The Elder to the chosen lady and to her children, whom I love in truth, and not I alone but also all the ones who have known the truth, 2 because of the truth that remains among us, and will be with us unto the age. 3 Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father, and from Jesus Christ the Son of the Father, will be with us in truth and love.
4 I rejoiced greatly because I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father. 5 And now I request you, lady, not as writing a new commandment to you, but which we had from the beginning, that we should love one another. 6 And this is love, that we should walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning, that you should walk in it. 7 Because many deceivers went forth into the world, the ones who do not confess Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh; this is the deceiver and the antichrist. 8 Watch yourselves, lest you lose the things which we wrought, but that you may receive a full reward. 9 Everyone who goes forward and does not remain in the teaching of Christ does not have God; the one who remains in the teaching, this one has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your house, and do not tell him to rejoice; 11 for the one who tells him to rejoice shares in his evil works.
12 Having many things to write to you, I purpose not by means of paper and ink, but I am hoping to be with you and to speak mouth to mouth, in order that our joy may be fulfilled. 13 The children of your chosen sister greet you.