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18 shadow of the things to come; but the body is Christ's. Let no man rob you of your prize by a voluntary humility and worshipping of the angels, dwelling in the things which he hath seen,
19 vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast the Head, from whom all the body, being supplied and kuit together through the joints and bands, increaseth with the increase of God.
80 If ye died with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, do ye subject yourselves to ordin
21 ances, Handle not, nor taste, nor touch (all which things are
22 to perish with the using), after the precepts and doctrines of men?
23 Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will-worship, and humility, and severity to the body; but are not of any value against the indulgence of the flesh.
3 If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God.
2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things
3 that are upon the earth. For ye died, and your life is hid
4 with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him be manifested in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness,
6 the which is idolatry; for which things'sake cometh the wrath
7 of God upon the sons of disobedience; in the which ye also
8 walked aforetime, when ye lived in these things. But now put ye also away all these; anger, wrath, .malice, railing, shameful
9 speaking out of your mouth: lie not one to another; seeing that ye have put off the old man with his doings, and have put on the
10 new man, which is being renewed unto knowledge after the image
11 of hhn that created him: where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman: hut Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on therefore, as God's elect, holy and beloved, a heart of
13 compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any. man have a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also
14 do ye; and above all these things put on love, which is the bond
15 of perfectness. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to the which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly jn all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and
17 spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God. And whatsoever ve do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.gi vin:: thanks to God the Father through him.
18 Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the
19 Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against
20 them. Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well
21 pleasing in the Lord. "Fathers, provoke not your children, that
22 they be not discouraged. Servants, obey in all things them that are your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as
23 men-pleasera, but in singleness of heart, fenring the Lord: whatsoever ye do, work heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men:
24 knowing thift from the Lord ye shall receive the recompense of
25 the inheritance: ye serve the Lord Christ. For he that doeih wrong shall receive again for the wrong that he hath done: and
4 there is no respect of persons. Masters, render unto your servants
that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a
Master in heaven.
2 Continue stedfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiv
8 ing; withal praying for us also, that God may open unto us a
door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I
4 am also in bonds; that I may make it manifest, as I ought lo
5 speak. Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeem
6 ing the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned
with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one.
7 All my affairs shall Tychicus make known unto you. the heloved brother and faithful minister and fellow-servant in the
8 Lord: whom I have sent unto you for this very purpose, that ye
9 may know our estate, and that he may comfort your hearts; together with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, Who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things that are done here.
10 Aristarchus my fellow-prisoner saluteth you, and Mark, tlie cousin of Barnabas (touching whom ye received commandments;
11 if he come unto you, receive him), and Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision: these only are my fellowworkers unto the kingdom of God, men that have been a comfort
12 unto me. Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, saluteth you, always striving for you in his .prayers, that ye may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.
13 For I bear him witness, that he hath much labour for yon, and
14 for them in Laodicea, and for them in Hierapolis. Luke, the
15 beloved physician, and Demas salute you. Salute the brethren that are in Laodicea, and Nymphas. and the church that is in
16 their bouse. And when this epistle hath been read among you. cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and
17 that ye also read the epistle from Laodicea. And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.
18 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you.
TUB FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
1 Paui>, and Silvanus, and Timothy, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention
3 of you in our prayers; remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labour of love and patience of hope in our Lord
4 Jesus Christ, before our God and Father; knowing, brethren be
5 loved of God, your election, how that our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; even as ye know what manner of men
6 we shewed ourselves toward you for your sake. And ye became imitators of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in
7 much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost; so that ye became
8 an ensample to all that believe in Macedonia and in Achaia. For from you hath sounded forth the word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in everyplace your faith to God-ward
9 is gone forth; so that we need not to speak any thing. For they themselves report concerning us what manner of entering in we had unto you: and how ye turned unto God from idols,
10 to serve a living and true God. and to wait for his Son from
heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which deliv
ereth us from the wrath to come.
2 For yourselves, brethren, know our entering in unto you, that
2 it hath not been found vain: but having suffered before, and
been shamefully eutreated. as ye know, at Philippi, we waxed
hold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God in much
8 conflict. For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness,
4 nor in guile: but even as we have been approved of God to be intrusted with the gospel, so we speak; not as pleasing men, but
5 God which provetu our hearts. For neither at any time were we found using words of flattery, as ye know, nor a cloke of covet
6 ousness, God is witness; nor seeking glory of men, neither from you, nor from others, when we might have been burdensome, as
7 apostles of Christ. But we were gentle in the midst of you, as
8 when a nurse cherisheth her own children: even so, being affectionately desirous of you, we were well pleased to impart unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because
9 ye were become very dear to us. For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: working night and day, that we might not burden any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how hoiily and righteously and
11 unblameably we behaved ourselves toward you that believe: as ye know how we dealt with each one of you, as a father with his
12 own children, exhortingyou, and encouraging you, and testifying, to the end that ye should walk worthily of God, who calleth you into his own kingdom and glory.
13 And for this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when ye received from us the word of the message, exen the word of God, ye accepted it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which also worketh in you that believe.
14 For ye, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God which are in Judaea in Christ Jesus: for ye also suffered the same things
15 of your own countrymen, even as they did of the Jews; who both killed the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drave out us, and
16 please not God, and are contrary to all men; forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved; to fill up their sins alway: but the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.
17 But we, brethren, being bereaved of you for a short season, in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more exceedingly to see
18 your face with great desire: because we would fain have come
19 unto you, I Paul once and again; and Satan hindered us. For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of glorying? Are not even ye,
20 before our Lord Jesus at his coming? For ye are our glory and our joy.
3 Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it
2 good to be left behind at Athens alone; and sent Timothy, our brother and God's minister in the gospel of Christ, to establish you,
3 and to comfort you concerning your faith; that no man be moved by these afflictions; for yourselves know that hereunto we are
4 appointed. For verily, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we are to suffer affliction; even as it came to pass, and
5 ye know. For this cause I also, when I could no longer forbear, sent that I might know your faith, lest by any means the tempter had tempted you, and our labour should be in vain.
6 But when Timothy came even now unto us from you, aud brought us glad tidings of your faith and love, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, longing to see us, even as we also
7 to see you; for this cause, brethren, we were comforted over you
8 in all our distress and affliction through your faith: for cow we
9 live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. For what thanksgiving can we render again unto God for you, for all the joy wherewith we
10 joy for your sakes before our God; night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
11 Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus,
12 direct our way unto you: and the Lord make you to increase and abound in love cne toward another, and toward all men, even
13 as we also do toward you; to the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
4 Finally then, brethren, we beseech find exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as ye received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, even as ye do walk,—that ye abound more and more
2 For ye know what charge we gave you through the Lord Jesus.
8 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye ab4 stain from fornication; that each one of you know how toposstss - himself of his own vessel in sanctification and honour, not in the
passion of lust, even as the Gentiles which know not God; that
9 no man transgress, and wrong his brother in the matter: because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned
7 you and testified. For God called us not for uncleanness, but
8 in sanctification. Therefore he that rejecteth, rejecteth not man, but God, who givelh his Holy Spirit unto you.
9 But concerning love of the brethren ye have no need that one write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one
10 another; for indeed ye doit toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia. But we exhort you. brethren, that ye abound
11 more and more; and that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with ycur hands, even as we charged you;
12 that ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and may have need of nothing.
13 But we would not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that fall asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, which have
14 no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also that arj fallen asleep in Jesus will God bring with
15 him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that wo that are alive, that are left unto the coming of the Lord, shall in
16 no wise precede them that are fallen asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven, with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ
17 shall rise first: then we that arc alive, that arc left, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the
18 air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
5 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have
2 no need that aught be written unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comcth as a thief in the
3 night. When they are saying, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with
4 child; and they shall in no wise escape. But ye, brethren, are not
5 iu darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief- for ye are all sons of light, and sons of the day: we are not of the night,
6 nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep, as do the rest, but let us
7 watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and
8 they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, since we are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith
9 and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God appointed us not unto wrath, but unto the obtaining of salvation
10 through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether