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16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profame person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would . inherited the |...}. was rejected: for he found no place of repentance,though he sought it carefully with tears. 18 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and tempest, 19 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which voice they that heard, entreated that the word should not be spoken to them any more : 20 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or thrust through with a dart: 21 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly fear and quake:) 22 But 3. are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, 23 To the general assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 And to Jesus the Mediator of the new *Covenant,and to the blood of sprinkling,that speaketh better things than that of Abel. 25 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: , 26 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. 27 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28, Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and godly sear; 29 For our God is a consuming fire. CHAP. XIII. Lo. brotherly love continue. - 2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. 3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them whichsuffer ad*"...o.o. in the body. 4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but wh

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6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. 7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation: 8. Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and o and for ever. 9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines: for it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profi them that have been occupied therein. 10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. 11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13 Let us go forth therefore unto hit without the camp, bearing his reproach. 14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. 15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is. the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name. " " - t 16 But to do good, and to communico: forget not : for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 17 obeythemthat have the rule overyou. and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is opolo for you. 18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly. 19 But I beseech you the ratherto do this. that I may be restored to you the sooner. 20 Now the God of peace, that brough again from the dead our Jesus.th: great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of |. everlasting covenant. 21 Make you perfect in every good work, to do his will, working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for Ibaye written a letter unto you in few words. 28 Know ye, that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. 24 Salute all them that have the rule

over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you. 25 Grace be with you all Amen.

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* The General Epistle of JAMES

CHAP. I. JAM: a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall info divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith workelfi patience. 4. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. # If any of you lack wisdom; let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not ; and it shall be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. 9 Let the brother in that he is exalted: 10 But the rich, in that he is made low : because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 11 For the sum is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth; so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. 12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let'no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any in an : 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will begat he us with the

of low degree rejoice

first-fruits of his creatures.
19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let
every man be swift to hear, slow to speak,
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20 For the wrath of man worketh not
the righteousness of God.
21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness, and
superfluity of naughtiness, and receive
with meekness the ingrated word, which
is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not
hearers only, do your own selves.

word of truth, that we should be a kind o of all.

23 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into theyerfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. 27 Pure religionandundefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. HAP. II. MY brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come unto your assembly, a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; 3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit Thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool: * 4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evi o: 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment-seats? 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8 If ye sulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well: 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is

11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery; said also, Do not kill. . Now; if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.

13 For he shall have judgment without mercy that hash shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can o save him :

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destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not, those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast 'faith, and I have works: shew me, thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with

his works, and by works was faith made

perfect? 23 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. 24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the moengers, and had sent them out another way? 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. CHAP. III. MY brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole hody. 3 #. we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth ! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defiloth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. * 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed, of mankind:

JAMES. 15. If a brother or sister be naked, and

Qf intemperance and pride 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and there with curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? 12 Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear olive-berries? either a vine, figs 2 so ran no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you ? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 18 And the fruit of righteousness is soon in peace of them that make peace. ROM whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence. eres of your lusts that war in your members? 2 Ye lust and have not : ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 §. ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. 5. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy 7 6 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you." Cleanse your hands, ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep. let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. . . ." 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou

8 But the tongue can no man tame; *:::: the law, thou art not a doer of the

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12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save, and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another ? 13 Go to now, ye that say, To-day or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy, and sell, and get gain : 14. Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall }. and do this, or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. *17 Therefore to him that knoweth to

good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. CHAP. V. O to now, ye rich men, we

G e for your miseries that ...if on you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. . 3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. 4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you o back by fraud, crieth ; and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton ; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. 6 Ye have condemned and killed the just ; and he doth not resist you. 7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto

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the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husHandman waiteth for the precious fruit of

the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.

8 Beye also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.

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God’s manifold spiritual graces.

9. Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the Judge standeth before the door. 10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy. 12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea, beyea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. 13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord : 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up ; and if he have committed sins, they s aii be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. 17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain : and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. 19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him ; 20 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall

hide a multitude of sins.

1 The First Epistle general of PETER.

CHAP. I. TER, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to

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Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, an Bithynia, 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which.according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and

undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you 5 Who are kept b the power of God rough faith unto salvation, ready to be o in the last ". hough 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, tho now for a o # need be) ye o heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise, and honour, and glory, at the appearing of Jesus Christ : 8 Whom having not seen, ye love ; in whom, though no's§ see him not, yet beExhortation to mutual love.

hievi e rejoice with joy unspeakable, and §l : glory: y 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 10 Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto Ou : 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings, of Christ, and the glory that should follow. 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the #. unto you, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. 13. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ: 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the formerlusts in your ignorance: + is But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; - - * 16 Because it is written, Beye holy; for I am holy. . . 17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's o!" pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: 18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as o a lamb without blemish and without spot : . 20 Who verily was fore-ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory;, that your faith and hope might be in God. 22 o in obeying t infeigned love of the brethren, see that a love one another with a pure heart fervently: . 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but qf incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The #. withereth, and the flower thereof alleth away : 25 But }. word of the Lord endureth for ever. , And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

ye have purified your souls

I. PETER.

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CHAP. II. Wo: laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil-speakings, 2 As new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious : 4 To whom coming as unfo a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God. and precious, 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house. a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in file Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner-stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunio also they were appointed. 9 ye are a chosen generation: a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a pedle, but are now the people of God: which |. not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech oats, as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they

speak against you as evil-doers, they may

by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. 13 Submit, yourselves, to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme ; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers,and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 As free, and not using vour liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as tie servants of God. 17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear ; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. . . 19 For this is thank-worthy, if a map for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

Christian duties enjoined.

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