The elder to the elect Lady & her chyldren, whom I loue in the trueth: and
not I only, but also all that haue knowen ye trueth:
2 For the truthes sake which dwelleth in vs, and shalbe in vs for euer:
3 Grace be with you, mercie, and peace from God the father, & from the Lorde
Iesus Christe the sonne of the father, in trueth and loue.
4 I reioyced greatly, that I founde of thy chyldren walkyng in trueth, as we
haue receaued a commaundement of the father.
5 And nowe beseche I thee Lady, not as though I wrote a newe commaundement vnto
thee: but that same which we haue had from the begynnyng, that we shoulde loue
6 And this is the loue, that we shoulde walke after his comaundement. This
commaundement is, that as ye haue hearde from the begynnyng, ye shoulde walke in
7 For many deceauers are entred into the worlde, which confesse not that Iesus
Christe is come in the fleshe. This is a deceauer and an antichriste.
8 Loke on your selues, that we loose not that we haue wrought: but that we may
haue a full rewarde.
9 Whosoeuer transgresseth, and bideth not in the doctrine of Christe, hath not
God: He that endureth in the doctrine of Christe, hath both the father and the
10 If there come any vnto you, and bring not this learnyng, hym receaue not to
house: neither byd hym God speede.
11 For he that byddeth hym God speede, is partaker of his euyll deedes.
12 I had many thynges to write vnto you: neuerthelesse, I woulde not write with
paper & inke, but I trust to come vnto you, and speake with you mouth to
mouth, that our ioy may be full.
13 The sonnes of thy elect sister greete thee. Amen.