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58:002:007 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst
him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of
58:002:008 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in
that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that
is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put
58:002:009 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels
for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour;
that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
58:002:010 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are
all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the
captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
58:002:011 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are
all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them
58:002:012 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst
of the church will I sing praise unto thee.
58:002:013 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and
the children which God hath given me.
58:002:014 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and
blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that
through death he might destroy him that had the power of
death, that is, the devil;
58:002:015 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their
lifetime subject to bondage.
58:002:016 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he
took on him the seed of Abraham.
58:002:017 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto
his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high
priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for
the sins of the people.
58:002:018 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able
to succour them that are tempted.
58:003:001 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling,
consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ
58:003:002 Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was
faithful in all his house.
58:003:003 For this man was counted worthy of more glory than Moses,
inasmuch as he who hath builded the house hath more honour
than the house.
58:003:004 For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all
things is God.
58:003:005 And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant,
for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after;
58:003:006 But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house are we, if
we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm
unto the end.
58:003:007 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his
58:003:008 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of
temptation in the wilderness:
58:003:009 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works
58:003:010 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They
do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways.
58:003:011 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)
58:003:012 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart
of unbelief, in departing from the living God.
58:003:013 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest
any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
58:003:014 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning
of our confidence stedfast unto the end;
58:003:015 While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not
your hearts, as in the provocation.
58:003:016 For some, when they had heard, did provoke: howbeit not all
that came out of Egypt by Moses.
58:003:017 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them
that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness?
58:003:018 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest,
but to them that believed not?
58:003:019 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.
58:004:001 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of
entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short
58:004:002 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but
the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with
faith in them that heard it.
58:004:003 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As
I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest:
although the works were finished from the foundation of the
58:004:004 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this
wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
58:004:005 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
58:004:006 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein,
and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because
58:004:007 Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day,
after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear
his voice, harden not your hearts.
58:004:008 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward
have spoken of another day.
58:004:009 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
58:004:010 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from
his own works, as God did from his.
58:004:011 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man
fall after the same example of unbelief.
58:004:012 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than
any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of
soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a
discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
58:004:013 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his
sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of
him with whom we have to do.
58:004:014 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed
into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our
58:004:015 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with
the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted
like as we are, yet without sin.
58:004:016 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we
may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
58:005:001 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men
in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and
sacrifices for sins:
58:005:002 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are
out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with
58:005:003 And by reason hereof he ought, as for the people, so also for
himself, to offer for sins.
58:005:004 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is
called of God, as was Aaron.
58:005:005 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high
priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day
have I begotten thee.
58:005:006 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever
after the order of Melchisedec.
58:005:007 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers
and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that
was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he
58:005:008 Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things
which he suffered;
58:005:009 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal
salvation unto all them that obey him;
58:005:010 Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
58:005:011 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered,
seeing ye are dull of hearing.
58:005:012 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need
that one teach you again which be the first principles of the
oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and
not of strong meat.
58:005:013 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of
righteousness: for he is a babe.
58:005:014 But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even
those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to
discern both good and evil.
58:006:001 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ,
let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation
of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
58:006:002 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of
resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
58:006:003 And this will we do, if God permit.
58:006:004 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and
have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of
the Holy Ghost,
58:006:005 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the
world to come,
58:006:006 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance;
seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and
put him to an open shame.
58:006:007 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon
it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is
dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
58:006:008 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is
nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
58:006:009 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and
things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
58:006:010 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of
love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have
ministered to the saints, and do minister.
58:006:011 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence
to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
58:006:012 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through
faith and patience inherit the promises.
58:006:013 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear
by no greater, he sware by himself,
58:006:014 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I
will multiply thee.
58:006:015 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the
58:006:016 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for
confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
58:006:017 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of
promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an
58:006:018 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for
God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled
for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
58:006:019 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and
stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
58:006:020 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an
high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
58:007:001 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high
God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the
kings, and blessed him;
58:007:002 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by
interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King
of Salem, which is, King of peace;
58:007:003 Without father, without mother, without descent, having
neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto
the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
58:007:004 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the
patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.
58:007:005 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the
office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of
the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren,
though they come out of the loins of Abraham:
58:007:006 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes
of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.
58:007:007 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the
58:007:008 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth
them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.
58:007:009 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed
tithes in Abraham.
58:007:010 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec
58:007:011 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for
under it the people received the law,) what further need was
there that another priest should rise after the order of
Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?
58:007:012 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a
change also of the law.
58:007:013 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another
tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.
58:007:014 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which
tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.
58:007:015 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude
of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,
58:007:016 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but
after the power of an endless life.
58:007:017 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order
58:007:018 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going
before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.
58:007:019 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a
better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.
58:007:020 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:
58:007:021 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an
oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not
repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of
58:007:022 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.
58:007:023 And they truly were many priests, because they were not
suffered to continue by reason of death:
58:007:024 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable
58:007:025 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that
come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make
intercession for them.
58:007:026 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless,
undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the
58:007:027 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up
sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's:
for this he did once, when he offered up himself.
58:007:028 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but
the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son,
who is consecrated for evermore.
58:008:001 Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum: We
have such an high priest, who is set on the right hand of the
throne of the Majesty in the heavens;
58:008:002 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which
the Lord pitched, and not man.
58:008:003 For every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and
sacrifices: wherefore it is of necessity that this man have
somewhat also to offer.
58:008:004 For if he were on earth, he should not be a priest, seeing
that there are priests that offer gifts according to the law:
58:008:005 Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as
Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the
tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things
according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.
58:008:006 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how
much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was
established upon better promises.
58:008:007 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no
place have been sought for the second.
58:008:008 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come,
saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house
of Israel and with the house of Judah:
58:008:009 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers
in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of
the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant,
and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.
58:008:010 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of
Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws
into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be
to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:
58:008:011 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every
man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me,
from the least to the greatest.
58:008:012 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their
sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
58:008:013 In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old.
Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish
58:009:001 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine
service, and a worldly sanctuary.
58:009:002 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the
candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called
58:009:003 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the
Holiest of all;
58:009:004 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant
overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot
that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of
58:009:005 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat; of
which we cannot now speak particularly.
58:009:006 Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went
always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of
58:009:007 But into the second went the high priest alone once every
year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for
the errors of the people:
58:009:008 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest
of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first
tabernacle was yet standing:
58:009:009 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were
offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him
that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;
58:009:010 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and
carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of
58:009:011 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come,
by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands,
that is to say, not of this building;
58:009:012 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood
he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained
eternal redemption for us.
58:009:013 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an
heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of
58:009:014 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the
eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your
conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
58:009:015 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament,
that by means of death, for the redemption of the
transgressions that were under the first testament, they which
are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
58:009:016 For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the
death of the testator.
58:009:017 For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it
is of no strength at all while the testator liveth.
58:009:018 Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without
58:009:019 For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people
according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of
goats, with water, and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled
both the book, and all the people,
58:009:020 Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath
enjoined unto you.
58:009:021 Moreover he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle, and all
the vessels of the ministry.
58:009:022 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and
without shedding of blood is no remission.
58:009:023 It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the
heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things
themselves with better sacrifices than these.
58:009:024 For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with
hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven
itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:
58:009:025 Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest
entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others;
58:009:026 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of
the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he
appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.
58:009:027 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this
58:009:028 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto
them that look for him shall he appear the second time without
sin unto salvation.
58:010:001 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not
the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices
which they offered year by year continually make the comers
58:010:002 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because
that the worshippers once purged should have had no more
conscience of sins.
58:010:003 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of
sins every year.
58:010:004 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats
should take away sins.
58:010:005 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice
and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared
58:010:006 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no
58:010:007 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is
written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
58:010:008 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings
and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure
therein; which are offered by the law;
58:010:009 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away
the first, that he may establish the second.
58:010:010 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of
the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
58:010:011 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering
oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away
58:010:012 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for
ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
58:010:013 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his
58:010:014 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are
58:010:015 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that
he had said before,
58:010:016 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those
days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts,
and in their minds will I write them;
58:010:017 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.
58:010:018 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for
58:010:019 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest
by the blood of Jesus,
58:010:020 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us,
through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;
58:010:021 And having an high priest over the house of God;
58:010:022 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our
bodies washed with pure water.
58:010:023 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;
(for he is faithful that promised;)
58:010:024 And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to
58:010:025 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the
manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the
more, as ye see the day approaching.
58:010:026 For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the
knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for
58:010:027 But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery
indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.
58:010:028 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or
58:010:029 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought
worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath
counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was
sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the
Spirit of grace?
58:010:030 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I
will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall
judge his people.
58:010:031 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living
58:010:032 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye
were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
58:010:033 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches
and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of
them that were so used.
58:010:034 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the
spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in
heaven a better and an enduring substance.
58:010:035 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great
recompence of reward.
58:010:036 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the
will of God, ye might receive the promise.
58:010:037 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and
will not tarry.
58:010:038 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my
soul shall have no pleasure in him.
58:010:039 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of
them that believe to the saving of the soul.
58:011:001 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen.
58:011:002 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
58:011:003 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the
word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of
things which do appear.
58:011:004 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than
Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God
testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
58:011:005 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death;
and was not found, because God had translated him: for before
his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
58:011:006 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that
cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
58:011:007 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet,
moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house;
by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the
righteousness which is by faith.
58:011:008 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place
which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and
he went out, not knowing whither he went.
58:011:009 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange
country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the
heirs with him of the same promise:
58:011:010 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder
and maker is God.
58:011:011 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive
seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age,
because she judged him faithful who had promised.
58:011:012 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead,
so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand
which is by the sea shore innumerable.
58:011:013 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but
having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and
embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and
pilgrims on the earth.
58:011:014 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a
58:011:015 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from
whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have
58:011:016 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly:
wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he
hath prepared for them a city.
58:011:017 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he
that had received the promises offered up his only begotten
58:011:018 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
58:011:019 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the
dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
58:011:020 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to
58:011:021 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of
Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
58:011:022 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing
of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his
58:011:023 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his
parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were
not afraid of the king's commandment.
58:011:024 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be
called the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
58:011:025 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God,
than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
58:011:026 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the
treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of
58:011:027 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king:
for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
58:011:028 Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of
blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
58:011:029 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which
the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.
58:011:030 By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were
compassed about seven days.
58:011:031 By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed
not, when she had received the spies with peace.
58:011:032 And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell
of Gedeon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephthae; of
David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets:
58:011:033 Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness,
obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions.
58:011:034 Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword,
out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight,
turned to flight the armies of the aliens.
58:011:035 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others
were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might
obtain a better resurrection:
58:011:036 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea,
moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
58:011:037 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were
slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and
goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
58:011:038 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts,
and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
58:011:039 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith,
received not the promise:
58:011:040 God having provided some better thing for us, that they
without us should not be made perfect.
58:012:001 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a
cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin
which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience
the race that is set before us,
58:012:002 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who
for the joy that was set before him endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the
throne of God.
58:012:003 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners
against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
58:012:004 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
58:012:005 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you
as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of
the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
58:012:006 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every
son whom he receiveth.
58:012:007 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons;
for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
58:012:008 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers,
then are ye bastards, and not sons.
58:012:009 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected
us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in
subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
58:012:010 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own
pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of
58:012:011 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but
grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable
fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
58:012:012 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble
58:012:013 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame
be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.
58:012:014 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man
shall see the Lord:
58:012:015 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest
any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby
many be defiled;
58:012:016 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who
for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
58:012:017 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited
the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of
repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.
58:012:018 For ye are not come unto the mount that might be touched, and
that burned with fire, nor unto blackness, and darkness, and
58:012:019 And the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words; which
voice they that heard intreated that the word should not be
spoken to them any more:
58:012:020 (For they could not endure that which was commanded, And if so
much as a beast touch the mountain, it shall be stoned, or
thrust through with a dart:
58:012:021 And so terrible was the sight, that Moses said, I exceedingly
fear and quake:)
58:012:022 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the
living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable
company of angels,
58:012:023 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are
written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the
spirits of just men made perfect,
58:012:024 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the
blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things that that of
58:012:025 See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped
not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not
we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven:
58:012:026 Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised,
saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also
58:012:027 And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those
things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those
things which cannot be shaken may remain.
58:012:028 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us
have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence
and godly fear:
58:012:029 For our God is a consuming fire.
58:013:001 Let brotherly love continue.
58:013:002 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have
entertained angels unawares.
58:013:003 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them
which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
58:013:004 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but
whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
58:013:005 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content
with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never
leave thee, nor forsake thee.
58:013:006 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will
not fear what man shall do unto me.
58:013:007 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken
unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the
end of their conversation.
58:013:008 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
58:013:009 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it
is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not
with meats, which have not profited them that have been
58:013:010 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which
serve the tabernacle.
58:013:011 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into
the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without
58:013:012 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with
his own blood, suffered without the gate.
58:013:013 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing
58:013:014 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
58:013:015 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God
continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to
58:013:016 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such
sacrifices God is well pleased.
58:013:017 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves:
for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account,
that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is
unprofitable for you.
58:013:018 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all
things willing to live honestly.
58:013:019 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be
restored to you the sooner.
58:013:020 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our
Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the
blood of the everlasting covenant,
58:013:021 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in
you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus
Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
58:013:022 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation:
for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
58:013:023 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom,
if he come shortly, I will see you.
58:013:024 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the
saints. They of Italy salute you.
58:013:025 Grace be with you all. Amen.
Book 59 James
59:001:001 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the
twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
59:001:002 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers
59:001:003 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
59:001:004 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect
and entire, wanting nothing.
59:001:005 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to
all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given
59:001:006 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that
wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and
59:001:007 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of
59:001:008 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
59:001:009 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted:
59:001:010 But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of
the grass he shall pass away.
59:001:011 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it
withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the
grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich
man fade away in his ways.
59:001:012 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is
tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath
promised to them that love him.
59:001:013 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for
God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
59:001:014 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own
lust, and enticed.
59:001:015 Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin,
when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
59:001:016 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
59:001:017 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning.
59:001:018 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we
should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
59:001:019 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to
hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
59:001:020 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.
59:001:021 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of
naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word,
which is able to save your souls.
59:001:022 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving
your own selves.
59:001:023 For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like
unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass:
59:001:024 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway
forgetteth what manner of man he was.
59:001:025 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and
continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a
doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
59:001:026 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not
his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion
59:001:027 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to
keep himself unspotted from the world.
59:002:001 My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the
Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
59:002:002 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring,
in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile
59:002:003 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and
say unto him, Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the
poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
59:002:004 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges
of evil thoughts?
59:002:005 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of
this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he
hath promised to them that love him?
59:002:006 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you,
and draw you before the judgment seats?
59:002:007 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are
59:002:008 If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:
59:002:009 But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are
convinced of the law as transgressors.
59:002:010 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one
point, he is guilty of all.
59:002:011 For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not
kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou
art become a transgressor of the law.
59:002:012 So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the
law of liberty.
59:002:013 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no
mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.
59:002:014 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath
faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
59:002:015 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
59:002:016 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed
and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things
which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
59:002:017 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
59:002:018 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me
thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by
59:002:019 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the
devils also believe, and tremble.
59:002:020 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is
59:002:021 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had
offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
59:002:022 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was
faith made perfect?
59:002:023 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed
God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was
called the Friend of God.
59:002:024 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by
59:002:025 Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works,
when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out
59:002:026 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without
works is dead also.
59:003:001 My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall
receive the greater condemnation.
59:003:002 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in
word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the
59:003:003 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey
us; and we turn about their whole body.
59:003:004 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are
driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very
small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
59:003:005 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great
things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
59:003:006 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the
tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and
setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of
59:003:007 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and
of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of
59:003:008 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of
59:003:009 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse
we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
59:003:010 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My
brethren, these things ought not so to be.
59:003:011 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and
59:003:012 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a
vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and
59:003:013 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him
shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of
59:003:014 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory
not, and lie not against the truth.
59:003:015 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly,
59:003:016 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every
59:003:017 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then
peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and
good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
59:003:018 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that
59:004:001 From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not
hence, even of your lusts that war in your members?
59:004:002 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot
obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not.
59:004:003 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may
consume it upon your lusts.
59:004:004 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the
friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever
therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
59:004:005 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that
dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
59:004:006 But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth
the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
59:004:007 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he
will flee from you.
59:004:008 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your
hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
59:004:009 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned
to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
59:004:010 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift
59:004:011 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil
of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the
law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art
not a doer of the law, but a judge.
59:004:012 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who
art thou that judgest another?
59:004:013 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into
such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and
59:004:014 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is
your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little
time, and then vanisheth away.
59:004:015 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and
do this, or that.
59:004:016 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is
59:004:017 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to
him it is sin.
59:005:001 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that
shall come upon you.
59:005:002 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
59:005:003 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall
be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were
fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
59:005:004 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your
fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the
cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of
the Lord of sabaoth.
59:005:005 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye
have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.
59:005:006 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist
59:005:007 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord.
Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the
earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the
early and latter rain.
59:005:008 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of
the Lord draweth nigh.
59:005:009 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be
condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door.
59:005:010 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name
of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of
59:005:011 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the
patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the
Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
59:005:012 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by
heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but
let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into
59:005:013 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let
him sing psalms.
59:005:014 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the
church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in
the name of the Lord:
59:005:015 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord
shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall
be forgiven him.
59:005:016 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another,
that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a
righteous man availeth much.
59:005:017 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he
prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on
the earth by the space of three years and six months.
59:005:018 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth
brought forth her fruit.
59:005:019 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert
59:005:020 Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the
error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide
a multitude of sins.
Book 60 1 Peter
60:001:001 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered
throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
60:001:002 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,
through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and
sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and
peace, be multiplied.
60:001:003 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which
according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a
lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
60:001:004 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that
fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
60:001:005 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time.
60:001:006 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need
be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
60:001:007 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of
gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be
found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of
60:001:008 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him
not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full
60:001:009 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your
60:001:010 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched
diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto
60:001:011 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ
which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand
the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
60:001:012 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto
us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto
you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the
Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels
desire to look into.
60:001:013 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope
to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the
revelation of Jesus Christ;
60:001:014 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to
the former lusts in your ignorance:
60:001:015 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all
manner of conversation;
60:001:016 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
60:001:017 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons
judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your
sojourning here in fear:
60:001:018 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with
corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain
conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
60:001:019 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without
blemish and without spot:
60:001:020 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the
world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
60:001:021 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the
dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in
60:001:022 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth
through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see
that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:
60:001:023 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth
60:001:024 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the
flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof
60:001:025 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the
word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
60:002:001 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and
hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings,
60:002:002 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye
may grow thereby:
60:002:003 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
60:002:004 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of
men, but chosen of God, and precious,
60:002:005 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an
holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable
to God by Jesus Christ.
60:002:006 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay
in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that
believeth on him shall not be confounded.
60:002:007 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them
which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed,
the same is made the head of the corner,
60:002:008 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them
which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also
they were appointed.
60:002:009 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy
nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the
praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his
60:002:010 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people
of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained
60:002:011 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims,
abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
60:002:012 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that,
whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your
good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of
60:002:013 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's
sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
60:002:014 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the
punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do
60:002:015 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to
silence the ignorance of foolish men:
60:002:016 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of
maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
60:002:017 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the
60:002:018 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only
to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
60:002:019 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God
endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
60:002:020 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults,
ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and
suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with
60:002:021 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered
for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his
60:002:022 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
60:002:023 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered,
he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth
60:002:024 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree,
that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness:
by whose stripes ye were healed.
60:002:025 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto
the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
60:003:001 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands;
that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word
be won by the conversation of the wives;
60:003:002 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
60:003:003 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting
the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
60:003:004 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is
not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit,
which is in the sight of God of great price.
60:003:005 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who
trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto
their own husbands:
60:003:006 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters
ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any
60:003:007 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge,
giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as
being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers
be not hindered.
60:003:008 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
60:003:009 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but
contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called,
that ye should inherit a blessing.
60:003:010 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain
his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
60:003:011 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and
60:003:012 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears
are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is
against them that do evil.
60:003:013 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that
which is good?
60:003:014 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye:
and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
60:003:015 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always
to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the
hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
60:003:016 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of
you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse
your good conversation in Christ.
60:003:017 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for
well doing, than for evil doing.
60:003:018 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the
unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in
the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
60:003:019 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
60:003:020 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering
of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a
preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by
60:003:021 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us
(not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the
answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection
of Jesus Christ:
60:003:022 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God;
angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
60:004:001 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh,
arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath
suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;
60:004:002 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the
flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God.
60:004:003 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought
the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness,
lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable
60:004:004 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the
same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
60:004:005 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick
and the dead.
60:004:006 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that
are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the
flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
60:004:007 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober,
and watch unto prayer.
60:004:008 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves:
for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
60:004:009 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
60:004:010 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same
one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
60:004:011 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any
man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God
giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus
Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever.
60:004:012 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which
is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
60:004:013 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's
sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be
glad also with exceeding joy.
60:004:014 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for
the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part
he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.
60:004:015 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as
an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.
60:004:016 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed;
but let him glorify God on this behalf.
60:004:017 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of
God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of
them that obey not the gospel of God?
60:004:018 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the
ungodly and the sinner appear?
60:004:019 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God
commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as
unto a faithful Creator.
60:005:001 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder,
and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker
of the glory that shall be revealed:
60:005:002 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight
thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy
lucre, but of a ready mind;
60:005:003 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being
ensamples to the flock.
60:005:004 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a
crown of glory that fadeth not away.
60:005:005 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea,
all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with
humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the
60:005:006 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that
he may exalt you in due time:
60:005:007 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
60:005:008 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
60:005:009 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same
afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the
60:005:010 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal
glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while,
make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
60:005:011 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
60:005:012 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have
written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the
true grace of God wherein ye stand.
60:005:013 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you,
saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
60:005:014 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you
all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Book 61 2 Peter
61:001:001 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them
that have obtained like precious faith with us through the
righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
61:001:002 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge
of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
61:001:003 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things
that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of
him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
61:001:004 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious
promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine
nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world
61:001:005 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith
virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
61:001:006 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and
to patience godliness;
61:001:007 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness
61:001:008 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that
ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of
our Lord Jesus Christ.
61:001:009 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar
off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
61:001:010 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your
calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall
61:001:011 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly
into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus
61:001:012 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in
remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be
established in the present truth.
61:001:013 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to
stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
61:001:014 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even
as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me.
61:001:015 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease
to have these things always in remembrance.
61:001:016 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we
made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
61:001:017 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when
there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This
is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
61:001:018 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were
with him in the holy mount.
61:001:019 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do
well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark
place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your
61:001:020 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of
any private interpretation.
61:001:021 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but
holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
61:002:001 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as
there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall
bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought
them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
61:002:002 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom
the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.
61:002:003 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make
merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time
lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.
61:002:004 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them
down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to
be reserved unto judgment;
61:002:005 And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth
person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood
upon the world of the ungodly;
61:002:006 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes
condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto
those that after should live ungodly;
61:002:007 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of
61:002:008 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and
hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their
61:002:009 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations,
and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be
61:002:010 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of
uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they,
selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
61:002:011 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring
not railing accusation against them before the Lord.
61:002:012 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and
destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not;
and shall utterly perish in their own corruption;
61:002:013 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that
count it pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and
blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while
they feast with you;
61:002:014 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin;
beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with
covetous practices; cursed children:
61:002:015 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray,
following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the
wages of unrighteousness;
61:002:016 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass speaking with
man's voice forbad the madness of the prophet.
61:002:017 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a
tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever.
61:002:018 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they
allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much
wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live
61:002:019 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the
servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the
same is he brought in bondage.
61:002:020 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world
through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end
is worse with them than the beginning.
61:002:021 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of
righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from
the holy commandment delivered unto them.
61:002:022 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb,
The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was
washed to her wallowing in the mire.
61:003:001 This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both
which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
61:003:002 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before
by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the
apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
61:003:003 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days
scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
61:003:004 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the
fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the
beginning of the creation.
61:003:005 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of
God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the
water and in the water:
61:003:006 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water,
61:003:007 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word
are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of
judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
61:003:008 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day
is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as
61:003:009 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing
that any should perish, but that all should come to
61:003:010 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in
the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and
the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and
the works that are therein shall be burned up.
61:003:011 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what
manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and
61:003:012 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God,
wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the
elements shall melt with fervent heat?
61:003:013 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new
heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
61:003:014 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be
diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot,
61:003:015 And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation;
even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom
given unto him hath written unto you;
61:003:016 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things;
in which are some things hard to be understood, which they
that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the
other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
61:003:017 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before,
beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the
wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
61:003:018 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and
Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever.
Book 62 1 John
62:001:001 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which
we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our
hands have handled, of the Word of life;
62:001:002 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear
witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with
the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
62:001:003 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye
also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is
with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
62:001:004 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
62:001:005 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and
declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness
62:001:006 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in
darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
62:001:007 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have
fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his
Son cleanseth us from all sin.
62:001:008 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the
truth is not in us.
62:001:009 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
62:001:010 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his
word is not in us.
62:002:001 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin
not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous:
62:002:002 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our's
only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
62:002:003 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his