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Exhortation to holiness.

COLOSSIANS.

Duties of wives and husbands.

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CHAPTER III.

1 He skeweth where we should Reek Christ. 5 He exhorteth to mortification, 10 to put off the olit man, and to put on Christ, 12 exhorting to charity, humitity, and other several duties.

IF ye then «be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where b Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

2 Set your I affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3 'For ye are dead, d and your life is hid with Christ in God.

4 ■ When Christ, who is I our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him s in glory.

5 'Mortify therefore 'your members which are upon the earth; 'fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, 'evil concupiscence, and covetousness, 1,1 which is idolatry:

6 "For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on "the children of disobedience:

7 Pin the which ye also walked sometime, when ye lived in them.

8 1 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, 'filthy communication out of your mouth.

9 'Lie not one to another, * seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

10 And have put on the new man, which "is renewed in knowledge x after the image of him that r created him:

11 "Where there is neither * Greck nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: 1 but Christ is all, and in all.

12 'Put on therefore, "as the elect of God, holy and beloved, d bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

13« Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a 1 quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

14 f And above all these things zput on charity, which is the 'bond of perfectness.

15 And let 'the peace of God rule in your hearts, k to the which also ye are called 'in one body; "and be ye thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another "in psalms and hymns

andspiritual songs, singing "with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

17 And P whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, i giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

18 'Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, 'as it is lit in the Lord.

19 1 Husbands, love your wives, and bo not "bitter against them.

20 * Children, obey your parents yin all things: for this is well pleasing uuto the Lord.

21 z Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

22 "Servants, obey Mn all things your masters "according to the flesh; not with eyescrvice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

23 dAnd whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

24 "Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: 'for ye serve the Lord Christ.

25 But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and * there is no respect of persons.

CHAPTER IV.

1 He exhorteth them to bejerrent in prayer, 5 to trail: wifely toward them that are not yet come to the true htowledflc of Christ. 10 lie salutcth them, and whheth them all

ive unto your that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

2 b Continue in prayer, and watch in the same "with thanksgiving;

3 d Withal praying also for us, that God would "open unto us a door of utterance, to speak 'the mystery of Christ, s for which I am also in bonds:

4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

5 h Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, 'redeeming the time.

6 Let your speech be always kwith grace, 'seasoned with salt, m that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

7 "All my state shall Tyehicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord:

8 "Whom I have sent unto you

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I. THESSALONIANS.

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for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;

9 With POneeimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.

10 i Aristarchus my fellow prisoner saluteth you, and r Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him ;)

11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellow workers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.

12 ■ Epaphras, who is one of y on, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always I' labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand "perfect and I complete in all the will of God.

13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

14 1 Luke, the beloved physician, and y Demas, greet you.

15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and 'the church which is in his house.

16 And when This epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiccans; .and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.

17 And say to b Archippns, Take heed to c the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

18 i The salutation by the hand of me Paul. e Remember my bonds. 'Grace be with you. Amen.

TT Written from Rome to the Colossians by Tychicus ami OnesimuB.

c Heb. 13. 3. I Heb. 13.95.

THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE

THESSALONIANS.

CHAPTER I.

1 Tlf Thrssalonianf are gii'm to understand both how Mliuf/M or trim .Saint Paul was at all times in thanks/jirinri, and prayer: 5 and aim how well he teas jiersuaded of the truth and sincerity of their faith, and conversion to God.

PAUL, and "Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which in in God the Father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ: bGrace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 cWe give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;

3 d Remembering without ceasing «your work of faith, 'and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

4 Knowing, brethren I beloved, your election of God.

5 For hour gospel came not upto you in word only, but also in power, and 'in the Holy Ghost,

kaud in much assurance; as 'ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

6 And mye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, "with joy of the Holy Ghost:

7 So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.

8 For from you "sounded out the word of the Lord not only in I Macedonia and Achaia, but also pin every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing.

9 For they themselves shew of us I what manner of entering in we had unto you, rand how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;

10 And "to wait for his Son •from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us * from the wrath to come.

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2 Pet. 3.12.

Rev. 1. 7. 'Acts 1. 11.

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men, but, as it is in truth, the
word of God, which effectually
worketh also in you that believe.

14 For ye, brethren, became fol-
lowers « of the churches of God
which in Judea are in Christ
Jesus: for 'ye also have suffered
like things of your own country-
men, even as they have of the
Jews:

15 who both killed the Lord Jesus, and 'their own prophets, and have I persecuted us; and they please not God, kand are contrary to all men:

10 1 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, "to fill up their sins always: "for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time "in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly rto see your face with great desire.

18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but iSatan hindered us.

19 For what is our hope, or

1 In what manner the gospel iron brought
and preached to the Thessolonians, and in
what fort also they received it. 1H A rea-
son it rendered both why Saint I'avl was
to long absent from them, and also why he
was to dexirous to tee them.

FOR "yourselves, brethren,
know our entrance in unto
you, that it was not in vain:

2 But even after that we had
suffered before, and were shame-
fully entreated, as ye know, at
b Philippi,'we were bold in our
God d to speak unto you the gos-
pel of God'with much conten-
tion.

3 'For our exhortation mt.i not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:

4 But as ewe were allowed of God hto be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; 'not as pleasing men, but God, k which trieth our hearts.

5 For 1 neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousuess; mGod is witness:

6 " Nor of men sought we glory,
neither of you, nor yet of others,
when 0 we might have I been

p burdensome, q as the apostles of | joy, or 'crown of I rejoicing?
Christ. Are not even ye in the presence

7 But 'we were gentle among! of our Lord Jesus Christ1 at his
you, even as a nurse eherisheth coming?

her children: 20 For ye are our glory and

8 So being affectionately desire joy.

ous of you, we were willing 'to
have imparted unto you, not the
gospel of God only, but also
'our own souls, because ye were
dear unto us.

9 For ye remember, brethren,
our labour and travail: for "la-
bouring night and day, * because
we would not be chargeable unto
any of you, we preached unto
you the gospel of God.

10 y Ye are witnesses, and God also, 'how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:

11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,

12 A That ye would walk worthy of God, bwho hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it d not as the word of

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CHAPTER III.

1 Saint Paul tcstifirth his gr
Thrssafonians, partly by «ci
vnto them to strengthen and
partly by rejoicing in their
ant/ jiartty by praying for them, ana ae-
Firing a cafe coming unto them.

WHEREFORE 'when we
could no longer forbear,
bwe thought it good to be left
at Athens alone;

2 And sent 'Timotheus, our
brother, and minister of God,
and our fellow labourer in the
gospel of Christ, to establish
you, and to comfort you con-
cerning your faith:

3 'That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that «we are appointed thereunto.

4 'For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know.

5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know

Uix great love for them.

I. THESSALONIANS.

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your faith, •■ lest by some means
the tempter have tempted you,
and 1 our labour be in vain,
6 k But now when Timotheus
came from you unto us, and

5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, 'even as the Gentiles k which know not God:'

6 1 That no man go beyond and 1 defraud his brother I in any

brought us good tidings of your ' matter: because that the Lord

faith" and charity, and that ye
have good remembrance of us
always, desiring greatly to see
us,1 as we also to see you:

7 Therefore, brethren, ■ we were
comforted over you in all our
affliction and distress by your
faith:

8 For now we live, if ye "stand fast in the Lord.

9 "For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;

10 r Night and day i praying exceedingly that we might see your face, saud might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, 11 direct our way unto you.

12 And the Lord »make you to increase and abound in love * one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you:

13 To the end he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

CHAPTER IV.

1 Re crhorteth them to f/o on forward in all
manner of aodlinciw, (i to live hnlih/ and
jitxth/,to lore, an'1 another, 11 and quietly
to follow their own Itusiiiex*: 1.1 and last of
all to norrow moderateltf for the dead, 17
And unto this last exhortation annexed
a brief description of the resurrection, and
second coming of Christ to judgment.

FURTHERMORE then we
beseech you, brethren, and
I exhort you by the Lord Jesus,
"that as ye have received of us
bhow ye ought to walk c and to
please God, so ye would abound
more and more.

2 For ye know what command-
ments we gave you by the Lord I shall rise first:

mix the avenger of all such, as
we also have forewarned you and
testified.

7 For God hath not called us
unto uncleanness, "but unto ho-
liness.

8 0 He therefore that I despiscth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit.

9 But as touching brotherly love iye need not that I write unto you: for rye yourselves are taught of God 'to love one another.

10 'And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, "that ye increase more and more;

11 And that ye study to be
quiet, and xto do your own busi-
ness, and ) to work with your
own hands, as we commanded
you;

"12 'That ye may walk honestly
toward them that are without,
and that ye may have lack I of
nothing.

Ill But I would not have you to
be ignorant, brethren, concern-
ing them which are asleep, that
ye sorrow not, acveu as others
i> which have no hope.

14 For c if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so ll them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you ehy the word of the Lord, that 'we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

10 Forsthe Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with The trump of God: 'and the dead in Christ

Jesus

8 For this is a the will of God, even 'your sanctitication, that ye should abstain from fornication:

4 e That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctitication and honour;

17 k Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them 1 in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so "shall we ever be with the Lord.

18 ■ Wherefore I comfort one another with these words.

Christ's second coming.

II. THESSALONIANS.

Divers exhortations.

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CHAPTER V.

1 He proceedcth in the former description of Christ's coming to judgment, Hi and gireth divers precepts, ^3 and so concludctJi the epistle.

BUT of athe times and the seasons, brethren, b ye have no need that I write unto you.

2 For yourselves know perfectlyly that ctlie day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then d sudden destruction cometh upon them, eas travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

4 f But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.

5 Ye are all e the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

6 h Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but 'let us watch and be sober.

7 For k they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken 1 are drunken in the night.

8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, ""putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.

9 For "God hath not appointed us to wrath, °but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 PWho died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11 i Wherefore I comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

12 And we beseech you, brethren, rto know them which la

bour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you;

13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. * And be at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we I exhort you, brethren, 1 warn them that are F unruly, "comfort the feebleminded,

I support the weak, ?be patient toward all men.

15 z See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever

II follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all mm.

16 bKejoiee evermore.

17 c Pray without ceasing.

18 dIn every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19 " Quench not the Spirit.

20 'Despise not prophesyings.

21 e Prove all things; h hold fast that which is good.

22 1 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

23 And kthe very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body mbe preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

24 -Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

25 Brethren, "pray for us.

26 P Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.

27 I il charge you by the Lord, that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

28 rThe grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

T The first epistle unto the Thessakmians was written from Athens.

THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE

THESSALONIANS.

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