1 The elder unto theThis is not a proper name, but is to be taken as it sounds that is to say, the worthy and noble lady.electExcellent and honourable woman.lady and her children,The bond of Christian union is the true and constant profession of the truth.whom I love in the truth; and not I only, but also all they that have known the truth;
2 For the trueths sake which dwelleth in vs, and shalbe with vs for euer:
3 Grace be with you, mercy, [and] peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, inWith true knowledge which always has love united with it, and following it.truth and love.
4 This true profession consists both in love towards one another which the Lord has commanded, and also especially in wholesome and sound doctrine, which also is delivered to us: for the commandment of God is a sound and sure foundation both of the rule of conduct and of doctrine, and these cannot be separated from one another,I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children walking inAccording as the truth directs them.truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
5 And nowe beseeche I thee, Lady, (not as writing a newe commandement vnto thee, but that same which we had from the beginning) that we loue one another.
6 And this is that loue, that we should walke after his commandements. This commandement is, that as ye haue heard from the beginning, ye should walke in it.
7 Antichrists fighting against the person and office of Christ had already crept into the Church, in the time of the apostles.For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.
8 He that makes shipwreck of doctrine, loses all.Beware, and take good heed.Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.
9 Whosoeuer transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that continueth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Sonne.
10 We should have nothing to do with those who defend perverse doctrine.If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into [your] house, neither bid him God speed:
11 For he that biddeth him, God speede, is partaker of his euill deedes.
12 Although I had many things to write vnto you, yet I woulde not write with paper & ynke: but I trust to come vnto you, & speake mouth to mouth, that our ioy may be full.
13 The sonnes of thine elect sister greete thee, Amen.