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5 And spared not the old world, but saved f Ge.19.24, Noah the eighth person, a preacher of right


False teachers foretold. CHAPTER III.

1 He assureth them of the certainty of Christ's coming to judgment, against those scorners who dispute against it: 8 warning the godly, for the long patience of God, to hasten their repentance. 10 He describeth also the manner how the world shall te destroyed: 11 exhorting them, from the expectation thereof, to all holiness of life: 15 and again, to think the patience of God to tend to their salvation, as Paul wrote to them in his epistles

eousness, bringing in the flood upon the world 8 De 23.23 THIS second epistle, beloved, I now write

of the ungodly;

h Ge.19.16.


6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Go-i P.34.15. morrha into ashes, condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;

7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds ;)

9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:

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k He.13.4.

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unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:


2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:

3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in m Jude 8,10. the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

n Some


o Je. 12.3.

p Phi.3.19. Jule 12, &c.

e an adul-



s Ep.4.14.

10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise vernment. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of m dignities. P.73.8. 11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord.

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12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made Jn.8.34. to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption:

w Lu.11.26.
He 6.4,

x Ma.11.23,

Lu. 12.47,

13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they P that count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings y Pr.12.28. while they feast with you;

14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: a heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children:

15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaamd the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.

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4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.


5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:

6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

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13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be "diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.


15 And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.

18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. y 2 Ti.4.18. Amen.

22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was wash-x ed to her wallowing in the mire.




He describeth the person of Christ, in whom we have eternal life, by a communion with God: 5 to which we must adjoin holiness of life, to testify the truth of that our communion and profession of faith, as also to assure us of the forgiveness of our sins y Christ's death.

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A. M. cir.

A. D. cir.

a Jn.1.1,


b 2 Pe.1.16.

c Lu.24.39.
d Jn. 17.3.

e Jn. 17.21.
f Jn. 15.11.

g Jn. 1.4,9.
1 T1.6.16.

3 That which we have seen and heard de-h clare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things write we unto you, that f your joy may be full.

5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:

7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse 1 us from all unrighteousness.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

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Jn. 12.35.

i Ep.1.7.

1 Pe.1.19.


Ec. 7.20.

k Job 33.27,

Pr. 28.13.

1 Co.6.11.

a Ro.8.34.

b Ro.3.25.

c Lu.6.46.

d Jn. 15.4,5.
e Jn.13.15.

g Ro.13.12.
h 2 Pe. 1.9.

i scandal.

J Pr.4.15.


k Px.25.11.
Lu. 21.47.
Ac. 10.43.
I c.1.1.

12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's * sake.

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13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome P the wicked

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16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, › A even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.

19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.

20 But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye know all things.

21 I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.

22 Who is a liar, but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth Jn.14.7,9 the Father and the Son.

n Ep.6.10.

o Jn.15.7.

2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of p Re27, the whole world.

3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.


q Ro. 12.2
r Mat.6.24.

Ja 4.4.

4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not
his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is 2 Pe.2.10.
not in him.

5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.

7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning.

8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.

9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness" even until now. 10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling

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23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [but] he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.

24 Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father.

25 And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life.

26 These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.

27 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in h him.

28 And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming.

29 If ye know that he is righteous, i ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.

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Of love to one another.



A. M. cir. 4072.

A. D. cir. 68.

d Ro.8.14, 18.

2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shal be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 3 And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. 4 Whosoever committeth sin transgressethf Job 19.26. also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.

5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.


Phi 3.21.

2 Pe. 1.4.

Ps. 17.15. Mat. 5.8. 1Co.1312 g He.9.26, 28.

h 3 Jn.11.

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7 Little children, let no man deceive you: hek He.214. that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.

8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that *he might destroy the works of the devil.

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9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.

10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.

11 For this is the "message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

12 Not as P Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.

13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.

14 We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death. 15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

16 Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But" whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?



1 c.5.18.

m1 Pe.1.23.

n or, commandment.

o Jn. 15.12.

p Ge.4.4..8.

q Jn. 15.18, 19.

r c.29,11.



t JD.15.13. Ro.5.8.

u De. 15.7.

v c.4.20.

w Eze. 33.31 Ro. 12.9.


Exhortations to brotherly love.

2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:

3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.

5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.


7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

11 Beloved, if m God so loved us, we ought Je 2.15,16 also to love one another.

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12 Noman hath seen God at any time. we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.

14 And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the World.

15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.

17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: d1 Co. 12.3. because as he is, so are we in this world.

e Ro.8.37.

f Jn.3.31.

18.20. c.3.11,23. 200.13.11

ver. 16. JJn.3.16.

18 My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth. 19 And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.h 20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God. 22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 23 And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus 1 Co.13.13 Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

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m Mat.18.33



n 1 Ti.6.16.

p Jn. 14.20. c.3.24.

q Ro. 10.9. r ver.8.

s love with


t Jn. 15.16. n c.3.17.

v Jo.13.34.

a Jn.1.12,13

18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 19 We love him, because he first loved us. 20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how " can he love God whom he hath not seen?

21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also.


1 He that loveth God loveth his children, and keepeth his commandments: 3 which to the faithful are light, and not grievous 9 Jesus is the Son of God, able to save us, 14 and to hear our prayers, which we make for ourselves, and for others.

WHOSOEVER believeth that Jesus is the

Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat, loveth him also that is begotten of him.

2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments.

3 For this is the love of God, that we keep

try the spirits whether they are of God: b Jn 14.15, his commandments: and his commandments because many false prophets are gone out

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k Ac.22.4. 2 Co. 1.22. 11 Pe.3. 21. He. 13.12.

m Ro.8.16.

n Jn.1.4.

o Jn.5.24. p Jn.20.31.


r Pr. 15.29. Je.29.12, 13.

Mat. 12.

10 He that believeth on the Son of God hathor, conthe 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 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; that P ye may know that ye have eternal life,

t Je.7.16. u c.3.4. ▾ Ro.5.20,


w Ja.1.27.

x Lu.24.45. y la 9.6.

in Christian love and belief.

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...in which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: Ido not say that he shall

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

18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God 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, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This y is the true God, and eternal life.

21 Little children, keep yourselves from 'idols and 21 Co.10.14 Amen.



1 He exhort th a certain honourable matron, with her children, to persevere in Chris- 1 A. M. cir. tian 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.


HE elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth; and not 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 with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love. 4 I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children 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 a we love one another.

A. D. cir. 69.

a 1 Jn.3.23.

b. Jn. 14. 15, 21.

1 Jn.4.1. d Ma.13.9.

e Phi 3.16. Re.3.11.

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9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not 8 in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath poth the Father and the Son.

10 If there come any unto you, and bring ed. Some not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:


which ye


but that ye
Jn. 15.6.

h Ga. 1.8,9.


jmouth to mouth.

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

1 1 Jn.1.4.

11 For he that biddeth him God speed is nartaker of his evil deeds.

12 Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full.


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13 The children of thy elect sister greet thee. Amen.

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8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellow-helpers to the truth.

9 I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, receiveth us not.

10 Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, * prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church.

11 Beloved, follow m not that which is evil

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3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.


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g 2 Pe.21. h Ro.9.22

of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core.

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12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: b clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit d withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots;



13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out T115,16 their own shame; wandering stars, to whom 1C.10.5, is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever. 14 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousand of his saints,


k Nu.14.29, 37.

He. 3.16..

1 Jn. 8.44.

m or, principality.

n ? Pe.2.4.

o Re.20.10. p Ge. 19.24. q other.

2 Pe 2.10,


8 Da. 12.1.

De.34.6. u Ex.22.28 Zec.3.2.


x Nu.22.7, 21.

y Nu.16.1, &c.

z 2 Pe. 2,13. a Phi 319.

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e Ep.4.14.

Jn. 15.4.6

e He.6.4..6.

[ Mat. 15.13 g 18.57.20.



i Zec.14.5. JRe 20.13.

1 1 Ti. 4.1. m He. 10.25. n Col.2.7.

9 Yet Michael the archangel, when con- Pa73.9 tending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, " durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord buke thee.


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9 Tit.2.13.

Zec 32.5

s Re.3.4,18. t Ro.16.25. 27.

u 2 Ti. 4.18. Col 1.22 w1 Ti.1.17.

15 Toexecute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him.

16 These are murmurers, complainers, walking after their own lusts; and their mouth speaketh great swelling words, having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. 17 But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ;

18 How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts.

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