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unfruitful in the knowledge of | Father honour and glory, when our Lord Jesus Christ.
there came such a voice to him 9 But he that lacketh these from the excellent glory, This things is blind, and cannot see is my beloved Son, in whom I afar off, and hath forgotten || am well pleased. that he was purged from his 18 And this voice, which came old sins.
from heaven, we heard, when 10 Wherefore the 'rather, bre. we were with him in the holy thren, give diligence to make mount. your calling and election sure ; 19 We have also a more sure for if ye do these things, ye word of prophecy; whereunto shall never fall:
ye do well that ye take heed, 11 For so an entrance shall be las unto a light that shineth in ministered unto you abundantly I a dark place, until the day dawn, into the everlasting kingdom and the day-star arise in your of our Lord and Saviour Jesus hearts : Christ.
120 Knowing this first, that no 12 Wherefore I will not be prophecy of the scripture is of negligent to put you always in any private interpretation. remembrance of these things, 21 For the prophecy caine not though ye know them, and in old time by the will of man; be established in the present | but holy men of God spake as truth.
they were moved by the Holy 13 Yea, I think it meet, as | Ghost. long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up, by putting you
CHAP. II. in remembrance ; 14 Knowing that shortly I
TOLD. must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ BUT there were false prophets hath shewed me.
also among the people, even as 15 Moreover, I will endeavour there shall be false teachers that ye may be able, after my among you, who privily shall decease, to have these things bring in damnable heresies, always in remembrance. even denying the Lord that
16 For we have not followed bought them, and bring upon cunningly-devised fables, when themselves swift destruction. we made known into you, the 2 And many shall follow their power and coming of our Lord pernicious ways; by reason of Jesus Christ, but were cye-wit- whom the way of truth shall be nesses of his majesty.
evil spoken of. 17For he received from God the 3 And through covetousness
FALSE TEACHERS FORE
shall they, with feigncd words, 1 greater in power and might, make merchandise of you : bring not railing accusation awhose judgment now of a long gainst them before the Lord. time lingereth not, and their | 12 But these, as natural brute damnation slumbereth not. beasts, made to be taken and
4 For if God spared not the destroyed, speak evil of the angels that sinned, but cast them things that they understand not, down to hell, and delivered them and shall utterly perish in their into chains of darkness, to be own corruption ; reserved unto judgment;
13 And shall receive the re5 And spared not the old ward of unrighteousness, as world, but saved Noah the they that count it pleasure to eighth person, a preacher of riot in the day-time. Spots they righteousness, bringing in the are and blemishes, sporting flood upon the world of the un- | themselves with their own degodly;
ceivings, while they feast with 6 And turning the cities of you; Sodom and Gomorrha into 14 Having eyes full of adul. ashes, condemned them with an | tery, and that cannot cease from overthrow, making them an en-sin; beguiling unstable souls : sample unto those that after an heart they have exercised should live ungodly;
with covetous practices; curs7 And delivered just Lot, vex- | cd children: ed with the filthy conversation 15 Which have forsaken the of the wicked ;
right way, and are gone astrar, 8 (For that righteous man foilowing the way of Balaam ibe dwelling among them, in sceing son of Bosor, who loved the and hearing, vexed his righte wages of unrighteousness; ous soul from day to day with 16 But was rebuked for his their uulawful deeds :)
iniquity : the dumb ass, speak9 The Lord knoweth how to ing with man's voice, forbade deliver the godly out of tempta the madness of the prophet. tions, and to reserve the unjust 17 These are wells without unto the day of judgment to be water, clouds that are carried punished;
| with a tempest; to whom the 10 But chiefly them that walk || mist of darkness is reserved after the fiesh in the lust of un- || for ever. cleanness, and despise govern- || 18 For when they speak great ment. Presumptuous are ibcy, | swelling words of vanity, they self-willed, they are not afraid allure through the lusts of the to speak cyil of dignities : || flesh, through much wantonness, 11 Whereas angels, which are those that were clean escaped
after they have
from them who live in er- || 3 Knowing this first, that there ror.
| shall come in the last days scof19 While they promise them | fers, walking after their own liberty, they themselves are the lusts, servants' of corruption : for of 4 And saying, Where is the whom a man is overcome, of || promise of his coming ? for the sanie is he brought in bon since the fathers fell asleep, all dage.
things continue as they were 20 For if, after they have es- || from the beginning of the creacaped the pollutions of the world, || tion. through the knowledge of the 5 For this they willingly are Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, ignorant of, that by the word they are again entangled there ll of God the heavens were of old, in, and overcome, the latter end | and the earth standing out of is worse with them than the be- || the water, and in the water; ginning.
6 Whereby the world that then 21 For it had been better for was, being overflowed with wathem not to have known the || ter, perished : way of righteousness, than, l 7 But the heavens and the after they have known it, to | earth, which are now, by the turn from the holy command same word are kept in store, ment delivered unto them. reserved unto fire, against the
22 But it is happened unto day of judgment and perdition them according to the true pro- || of ungodly men. verb, The dog is turned to his | 8 But beloved, be not ignorant own vomit again ; and, The || of this one thing, that one day sow that was washed, to her || is with the Lord as a thousand wallowing in the mire.
years, and a thousand years as
one day. CHAP. III.
9 The Lord is not slack con
cerning his promise, as some CERTAINTY OF JUDGMENT.
|| men count slackness; but is THIS second epistle, belov- | long-suffering to us-ward, not ed, I now write unto you; in | willing that any should perish, both which I stir up your pure but that all should come to reminds by way of remembrance ; | pentance.
2 That ye may be mindful of 10 But the day of the Lord the words which were spoken will come as a thief in the night; before by the holy prophets, and in the which the heavens shall of the commandment of us the pass away with a great noise, apostles of the Lord and Sa- and the elements shall melt with viour;
fervent heat, the earth also, and
recommand- | same word are
the works that are therein, shall | suffering of our Lord is salva. be burned up.
tion ; even as our beloved bro. 11 Secing then, that all these ther Paul also, according to the things shall be dissolved, what wisdom given unto him, hath manner of persons ought ye to written unto you; be in all holy conversation and 16 As also in all his epistles, godliness,
speaking in them of these 12 Looking for and hasting things; in which are some unto the coming of the day of things hard to be understood, God, wherein the heavens be- which they that are unlearned ing on fire shall be dissolved, and unstable, wrest, as they do and the clements shall melt with also the other scriptures, unto fervent heat ?
their own destruction. 13 Nevertheless we, according 17 Ye, therefore, beloved, to his promise, look for new! seeing ye know these things heavens, and a NC" earth, before, beware lest ye also, bewherein dwelleth righteous - ing led away with the error of ness :
the wicked, fall from your own 14 Wherefore, beloved, see- stedfastness : ing that ye look for such things, 18 But grow in grace, and in be diligent that ye may be found the knowledge of our Lord and of him in peace, without spot, Saviour Jesus Christ. To him and blameless:
| be glory, both now and for ever. 15 And account that the long-|| Amen.
THE FIRST EPISTLE CENERAL OF JOHN.
7 But if we walk in the light, CHAP. I.
as he is in the light, we have CHRIST'S PERSON DE fellowship one with another;
li and the blood of Jesus Christ SCRIBED.
his Son cleanseth us from all THAT which was from the sin. beginning, which we have heard, 8 If we say that we have no which we have seen with our sin, we deceive ourselves, and eyes, which we have looked the truth is not in us. upon, and our hands have han. 9 If we confess our sins, he dled, of the word of life; is faithful and just to forgive
2 (For the life was manifested, | us our sins, and to cleanse us and we have seen it, and bear || from all unrighteousness. witness, and shew unto you 10 If we say that we have that eternal life which was with not sinned, we make him a the Father, and was manifested liar, and his word is not in unto us ;)
us. 3 That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you,
CHAP. II. that ye also may have fellow
CHRIST OUR ADVOCATE. ship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father, MY little children, these and with his Son Jesus Christ. | things write I unto you, that
4 And these things write we 1 ye sin not. And if any man unto you, that your joy may be sin, we have an advocate with full.
the Father, Jesus Christ the 5 This then is the message || righteous : which we have heard of him, || 2 And he is the propitiation and declare unto you, that God for our sins: and not for ours is light, and in him is no dark- only, but also for the sins of the ness at all.
whole world. 6 If we say that we have fol- 3 And hereby we do know lowship with him, and walk in that we know him, if we keep darkness, we lie, and do not the his commandments. truth :
4 He that saith, I know him,