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False teachers

described. vexed with the filthy conver- astray, following the way of sation of the wicked: Balaam the son of Bosor, who

8 (For that righteous man loved the wages of unrightdwelling among them, in see- cousness; ing and hearing, vexed his f 16 But was rebuked for his righteoussoul from day to day iniquity: the dumb ass speakwith their unlawful deeds;) ing with man's voice forbad t 9 The Lord knoweth how the madness of the prophet. to deliver the godly out of t 17 These are wells without temptations, and to reserve water, clouds that are carried the unjust unto the day of with a tempest; to whom the judgment to be punished:

mist of darkness is reserved p 10 But chiefly them that for ever. walk after the flesh in the lust 18 For when they speak of uncleanness, and despise great swelling words of vagovernment. Presumptuous nity, they allure through the are they, self-willed, they are lusts of the flesh, through not afraid to speak evil of much wantonness, those that dignities.

were clean escaped from 11 Whereas angels, which them who live in error. are greater in power and 19 While they promise them might, bring not railing ac- liberty, they themselves are cusation against them before the servants of corruption: the Lord.

for of whom a man is overw12 But these, as natural come, of the same is he brute beasts,made to be taken brought in bondage. and destroyed, speak evil of w20 For if after they have the things that they under- escaped the pollutions of the stand not; and shall utterly world through the knowledge perish in their own corrup- of the Lord and Saviour Jetion:

sus Christ, they are again en13 And shall receive the re- tangled therein, and overward of unrighteousness, as come, the latter end is worse they that count it pleasure with them than thebeginning. to riot in the daytime. Spots D21 For it had been better they are and blemishes, for them not to have known sporting themselves with the way of righteousness, their own deceiving, while than, after they have known they feast with you;

it, to turn from the holy comp 14 Having eyes full of mandment delivered unto adultery, and that cannot them. cease from sin; beguiling un- 22 But it is happened unto stable souls: an heart they them according to the true have exercised with covetous proverb, The dog is turned practices; cursed children: to his own vomit again; and c 15 Which have forsaken the the sow that was washed to right way, and are gonelher wallowing in the mire.

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Of Christ's coming CHAP. III.

to judo CHAP. III.

should perish, but that TH THIS second epistle,belov-should come to repentance.

ed, I now write unto t 10 But the day of the Lord you; in both which I stir up will come as a thief in the your pure minds by way of night; in the which the hearemembrance:

vens shall pass away with a 2 That ye may be mindful great noise, and the elements of the words which were shall melt with fervent heat, spoken before by the holy the earth also and the works prophets, and of the com- that are therein shall be mandment of us the apostles burned up. of the Lord and Saviour: ( 11 Secing then that all these r 3 Knowing this first, that things shall be dissolved, there shall come in the last whatmannerof persons ought days scoffers, walking after ye to be in all holy convertheir own lusts,

sation and godliness, 4 And saying, Where is the t 12 Looking for and hasting promise of his coming? for unto the coming of the day since the fathers fell asleep, of God, wherein the heavens all things continue as they being on fire shall be dissolvwere from the beginning of ed, and the elements shall the creation.

melt with fervent heat? f5 For this they willingly r 13 Nevertheless we, accordare ignorant of, that by the ing to his promise, look for word of God the heavens new heavens and a new earth, were of old, and the earth wherein dwelleth righteousstanding out of the water ness. and in the water:

d 14 Wherefore, beloved, see6 Wbereby the world that ing that ye look for such then was, being overflowed things, be diligent that ye with water, perished: may be found of him in

peace, t 7 But the heavens and the without spot, and blameless. earth, which are now, by the 15 And account that the same word are kept in store, longsuffering of our Lord is reserved unto fire against salvation;even as our beloved the day of judgment and per- brother Paul also according dition of ungodly men.. to the wisdom given unto him t 8 But, beloved, be not igno- hath written unto you;. rant of this one thing, that c 16 As also in all his epistles, one day is with the Lord as a speaking in them of these thousand years, and a thou- things; in which are some sand years as one day. things hard to be understood, d9 The Lord is not slack which they that are unlearnconcerning his promise, as ed and unstable wrest, as some men count slackness; they do also the other scripbut is longsuffering to us- tures, unto their own deward, not willing that any 'struction.

The person of

1 JOHN. Christ described. d 17 Ye, therefore, beloved, d 18 But grow in grace, and in seeing ye know these things the knowledge of our Lord before, beware lest ye also, and Saviour Jesus Christ. To being led away with the error him be glory both now and of the wicked, fall from your for ever. Amen, own steadfastness.

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The First Epistle General of JOHN.
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sus Christ his Son cleanseth

us from all sin. T THAT which was from the 8 If we say that we have no

beginning, which we sin, we deceive ourselves, and have heard, which we have the truth is not in us. seen with our eyes, which we d 9 If we confess our sins, he have looked upon, and our is faithful and just to forgive hands have handled, of the us our sins, and to cleanse us Word of life;

from all unrighteousness. 2 (For the life was manifest- 10 If we say that we have ed, and we have seen it, and not sinned, we make him a bear witness, and shew unto liar, and his word is not in us. you that eternal life, which t CHAP. II. was with the Father, and was Y little children, these manifested unto us;) e 3 That which we have seen that ye sin not.

And if any and heard declare we unto man sin, we have an advocate you, that ye also may have with the Father, Jesus Christ fellowship with us: and truly the righteous: our fellowship is with the 2 And he is the propitiation Father, and with his son Je- for our sins: and not for ours sus Christ.

only, but also for the sins 4 And these things write of the whole world. we unto you, that your joy e 3 And hereby we do know may be full.

that we know him, if we t 5 This then is the message keep his commandments. which we have heard of him, 4 He that saith, I know and declare unto you, that him, and keepeth not his comGod is light, and in him is mandments, is a liar, and the no darkness at all.

truth is not in him. 6 If we say that we have fel-C 5 But whoso keepeth his lowship with him, and walk word, in him verily is the in darkness, we lie, and do love of God perfected: hereby not the truth:

know we that we are in him. t 7 But if we walk in the 6 He that saith he abideth light, as he is in the light, in him ought himself also so we have fellowship one with to walk, even as he walked. another, and the blood of Je- 7 Brethren, I write no new


Of keeping

CHAP. II. the commandments. commandment unto you, but |d 15 Love not the world, neian old commandment which ther the things that are in ye had from the beginning the world. If any man love The old commandment is the the world, the love of the word which ye have heard Father is not in him. from the beginning.

16 For all that is in the 8 Again, a new command- world, the lust of the flesh, ment I write unto you, which and the lust of the eyes, and thing, is true in him and in the pride of life, is not of the you: because the darkness is Father, but is of the world. past, and the true light now t 17 And the world passeth shineth,

away, and the lust thereof: c9 He that saith he is in the but he that doeth the will light, and hateth his brother, of God abideth for ever, is in darkness even until now. 18 Little children, it is the

10 He that loveth his bro- last time: and as ye have ther abideth in the light, heard that antichrist shall and there is none occasion of come, even now are there stumbling in him.

many antichrists;whereby we 11 But he that hateth his know that it is the last time. brother is in darkness, and t 19 They went out from us, walketh in darkness, and but they were not of us; for knoweth not whither he go- if they had been of us, they eth, because that darkness would no doubt have conhath blinded his eyes.

tinued with us: but they went t 12 I write unto you, little out, that they might be made children, because your sins manifest that they were not are forgiven you for his all of us. name's sake.

t 20 But ye have an unction c 13 I write unto you, fa- from the Holy One, and ye thers, because ye have known know all things. him that is from the begin- 21 I have not written unto ning. I write unto you, young you because ye know not the men, because ye have over truth, but because ye know it, come the wicked one. I write and that no lie is of the truth. unto you, little children, be-t 22 Who is a liar, but he that cause ye have known the denieth that Jesus is the Father.

Christ? He is antichrist, that 14 I have written unto you, denieth the Father and the fathers, because ye have Son. known him that is from the 23 Whosoever denieth the beginning. I have written Son, the same hath not the unto you, young men, be- Father: [but] he that acknowcause ye are strong, and the lcdgeth the Son hath the Fa. word of God abideth in you, ther also. and ye have overcome the 24 Let that therefore abide wicked one,

\in you, which ye have heard

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