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H If there is therefore any comfort in Christ, if any consolation

of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any tender mercies

2 and compassions, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be of the same mind,

8 having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind; doing

nothing through faction or through vainglory, but in lowliness of

4 mind each counting other better than himself; not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of

5 others. Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

6 who, being in the form of God, counted it not a prize to be on

7 an equality with God, but emptied himself, taking the form of

8 a servant, being made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient even

9 unto death, yea, the death of the cross. Wherefore also God highly

10 exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name; that in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, and

11 that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12 So then, my beloved, even as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out

13 your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God which *i worketh in you both to will and to work, for his good pleasure. -,r Do all things without murmurings and disputings; that ye may

be blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye

16 are seen as lights in the world, holding forth the word of life; that I may have whereof to glory in the day of Christ, that I did

17 not run in vain neither labour in vain. Yea, -nd if I am offered upon the sacrifice and service of }-our faith, I joy, and rejoice with

18 you all: and in the same manner do ye also joy, and rejoice with me.

19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state.

20 For I have no man like-minded, who will care truly for your state.

21 For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ. But

22 ye know the proof of him, that, as a child serveth a father, »o

23 he served with me in furtherance of the gospel. Him therefore I hope to send forthwith, so soon as I shall see how it will go

24 with me: but I trust in the Lord that I myself also shall coine

25 shortly. But I counted it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow-worker and fellow-soldier, and your mes

26 senger and minister to my need; since he longed after you nil.

27 and was sore troubled, because ye had heard that he was sick: for indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow upon

28 sorrow. I have sent him therefore the more diligently, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less

29 sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy;

30 and hold such in honour: because for the work of Christ he

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came nigh unto death, hazarding his life to supply that which was lacking in your service toward me.

3 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not irksome, but for you it is safe.

2 Beware of the dogs, beware of tho evil workers, beware of Uie

3 concision: for we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God, and glory in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the

4 flesh: though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh: if any other man thinketh to have confidence in the flesh, I yet

5 more: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as touching the law, a

6 Pharisee; as touching zeal, persecuting the churchy as touching

7 the righteousness which is in the law, found blameless. Howbuit what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss

8 for Christ. Yea verily, and I count nil things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung,

9 that I may gain Christ, and be found in him, not having a righteousness of mine own, even that which is of the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is of God by

10 faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto

11 his death; if by any means I may attain unto the resurrection

12 from the dead. Not that I have already obtained, or am already made perfect: but I press on, if so be that I may apprehend that

13 for which also I was apprehended by "Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself yet to have apprehended: but one thing J do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to

14 the things which are before, I press on toward the goal unto the

15 prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye are otherwise minded, even this shall God reveal unto you:

16 only, whereunto we have already attained, by that same rule let ns walk.

17 Brethren, be ye imitators together of me, and mark them which

18 so walk even as ye have us for an ensample. For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they

19 are the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is perdition, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who

.20 mind earthly things. For our citizenship is in heaven; from whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:

21 who shall fashion anew the body of our humiliation, that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.

4 Wherefore, my brethren beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my beloved.

2 I exhort Euodia, and I exhort Syntyche, to be of the same mind

S in the Lord. Yea, I beseech thee also, true yokefellow, help these

women, for they laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement

also, and the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the 4 book of life. - Rejoice in the Lord alway: again I will say, Rejoice. Let

your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is nt hand.

6 In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known

7 unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and yonr thoughts in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honourable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,

9 think on these things. The things which ye both learned nnd received and heard and saw in me, these things do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

10 But I rejoice in the Lord greatly, that now at length ye have revived your thought for me; wherein ye did indeed take thought,

11 but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to

12 be content. I know how to be abased, and I know also how to abound: in every thing and in all things have I learned the secret

jo both to he filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in

... want. I can do all things in liim that strengtheneth me. How

beit ye did well, that ye had fellowship with my affliction. And

15 ye yourselves also know, ye Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church had fellowship with me in the matter of giving and receiving, but ye

16 only; for even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my

17 need. Not that I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit that

18 increaseth to your account. But I have all things, and abound: I am filled, having received from Bpaphroditus the things that canu from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice accept

19 able, well-pleasing to God. And my God shall fulfil every need

20 of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Now unto our God and Father be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.

21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are

22 with me salute you. All the saints salute you, especially they that are of Caesar's household.

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.

THE EPISTLE OP PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
COLOSSIANS.

1 Paui-, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of God, and

2 Timothy oar brother, to the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from God our Father.

8 We give thtaks to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

4 praying always for you, having hetrd of your faith in Christ

5 Jesus, and of the love which ye have toward all the saints, hecause of the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, whereof

6 ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which is come unto you; even as it is also in all the world bearing fruit and increasing, as it doth in you also, since the day ye heard and

7 knew the grace of God in truth; even as ye learned of Epaphras our beloved fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ

8 on our behalf, who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.

9 For this cause we also, s'nee the day we heard it, do not cease to pray and make request for you, that ye may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,

10 to walk worthily of the Lord unto all pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;

11 strengthened with all power, according to the might of his glory,

12 unto all patience and longsuffering with joy; giving thanks unto the Father, who made us meet to be partakers of the iu

18 ncritancc of the saints in light; who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of

14 his love; in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of

15 our sins: who is the image of the invisible God, the firsthorn of

16 all creation; for in him were all things created, in the heavens and upon the earth, things visible and things invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers; all things have

17 been created through him, and unto him; and he is before all

18 things, and in him all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firsthorn from the

19 dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it was the good pleasure of the Father that in him should nil the

20 fulness dwell; and through him to reconcile all things unto himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross; through him, / tay, whether things upon the earth, or things in the

21 heavens. And you, being in time past alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil works, yet now hath he reconciled in the

22 body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without

23 blemish and unrcprovable before him: if so be that ye continue in the faith, grounded and sledfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel which ye heard, which was preached in all creation under heaven; whereof I Paul was made a miniver

24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and fill up on my part that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my

25 flesh for his body's sake, which is the church; whereof 1 was made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which was

26 given me to you-ward, to fulfil the word of God, even the mystery which hath been hid from all ages and generations: but now hath it l>cen manifested to his saints, to whom God was pleased to

27 make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among

28 the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: whom we proclaim, admonishing every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ;

29 whereunto I labour also, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

2 For I would have you know how greatly I strive for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face

2 in the flesh; that their hearts may be comforted, they being knit together iu love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery of God, even

3 Christ, in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge

4 hidden. This I say, that no one may delude you with persuasive

5 uess of speech. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastuess of your faith in Christ.

6 As therefore ye received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk iu

7 him, rooted and builded up in him, and stablished in your faith, even as ye were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.

8 Take heed lest there shall be any one that maketh spoil of you through his philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of

9 men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ: for

10 in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and in him ye are made full, who is the head of all principality and power:

11 in whom ye were also circumcised with a circumcision not mode with hands, in the putting off of the body of the flesh, in the cir

12 cumcision of Christ; having been buried with him in baptism, wherein ye were also raised with him through faith in the work

13 iug of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, being dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, you, I my, did he quicken together with him, having forgiven

14 us all our trespasses; having blotted out the bond written in ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us: and he

15 hath taken it out of the way, nailing it to the cross; having ;ut off from himself the principalities and the powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in-re

17 spect of a feast day or a new moon or a sabbath day; which are a

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