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Epaphroditus sent. Chap your faith, I joy and rejoice with you all.

18 For the same cause also do yejoy and rejoice with me. 19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus, to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort when I know your state. 2O For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. 21 For all scek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ’s. 22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. 23 Him, therefore, I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. 24 But I trust in the Lord, that I also myself shall come sho, 25 Yet I supposed it necessary, to send to you Epaphroditus my brother, and companion in labour, and fellow-soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 26 For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him : and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 28 I sent him, therefore, the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. 29 Receive him, therefore, in the Lord, with all gladness, and hold such in reputation: 30 Because for the work of

... iii. Avoid false teachers.

not regarding his life to supply your lack of service toward me. CHAP. III. To avoid false teachers. INALLY, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you, it is safe. 2 Beware of dogs, beware of

|evil-workers, beware of the con

cision. 3 For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh: 4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5. Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribé of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righte: ousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord : for whom I have suffered the loss offill things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith; 10 That I may know him, and

Christ he was nigh unto death,

the power of his resurrection, and

Avoid carnal Christians. Philippians.

the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark, for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us, therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded; and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so, as ye have us for an enSample. 18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 19 Whose end is destrućtion, whose god is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who Imind earthly things.) 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 Who shall change our vile

General exhortations.

body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. CHAP. IV. General exhortations. HEREFORE, my brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand o in the Lord, my dearly beloWCC1. 2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. 3.And I entreat thee also, true yoke-fellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellow-labourers, lo names are in the book of 1íC. 4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be careful for nothing: but

in every thing by prayer and sup- .

plication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever

things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever

things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

9 Those things, which ye have both learned and received, and heard and seen in me, do : and

Paul describeth

the God of peace shall be with you. 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respećt of want : for I have learned in whatsoever state I am there with to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound; every where, and in all things, I am instructed, both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound, and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me. 14 Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my afflićtion. 15 Now, ye Philippians, know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me, as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

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ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. 18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God. 19 But my God shall supply all your need, according to his riches in glory, by Christ Jesus. 20 Now, unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. 22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Cesar’s household. 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

T It was written to the Philippians from Rome, by Epaphroditus.

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16 For even in Thessalonica,

T THE EPISTLE OF PAUL, THE APOSTLE, TO THE
COLOSSIANS. -
CHAP. I. the Father of our Lord Jesus

Ae describeth the true Christ. AUL, an apostle of Jesus

Christ, praying always for you, 4 Since we heard of your faith

Christ by the will of God, in Christ Jesus, and of the love

and Timotheus our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful

which ye have to all the saints; 5 For the hope which is laid

brethren in Christ which are at up for you in heaven, whereof ye Colosse: Grace be unto you, and heard before in the word of the peace, from God our Father, and truth of the gospel:

the Lord Jesus Christ.

6 Which is come unto you,

3 We give thanks to God and as it is in all the wo and bring

In

Christ the head. Colos eth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: 7 As ye also learned of Epaphras, our dear fellow-servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. 9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffer. ing with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son; 14 in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins;

* 15 Who is the image of the

invisible God, the first-born of
every creature; -
16 For by him were all things
created that are in heaven, and
that are in earth, visible and invi-
sible, whether they be thrones,
or dominions, or principalities,
or powers; all things were created
by him, and for him;
17 And he is before all things,

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sians. Of constancy.

and by him all things consist;
18 And he is the head of the
body, the church; who is the
beginning, the first-born from the
dead; that in all things he might
have the pre-eminence;
19 For it pleased the Father,
that in him should all fulness
dwell:
20 And (having made peace
through the blood of his cross) by.
him to reconcile all things unto
himself; by him, I say, whether
they be things in earth or things
in heaven.
21 And you, that were some-
time alienated, and enemies in
gour mind by wicked works, yet.
now hath he reconciled
22 In the body of his flesh
through death, to present you
holy, and unblameable, and un-
reproveable, in his sight;
23 If ye continue in the faith
grounded and settled, and be not
moved away from the hope of the
gospel, which ye have heard, and
which was preached to every crea-
ture which is under heaven:
whereof I Paul am made a minis-
ter:
24 Who now rejoice in my
sufferings for you, and fill up that
which is behind of the afflićtions
of Christ in my flesh for his
body’s sake, which is the church;
25. Whereof I am made a mi-
nister, according to the dispensa-
tion of God, which is given to
me for you, to fulfil the word of
God;
26 Even the mystery, which
hath been hid from ages, and
from generations, but now is
made manifest to his saints;
27 To whom God would make
known what is the riches of the

Paul exhorteth

glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is, Christin you, the hope of glory: 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfeót in Christ Jesus, 29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me migh

tily. CHAP. II. Exhortations to constancy. OR I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, 2 That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faithin Christ. 6 As yehave therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him; 7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. e 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world,

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and not after Christ: 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the God-head bodily. 10 Andye are complete in him, which is the head of all principali: ty and power; - 11. In whom also yeare circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ; 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. - 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the umcircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the hand-writing of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And, having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16 Let no man therefore, judge you, in meat or in drink, or in respect of an holy-day, or of the new-moon, or of the sabbathdays; 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind; 19 And not holding the head, from which all the body, by joints and bands, having nourish

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