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23 mandments and doctrines of men ? Which ordinances have

indeed a shew of wisdom in will-worship, and humility of mind, and not sparing the body : yet are not in any ho

nour, but serve to the satisfying of the flesh. CH.il. If then ye have been raised with Christ, seek those

things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right 2 hand of God. Mind the things above, not the things on 3 the earth. For ye have died, and your life is hidden 4, with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, shall

be manifested, then ye also will be manifested with him

in glory. 5 Deaden therefore your members as to the things on

earth ; as to fornication, uncleanness, passion, wicked 6 lusts, and inordinate desire, which is idolatry* ; for which

things the anger of God cometh on the sons of disobe7 dience : in which ye also walked formerly, when ye lived 8 in them. But now do ye also put away all these ; anger,

wrath, maliciousness, evil-speaking, filthy talking, out of 9 your mouth. Lie not one to another, since ye have put 10 off the old man with his deeds ; and have put on the new

man, that is renewed in knowledge, according to the 11 image of Him who created him : where there is neither

gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision ; bar

barian nor Scythian ; slave nor free : but Christ is all 12 things, and that among all. Put on therefore, as the - elect of God, holy, and beloved, bowels of pity, kind13 ness, humility of mind, meekness, long-suffering : (for

bearing one anothe", and freely forgiving one another,

if any one have a cause of complaint against another : 14 even as Christ freely forgave you, so do ye also :) and,

besides all these things, put on love, which is the bond of 15 perfection. And let the peace of Christt, preside in your hearts, to which ye have been called also in one body;

the See Wakefield. "evil desire and covetousness," N.

+ the peace o God, R. T. peace with Christ, N. The peace of Christ is that peace which Christ introduced between Jews and gentiles. See Eph. ii, 14.

and be ye thankful. 16 Let the doctrine of Christ dwell in you richly in all

wisdom : while ye teach and admonish * one another with

psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs ; singing with 17 thankfulness, and with your hearts, to Godt. And what

soever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of (the Lord] Jesus, giving thanks to God, even the Father,

through him. 18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands t, as it is 19 fit in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not 20 bitter toward them. Children, obey your parents in all 21 things; for this is well-pleasing in the Lordll. Fathers,

provoke not your children, lest they be discouraged [. 22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to

the flesh ; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in 23 singleness of heart, fearing the Lord it: and whatsoever

ye do, perform it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to 24 men ; knowing that from the Lord ye will receive the

reward of the inheritance : (for) ye serve Christ as your 25 Lord. But he that doeth wrong, will be punished for

the wrong which he hath done : and there is no respect CH.of persons. Masters, give to your servants that which is TV. just and equal ; knowing that ye also have a Master in

heaven. 2 Persevere in prayer, watching therein with thanks. B giving; praying at the same time for us also, that God

would open to us a door of utterance, to speak the mys. 4 tery of Christ, for which I am even in bonds : that I may 5 make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom 6 toward those that are without, redeeming the time. Let

your discourse be always well-pleasing, seasoned with salt, so that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man. 7. All things concerning me Tychicus will declare to you,

+ ye teaching and admonishing, X. I to your own husbands, R, T.

despair. N.

+ to the Lord, R. T.

to the Lord, R. T. # fearing God. R. T.

who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fel8 low-servant in the Lord ; whom I have sent to you for

this purpose, that he may know your affairs *, and com9 fort your hearts ; together with Onesimus, a faithful and

beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make 10 known to you all things which are done here. Aristarchus

my fellow-prisoner, and Mark son to the sister of Bar

nabas, concerning whom ye have received command- 11 ments, (if he come unto you receive him,) and Jesus

called Justus, that are of the circumcision, salute you. These have been my only fellow-labourers as to the king

dom of God; and they have been a comfort unto me. 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth

you, always earnestly striving for you in his prayers, that

ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. 13 For I bear him witness that he hath a great concernt for

you, and for those at Laodicea, and for those at Hiera. 14 polis. Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, salute 15 you. Salute the brethren, that are at Laodicea ; and

Nymphas, and the church which assembleth in his house. 16 And 'when this epistle hath been read among you, cause

that it be read in the church t of the Laodiceans also ; 17 and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. And

say to Archippus;“ Take heed to the ministry which thou

hast received in the Lord, that thou fully discharge it.” 18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember

my bonds. Favour be with you.

• Many good copies read " that ye may know our affairs.” See Griesbach. + great zeal, R. T.

* i. e. congregation. N. m.

THE

FIRST EPISTLE OF SAINT PAUL

TO TIE

THESSALONIANS.

CHAP. I.

PAUL, and Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ; favour be to you, and peace, from

God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making 3 mention of you in our prayers, remembering* without

ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and pa

tience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God 4 and Father; knowing, brethren beloved of God, your 5 election by him. For the gospel preached by us came

not to you in words only, but in power also, and in the

holy spirit, and in full confirmation; as ye know what 6 manner of men we were among you for your sake; and

ye became imitators of us, and of the Lord, having re

ceived the word amidst much affliction, with joy in the 7 holy spirit: so that ye have been examples to all in 8 Macedonia and Achaia, who believe. For from you

the word of the Lord hath sounded forth, not only in

* mentioning, N.

+ " that God hath chosen you gentiles to be his peculiar people. 2 Thess. ii. 13." Newcome.

Macedonia and Achaia ; but in every place also your

faith toward God hath spread abroad, so that we need 9 not to speak any thing concerning it. For they them

selves declare of us, what kind of entering in among you

we had, and how ye turned to God from idols, to serve 10 the living and true God; and to look for his son from

heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, who

delivereth us from the punishment which is to come. CH. 11. For yourselves, brethren, know that our entering in 2 among you was not in vain : but even after we had before

suffered, and had been shamefully treated, as ye know, at Philippi, we had freedom of speech through our God to preach unto you the gospel of God with much 3 earnestness. For our exhortation was not of error, nor 4 of uncleanness, nor in guile : but as we were approved

of God to be entrusted with the gospel, we so speak, not 5 as pleasing men, but God, who proveth our hearts. For

neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, 6 nor a pretence of covetousness: (God is witness :) nor

from men sought we glory, either from you or from

others; when we might have used authority, as apostles 7 of Christ : but we were gentle among you, as a nursing8 mother* cherisheth her children. Being thus affection

ately desirous of you, we are willing to bestow on you, not the gospel of God only, but our own lives also, be. 9 cause ye are become dear to us. For ye remember, bre

thren, our labour and toil : how working night and day,

that we might not be burthensome to any of you, we 10 preached to you the gospel of God. Ye are witnesses,

and God also, how holily, and righteously, and un

blameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe : 11 as ye know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged 12 every one of you, as a father doth his children, that ye

should walk in a manner worthy of God, who calleth you to his glorious kingdom.

* So Wakefield. nurse, N.

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