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an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, 2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 We give thanks to God, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,

4 Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints,

5 For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel:

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6 Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth:

7 As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow-servant, who is for you a faithful nister of Christ;

8 Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit.


Apostle, to the COLOSSIANS.

27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

28 Whom we preach, warning every man, mi-and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

29 Whereunto I also labour, striving ac cording to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled,

22 In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy, and unblamable, and unreprovable, in his sight:

23 If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister;

24 Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church:


11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness;

12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the heritance of the saints in light:

13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God 'the first-born of every creature:

25 Whereof I am made a minister, accord ing to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages, and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:


9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual1 understanding;

10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of


He still exhorteth them to be constant in Christ, 8 to beware of philosophy, and vain traditions, 18 worshipping of angels, 20 and legal ceremonies, which are ended in Christ.

I what

conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;

2 That their hearts might be comforted, be ing knit together in love, and unto all riches in-of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

3 In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

4 And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. **

5 For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your and steadfastness of your



are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible Naith in Christ. the steadfast

that and invisible, whether they be thrones, ondominions, or principalities, or powers all things were created by him, and for him 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist,

18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.

19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

20 And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.

6 As ye have therefore received Christ Je sus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablish.. ed in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 11 In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in

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12 Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.

13 And you, being dead in your sins and
the uncircumcision of your flesh, bath he
quickened together with him, having for-
given you all trespasses;

14 Blotting out the hand-writing of ordi-
nances that was against us, which was con- 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving
trary to us, and took it out of the way, nail-one another, if any man have a quarrel
ing it to his cross;
against any even as Christ forgave you, so
also do ye.

13 And having spoiled principalities and
powers, he made a shew of them openly,
triumphing over them in it.

14 And above all these things put on charity,
which is the bond of perfectness.

16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat,
or in drink, or in respect of a holy-day, or of
the new-moon, or of the sabbath-days:
17 Which are a shadow of things to come;
but the body is of Christ.

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spirit ual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

18 Let no man beguile you of your reward
in a voluntary humility and worshipping of
angels, intruding into those things which he
hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his flesh-
ly mind,
19 And not holding the Head, from which
all the body by joints and bands having nou-
rishment ministered, and knit together,
creaseth with the increase of God.

20 Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ
from the rudiments of the world, why as
though living in the world, are ye subject to

21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not;
22 Which all are to perish with the using;)
after the commandments and doctrines of

glecting of the body; not in any honour to the
satisfying of the flesh.

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. 18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own in-husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.


19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well-pleasing unto the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, 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 singleness of heart, wis-fearing God:


23 Which things have indeed a shew of
dom in will-worship, and humility, and ne-23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily,

to the Lord, and not unto men;

24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.


1 He sheweth where we should seek Christ. 5 He
exhorteth to mortification, 10 to put off the old
man, and to put on Christ, 12 exhorting to
charity, humility, and other several duties.
F ye
with seek those
things which are above, where Christ
sitteth on the right hand of God.


Exhortations to several duties

10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;


2. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

25 But he that doeth wrong, shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons. CHAP. IVA

4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear,
then shall ye also appear with him in
5 Mortify therefore your members which
are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness,
inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and
covetousness, which is idolatry:

6 For which things' sake the wrath of God
cometh on the children of disobedience:
7 In the which ve also walked sometime,
when ye lived in them.

8 But now ye also put off all these; anger,
wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communica
tion out of your mouth.

9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

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Ajou 1 He exhorteth them to be fervent in prayer 5 to walk wisely toward them that are not yet come to the true knowledge of Christ. 10 He saluteth them, and wisheth them all prosperity.

ASTERS, give unto your servants that

also have a Master in heaven. 2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;

3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak" the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:

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4 That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.


6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.


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Paul's mindfulness


of the Thessalonians.

7 All my state shall Tychicus declare unto | perfect and complete in all the will of God. you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellow-servant in the Lord:

13 For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis.

14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.

15 Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.

16 And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.

17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

¶ Written from Rome to the Colossians by Tychicus and Onesimus.

8 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts;

9 With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.

10 Aristarchus, my fellow-prisoner, saluteth you; and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;)

11 And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellow-workers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me.

12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand

The First Epistle of PAUL, the

Apostle, to the THESSALONIANS.

dered both why Saint Paul was so long absent from them, and also why he was so desirous to see them.

1 The Thessalonians are given to understand
both how mindful of them Saint Paul was at
all times in thanksgiving, and prayer: 5 and
also how
was of the truth
and sincerity of their faith, and conversion
to God.

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Pothe and Silvanus, and Timotheus,
is in God the Father, and in the Lord Jesus
Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from
God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 We give thanks to God always for you all,
making mention of you in our prayers;

3 Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

4 Knowing, brethren beloved, your election

of God.

OR yourselves, brethren, know our entrance unto you, that it was not in

vain :

2 But even after that we had suffered before, and were

un-know, at Philippi, amefully entreated, as ye to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention.

3 For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor 4 But as we were allowed of God to be put of uncleanness, nor in guile; in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth

our hearts.

5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness; God is witness:

6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. you, nor yet of others, when we might have 7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:

5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7 So that ye were ensamples to all that be

8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.

lieve in Macedonia and Achaia.


9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour 8 For from you sounded out the word of the and travail: for labouring night and day, beLord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but cause we would not be chargeable unto any also in every place your faith to God-ward is of you, we preached unto you the gospel of spread abroad; so that we need not to speak 10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how any thing. 9 For they themselves shew of us what man-haved ourselves among you that believe: holily, and justly, and unblamaoly we bener of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols, to serve the liv-forted, and charged every one of you, as a fa11 As ye know how we exhorted, and com ing and true God;

ther doth his children,

10 And to wait for his Son from heaven,12 That ye would walk worthy of God, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, who hath called you unto his kingdom and which delivered us from the wrath to come. glory.


13 For this cause also thank we God with1 In what manner the gospel was brought and out ceasing, because, when ye received the preached to the Thessalonians, and in what word of God which ye heard of us, ye resort also they received it. 18 A reason is ren-ceived it not as the word of men, but (as it


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Paul's love in sending Timothy. I. THESSALONIANS.
is in truth) the word of God, which effectu-
ally worketh also in you that believe.

14 For ye, brethren, became followers of
the churches of God which in Judea are in
Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like
things of your own countrymen, even as they
have of the Jews:

15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all meu:

16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always: for the wrath is come upon them to

the uttermost.

17 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire.

18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.

19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming 20 For ye are our glory and joy.



Saint Paul testifieth his great love to the Thessalonians, partly by sending Timothy unto them to strengthen and comfort them: partly by rejoicing in their well-doing: 10 and partly by praying for them, and desiring a safe coming unto them.


Wlonger forbear, we thought it good

be left at Athens alone;

2 And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow-labourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:

3 That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto.

4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribu lation; even as it came to pass, and ye know 5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain.



6 But now, when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you:

7 Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith:

8 For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord.

9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God;

10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you."

12 And the Lord make you to increase and


He exhorteth to godliness

abound in love one toward another, and to ward all men, even as we do toward you: 13 To the end he may establish your hearts unblamable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all bis saints. CHAP. IV.

1 He exhorteth them to go on forward in d manner of godliness, 6 to live holily and just do ly, 9 to love one another, 11 and quietly to fol low their own business: 13 and last of all to sorrow moderately for the dead. 15 And unto this last exhortation is annexed a brief de scription of the resurrection, and second coming of Christ to judgment. NURTHERMORE then we beseech you,

Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

2 For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:

4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;

5 Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:

6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified.

7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.

8 He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit.

9 But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

10 And indeed ye do it toward all the bre thren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more;

11 And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;

12 That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack/ of nothing.

13 But I would not have you to be igno rant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.

14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.

16 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 shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

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Christ's second coming.

Sundry precepts.

18 Wherefore, comfort one another with 12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know these words. them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 13 And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

14 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn
them that are comfort the
minded, support the weak, be patient toward
all men.

15 See that none render evil for evil unto
any man; but ever follow that which is good,
both among yourselves, and to all men.
16 Rejoice evermore.
(17 Pray without ceasing.

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.


19 Quench not the Spirit. 20 Despise not prophesyings. 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. 23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

25 Brethren, pray for us.

26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.
27 I charge you by the Lord that this epis
tle be read unto all the holy brethren.
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be
with you. Amen.

The first epistle unto the Thessaloni-
ans was written from Athens.
Apostle, to the THESSALONIANS.

8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them
that know not God, and that obey not the
gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ.


1 He proceedeth in the former description of Christ's coming to judgment, 16 and giveth divers precepts, 23 and so concludeth the epistle.



thren, ye have no need that I write

unto you.

2 For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

3 For when they shall say, Peace and saf ty; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.

6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.

7 For they that sleep, sleep in the night and they that be drunken, are drunken in the night.

8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breast-plate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. 9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

10 Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 11 Wherefore, comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

¶ The Second Epistle of PAUL, the


1 Saint Paul certifieth them of the good opinion which he had of their faith, love, and patience: 11 and therewithal useth divers reasons for the comforting of them in persecution, whereof the chiefest is taken from the righteous judgment of God.


AUL, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 2 Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth;

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4 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God, for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:


5 Which is a manifest token of the right-1 He willeth them to continue steadfast in the

eous judgment of God, that ye may be count-
ed worthy of the kingdom of God, for which
ye also suffer:

truth received, 3sheweth that there shall be
a departure from the faith, 8 and a discovery
of antichrist, before the day of the Lord come.
15 And thereupon repeateth his former exhor-
tation, and prayeth for them.

6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;

7 And to you, who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,


OW we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word

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