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The true Christ described.
Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, 5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel: 6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the dayye heard Q it, and knew the grace of God in truth: 7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow-servant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 8 Who also declared untous your love in the Spirit. 9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the wer of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the first-born of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist, 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled, 22 In the body of his flesh through death to present, you holy,and unblamable, an unreprovable, in his sight: 23. If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have
heard, and which was preached to every the uncircumcision of your
COLOSSIANS. Exhortation to constancy in Christ.
creature which is under heaven; whered Paul am made a minister; 24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church: 25 Whereof I am made a minister, ac
of cording to the dispensation of God which is
É. to me for you, to fulfil the word of
26. Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages, and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:
29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.
Fo I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for ther, at Laodicea, and for as many as have no: seen my face in the flesh;
2 That their hearts might be comforted
being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ: 3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 And this issy, sest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 5 For though I be absent in the flesh, § am I with you in the spirit, joying and eholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him : 7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh b i. circumcision of Christ: - 12 #. with him in baptism, wherein alsoye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who fiath raised him from the dead.
13 And you, being dead o sins and esh, bath he
cos : #; Which are a shadow of thongs to come; but the body is of Christ. 18 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of ..". intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 19 And not holding thełHead, from which all the body by joints, and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of § 20 Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 23 Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will-worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. CHAP. III. IF ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For yeare dead, and your life is hid with Chrissin God. 4. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6. For which things' sake the wrath of . God cometh on the children of disobedience : 7 In the which ye also walked sometime, when ye lived in them. 8 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 ls of him that created him:
Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering ; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgivin one another, if any man have a quarre against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of persectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which alsoye 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, and †. songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17And whatsoeverye do in word ordeed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. 18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things: forthisis well-pleasinguntothelord 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 And 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 re ceive for the wrong which he hath done : and there is no respect of persons. - CHAP
Paul exhorts to fervency.
ASTERS, giveuntoyourservants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. 2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with o: 3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to o the otes of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: 4. That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech be always with grace, sowith salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. 7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellow-servant in the
Fenewed in knowledge after the image 11 Where there is neither Greek nor
8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts :
§ With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. . They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.
10 Aristarchus, my fellow-prisoner, saluteth you;, and Marcus, sisters'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 you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye ma
ories: and complete in all the will of God.
of the Thessalonians.
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 Luke, the beloved physician, and 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 Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it. 18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. with you. Amen. T Written from Rome to the Colossians by Tychicus and Onesimus.
T The First Epistle of PAUL, the Apostle, to the THESSALONIANS.
- CHAP. I. AUL, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and eace, from God our Father and the iord esus Christ. 2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 Remembering without ceasing Y. 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 beloved, your election of God. 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 6 And ye 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 Moi. and Achaia. 8. For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to Godward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto, you, and how ye turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God; ió And to wait for his son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to COine.
CHAP. II. Fol. 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 shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. 3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile; 4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness: 6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. 7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: 8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were .# to have imparted untoyou, not the gospel of God only, but also our ownsouls, because ye were dearuntous. 9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. 10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily, and justly, and unblamably 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,
Grace te Paul shows his love.
who hath called you unto his kingdom and
slo. 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 not as the word of men, but (as it is in truth) the word of God, which effectually worketh also in youthat believe. 14 For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: 15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 16 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 }. for a short time in presence, not in eart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. 18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. 19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his o: 20 For ye are our glory and joy. o # Joy
HEREFORE, when we could no longer forbear, we 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 concerning 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. § For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter }. tempted you, and our labour be in vain. 6 But now, when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring so to see us, 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
CHAP. III, IV. 12 That ye would walk worthy of God, we
He exhorts to godliness.
}% for your sakes before our God, 10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? 11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, 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 §. hearts unblamable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. CHAP. IV. URTHERMORE then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as }. have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. 2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: 4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit. 9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye 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 to do your own business, 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 of nothing. f3 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto, you by 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. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend Christ's second coming.
from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of o: and the dead in Christ shall rise rst: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore, comfort one another with these words. P. V.
UT of the times and the seasons brethren, ye have no need that i write unto you. 2 For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh § them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that dayshould overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. § Therefore set us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 7 For they that sleep, sleep in the night; and they that be en, are drunken in the night. 8 But let us, who are of the o be sober, putting on the breast-plate o 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 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11 Wherefore, comfort yourselves to
gether, and edify one another, even as also ye do. 12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are overyou in the Lord, and admonishyou; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves. . . 14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toWa l men. 15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all 7ne??. 16 Rejoice evermore. 17 Pray without ceasing. 18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concert:
ing 3°. 19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21, Prove all things; hosì fast that which is good. 22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. 23 And the .# God of peace sancti you wholly; and s". God your whole spirit, and soul, and body, be 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. ki 26 Greet all the brethren with a holy ISS. 27. I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren. 28. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. T The first epistle unto the Thessalonians was written from Athens.
T The Second
CHAP. I. AUL, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” 3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you als toward each other aboundeth: 4 so that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God, for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: 5 Which is a manifest token of the
Epistle of PAUL the Apostle, to the THESSALONIANS.
be counted worthy of the kingdom cf God, for which ye also suffer: 6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 7 And to you, who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 3 in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 10. When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all
righteous judgment of God, that ye may
them that believe (because our testimo