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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 1

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1 a Jn 8, 32; 3 Jn 1 . *The Presbyter to the chosen Lady and to her children whom I love in truth—and not only I but also all who know the truth— 2because of the truth that dwells in us and will be with us forever. 3 *Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ the Father's Son in truth and love.

4 b 3 Jn 3 . *I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth just as we were commanded by the Father. 5 c Jn 13, 34; 15, 12; 1 Jn 4, 7 . But now, Lady, I ask you, not as though I were writing a new commandment but the one we have had from the beginning: let us love one another. 6 d Jn 13, 34; 14, 15; 1 Jn 5, 3 . *For this is love, that we walk according to his commandments; this is the commandment, as you heard from the beginning, in which you should walk.

7 e 1 Jn 2, 22; 4, 2 . *Many deceivers have gone out into the world, those who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh; such is the deceitful one and the antichrist. 8 *Look to yourselves that you do not lose what we worked for but may receive a full recompense. 9 f Jn 8, 31; 1 Jn 2, 23; 4, 15 . * Anyone who is so “progressive” as not to remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God; whoever remains in the teaching has the Father and the Son. 10 g Rom 16, 17; 2 Thes 3, 6 . *If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him in your house or even greet him; 11for whoever greets him shares in his evil works.

12 h Jn 15, 11; 1 Jn 1, 4; 3 Jn 13 . * Although I have much to write to you, I do not intend to use paper and ink. Instead, I hope to visit you and to speak face to face so that our joy may be complete. 13 *The children of your chosen sister send you greetings.

Notes:

a: Jn 8, 32; 3 Jn 1 .

b: 3 Jn 3 .

c: Jn 13, 34; 15, 12; 1 Jn 4, 7 .

d: Jn 13, 34; 14, 15; 1 Jn 5, 3 .

e: 1 Jn 2, 22; 4, 2 .

f: Jn 8, 31; 1 Jn 2, 23; 4, 15 .

g: Rom 16, 17; 2 Thes 3, 6 .

h: Jn 15, 11; 1 Jn 1, 4; 3 Jn 13 .

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