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On the Day of Judgment.

Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we must all appear before the judgmentseat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. *

* 2 Cor. v. 9, 10.

On Forgiveness of Sins.

SECTION XLIII.

ye, make

ye clean;

When the wicked man turneth away

from his wickedness that he hath committed, and doeth that which is lawful and right, he shall save his soul alive. Because he considereth, and turneth away from all his transgressions that he hath committed, he shall surely live; he shall not die.* Wash put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes ; cease to do evil ; learn to do well ; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord : though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land ; but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword : for the mouth of the Lord bath spoken it.

* Ezek. xviii. 27, 28.

† Isa. i. 16–20.

On Forgiveness of Sins.

SECTION XLIV.

In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. When he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance. And now also the ax is laid unto the root of the trees : therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down, and cast into the fire. * From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Re. pent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.+ They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance. I

† Matt. iv. 17.

* Matt. iii. 1, 2, 7, 8, 10.

* Matt. ix. 12, 13.

On Forgiveness of Sins.

SECTION XLV.

The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.*

* Matt. xviii. 23–27.

On Forgiveness of Sins.

SECTION XLVI.

BUT the same servant went out, and found one of his fellow-servants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. And his fellow-servant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow-servants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told their lord all that was done. Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellow-servant, even as I had pity on thee? And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.*

* Matt. xviii. 28–35.

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