Original Douay Rheims Bible (1582 & 1610)

The First Epistle of Saint Iohn the Apostle

They that loue God, must loue his natural Sonne Iesvs, and his sonnes by adoption, & keep his commandements, which to the regenerate are light. 4. But not, vnles they continue in the Catholike faith, namely of this article, that Iesvs is the Sonne of God, and therfore able to giue vs life euerlasting, 14. and al our petitions 16. and our praiers for al our Brethren that sinne not vnto death, dying in their mortal sinnes by impenitence. Last of al, he warneth them not to communicate with Idols.
1. WHOSOEVER beleeueth that Iesvs is Christ, is borne of God. And euery one that loueth him which begat, loueth him also which was borne of him.
2. In this we know that we loue the children of God: when as we loue God, and keep his commandements.
3. For this is the charitie of God, that we keep his commandements: and his commandements are not heauy.
4. Because al that is borne of God, ouercommeth the world: And this is the victorie which ouercommeth the world, our faith.
5. Who is he that ouercommeth the world, but he that beleeueth that Iesvs is the Sonne of God?
6. This is he that came by water & bloud Iesvs Christ: not in water only, but in water and bloud. And it is the Spririt which testifieth, that Christ is the truth.
7. For there be three which giue testimonie in heauen, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost. And these three be one.
8. And there be three which giue testimonie in earth: the spirit, water, and bloud and these three be one.
9. If we receiue the testimonie of men, the testimonie of God is greater. Because this is the testimonie of God which is greater, that he hath testified of his Sonne.
10. He that beleeueth in the Sonne of God, hath the testimonie of God in himself. He that beleeueth not the Sonne, maketh him a lier: because he beleeueth not in the testimonie which God hath testified of his Sonne.
11. And this is the testimonie, that God hath giuen vs life euerlasting. And this life is in his Sonne.
12. He that hath the Sonne, hath life. He that hath not the Sonne of God, hath not life.
13. These things I write to you, that you may know that you haue eternal life which beleeue in the name of the Sonne of God.
14. And this is the confidence which we haue toward him: that, whatsoeuer we shal aske according to his will, he heareth vs.
15. And we know that he heareth vs whatsoeuer we shal aske: we know that we haue the petitions which we request of him.
16. He that knoweth his brother to sinne a sinne not to death, let him aske, and life shal be giuen him, sinning not to death. There is a sinne to death: for that I say not that any man aske.
17. Al iniquitie, is sinne. And there is a sinne to death.
18. We know that euery one which is borne of God, sinneth not: but the generation of God preserueth him, and the wicked one toucheth him not.
19. We know that we are of God, and the whole world is set in wickednesse.
20. And we know that the Sonne of God commeth: and he hath giuen vs vnderstanding, that we may know the true God, & may be in his true Sonne, This is the true God, & life euerlasting.
21. My litle children, keep your selues from Idols. Amen.