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the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

11 And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.

12 y He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.

13 These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; a that ye may

know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.

14 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing “ according to his will, he heareth us :

15 ° And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.?

16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death.

* testimony. Rh. Pu. 5 concerning him. A. V. Whatsoever we shall ask. Rh. 'the requests which we ask from him. Pu.

* John, iii. 33 : He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. do, v. 38: Ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not,

y See on Acts, iii. 15.

2 JOHN, xx. 31: These are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

* John, i. 1, 2: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning b See on Mat, vii. 7, 8. See on MAT. vii. 7, 8; and on JOHN, ix. 31. Job, xlii. 8 : Go to my servant Job, and offer up

for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall


you : for him will I accept. James, v. 14, 15: Is any sick among you ? let him call for the elders of the Church, and let them pray over him. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him,



There is a sin unto death: 'I do not say that he shall pray for it.

17 & All unrighteousness is sin : and there is a h sin not unto death.

18 We know that whosoever is i born of God sinneth not ; but he that is begotten of God k keepeth' himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not. · 19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

20 And we know that the Son of God is come, 8 hic that is boru of God. We. Pu. ' looks carefully lo. Br. 10 is set on evil. Wi. Ham.

e NUMB. xv. 30 : But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the LORD; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Deut. xiii. 5: That prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death ; because he hath spoken to turn you away from the Lord. See on Mat. xii. 31, 32.

i Jer. vii. 16: Pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither

make intercession to me : for I will not hear thee. do. xi. 14: Pray not thou for this people, for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble. do. xiv. 11 : Then said the LORD unto me, Pray not for this people for their good. do. xv. 1, 2: Then said the LORD unto me, Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my mind could not be toward this people: cast them out of my sight, and let them go forth.-Such as are for death, to death; and such as are for the sword, to the sword ; and such as are for the famine, to the famine. John, xvii. 9 : I pray for them : I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me ; for they are thine.

8 See on Rom. iv. 15.

h Rom.v. 20,21 : Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound : that as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

i See on John, iii. 3, 5. k See on JOHN, xvii. 15.

" Gal. i. 4: Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father. See on John, xii. 31.

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and hath "given us an understanding, that we may u know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. 11 This is the true God, and Peternal life.

21 Little children, "keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

" that we may know the true God, and inay be in his true Sou. m Luke, xxiv. 45 : Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures.

n See on John, xvii. 3.

• Isa. ix. 6: Unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given : and the government shall be upon his shoulder : and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. do. xliv. 6: Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. do. liv. 5 : For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; the God of the whole earth shall he be called. John, xx. 28 : Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and

my God. Acts, xx, 28 : Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made

you overseers, to feed the Church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. Rom. ix.5: Who is over all, God blessed for ever, Amen. 1 Tim. iii. 16: God was manifest in the flesh. Tit. ii. 13 : Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. . Heb. i. 8: But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever : a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

p Ver. 11, 12, 13. 9 See on 1 Cor. x. 14,



This epistle is supposed by some to have been addressed to a church, but by others to a particular woman of eminence in the church; her name according to some being Eluta, and according to others Kuria. That it was addressed to a particular woman seems most probable; and which of these two words was the name, and which the epithet, or whether both of them be not epithets, is of little consequence.


1 He exhorteth a certain honourable matron, with her children, to

persevere in Christian love and belief; 8 lest they lose the reward of their former profession: 10 and to have nothing to do with those seducers that bring not the true doctrine of Christ Jesus.

A. D. 50. THE « elder unto the belect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth ; and not

a See on 1 Tim. v. 1.

o] Pet. v. 13: The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, saluteth you.

c Ver. 3. John, viii. 32: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. Gal. ii. 5, 14: To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the Gospel might continue with you. But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the Gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews ? do. ii. 1: O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? do. v. 7: Who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth? Eph. i. 13: In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation. Col. i. 5: For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the Gospel. 2 Thes. ii. 13 : God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth. 1 Tim. ii. 4 : Who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth. HEB. X. 26: If we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth. JAMES, i. 18: Of his

I only, but also all they that have known the truth ;

2 For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.

3 Grace be 3 with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, ein truth and love.

4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children of walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.

5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the beginning, that we h love one another.

6 And this is i love, that we walk after his commandments. This is the commandment, That, as ye have k heard from the beginning, ye should walk in it.

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I who know. Pu. 2 by reason of the truth. Pu. * some of thy children. Pu.

own will begat he us with the word of truth. do. v. 19: Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him. 1 Pet. i. 22 : Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit. 2 Pet. ii. 12: I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and he established in the present truth. do.ü.2: Many shall follow their pernicious ways, by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 1 John, iii. 18: My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue ; but in deed and in truth. 3 John, i. 3, 8: The Gospel is called the truth in divers other places. See on GAL. ii. 5.

d See on Rom. i. 7.
e Ver. 1.
f3 John, 3.
& See on John, xiii. 34.
h See on Joạn, xiii. 34.
i See on John, xiv. 15.
k ] John, ii. 24: Let that therefore abide in

which we

you, have heard from the beginning.

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