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are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, || Take heed to the ministry which and the church which is in his thou hast received in the Lord, house.

|| that thou fulfil it. 16 And when this epistle is || 18 The salutation by the hand read among you, cause that it of me Paul. Remember my be read also in the church of bonds. Grace be with you. the Laodiceans; and that ye || Amen. likewise read the epistle from Written from Rome to the Co. Laodicea ;

lossians by Tychicus and 17 And say to Archippus, ll Onesimus.





| 5 For our gospel came not

unto you in word only, but also HISTORY OF THEIR CONVER

in power, and in the Holy

Ghost, and in much assurance; PAUL, and Silvanus, and as ye know what manner of Timotheus, unto the church of men we were among you for the Thessalonians, which is in || your sake. God the Father, and in the 6 And ye became followers of Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be us, and of the Lord, having reunto you, and peace, from God ceived the word in much afflicour Father, and the Lord Jesus Il tion, with joy of the Holy Christ.

Ghost: 2 We give thanks to God al- 7 So that ye were ensamples ways for you all, making mention to all that believe in Macedonia of you in our prayers;

and Achaia. 3 Remembering without ceas. | 8 For from you sounded out. ing your work of faith, and la- | the word of the Lord, not only bour of love, and patience of in Macedonia and Achaia, but hope, in our Lord Jesus Christ, also in every place your faith to in the sight of God and our Fa-God-ward is spread abroad; so ther;

that we need not to speak any 4 Knowing, brethren beloved, I thing. your election of God.

# 9 For they themselves shew of


selv ameably we ne, justly, and

us what manner of entering in | 7 But we were gentle among we had unto you, and how you, even as a nurse cherisheth ye turned to God from idols, her children: to serve the living and true | 8 So, being affectionately deGod;

| sirous of you, we were willing 10 And to wait for his Son | to have imparted unto you, not from heaven, whom he raised the gospel of God only, but from the dead, even Jesus, which also our own souls, because ye delivered us from the wrath to were dear unto us. come.

9 For ye remember, brethren,

our labour and travail : for laCHAP. II.

bouring night and day, because

we would not be chargeable HOW THEY RECEIVED THE

unto any of you, we preached GOSPEL.

unto you the gospel of God. FOR yourselves, brethren, 10 Ye are witnesses, and God know our entrance in unto you, also, how holily, and justly, and that it was not in vain :

unblameably we behaved our2 But even after that we had selves among you that believe: suffered before, and were shame 11 As ye know, how we exfully entreated, as ye know, at horted, and comforted, and Philippi, we were bold in our charged every one of you, (as a God, to speak unto you the father doth his children,) gospel of God, with much con- | 12 That ye would walk wortention.

thy of God, who hath called you 3 For our exhortation was not unto his kingdom and glory. of deceit, nor of uncleanness, | 13 For this cause also thank nor in guile;

we God without ceasing, be4 But as we were allowed of cause, when yereceived the word God to be put in trust with the of God, which ye heard of us, gospel, even so we speak, not ye received it not as the word as pleasing men, but God which of men, but (as it is in truth) trieth our hearts.

the word of God, which effec. 5 For neither at any time used tually worketh also in you that we flattering words, as ye know, believe. nor a cloak of covetousness : 14 For ye, brethren, became God is witness..

followers of the churches of 6 Nor of men sought we glory, God, which in Judea are in neither of you, nor yet of others, || Christ Jesus : for ye also have when we might have been bur. || suffered like things of your own densome, as the apostles of countrymen, even as they have Christ.

of the Jews;


15 Who both killed the Lord moved by these afflictions : for Jesus and their own prophets, yourselves know that we are and have persecuted us; and appointed thereunto. they please not God, and are 4 For verily, when we were contrary to all men;

with you, we told you before 16 Forbidding us to speak to that we should suffer tribulation, the Gentiles, that they might be even as it came to pass, and ye saved, to fill up their sins alway: know. for the wrath is come upon them 5 For this cause, when I could to the uttermost.

no longer forbear, I sent to 17 But we, brethren, being know your faith, lest by some taken from you for a short time means the tempter have temptin presence, not in heart, endea || ed you, and our labour be in voured the more abundantly to vain. see your face with great desire. 6 But now, when Timotheus

18 Wherefore we would have came from you unto us, and come unto you (even I Paul) | brought us good tidings of your once and again, but Satan hin- faith and charity, and that ye dered us.

have good remembrance of us 19 For what is our hope, or always, desiring greatly to see joy, or crown of rejoicing ? are | us, as we also to see you ; not even ye in the presence of 7 Therefore, brethren, we our Lord Jesus Christ at his were comforted over you in all coming ?

ll our affiction and distress by 20 For ye are our glory and l your faith; joy.

8 For now we live, if ye stand

fast in the Lord. CHAP. III.

9 For what thanks can we ren

der to God again for you, for PAUL'S LOVE IN SENDING

all the joy wherewith we joy for тимотнү.

your sakes before our God; WHEREFORE, when we 10 Night and day praying excould no longer forbear, we ccedingly that we might see thought it good to be left at || your face, and might perfect Athens alone,

that which is lacking in your 2 And sent Timotheus our faith? brother, and minister of God, | 11 Now God himself, and our and our fellow-labourer in the Father, and our Lord Jesus gospel of Christ, to establish Christ, direct our way unto you, and to comfort you con Il you. cerning your faith ;

12 And the Lord make you to 3 That no man should be increase and abound in love one

towards another, and towards || 8 He, therefore, that despiseth, all men, even as we do towards | despiseth not man, but God, you;

| who hath also given unto us his 13 To the end he may stablish holy Spirit your hearts unblameable in ho- | 9 But as touching brotherly liness before God, even our love, ye need not that I write Father, at the coming of our unto you; for ye yourselves are Lord Jesus Christ with all his taught of God to love one anosaints.


10 And indeed ye do it towards CHAP. IV.

all the brethren which are in all

Macedonia: but we beseech EXHORTATION TO GODLINESS.

you, brethren, that ye increase FURTHERMORE, then, more and more; we beseech you, brethren, and 11 And that ye study to be exhort you by the Lord Jesus, quiet, and to do your own busithat as ye have received of us ness, and to work with your how ye ought to walk, and to own hands, as we commanded please God, so ye would abound you: more and more.

12 That ye may walk honestly 2 For ye know what com- towards them that are without, mandments we gave you by the and that ye may have lack of Lord Jesus.

nothing. 3 For this is the will of God, || 13 But I would not have you even your sanctification, that ye to be ignorant, brethren, conshould abstain from fornica- cerning them which are asleep, tion:

that ye sorrow not, even as 4 That every one of you should others which have no hope. know how to possess his vessel 14 For if we believe that Jesus in sanctification and honour; died, and rose again, even so

5 Not in the lust of concupis- them also which sleep in Jesus cence, even as the Gentiles will God bring with him. which know not God:

15 For this we say unto you 6 That no man go beyond by the word of the Lord, that and defraud his brother in any we which are alive, and remain matter; because that the Lord unto the coming of the Lord, is the avenger of all such, as we shall not prevent them which also have forewarned you, and are asleep. testified.

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follow that which is good, both 5 Ye are all the children of among yourselves and to all light, and the children of the men. day: we are not of the night, 16 Rejoice evermore. nor of darkness.

|| 17 Pray without ceasing. 6 Therefore, let us not sleep | 18 In every thing give thanks; an do others; but let us watch for this is the will of God in aud be sober.

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