1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have gazed upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life-
2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and we declare to you the eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us-
3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, in order that you also may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things we write to you that our joy may be fulfilled.
5 And this is the message which we have heard from Him and we announce to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.
6 If we claim that we have fellowship with Him, and we are walking in the darkness, we are lying, and are not practicing the truth.
7 But if we are walking in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
8 If we claim that we have no sin, we are deceiving 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 us from all unrighteousness.
10 If we claim that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.