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that the law hath heen our tutor to bring us unto Christ, that we 25 might be justified by faith. But now that faith is come, we are 2I5 no longer under a tutor. For ye are all sons of God, through
27 faith, in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized
28 into Christ did put on Christ. There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither bond nor free, there can be no male
29 and female: for ye all are one man in Christ Jesus. And if ye are Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, heirs according to promise.
4 But I say that so long as the heir is a child, he differeth 2 nothing from a bondservant, though he is lord of all; but is under
fuardians and stewards until the term appointed of the father, o we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under
4 the rudiments of the world: but when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth his Son. born of a woman, born under the
5 law, that he might redeem them which were under the law, that
6 we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye j.re sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba,
7 Father. So that thou art no longer a bondservant, but a sou; and if a son, then an heir through God.
8 Howbeit at that time, not knowing God, ye were in bondage
9 to them which by nature are no gods: but now that ye have come to know God, or rather to be known of God, how turn ye back again to the weak and beggarly rudiments, whereunio
10 ye desire to be in bondage over again? Ye observe days, aud
11 months, and seasons, and years. I am afraid of you, lest by any means I have bestowed labour upon you in vain.
12 I beseech you, brethren, be as I am, for I am as ye are. Ye
13 did me no wrong: but ye know that because of an infirmity of
14 the flesh I preached the gospel unto you the first time: and that which was a temptation to you in my flesh ye despised not, nor rejected; but ye received me as an angel of God, even as Christ
15 Jesus. Where then is that gratulation of yourselves? For I bear you witness, that, if possible, ye would have plucked out
16 your eyes and given them to me. So then am I become jour
17 enemy, because I tell you the truth? They zealously seek you in no good way; nay, they desire to shut you out, that ye mi>y
18 seek them. But it is good to be zealously sought in a good mat
19 ter at all times, and not only when I am present with you. My
20 little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you, yea, I could wish to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I am perplexed about you.
21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the
22 law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, one by the
23 handmaid, and one by the freewoman. Howbeit the son by the handmaid is born after the flesh; but the son by the free
24 woman is bom through promise. Which things contain an allegory: for these women are two covenants: one from mount Sinai,
25 bearing children unto bondage, which is Hagar. Now this Hagar
is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to the Jerusalem that now
26 is: for she is in lrondage with her children. But the Jerusalem
27 that is above is free, which is our mother. For it is written,
Rejoice, thou barren that bearest not;
28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise.
29 But as then he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that 80 was born after the Spirit, even so it is now. Howbeit what saith
Hie scripture? Cast out the handmaid and her son: for the son of the handmaid shall not inherit with the son of the freest woman. Wherefore, brethren, we are not children of a hand6 maid, but of the freewoman. With freedom did Christ set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that, if ye receive circumcision,
3 Christ will profit you nothing. Yea, I testify again to every man that receiveth circumcision, that he is a debtor to do the
4 whole law. Ye are severed from Christ, ye who would be justi
5 fled by the law; ye are fallen away from grace. For we through
6 the Spirit by faith wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncir
7 cumcision; but faith working through love. Ye were running well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
8 This persuasion caine not of him that calleth you. A little leaven
9 leaveneth the whole lump. I have confidence to you-ward in the
10 Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troub
11 leth you shall bear his judgement, whosoever he be. But I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why am I still persecuted? then hath the stumblingblock of the cross been done away.
12 I would that they which unsettle you would even cut themselves off.
13 For ye. brethren, were called for freedom; only use not your freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but through love be servants
14 one lo another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word, even.
15 in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if yt: bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 But I say, Walk by the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of
17 the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: for these are contrary the one to the other;
18 that ye may not do the things that ye would. But if ye are led
19 by the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are mamfest, which ate t/ieu, fornication, uncleanness, las
20 civiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousies, wraths,
21 factions, divisions, heresies, envyings, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I forewarn you, even as I did forewarn you, that they which practise such things shall not inherit 22 the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy,
23 pence, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, meekness,
24 temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with the passions and the
Ok lusts thereof.
„g If we live by the Spirit, by the Spirit let us also walk. Let us
not be vainglorious, provoking one another, envying one another.
6 Brethren, even if a man be overtaken in any trespass, ye which
are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of meekness; looking
2 to thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's bur
3 dens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man thinketh himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth him
4 self. But let each man prove his own work, and then shall he have his glorying in regard of himself alone, and not of his neigh
5 hour. For each man shall bear his own burden.
6 But let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him
7 that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is Dot mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall of the flesh feap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap
9 eternal life. And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in- due
10 season we shall reap, if we faint not. So then, as we have opportunity, let us work that which is good toward all men, and especially toward them that are of the household of the faith.
11 See with how large letters I have written unto you with mine
12 own hand. As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, they compel you to be circumcised; only that they may not be
13 persecuted for the cross of Christ. For not even they who receive circumcision do themselves keep the law; but they desire to have
14 you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it from me to glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world hath been crucified unto me, and I unto
15 the world. For neither is circumcision any thing, nor uncircum
16 cision, but a new creature. And as many as shall walk by this rule, peace be upon them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
17 From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear branded on my body the marks of Jesus.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit,brethren. Amen.
THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places
4 in Christ: even as he chose us ia him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before
5 him in love: having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus' Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his
6 will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely
7 bestowed on us in the Beloved: ia whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to
8 the riches of his grace, which he made to abound toward us in
9 all wisdom and prudence, having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he pur
10 posed in him unto a dispensation of the fulness of the times, to sum up all things iu Christ, the things in the heavens, and the
11 things upon the earth; in him, I say, in whom also we were made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of
12 him who worketh all things after the counsel of his will; to the eud that we should be unto the praise of his glory, we who had
13 before hoped in Christ: in whom ye also, having heard the word of the truth, the gospel of your salvation,—in whom, having also
14 believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, which is an earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of Ood's own possession, unto the praise of his glory.
15 For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus
16 which is among you, and which ye shew toward all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention ofymi. in my
17 prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the
18 knowledge of him; having the eyes of your heart enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, what the riches of
19 the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to that
20 working of the strength of his might which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his
21 right hand iu the heavenly •places, far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 22 and he put all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to
23 be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness,of him, that fllleth all in all, ,
2 And you did he quicken, when ye 'were dead through your tres
2 passes and sins, wherein aforetime ye walked according to the course of the world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that now worketh in the sons of disobedience;
3 among whom we also all once lived in the lusts of our flesh, doing I he desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature clril
4 dren of wrath, even as the rest:—but God, being rich in mercy,
5 for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead through our trespasses, quickened us together with Christ (by
6 grace have ye been saved), and raised us up with him, and made
7 us to sit with him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus: that in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace
8 in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus: for by grace have ye been fl saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of
'i r. God: not of works, that no man should glory. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in Hum.
11 Wherefore remember, that aforetime ye, the Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called
12 Circumcision, in the flesh, made by hands; that ye were at that time separate from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of the promise, having
13 no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus ye that once were far off are made nigh in the blood of
14 Christ. For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake
15 down the middle wall of partition, having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that he might create in himself of the twain one new man,
16 so making peace; and might reconcile them both in one body unto
17 God through the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: and he came and preached peace to you that were far off, and peace te
18 them that'were nigh: for through him wre both have our access in
19 one Spirit unto the Father. So then ye are no more strangers and sojourners, but ye are fellow-citizens with the saints, ana of
20 the household of God, being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himseif being the chief corner
21 stone; in whom each several building, fitly framed together,
22 groweth into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.
3 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus in behalf of
2 you Gentiles,—if so be that ye have heard of the dispensation of
3 that grace of God which was given me to you-ward; how that by revelation was made known unto me the mystery, as I wrote
4 afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye can perceive
5 my understanding in the mystery of Christ; which in other generations was not made khown unto the sons of men, as it hath.