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Paul commendeth his ministry. COLOSSIANS, 1. Exhortation to constancy. knowledge of his will in all wisdom and
CHAPTER 2. spiritual understanding;
1 He still exhorteth them to be constant in Christ, 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord 8 to beware of philosophy, and vain traditions, unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every 18 worshipping of angels, 20 and legal cere. good work, and increasing in the knowledge monies, which are ended in Christ. of God; 01 Strengthened with all might, according FORDI would that ye knew what great
conflict I have for you, and for them to his glorious power, unto all patience and at Laodicea, and for as many as have not longsuffering with joyfulness;
seen my face in the flesh; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which 2 That their hearts might be comforted, bath made us meet to be partakers of the being knit together in love, and unto ali inheritance of the saints in light:
riches of the full assurance of understand13 Who hath delivered us from the power ing, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of darkness, and bath translated us into of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; the kingdom of his dear Son:
3 In whom are hid all the treasures of 14 In whom we have redemption through wisdom and knowledge his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:
4 And this I say, lest any man should be. 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, guile you with enticing words. the firstborn of every creature :
5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet 16 For by him were all things created, that am I with you in the spirit, joying and are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible beholding your order, and the stedfastness and invisible, whether they be thrones, or of your faith in Christ. dominions, or principalities, or powers: all 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Je. things were created by him, and for him: sus the Lord, so walk ye in him:
17 And he is before all things, and by him 7 Rooted and built up in him, and sta. all things consist.
blished in the faith, as ye have been taught, 18 And he is the head of the body, the abounding therein with thanksgiving. church: who is the beginning, the firstborn 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through from the dead; that in all things he might philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradi. have the preeminence.
tion of men, after the rudiments of the 19 For it pleased the Father that in him world, and not after Christ. should all fulness dwell;
9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of 20 And, having made peace through the the Godhead bodily. blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all 10 And ye are complete in him, which is things unto himself ; by him, I say, whether the head of all principality and power: they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with
21 And you, that were sometime alienated the circumcision made without hands, in and enemies in your mind by wicked works, putting off the body of the sins of the flesh yet now hath he reconciled
by the circumcision of Christ: 22 In the body of his flesh through death, 12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein to present you holy and unblameable and also ye are risen with him through the faith unreproveable in his sight:
of the operation of God, who hath raised 23 If ye continue in the faith grounded him from the dead. and settled, and be not moved away from 13 And you, being dead in your sins and the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he and which was preached to every creature quickened together with him, having forwhich is under heaven; whereof I Paul am given you all trespasses ; made a minister;
14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordi24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for nances that was against us, which was conyou, and fill up that which is behind of the trary to us, and took it out of the way, afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's nailing it to his cross; sake, which is the church.ies for his bod
15 And having spoiled principalities and 25 Whereof I am made a minister, accord- powers, he made a shew of them openly, ing to the dispensation of God which is given triumphing over them in it. to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 16 Let no
man therefore judge you in meat, 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or from ages and from generations, but now is of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: made manifest to his saints:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come; 27 To whom God would make known what but the body is of Christ. is the riches of the glory of this mystery
18 Let no man beguile you of your reamong the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, ward in a voluntary humility and worshipthe hope of glory: is
ping of angels, intruding into those things 28 Whom we preach, warning every man,
which he bath not seen, vainly puffed up and teaching every man in all wisdom; that by his fleshly mind, we may present every man perfect in Christ 19 And not holding the Head, from which
all the body by joints and bands having 29 Whereunto I also labour, striving ac- nourishment ministered, and knit together, cording to his working, which worketh in increaseth with the increase of God. me mightily.
20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ
and salutations. from the rudiments of the world, why, as 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not though living in the world, are ye subject bitter against them. to ordinances,
20 Children, obey your parents in all things: 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
22 Which all are to perish with the using ;) 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to after the commandments and doctrines of anger, lest they be discouraged. men ?
22 Servants, obey in all things your mas23 Which things have indeed a shew of ters according to the flesh; not with eyewisdom in will worship, and humility, and service, as menpleasers; but in singleness neglecting of the body; not in any honour of heart, fearing God: to the satisfying of the flesh.
23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, CHAPTER 3.
as to the Lord, and not unto men; 1 He shereth where we should seek Christ.
24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall re5 He exhorteth to mortification, 10 to put off
ceive the reward of the inheritance: for yo the old man, and to put on Christ, 12 exhort- serve the Lord Christ. ing to charity, humility, and other several 25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive duties.
for the wrong which he hath done: and
there is no respect of persons. things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.
CHAPTER 4. 2 Set your affection on things above, not 1 He exhorteth them to be fervent in prayer, on things on the earth.
5 to walk wisely toward them that are not 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid yet come to the true knowledge of Christ. with Christ in God.
10 He saluteth them, and wisheth them all 4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear,
prosperity. then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
ASTERS, give unto your servants that 5 Mortify therefore your members which which is just and equal; knowing that are upon the earth; fornication, unclean- ye also have a Master in heaven. ness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, 2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the and covetousness, which is idolatry:
same with thanksgiving ; 6 For which things' sake the wrath of God 3 Withal praying also for us, that God cometh on the children of disobedience: would open unto us a door of utterance,
7 In the which ye also walked some time, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which wben ye lived in them.
I am also in bonds : 8 But now ye also put off all these ; anger, 4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communi- to speak. cation out of your mouth.
5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are 9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye without, redeeming the time. have put off the old man with his deeds ; 6 Let your speech be alway with grace,
10 And have put on the new man, which seasoned with salt, that ye may know how is renewed in knowledge after the image of ye ought to answer every man. him that created him:
7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto 11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, minister and fellowservant in the Lord : Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, 8 Whom I have sent unto you for the and in all.
same purpose, that he might know your 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, estate, and comfort your hearts ; holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kind- 9 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved ness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long- brother, who is one of you. They shall suffering;
make known unto you all things which are 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving done here. one another, if any man have a quarrel 10 Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth against any: even as Christ forgave you, so you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, also do ye.
(touching whom ye received commandments: 14 And above all these things put on cha- if he come unto you, receive him ;) rity, which is the bond of perfectness.
11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who 15 And let the peace of God rule in your are of the circumcision. These only are my hearts, to the which also ye are called in fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, one body; and be ye thankful.
which have been a comfort unto me. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant richly in all wisdom; teaching and admo- of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fernishing, one another in psalms and hymns vently for you in prayers, that ye may stand and spiritual songs, singing with grace in perfect and complete in all the will of God. your hearts to the Lord.
13 For I bear him record, that he hath a 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, great zeal for you, and them that are in do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis. thanks to God and the Father by him.
14 Luke, the beloved physician, and De18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own mas, greet you. husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
15 Salute the brethren which are in Lao
The manner of
Paul's preaching. dicea, and Nymphas, and the church which the ministry which thou hast received in is in his house.
the Lord, that thou fulfil it. 16 And when this epistle is read among 18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. you, cause that it be read also in the church Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise
Amen. read the epistle from Laodicea.
Written from Rome to the Colossians by 17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to Tychicus and Onesimus.
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
to speak unto you the gospel of God with
much contention. 1 The Thessalonians are given to understand both how mindful of them Saint Paul was
3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, at all times in thanksgiving, and prayer: 5
nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: and also how well he was persuaded of the
4 But as we were allowed of God to be truth and sincerity of their faith, and con- put in trust with the gospel, even so we version to God.
speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which
trieth our hearts. the church of the Thessalonians which 5 For neither at any time used we flatis in God the Father and in the Lord Je- tering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of sus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, covetousness; God is witness : from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus 6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of Christ.
you, nor yet of others, when we might have 2 We give thanks to God always for you been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. all, making mention of you in our prayers ; 7 But we were gentle among you, even as
3 Remembering without ceasing your work a nurse cherisheth her children: of faith, and labour of love, and patience of 8 So being affectionately desirous of you, hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight we were willing to have imparted unto you, of God and our Father:
not the gospel of God only, but also our own 4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election souls, because ye were dear unto us. of God.
9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour 5 For our gospel came not unto you in and travail: for labouring night and day, word only, but also in power, and in the because we would not be chargeable unto Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye any of you, we preached unto you the know what manner of men we were among gospel of God. you for your sake.
10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how 6 And ye became followers of us, and of holily and justly and unblameably, we bethe Lord, having received the word in much haved ourselves among you that believe: affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
11 As ye know how we exhorted and com7 So that ye were ensamples to all that forted and charged every one of you, as a believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
father doth his children, 8 For from you sounded out the word of 12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, hath called you unto his kingdom and glory. but also in every place your faith to God- 13 For this cause also thank we God withward is spread abroad; so that we need not out ceasing, because, when ye received the to speak any thing.
word of God which ye heard of us, ye re9 For they themselves shew of us what ceived it not as the word of men, but as it manner of entering in we had unto you, is in truth, the word of God, which effectuand how ye turned to God from idols to ally worketh also in you that believe. serve the living and true God;
14 For ye, brethren, became followers of 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, the churches of God which in Judæa are in whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like which delivered us from the wrath to come. things of your own countrymen, even as CHAPTER 2.
they have of the Jews : 1 In what manner the gospel was brought and
15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and preached to the Thessalonians, and in what
their own prophets, and have persecuted sort also they received it. 18 Areason is
us; and they please not God, and are conrendered both why Saint Paul was 80 long
trary to all men: absent from them, and also why he was 80 16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles desirous to see them.
that they might be saved, to fill up their For yourselves, brethren, know our en- sins alway: for the wrath is come upon
trance in unto you, that it was not in them to the uttermost. vain :
.17 But we, brethren, being taken from 2 But even after that we had suffered be
you for a si ime in presence, not in fore, and were shamefully entreated, as ye heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God see your face with great desire.
Paril's love to them.
I. THESSALONIANS, 5. Exhortation to holiness. - 18 Wherefore we would have come unto Jesus, that as ye have received of us how you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan ye ought to walk and to please God, so yo hindered us.
would abound more and more. 19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown 2 For ye know what commandments we of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence gave you by the Lord Jesus. of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming ? 3 For this is the will of God, even your 20 For ye are our glory and joy.
sanctification, that ye should abstain from
fornication : CHAPTER 3. 1 Saint Paul testifieth his great love to the
4 That every one of you should know how Thessalonians, partly by sending Timothy
to possess his vessel in sanctification and unto them to strengthen and comfort them :
honour; partly by rejoicing in their well doing: 10 · 5 Not' in the lust of concupiscence, even and partly by praying for them, and desiring as the Gentiles which know not God: a safe coming unto them.
6 That no man go beyond and defraud his
brother in any matter: because that the forbear, we thought it good to be left Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also at Athens alone;
have forewarned you and testified. 2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanminister of God, and our fellowlabourer in ness, but unto holiness. the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not comfort you concerning your faith:
man, but God, who hath also given unto us 3 That no man should be moved by these his holy Spirit. afflictions: for yourselves know that we are 9 But as touching brotherly love ye need appointed thereunto.
not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves 4 For verily, when we were with you, we are taught of God to love one another. told you before that we should suffer tri- 10 And indeed ye do it toward all the bulation; even as it came to pass, and ye brethren which are in all Macedonia: but know.
we beseech you, brethren, that ye increaso 5 For this cause, when I could no longer more and more; forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by 11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to some means the tempter have tempted you, do your own business, and to work with your and our labour be in vain.
own hands, as we commanded you; 6 But now when Timotheus came from 12 That ye may walk honestly toward them you unto us, and brought us good tidings that are without, and that ye may have lack of your faith and charity, and that ye have of nothing. good remembrance of us always, desiring 13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, greatly to see us, as we also to see you: brethren, concerning them which are asleep,
7 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted that ye sorrow not, even as others which have over you in all our affliction and distress by no hope. your faith:
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and 8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the rose again, even so them also which sleep Lord.
in Jesus will God bring with him. 9 For what thanks can we render to God 15 For this we say unto you by the word again for you, for all the joy wherewith we of the Lord, that we which are alive and joy for your sakes before our God ;
remain unto the coming of the Lord shall 10 Night and day praying exceedingly that not prevent them which are asleep. we might see your face, and might perfect 16 For the Lord himself shall descend that which is lacking in your faith?
from heaven with a shout, with the voice 11 Now God himself and our Father, and of the archangel, and with the trump of our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto God: and the dead in Christ shall rise you.
es 12 And the Lord make you to increase and 17 Then we which are alive and remain abound in love one toward another, and to- shall be caught up together with them in ward all men, even as we do toward you: the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and
13 To the end he may stablish your hearts so shall we ever be with the Lord.
1 He proceedeth in the former description of
Christ's coming to judgment, 16 and giveth 1 He exhorteth them to go on forward in all manner of godliness, 6 to live holily and just
divers precepts, 23 and so concludeth the
epistle. ly, 9 to love , quietly to
UT of times , to sorrow moderately for the dead. 15 And iunto this last exhortation is annexed a brief
description of the resurrection, and second 2 For yourselves know perfectly that the coming of Christ to judgment.
day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the
night. brethren, and exhort you by the Lord 3 For when they shall say, Peace and
Of Christ's coming.
Diver's exhortations. safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them that are unruly, comfort the feeblethem, as travail upon a woman with child; | minded, support the weak, be patient toand they shall not escape.
ward all men. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, 15 See that none render evil for evil unto that that day should overtake you as a any man; but ever follow that which is good, thief,
among yourselves, and to all men. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the 16 Rejoice evermore. children of the day: we are not of the night, 17 Pray without ceasing. nor of darkness.
18 In every thing give thanks: for this is 6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning but let us watch and be sober.
you. 7 For they that sleep sleep in the night; 19 Quench not the Spirit. and they that be drunken are drunken in 20 Despise not prophesyings. the night.
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which 8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober,
is good. putting on the breastplate of faith and 27 Abstain from all appearance of evil. love; and for an helmet, the hope of sal- 23 And the very God of peace sanctify vation,
you wholly; and I pray God your whole 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, spirit and soul and body be preserved blamebut to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus less unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
Christ. 10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who or sleep, we should live together with him. also will do it.
11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, 25 Brethren, pray for us. and edify one another, even as also ye do. 26 Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. * 12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know 27 I charge you by the Lord that this opithem which labour anong you, and are over stle be read unto all the holy brethren. you in the Lord, and admonish you;
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be 13 And to esteem them very highly in love with you. Amen. for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.
The first epistle unto the Thessalonians 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn was written from A
THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
Paheli and Silvanus and Timotheus, unto
8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them CHAPTER 1.
that know not God, and that obey not the 1 Saint Paul certifieth them of the good opinion which he had of their faith, love, and
gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ : patience: 11 and therewithal useth divers
9 Who shall be punished with everlasting in
destruction from the presence of the Lord, secution, whereof the chiefest" is taken from and from the glory of his power; the righteous judgment of God.
10 When he shall come to be glorified in
his saints, and to be admired in all them the church of the Thessalonians in God that believe (because our testimony among our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ :
you was believed) in that day. 2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our 11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
that our God would count you worthy of 3 We are bound to thank God always for this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure you, brethren, as it is meet, because that of his goodness, and the work of faith with your faith groweth exceedingly, and the power: charity of every one of you all toward each 12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ other aboundeth;
may be glorified in you, and ye in him, ac4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the cording to the grace of our God and the churches of God for your patience and faith Lord Jesus Christ. in all your persecutions and tribulations that
CHAPTER 2. ye endure:
1 He willeth them to continue stedfast in the 5 Which is a manifest token of the right
truth received, 3 sheweth that there shall be eous judgment of God, that ye may be a departure from the faith, 9 and a discovery counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for of antichrist, before the day of the Lord come. which ye also suffer:
15 And thereupon repeateth his former exhor6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God tation, and prayeth for them.
coming 7 And to you who are troubled rest with by our gathering together unto him, us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or from heaven with his mighty angels,
be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word,
blerecompense tribulation to then that trou- | Nwe beseech you, brethren, by the