesus, that their ultimate hope is the Son of God, God shall strengthen Himself in them, and they shall be strengthened in God.
16. And we believed and understood the love that there is with God, our Advocate*. For God is love and whoever is strengthened in Love, shall be strengthened in God.
17. And through this is fulfilled His love in us, that we can [stand] with exposed faces on the Day of Judgment, for just as He had, so also we have come into this world.
18. There is no submission* in love, except love [that is] wholesome*, throws out submissiveness because submission has its torment. For whoever submits out of fear, is not filled* with love.
19. We therefore love God like this, because from the first He loved us.

20. If these a human being says that "I love God," but hates their brother, they are liars. For if they do not love their brother who is visible, how can they find it possible to love God who is invisible?
21. And this commandment we received from him, that whoever loves God, loves also their brother.


Footnotes:

4.1* Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Except become spirit choosers if from God they are."
4.4* Lit. Ar. id.: Also, "Father" and "Creator."
4.5* Lit. Ar. id.: "The world."
4.9.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "Known."
4.9.2* Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained. "By His grace."
4.10.1* Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "By this became love."
4.10.2* Lit. Ar. id.: "To cover."
4.10.3* Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Over the faces of our sins."
4.12* Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Completed in us."
4.14* Lit. Ar. id.: "Universal," "eternal," "Savior of the world" or "...for all people."
4.16* Lit. Ar. id.: "Helper," or "Sustainer."
4.18.1* Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "fear."
4.18.2* Lit. Ar. id.: "Complete."
4.18.3* Lit. Ar. id.: "Complete in."


Chapter Five

1. Whoever believes that Jesus becomes the Anointed One, becomes born of God. And whoever loves the Creator*, loves also those who are born from Him.
2. And by this we know that we love the children of God, since we love God and we observe his commandments.
3. For this is the love of God, that His commandments be upheld and [that] His commandment not become a burden.
4. Because whoever is born of God, becomes victorious over the world. And this is the [ultimate] victory, that our faith wins* over the world.
5. Who then is victorious over the world, except for the one who believes that Jesus is (the Son*) God?*
6. This is the One who came in the waters and the blood [of] Jesus Christ. He was not only of the waters, except of the waters and the blood,
7. And the [Holy] Spirit testified that the Spirit that came was the Truth.
8. And there came three witnesses, the Spirit and the Waters and the Blood, and all three are in One.
9. If we accept the testimony of human beings, how much greater [then] is the testimony of God that he gave* about* His Son*.
10. Whoever believes in the Son of God, has this testimony in his soul. And whoever does not believe God, calls* Him a liar, by not believing the testimony that God gives* about His Son.
11. And this is that testimony, that God has given us Life to [the end of] the universe,* and this Life is in His Son.
12. Whoever takes the Son, also [receives the everlasting] Life, and whoever does not take the Son of God, does not [receive the everlasting] Life.

13. These things I write you so that you may know that you have Life eternal*, [you who] believe in these things in the name of the Son of God.
14. And this familiarity we have with Him, that whatever we ask of Him, He is pleased to hear us.
15. And if we ask in faith* that He hears us in regard* to anything that we may ask of Him, we can rest assured that we have already received the requests we made of Him.

16. If a human [being] sees his brother committing* a sin that does not deserve Death, he may ask* and Life shall be given them, to those that had not sinned as to Die*. For there is sin that [leads] to Death. It was not about these that I said a human [being] should ask*.
17. For every abomination is sin, and there is sin that was not of Death.>

18. And we know that whoever is born of God does not sin. The one born of God guards oneself then, and the evil one does not go near them.
19. We know that we are of God and the world is all beset* by evil.
20. And we know that the Son of God has come, and [He] shall give us the knowledge that we may know the Truth, and we become born in Him in the Truth, by His Son Eashoa MÌsheekha [Jesus Christ.] He is the True God and the Life Everlasting*.
21. [My] children, guard yourself from succumbing to idols!


Footnotes:

5.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "Birth-giver."
5.4* Lit. Ar. id.: "Is victorious."
5.5.1* Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Creation."
5.5.2* Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "That Jesus is Him That of God."
5.9.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "Testified."
5.9.2* Lit. Ar. id.: "Over."
5.9.3* Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Creation."
5.10.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "Makes."
5.10.2* Lit. Ar. id.: "Testifies."
5.11* Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "everlasting life."
5.13* Lit. Ar. id.: "To the end of the universe."
5.15.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "Resolved."
5.15.2* Lit. Ar. id.: "Over."
5.16.1* Lit. Ar. id.: "Sinning."
5.16.2* Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "pray."
5.16.3* Lit. Ar. id.: "To Death."
5.16.4* Lit. Ar. id.: "Want," or "pray."
5.19* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Place by evil."
5.20* Lit. Ar. id.: "To the end of the universe."



The Second Letter of John

1. The priest* to the "Chosen Lady"* and those whom I truly love, [and] not only I alone, except all those who know the Truth.
2. For the Truth sustains* us forever*.
3. May Grace and Mercy and Peace* be with us, from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, Son* of the Father, in truth and love.
4. I am very happy to find of your children [those] that live* by the Truth, as the Father has commanded* us.
5. And now I set your heart at rest*, "Chosen Lady," it was not that I am writing you regarding a new commandment, except [regarding] the one we had from the beginning, that we should love one another.
6. And this is love, that we go about according to His Commandment. This is the commandment as you heard from the beginning, that you live* in Him.
7. For many misleading* [people] emerged in this world, those who do not confess that Jesus came in the flesh, that is what misleads and the Antichrist.
8. Confirm your spirit so as not to lose what you have worked for, except you should receive your full recompense.
9. Whoever passes [through] and does not adhere to the teachings of the Anointed One, God is not in him; the one who adheres to His teachings, this one [also] has the Father and the Son.
10. If a human [being] comes to you, and brings not these teachings, do not receive him in the house and do not wish* him joy.
11. For whoever wishes him joy will be participating in evil activities.

12. As I had a great deal to write you, I did not want to [write you] with pen and ink, except I hope to come to you, and speak to you face to face,* so that our joy may be complete.
13. The children of your "Chosen Sister" send* you greetings. Blessings be with you, Amen.


Footnotes:

1* Lit. Ar. id.: "Elder."
* "Quoriya," female declension of "the called," possibly a name of a lady, most likely symbolic code name for the "the Church."
2* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Strengthens in us."
* Lit. Ar. id.: "To the end of the universe."
3* The triune "qÌnumeh" of God, or the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
* Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "Creation."
4* Lit. Ar. id.: "Stride."
* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Placed between."
5* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Deliver."
6* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Stride."
7* Lit. Ar. id.: "Oblivionators."
10* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Say happy."
12* Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Mouth to mouth."
13*Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Ask your salutations."




The Third Letter of John

1. Priest to Gaius*, my beloved, whom I love in truth.
2. Our dear [friend,] I pray for you regarding everything, that you may succeed and be strong, up to your full capability.*
3. For I am very happy that the brothers have come, and they give testimony about the Truth, just as you yourself live* in the Truth.
4. And greater joy than that is not possible,* [when] I hear my children living* in the Truth.
5. [Our] beloved, through faith you performed whatever you were able to accomplish with our brothers, especially as they were hostile towards us,*
6. [And] they testified of your love before all the churches, of those beautiful [things] you did for them as you replenished their [supplies] as much as it is for the glorification to God.
7. Because they went out for the sake of His name,* while they received nothing from the nations.
8. We must therefore love to receive [into the Faith] such as them, so as we may be of service to the Truth.
9. I want to write the church, except the one who is the servant*, is the leader, Diotrephes does not accept us.
10. Because of this if I should come, I will bring up these works of his that he performs with evil manifestations over* us. And [as if] this is not enough, he does not receive the brothers, and to those who have been received by everyone, and he even throws them out of the church.
11. [Our] beloved, do not treat* him with malice but with good deeds*. Whoever performs good [deeds] is born of God. And whoever performs evil will not see God.
12. Our Demetrius there is testimony from everyone*, from the church and from the Truth, we also testify to that and you know our testimony is sincere*.
13. I had much to write you, except I did not wish to write you with ink and pen.
14. I hope to see you soon then, and speak to you face to face.*
15. May peace be with you, your friends greet you. May the peace of brotherhood be with everyone in His name.

Footnotes:

1* "gi-yous," possibly nick name for a hard working missionary.
2* Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "As much as succeeds yourself."
3* Lit. Ar. id.: "Stride."
4* Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And more than this joy I have not."
* Lit. Ar. id.: "Striding."
5* Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Our beloved, by faith you did what you bound with the brothers, and in actuality that they were hostile."
7* Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "For after His name they emerged [out.]"
9* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Is merciful."
10* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Binding."
11* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Liken [him to.]"
* Lit. Ar. id.: Or: "blessing."
12* Lit. Ar. id.: "Human [being.]"
* Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "True That."
14* Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Mouth to mouth."


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