Αʹ ὃ ἦν ἀπ᾽ ἀρχῆς ὃ ἀκηκόαμεν ὃ ἑωράκαμεν τοῖς ὀφθαλμοῖς ἡμῶν ὃ ἐθεασάμεθα καὶ αἱ χεῖρες ἡμῶν ἐψηλάφησαν περὶ τοῦ λόγου τῆς ζωῆς Βʹ καὶ ἡ ζωὴ ἐφανερώθη καὶ ἑωράκαμεν καὶ μαρτυροῦμεν καὶ ἀπαγγέλλομεν ὑμῖν τὴν ζωὴν τὴν αἰώνιον ἥτις ἦν πρὸς τὸν πατέρα καὶ ἐφανερώθη ἡμῖν Γʹ ὃ ἑωράκαμεν καὶ ἀκηκόαμεν ἀπαγγέλλομεν ὑμῖν ἵνα καὶ ὑμεῖς κοινωνίαν ἔχητε μεθ᾽ ἡμῶν καὶ ἡ κοινωνία δὲ ἡ ἡμετέρα μετὰ τοῦ πατρὸς καὶ μετὰ τοῦ υἱοῦ αὐτοῦ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ
1 That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld and our hands have handled—concerning the Word of life, 2 and the life was manifested, and we have seen, and we have testified, 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, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
The author, doubtless the very same author of the fourth gospel and the following two epistles, writes his own experience as well as that of the apostles, the eyewitnesses of the Lord Jesus Christ and his works while he was on earth.
“And the life was manifested”—that is, the life appeared; it was visible to the eyewitnesses. They saw it with their eyes; they heard it speak; they beheld it with their hands
Δʹ καὶ ταῦτα γράφομεν ὑμῖν, ἵνα ἡ χαρὰ ἡμῶν ᾖ πεπληρωμένη
4 And we write these things to you, so that your joy may be full.
Εʹ Καὶ αὕτη ἐστὶν ἡ ἐπαγγελία ἣν ἀκηκόαμεν ἀπ᾽ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἀναγγέλλομεν ὑμῖν ὅτι ὁ Θεὸς φῶς ἐστιν καὶ σκοτία ἐν αὐτῷ οὐκ ἔστιν οὐδεμία
5 And this is the message which we have heard from him and declare to you, that God is light, and there is not any darkness in Him.
Ϛʹ ἐὰν εἴπωμεν ὅτι κοινωνίαν ἔχομεν μετ’ αὐτοῦ καὶ ἐν τῷ σκότει περιπατῶμεν ψευδόμεθα καὶ οὐ ποιοῦμεν τὴν ἀλήθειαν
6 If we say that we have communion with Him, and we walk in darkness, then we are lying and we do not do the truth.