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18 and make straight paths for your feet, L Berntherorgelewer entertain strangers :
Privileges of the gospel.
Divers exhortations. fruit of righteousness unto them which are 10 to confess Christ, 16 to give alms, 17 to obey exercised thereby.
governors, 18 to pray for the apostle. 20 The 12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang
conclusion. down, the feeble knees
ET brotherly love continue. lest that which is lame be turned out of the for thereby some have entertained angels way; but let it rather be healed.
unawares. 14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, 3 Remember them that are in bonds, as without which no man shall see the Lord : bound with them; and them which suffer ad
15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of versity, as being yourselves also in the body. the grace of God; lest any root of bitter- 4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the ness springing up trouble you, and thereby bed undefled: but whoremongers and adulmany be defiled;
terers God will judge. 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane 5 Let your conversation be without covetperson, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat ousness, and be content with such things sold his birthright.
as ye have: for he hath said, I will never 17 For ye know how that afterward, when leave thee, nor forsake thee.
? he would have inherited the blessing, he 6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is was rejected : for he found no place of re- my helper, ard I will not fear what man pentance, though he sought it carefully with shall do unto me. tears.
7 Remember them which have the rule 18 For ye are not come unto the mount over you, who have spoken unto you the that might be touched, and that burned with word of God: whose faith follow, considerfire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and ing the end of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to 19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the day, and for ever. voice of words; which voice they that heard 9 Be not carried about with divers and intreated that the word should not be spo- strange doctrines. For it is a good thing ken to them any more:
that the heart be established with grace; 20 (For they could not endure that which not with meats, whieh have not profited was commanded, And if so much as a beast them that have been occupied therein. touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or 10 We have an altar, whereof they have thrust through with a dart:
no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Mo- 11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose ses said, I exceedingly fear and quake :) blood is brought into the sanctuary by the
22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and high priest for sin, are burned without the unto the city of the living God, the hea- camp. venly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might company of angels,
sanctify the people with his own blood, suf23 To the general assembly and church of fered without the gate. the firstborn, which are written in heaven, 13 Let us go forth therefore unto him withand to God the Judge of all, and to the out the camp, bearing his reproach. spirits of just men made perfect,
14 For here have we no continuing city, 24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new but we seek one to come. covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, 15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrithat speaketh better things than that of fice of praise to God continually, that is, the Abel.
fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. 25 See that ye refuse not him that speak- 16 But to do good and to communicate eth. For if they escaped not who refused forget not: for with such sacrifices God is him that spake on earth, much more shall well pleased. not we escape, if we turn away from him 17 Obey them that have the rule over you, that speaketh from heaven:
and submit yourselves for they watch for 26 Whose voice then shook the earth : but your souls, as they that must give account, now he hath promised, saying, Yet once that they may do it with joy, and not with more I shake not the earth only, but also grief: for that is unprofitable for you. heaven,
18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a 27 And this word, Yet once more, signi- good conscience, in all things willing to live fieth the removing of those things that are honestly. shaken, as of things that are made, that those 19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, things which cannot be shaken may remain. that I may be restored to you the sooner.
28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom 20 Now the God of peace, that brought which cannot be moved, let us have grace, again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that whereby we may serve God acceptably with great shepherd of the sheep, through the reverence and godly fear:
blood of the everlasting covenant, 29 For our God is a consuming fire.
21 Make you perfect in every good work CHAPTER 13.
to do his will, working in you that which 1 Divers admonitions, as to charity, 4 to honest
is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus life, 5 to avoid covetousness, 7 to regard God's
Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. preachers, 9 to take heed of strange doctrines, Amen.
Exhortation to patience.
JAMES, 2. Doers of the word are blessed. 22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the 24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, word of exhortation: for I have written a and all the saints. They of Italy salute you. letter unto you in few words.
25 Grace be with you all. Amen. 23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, it he come short- Written to the Hebrews from Italy by ly, I will see you.
THE GENERAL EPISTLE OF
word of truth, that we should be a kind of
firstfruits of his creatures. 1 We are to rejoice under the cross, 5 to ask
patience of God, 13 and in our trials not to 19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let impute our weakness, or sins, unto him, 19 every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, but rather to hearken to the word, to meditate slow to wrath : in it, and to do thereafter. 26 Oiherwise men 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the may seem, but never be truly religious.
righteousness of God.
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with are scattered abroad, greeting.
meckness the engrafted word, which is able 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall to save your souls. into divers temptations ;
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not 3 Knowing this, that the tiying of your hearers only, deceiving your own selves. faith worketh patience.
23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and 4 But let patience have her perfect work, not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting his natural face in a glass : nothing
24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his 5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask way, and straightway forgetteth what manof God, that giveth to all men liberally, ner of man he was. and upbraideth not; and it shall be given 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law him.
of liberty, and continueth therein, he being 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing waver- not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the ing. For he that wavereth is like a wave of work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. the sea driven with the wind and tossed.
26 If any man among you seem to be 7 For let not that man think that he shall religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but receive any thing of the Lord.
deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion 8 A double minded man is unstable in all is vain.
27 Pure religion and undefiled before God 9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in and the Father is this, To visit the fatherthat he is exalted :
less and widows in their affliction, and to 10 But the rich, in that he is made low: keep himself unspotted from the world. because as the flower of the grass he shall
CHAPTER 2. pass away. 11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a
1 It is not agreeable to Christian profession to burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and
regard the rich, and to despise the poor bre.
thren: 13 rather we are to be loving, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of merciful : 14 and not to boast of faith where the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the no deeds are, 17 uhich is but a dead faith, rich man fade away in his ways.
19 the faith of devils, 21 not of Abraham, 25 12 Blessed is the man that endureth temp- and Rahab.
Y brethren, of the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
with respect of persons, 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I 2 For if there come unto your assembly am tempted of God: for God cannot be a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparei, tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any and there come in also a poor man in vilo man:
raiment; 14 But every man is tempted, when he is 3 And ye have respect to him that weareth drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou
15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bring- here in a good place; and say to the poor, eth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footbringeth forth death.
stool: 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and 17 Every good gift and every perfect gitt are become judges of evil thoughts? is from above, and cometh down from the 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not Father of lights, with whom is no variable- God chosen the poor of this world rich in ness, neither shadow of turning.
faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he 18 of his own will begat he us with the hath promised to them that love him?
tation : for when he is tried, he shall receive M\Lorat hesus Christ, the Lord of glory,
Haith without works is dead. JAMES, 2.
Of governing the tongue. 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before ing that we shall receive the greater the judgment seats?
condemnation. 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name 2 For in many things we offend all. If any by the which ye are called ?
man offend not in word, the same is a per8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the fect man, and able also to bridle the whole scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as body. thyself, ye do well:
3 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye that they may obey us; and we turn about commit sin, and are convinced of the law their whole body as transgressors.
4 Behold also the ships, which though they 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty yet are they turned about with a very small of all.
helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 11 For he that said, Do not commit adul- 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, tery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou and boasteth great things. Behold, how great commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou a matter a little fire kindleth! art become a transgressor of the law.
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of ini12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that quity: so is the tongue among our members, shall be judged by the law of liberty.
that it defileth the whole body, and setteth 13 For he shall have judgment without on fire the course of nature; and it is set mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and on fire of hell. mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, 14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is a man say he hath faith, and have not tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind : works ? can faith save him?
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. destitute of daily food,
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Fa16 And one of you say unto them, Depart ther; and therewith curse we men, which in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwith- are made after the similitude of God. standing ye give them not those things 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth which are needful to the body; what doth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these it profit?
things ought not so to be. 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same dead, being alone.
place sweet water and bitter? 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, 12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive and I have works: shew me thy faith with- berries ? either a vine, figs? so can no founout thy works, and I will shew thee my faith tain both yield salt water and fresh. by my works.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with 19 Thou believest that there is one God; knowledge among you ? let him shew out of thou doest well: the devils also believe, and a good conversation his works with meektremble.
ness of wisdom. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife faith without works is dead?
in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against 21 Was not Abraham our father justified the truth. by works, when he had offered Isaac his son 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, upon the altar?
but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his 16 For where envying and strife is, there is works, and by works was faith made per- confusion and every evil work. fect?
17 But the wisdom that is from above is 23 And the scripture was fulfilled which first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to saith, Abraham believed God, and it was be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, imputed unto him for righteousness: and he without partiality, and without hypocrisy. was called the Friend of God.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown 24 Ye see then how that by works a man in peace of them that make peace. is justified, and not by faith only.
CHAPTER 4. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot
1 We are to strive against covetousness, 4 injustified by works, when she had received
temperance, 5 pride, 11 detraction, and rash the messengers, and had sent them out an
judgment of others: 13 and not to be confi
dent in the good success of worldly business, 26 For as the body without the spirit is but mindfui ever of the uncertainty of this dead, so faith without works is dead also. life, to commit ourselves and all our afairs
to God's providence. CHAPTER 3. others : 5 but rather to bridle the tongue, a
among not little member, but a powerful instrument of
of your lusts that war in your members ? much good, and great harm. 13 They who be
2 Ye lust, and have not ye kill, and desire truly wise be mild, and peaceable, without to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and envying, and strife.
war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
I other or no mourashim or arrogantly to reprove From whence come, wars and fightings
Against pride and detraction. JAMES, 5.
Wicked rich men threatened. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask Ye have heaped treasure together for the amiss, that ye may consume it upon your last days. lusts.
4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye have reaped down your fields, which is of not that the friendship of the world is en- you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries mity with God? whosoever therefore will be of them which have reaped are entered into a friend of the world is the enemy of God. the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, vain. The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth and been wanton ; ye have nourished your to envy?
hearts, as in a day of slaughter. 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore 6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth and he doth not resist you. grace unto the humble.
7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Re- coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandbist the devil, and he will fee from you. man waiteth for the precious fruit of the
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh earth, and hath long patience for it, until to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and he receive the early and latter rain. purify your hearts, ye double minded.
8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. your laughter be turned to mourning, and 9 Grudge not one against another, breyour joy to heaviness.
thren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the judge standeth before the door. Lord, and he shall lift you up.
10 Take, my brethren, the prophets,who have 11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. spoken in the name of the Lord, for an exHe that speaketh evil of his brother, and ample of suffering affliction, and of patience. judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, 11 Behold, we count them happy which enand judgeth the law: but if thou judge the dure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a and have seen the end of the Lord ; that the judge.
Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to 12 But above all things, my brethren, swear save and to destroy: who art thou that not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, judgest another ?
neither by any
oath: but let your yea 13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into morrow we will go into such city, and condemnation. continue there a year, and buy and sell, and 13 Is any among you afflicted ? let hini get gain:
pray. Is any merry ? let him sing psalms. 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on 14 Is any sick among you? let him call the morrow. For what is your life? It is for the elders of the church ; and let them even a vapour, that appeareth for a little pray over him, anointing him with oil in time, and then vanisheth away.
the name of the Lord : 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord 15 And the will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
sick, and the foer of faith shall save the
shall raise him up; and 16 But now yo rejoice in your boastings: if he have committed sins, they shall be all such rejoicing is evil.
forgiven him. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do 16 Confess your faults one to another, and good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous CHAPTER 5.
man availeth much. 1 Wicked rich men are to fear God's vengeance.
17 Elias was a man subject to like passions 7 We ought to be patient in afflictions, after as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it the example of the prophets, and Job: 12 to for- might not rain: and it rained not on the bear swearing, 13 to pray in odversity, to sing earth by the space of three years and six in prosperity : 16 to acknowledge mutually our
months. several faults, to pray one for another, 19 and to reduce a straying brother to the truth.
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven
gave rain, and the earth brought forth her Vo to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for fruit.
your miseries that shall come upon you. 19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your gar- truth, and one convert him; ments are motheaten.
20 Let him know, that he which convert3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and eth the sinner from the error of his way the rust of them shall be a witness against shall save a soul from death, and shall hide you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. a multitude of sins.
THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I 1 He blesseth God for his manifold spiritual
am holy. graces : 10 shewing that the salvation in 17 And if ye call on the Father, who withChrist is no news, but a thing prophesied of out respect of persons judgeth according to old: 13 and exhorteth them accordingly to a every man's work, pass the time of your godly conversation, forasmuch as they are sojourning here in fear: now born anew by the word of God.
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not of
redeemed with corruptible things, as silver strangers scattered throughout Pontus, and gold, from your vain conversation reGalatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, ceived by tradition from your fathers; 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as God the Father, through sanctification of of a lamb without blemish and without spot: the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of 20 Who verily was foreordained before the the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, foundation of the world, but was manifest and peace, be multiplied.
in these last times for you, 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our 21 Who by him do believe in God, that Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his raised him up from the dead, and gave him abundant mercy hath begotten us again glory; that your faith and hope might be unto a lively hope by the resurrection of in God. Jesus Christ from the dead,
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and un- obeying the truth through the Spirit unto defiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love in heaven for you,
one another with a pure heart fervently: 5 Who are kept by the power of God 23 Being born again, not of corruptible through faith unto salvation ready to be seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of revealed in the last time.
God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness of man as the flower of grass. The grass through manifold temptations:
withereth, and the flower thereof falleth 7 That the trial of your faith, being much away: more precious than of gold that perisheth, 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for though it be tried with fire, might be found ever. And tbis is the word which by the unto praise and honour and glory at the gospel is preached unto you. appearing of Jesus Christ :
CHAPTER 2. 8° Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet be
1 He dehorteth them from the breach of cha
rity: 4 shewing that Christ is the foundation lieving, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
whereupon they are built. 11 Hé beseecheth
them also to abstain from fleshly lusts, 13 to 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the
be obedient to magistrates, 18 and teacheth salvation of your souls.
servants how to obey their masters, 20 patient10 of which salvation the prophets have ly suffering for weil doing, after the example enquired and searched diligently, who pro- of Christ. phesied of the grace that should come unto
THEREFORE laying aside all malice, you:
and all guile, and hypocrisies, and en11 Searching what, or what manner of vies, and all evil speakings, time the Spirit of Christ which was in them 2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk did signify, when it testified beforehand of the word, that ye may grow thereby : the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is should follow.
gracious. 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not 4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, unto themselves, but unto us they did mi- disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of nister the things, which are now reported God, and precious, unto you by them that have preached the 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer down from heaven; which things the angels up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by desire to look into.
Jesus Christ. 13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corgrace that is to be brought unto you at the ner stone, elect, precious: and he that berevelation of Jesus Christ;
lieveth on him shall not be confounded. 14 As obedient children, not fashioning 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is yourselves according to the former lusts in precious: but unto them which be disobediyour ignorance:
ent, the stone which the builders disallowed, 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, the same is made the head of the corner, 80 be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of