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Christians to be lights in the world. CHAP. III, IV.
Paul's humbleness of mind. upon him the form of a servant, and was made 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock or in the likeness of men :
Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; humbled himself, and becanre obedient into 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; death, even the death of the cross.
touching the righteousness which is in the law 9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, blameless. and given hima name which is above every name: 7 But what things were gain to me, those I
10Ť hat at the name of Jesus every knee should counted loss for Christ. bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss and things under the earth;
for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, Father.
that I may win Christ, 12 Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always 9 And be found in him, not having mine own obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now righteousness, which is of the law, but that much more in my absence, work out your own which is through the faith of Christ, the rightsalvation with fear and trembling.
eousness which is of God by faith: 13 For it is God which worketh in you both to 10 That I may know him, and the power of his will and to do of his good pleasure.
resurrection, and the fellowship of his suffer14 Do all things without murmurings and dis-lings, being made conformable unto his death ; putings:
11 If by any means I might attain unto the 15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, resurrection of the dead. the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst 12 Not as though I had already attained, either of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom were already perfect: but I follow after, if that ye shine as lights in the world ;
I may apprehend that for which also I am ap16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may prehended of Christ Jesus. rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have ap n vain, neither laboured in vain.
prehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting 17 Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice those things which are behind, and reaching and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice forth unto those things which are before, with you all.
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the 18 For the sanie cause also do ye joy, and re-high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Joice with me.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be 19 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timo- thus minded : and if in any thing ye be othertheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of wise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. good comfort, when I know your state.
16 Nevertheless, whereto we have already at20 For I have no man like-minded, who will tained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind naturally care for your state.
the same thing. 21 For all seek their own, not the things which 17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and are Jesus Christ's.
mark them which walk so as ye have us for an 22 But ye know the proof of him, that as a ensample. son with the father, he hath served with me in 18 (For many walk, of whom I have told you the gospel.
often, and now tell you even weeping, that they 23 Him therefore I hope to send presently, so are the enemies of the cross of Christ : soon as I shall see how it will go with me. 19 Whose end is destruction, whose God is
24 But I trust in the Lord that I also myself their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, shall come shortly.
who mind earthly things.) 25 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you 20 For our conversation is in heaven; from Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord labour, and fellow-soldier, but your messenger, Jesus Christ : and he that ministered to my wants.
21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may 26 For he longed after you all, and was full of be fashioned like unto his glorious body, accord heaviness, because that ye had heard that he ing to the working whereby he is able even to had been sick.
subdue all things unto himself. 27 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death :
CHAP. IV. but God had mercy on him; and not on him
General exhortations. oplyn burrowine also, lest I should have sorrow THAEREFORE, my brethren dearly beloved
28 I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that 2 I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, I may be the less sorrowful.
that they be of the same mind in the Lord. 29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all 3 And I entreat thee also, true yoke-fellow, help gladness; and hold such in reputation. those women which laboured with me in the ges30 Because for the work of Christ he was nigh pel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowuntdeath, not regarding his life, to supply labourers, whose names are in the book of life. your lack of service toward me.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always : and again I say CHAP. III.
5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. F , ; but in every thing by
VINALLY, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. The Lord is at hand. is not grievous, but for you it is safe.
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let 2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil-workers, be- your requests be made known unto God. ware of the concision.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all un3 For we are the circumcision, which worship derstanding, shall keep your hearts and minds God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, through Christ Jesus. and have no confidence in the flesh.
8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, 4 Though I might also have confidence in the whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things fiesh If any other man thinketh that he hath are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good
Philippians' liberality praised. COLOSSIANS.
General saluta fiona. report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any Macedonia, no church communicated with me praise, think on these things.
as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 9 Those things which ye have both learned, and 16 For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the again unto my necessity. God of peace shall be with you.
17 Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now that may abound to your account, at the last your care of me hath flourished again; 18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, havwherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked op- ing received of Epaphroditus the things which portunity.
were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a J1 Not that I speak in respect of want: for 1 sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God. lave learned, in whatsoever state I am, there- 19 Bat my God shall supply all your need ac with to be content.
cording to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 19 I know both how to be abased, and I know 20 Now unto God and our Father be glory for how to abound: every where and in all things I ever and ever. Amen. am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, 21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The bre both to abound and to suffer need.
thren which are with me greet you. 13 I can do all things through Christ which| 22 All the saints salute you, chiefly they that strengtheneth me.
are of Cesar's household. 14 Notwithstanding, ye have well done that ye 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with did communicate with my affliction.
Amen. 15 Now ye Philippians, know also, that in the IT It was written to the Philippians from beginning of the gospel, when I departed from! Rome, by Epaphroditus.
The Epistle of PAUL, the Apostle, to the COLOSSIANS.
19 For it pleased the Father that in hiin should Paul describeth the true Christ. all fulness dwell; PAUL Ananportion of Jesus Christ, by the win his ned, ka ving made peace through the blood 2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ himself; by him, I say, whether they be things which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and in earth, or things in heaven. peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and Christ.
enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now 3 We give thanks to God, and the Father of our hath he reconciled, Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 22 In the body of his flesh through death, to
4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, present you holy, and unblamable, and unre e and of the love which ye have to all the saints, provable, in his sight:
5 For the hope which is laid up for you in hea-23. If ye continue in the faith grounded and set. ven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the tled, and be not moved away from the hope of truth of the gospel :
the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was 6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the preached to every creature which is under heaworld; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also ven; whereof i Paul am made a minister; in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew 24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, the grace of God in truth :
and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions 7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fel- of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which low-servant, who is for you a faithful minister is the church: of Christ;
25 Whereof I am made a minister, according 8 Who also declared unto us your love in the to the dispensation of God which is given to me Spirit.
for you, to fulfil the word of God; 9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire ages, and from generations, but now is made that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his manifest to his saints : will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 27 To whom God would make known what is
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto the riches of the glory of this mystery among all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope and increasing in the knowledge of God; of glory:
11 Strengthened with all might, according to 28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and his glorious power, unto all patience and long-teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may suffering with joyfulness;
present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath 29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance to his working, which worketh in me mightily. of the saints in light:
CHAP. II. 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of imp. Exhortation to constancy. darknessi anda hath translated us into the king- FOR! Would that ye knew what great.com
14 In whom we have redemption through his cea, and for as many as have not seen my face blood, even the forgiveness of sins :
in the flesh; 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the 2 That their hearts might be comforted, being first-born of every creature:
knit together in love, and unto all riches of the 16 For by him were all things created, that are full assurance of understanding, to the acknowin heaven, and that are in earth, visible and in- ledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Favisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, ther, and of Christ; or principalities, or powers: all things were cre-| 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom ated by him, and for him :
and knowledge. 17 And he is before all things, and by him all 4 And this I say, lest any man should be sulle things consist,
you with enticing words. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church : 5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet in who is the beginning, the first-born from the with you in the spirit, joying and behold dead ; that in all things he might have the pre-order, and the steadfastness of your aika eminence. "AUT TUH Christ.
Worshipping of angels.
CHAP. III, IV. Dutios of wides, kusbands, fe. 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus newed in knowledge after the image of him that the Lord, so walk ye in him :
created him: 7 Rooted and built up in hini, and stablished in 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, cir the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding cumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scytherein with thanksgiving.
thian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through phi- 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy losophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, hum men, after the rudiments of the world, and not bieness of mind, meekness, long-suffering; after Christ.
13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the God- another, if any man have a quarrel against any: head bodily:
even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the 14 And-above all these things put on charity, head of all principality and power:
which is the bond of perfectness. 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, circumcision made without hands, in putting off to the which also ye are called in one ody; the body of the sins of the flesh by the circum- and be ye thankful. cision of Christ :
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly 12 Buried with hiin in baptism, wherein also ye in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one are risen with him through the faith of the ofura- another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual tion of God, who hath raised him from the songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the dead.
Lord. 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the un- 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do circumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks together with him, having forgiven you all tres- to God and the Father by him. passes;
18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own
15 And having spoiled principalities and pow- 20 Children, obey your parents in all things :
21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger,
cording to the flesh; not with eye-service, as 17 Which are a shadow of things to come; but men-pleasers ; but in singleness of heart, fearthe body is of Christ.
ing God: 18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, the Lord, and not unto men ; intruding into those things which he hath not 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the 19 And not holding the Head, from which all Lord Christ. the body by joints and bands having nourishment 25 But he that doeth wrong, shall receive for ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the wrong which he hath done: and there is no the increase of God.
respect of persons. 20 Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ from
CHAP. IV. the rudiments of the world, why as though liv- Fervent prayer recommended ing in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, ASTERS, give unto your servants that 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) af- also have a Master in heaven. Lei e commandments and doctrines of men ? 2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom with thanksgiving ; In will-worship, and humility, and neglecting of 3 Withal praying also for us, that God would the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the the flesh.
mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: CHAP. III.
4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to Exhortation to sundry duties.
F ye then be risen with Christ, seek those 5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are with:
things which are above, where Christ sitteth out, redeeming the time. on the right hand of God.
6 Let your speech be always with grace, sea2 Set your affection on things above, not on soned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought things on the earth.
to answer every man. 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with 7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, Christ in God.
who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minis-
5 Mortify therefore your members which are pose, that he might know your estate, and com-
ther, who is one of you. They shall make 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God known unto you all things which are done here. cometh on the children of disobedience:
10 Aristarchus, my fellow-prisoner, saluteth 7 In the which ye also walked sometime, when you; and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, ye lived in them.
(touching whom ye received commandments: 8 But now ye also put off all these ; anger, if he come unto you, receive him ;) wrath, malice, blaspheiny, filthy communication 11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are out of your nouth.
of the circumcision. These only are my fellow 9 Lie not cne to another, seeing that ye have workers unto the kingdom of God, which have put off the old man with his deeds;
been a comfort unto me. 10 Aod huve put on the new man, which is re-l 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant o.
Paul shexeth his mindfulness 1. THESSALONIANS.
of the Thessalonians Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently 16 And when this epistle is read among you, for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect cause that it be read also in the church of the and complete in all the will of God.
Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epis13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great tle from Laodicea. zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, 17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the and them in Hierapolis.
ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, 14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, that thou fulfil it. greet you.
18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Re15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, member my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen. and Nymphas, and the church which is in his 1 Written from Rome to the Colossians by house.
Tychicus and Onesimus.
11 As ye know how we exhorted, and comfortHistory of their conversion. led, and charged every one of you, as a father Pahele hardh Sivas and Timotheus, unto doir his children,
the church of the Thessalonians which is in 12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who God the Father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ : hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our 13 For this cause also thank we God without Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
ceasing, because, when ye received the word of 2 We give thanks to God always for you all, God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as making mention of you in our prayers ; the word of men, but (as it is in truth) the word 3 Remembering without ceasing your work of of God, which effectually worketh also in you faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope that believe. in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God 14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the and our Father;
churches of God which in Judea are in Christ 4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of Jesus : for ye also have suffered like things of God.
your own countrymen, even as they have of the 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word Jews: only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost,| 15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their and in much assurance; as ye know what man- own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they ner of men we were among you for your sake. please not God, and are contrary to all men: 6 And ye became followers of us, and of the 16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that Lord, having received the word in much afflic- they might be saved, to fill up their sins always: tion, with joy of the Holy Ghost :
for the wrath is come upon them to the utter7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe most. in Macedonia and Achaia.
17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for 8 For from you sounded out the word of the a short time in presence, not in heart, endeaLord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also voured the more abundantly to see your face in every place your faith to God-ward is spread with great desire. abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 18 Wherefore we would have come unto yon,
9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hinder entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned ed us. to God from idols, to serve the living and true God;/ 19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of
10 Ard to wait for his Son from heaven, whom rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which de- our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming ? livered us from the wrath to come.
20 For ye are our glory and joy.
Paul's love in sending them Timothy.
ourentrance VHEREFORE, when we could no longer 2 But even after that we had suffered before, Athens alone; and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at 2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minis Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto ter of God, and our fellow-labourer in the gospel you the gospel of God with much contention. of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you 3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor concerning your faith: of uncleanness, nor in guile;
3 That no man should be moved by these afflic4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in tions: for yourselves know that we are ap trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pointed thereunto. pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 4 For verily, when we were with you, we told
5 For neither at any time used we flattering you before that we should suffer tribulation;
5 For this cause, when I could no longer for6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, bear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some nor yet of others, when we might have been means the tempter have tempted you, and our burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
labour be in vain. 7 But we were gentle among you, even as a 6 But now, when Timotheus came from you Rurse cherisheth her children:
unto us, and brought us good tidings of your 8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we faith and charity, and that ye have good remeniwere willing to have imparted unto you, not brance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, as we also to see you : because ye were dear unto us.
7 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over 9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and you in all our affliction and distress by your travail: for Jabouring night and day, because we faith: would not be chargeable unto any of you, we 8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. preached unto you the gospel of God.
9 For what thanks can we render to God again 10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily, for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for and justly, and unblamably we behaved our-your sakes before our God; selves among you that believe:
10 Night and day praying exceedingly that wo
He exhorts to holiness,
CHAP. IV, V.
and giveth divers precepta. might see your face, and night perfect thaty 18 Wherefore, comfort one another with these which is lacking in your faith?
words. 11 Now God himself and our Father, and our
CHAP. V. Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. 107 and the Lord make you to increase and B'ye have no need that I write unto you.
Description of Christ's coming,
UT of the times and the seasons, brethren, abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you :
2 For yourselves know perfectly, that the day 13 To the end he may establish your hearts un of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. blamable in holiness before God, even our Fa- 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety: ther, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as with all his saints.
travail upon a woman with child; and they CHAP. IV.
shall not escape. Description of the resurrection. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that thren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the chilthat as ye have received of us how ye ought to dren of the day: we are not of the night, nor of walk and to please God, so ye would abound darkness. inore and more.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but 2 For ye know what commandments we gave let us watch and be sober. you by the Lord Jesus.
7 For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and 3 For this is the will of God, even your sancti- they that be drunken, are drunken in the fication, that ye should abstain from fornication : night.
4 That every one of you should know how to 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, put-
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but
11 Wherefore, comfort yourselves together, 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, and edify one another, even as also ye do. but unto holiness.
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not them which labour among you, and are over man, but God who hath also given unto us his you in the Lord, and admonish yon; Holy Spirit.
13 And to esteem them very highly in love for 9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not their work's sake. And be at peace among that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are yourselves. taught of God to love one another.
14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them
11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your man; but ever follow that which is good, both
16 Rejoice evermore.
will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, 19 Quench not the Spirit. brethren, concerning them which are asleep,] 20 Despise not prophesyings. that ye sorrow not, even as others which have 21 l’rove all things; hold fast that which is no hope.
good. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus 23 And the very God of peace sanctify you will God bring with him.
wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and 15 For this we say unto you by the word of soul, and body, be preserved blameless unto the the Lord, that we which are alive and remain coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also them which are asleep.
will do it. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from 25 Brethren, pray for us. heaven with a shout, with the voice of the arch- 26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. angel, and with the trump of God : and the dead| 27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle le in Christ shall rise first:
read unto all the holy brethren. 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall 28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with be caught up together with them in the clouds, you. Amen. to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we The first epistle unto the Thessalonians ever be with the Lord,
was written from Athens. 1 The Second Epistle of PAUL, the Apostle, to the THESSALONIANS. CHAP. I.
4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the Paul's comfort against persecution. churches of God, for your patience and faith in Pahur andsilvanus, and Timotheus, unto the all your persecutions and tribulations that ye Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:
5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous 2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our judgment of God, that ye may be counted worFather and the Lord Jesus Christ.
thy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also 3 We are bound to thank God always for you, suffer: brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith 6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to regroweth exceedingly, and the charity of every compense tribulation to them that trouble you ; one of you all toward each other aboundeth ; 7 And to you, who are troubled, rest with us