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Romans,
viii. i!d-30.



TVe know tliat all things work together for good to tliem that

love God, to t\]cm idIjo arc tl)c callcb according to l)is purpose,
i^or tDl)om l)c Mb forcliuoto, l)c also bib prcbcstimitc to be

conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the tirst-born
among many brethren. Moreover Xijl]Oin l)C bib prcbcstiliatC,
tl)Cm l)C also callcb : and whom he called, them he also justified:
and whom he justitied, them he also glorified.

I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing
me witness in the Holy Ghost, that I have great heaviness and con-
tinual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were ac-
cursed from Chiist for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the
flesh : who are Israelites ; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and
the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the
service of God, and the promises; whose are the fathers, and of
whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God
blessed forever. Amen. Not as though the word of (iod hath
taken none effect. For they are not all Israel, which are of Israel :
neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all chil-
dren : but, 3n 3saac sliall tl)i] sccb be callcb. That is, They
which are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of
God; but tl)C cl)ilbrcix of tl)C promise are counted for the seed.
For this is the word of promise. At this time will I come, and
Sarah shall have a son. And not only this; but when Rebecca also
had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac, (for the children
being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the
purpose of God according to election might stand, not of BOOrUs,
but of l)im tl)at callcti) ;) it was said unto her. The elder shall
serve the younger. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau
have I hated.

What shall we say then ? Is there unrighteousness with God ?
God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercv on whom I
will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have
compassion. So then it is not of him that wilieth, nor of him that
runneth, but of ©ob tl)at 5l)CtDCtI) Uicrcn. For th.^ scripture saith
unto Pharaoh, Even for this sanit' pur])osi_' have I raised thee up,
that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be
declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on
whom he will iiave mercy, aitb toljom [)C mill, l)C l)arbcnctlb

Thou wilt say tlien unto me, Whv doth he vct lind fault ■ for
who hath resisted his will ?

Nay but, man, who art thou that repliest against God ?
Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou
made me thus ? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the
same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dis-
hoiKJur ? What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make
his power known, endured with much long-suflering the vessels of
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riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, m\)\t\] \)C l)rtb rtfore

prcparcb unto gloro, eucn us, toljom \)c l)atl) callcb, not of the

Jews only, but also of the (jrentiles ? As lie saith also in Osee, I
will call them My people, which were not my people ; and her be-
loved, which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass, that in
the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people ;
there shall they be called. The children of the living God. Esaias
also crieth concerniiiir Israel, Thouofh the number of the children
of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved : for
he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness : because
a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. And as Esaias
said before. Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we
had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrah.

What shall we say then ? That the Gentiles, which followed
not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the
righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, which followed after
the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteous-
ness. Wherefore ? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it
were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumbling-
stone : as it is written. Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling-stone and
rock of otfence : and whosever believeth on him shall not be
ashamed.

I say then, Hath God cast away his people ? God forbid.
For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of

Benjamin. (J3ob l)atl) not cast axoar\ l)is people u)l)icl) l)e fore-

kueXD. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias ? how he
maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, Lord, they have
killed thy pi-opliets, and digged down thine altars ; and I am left
alone, and they seek my life. But what saith the answer of God

unto him ? 3 |)at)c rcserncb to mnsclf scucn tl)ousanb men,

who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Even so then
at this present time also there is a remuaut according to the elec-
tion of grace. And if by grace, then is it no more of works :
otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it
no more grace : otherwise work is no more work. AVhat then ?
Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for ; but tl)C election
hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded (according as it is writ-
ten, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they
should not see, and ears that they should not hear ;) unto this day.
And David saith. Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and
a stumbling-block, and a recompense unto them : let their eyes be
darkened, that they may not see, and bow down their back alway.
I say then. Have they stumbled that they should fall ? God

forbid : bnt rntljev tljrougl) tl]cir fall snloation ia come unto

tl)e <!5entilcs, f<Ji' to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of
them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the
riches of the Gentiles ; how much more their fulness ? For I speak



Romaua, xi.



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Romans,
xii. 3-8.



to you Gentiles, inasnuicli as I am the apostle of tlie Gentiles, I
magnify mine ofSce : if by any means I may provoke to emulation
them which are my flesh, and might save some of them. For if
the casting av.'ay of them be the reconciling of the world, what
shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead ? For if the
first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy : and if the root be holy,
so are the branches. And if some of the branches be broken off,
and thou, being a wild olive-tree, wert grafted in among them, and
with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive-tree ; boast
not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the
root, but the root thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were
broken oft', that I might be grafted in. Well ; because of unbelief
they were broken oft", and thou standest by faith. Be not high-
minded, but fear : for if God spared not the natural bi-anches,
take heed lest he also spare not thee. Behold therefore the good-
ness and sevei'ity of God : on them which fell, severity ; but toward
thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness : otherwise thou
also shalt be cut off. And they also, if they abide not still in un-
belief, shall be grafted in : for God is able to graft' them in again.
For if thou wert cut out of the olive-tree which is wild by nature,
and wert grafted contraiy to nature into a good olive-tree ; how
much more shall these, which be the natui-al branches, be graft'ed
into their own olive-tree ? For I would not, brethren, that ye
should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in
your own conceits tliat bUltbucss iu patl ie l)'.ippcncii tO 55-

riul, until tl)c fulness of liy: ©entiles be rome in. And so all

Israel shall be saved : as it is written, There shall come out of Sion
the Deliverer, and shall tui'n away ungodliness from Jacob : for
this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins.
As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes : but
as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers' sakes.

fox tl)e gifts aiib culling of ©ob ore tDitl)out i-epentance. For

as ye in times past have not believed God, vet have now obtained
mercy through their unbelief; even so have these also now not
believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
For God hath concluded them all iu unbelief, that he might have
mercy upon all.

the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge
of God I how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past
finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord.' or
who hath been his counsellor ? Or who hath first given to him,
and it shall be recompensed unto him again ? For of him, and
tiirough him, and to him, are all things : to whom be glory for-
ever. Amen.

1 say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is
among you, not to think of iiimself more highly than he ought
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COCrn vaan tllC measure of faiti). For as we have many mem-
bers in one body, and all membeis have not the same otiice : so
we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members
one of another. Having then gifts, biffcring ttCCOrbiug to tl)C
griKC tl)nt is giticn to us, whether })r()pheey, let us prophesy ac-
coi'ding to the proportion of faith ; or ministry, let us wait on our
ministeiing : or he that teacheth, on teaching : or he that exhort-
eth, on exhortation : he tliat giveth, let liim do it with simplicity :
he that ruleth, with diligence ; he that sheweth mercy, with cheer-
fulness.

Paul, callcb to be an apostle of Icsus Qlljnst tljrougl)

tl)C toill of Q3ob, and Sosthenes our brother, unto the church of
God which is at Oorinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Je-
sus, caileb to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the

name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours

God is faithful, bn U)l)Om ne XOCXC calleb unto the fellowship of
his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel :
not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made
of none etieet. For the preaching of the cross is to them that
perish, foolishness ; but uuto us which are saved, it is the power
of God. For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise,
and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent. Where
is the wise { where is the scribe ? where is the disputer of this
world ? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this woild ? For
aftei- that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not
God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them
that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after
wisdom : but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-
block, and unto the Greeks foolishness ; but nutO tljcm U)l)ic!) are
callcb, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the
wisdom of God. Because the foolishness of God is wiser than
men ; and the Aveakness of God is stronger than men. For ye
see your calling, brethren, hoAV that not many wise men after the
flesh, not manv mighty, not many noble are called : but (J3ob

l)atl) cl)oscn tl)e foolisl) tijings of tl)e raorlb to confounii tlje
toise ; anii (5ob l}at!) d)os:n tl)c vocak tl)ings of tlje morlb to
roufounii tl)e tl)ings roljiii) arc migljtn ; anh base tl)ings of
tl)e roorlb, anb tilings tuljiii) are be'spiscb, liati) (i3ob cl)oscn,
2iea, anb tljings raljili) are not, to bring to nougl)t tl)ing5 tl)ut

ore : that no flesh should glory in his presence.

Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul ;

and I of Apollos ; and I of Cephas ; ancl I of Christ

. . Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by

whom ye believed, euen US tl)e £orb gaue to euernman? I
have planted, Apollos watered: but {Qoh gaue tljc increase. So
then, neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth :



1 Corinth.

i 1 2 9
i. 1, *, J,



1 Corinth,
i. 17-29.



1 Corinth.

i. 1'2, and

iii. 5-9.



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1 Corinth,
iv. tj, 7.



1 Corinth,
vu. 7, 22-'.'4



1 Corinth,
xii. 1-11, 17,

18, 27, 28.



1 Corinth.
XV. 9, 10.



but God that givetli the increase. Now he that planteth and lie
that watereth are one : and every man shall receive hi.s own re-
ward, according to his own labour. For we are labourers together
with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.

And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to
myself and to x\pollos for your sakes : that ye might learn in us
not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of vou
be putied up for one against another. For cdI)o makctl) tl]CC tO
biffcr from anot!)CrV and what hast thou that thou didst nut re-
ceive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou
hadst not received it ?

For I would that all men were even as I myself Cut CUCrn
man l)at!) I}is proper gift of (5ob, one after this manner, and

another after that He that is called in the Lord,

being a servant, is the Lord's freeman : likewise also, he that is
called, being free, is Christ's servant. Ye are bought with a price ;
be not ye the servants of men. Brethren, let every man, wherein
l)e is Crtllcb, therein abide with God.

Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you
ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these
dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to under-
stand, that no man speaking by the Sj)irit of God calleth Jesus ac-

cur.sed : and that no muu can stin tl)at Jesus is tl)e £orb, but
bj] tl)e £)oln ©l)ost. . . "

Now tliere are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And
there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And
there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which
worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to
every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the
word of wisdom ; to another the word of knowledge by the same
Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit ; to another the gifts of
healing by the same Spirit ; to another the working of miracles ;
to another prophecy ; to another discerning of spirits; to another
divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues :
but all these worketli that one and the self-same Spirit, biulbiug

to cocrn man scucralln as l]c roiU If the

whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole
were hearinof, where were the smellina:? But now hath God set
the members every one of them in the body, as it l)atl) plcascb
l)im Now ye are the body of Christ, and mem-
bers in particular. And (5oi) l)atl) SCt SOmC ill tl)C cljurcl), first
apostle.s, secondarily prophets, thiixlly teachers, after that miracles,
then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.

I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called
an a])c)stle, because T persecuted the church of God. But bj] tl)C
grace of <Cob 3 am U)l)at J am : and his grace which was be-
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than they all : yet not I, but the grace of God which was with
me.

Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth iis to triumph
in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of liis knowledge by us
in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savour of Chjist, in
ll)cm tl)Ot ore saucb, nnb in tijcm tijat pa-isi) : to the one we

are the savour of death unto death ; and to the otiier the savour of
life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things ?

Ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews'
religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God,
and wasted it ; and profited in the Jews' religion above many my
equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the
traditions of my f\ithers. But U)l)en it :plcascb ©ob, Vo\)0 SipH-

ratcb mc from mti motljcr's toomb, anb callcb mc bn l)is grace,

to reucal l)is sou in me, that 1 might preach him among the
heathen ; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood.

The gospel of the uncircumcision was committed unto me, as
the gospel of the circumcision was unto Peter ; (for he that wrought
effectually in Peter to the apostleship of the circumcision, the same
was mighty in me toward the Gentiles.)

Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ b^ tl)e roill of (J5ob, to the
saints which are at Ephesus, and to the taithful in Cluist Jesus :
Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the
Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heav-
enly places in Christ: accorbiug as l)e IjtatI) cliosen its in l)im
before tl)e founbation of tl)e roorlb, that wc should be holy and

without blame before him in love : Ijiiuing ^jrebcstiunteb US UUtO

tl)c aboptiou of cl)ilbreu bu Jesus Clirist to Ijimself, accord-
ing to tl)e goob pleasure of l)is toill, to the praise of the glory
of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved :
in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of
sins, according to the riches of his grace ; W'herein he hath abounded
toward us in all wisdom and prudence ; having made known unto us

the mystery of his will, nccorbiug to l)is goob pleasure tDl)icl)

l)e t)atl) purposeb in l)imself: that in the dispensation of the
fulness of times he mio-lit ffalher together in one all things in Christ,
both which are in heaven, and which are on earth ; even in him :
in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being prebcsti-

natcb accorbiug to l\)c purpose of Ijim toljo roorketl) all tljiugs
oftcr tl)e counsel of l)is oron toill: tliat we should be to the
praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and
sins ; wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this
world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit
that now worketh in the children of disobedience : amonsf whom



2 Corintli.
ii. 14-lG.



Gal. i. 13-16.



Gal. ii. 7, 8.



Eph. i. 1-12.



Eph. ii. 1-10.



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Epho>iaiis,
iii. 8-11.



Pliilippinns,
ii. Ix!, 13.



1 The.'isalon.
i. :J-1.



2 Tiie.=.<aloii.
ii. 8-14.



2 Timolliy,
I. &-10.



also we Jill had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our
riesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind ; and were
by natuie the children of wrath, even as others. But God, who is
rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when
we were dead in sins, hath (juickened us together with Christ ; (b|}
grace gC arc saucb;) anil hath raised us up together, and made
us sit together in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus : that in the ages
to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his
kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye

saved, tlirough faith ; anb tl)at itot of jioursclwcs : it is tl)C gift
of (!3oi) : not of works, lest an}' man should boast, inor IDC arc
l)is tDOrliinuiTSljip, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which
God h.ith before ordained that we should walk in them.

Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace
given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable
riches of Christ ; and to make all men see what is the fellowship
of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been
hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ : to the intent
that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might
be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, accorbiug
to ti)C eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in
my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out
your own salvation Avith fear ami trembling. For it is ©ob tullirf)

ujorkcti) in bow boti) to mill aub to ha of Ijis goob pleasure.

We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention
of you in our prayers; 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 ; knowing, brethren be-
loved, Bour election of Oob.

And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall
consume with the spirit of his moutli, and shall destroy with the
brightness of his coming : even him, whose coming is after the
working of Satan, with all })ower, and signs, and lying wonders, and
with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; be-
cause they received not the love of the truth, lliat they might be

saved, "^nh for it)is cause (<5ob sljall scnb tl)cm strong be-
lusiou, tl)at tl)cn sljonlb bclieue a lie: tl)at tljcn all migl)t be
bamncb tol)o belieueb not tlje trutl), but l)ab pleasure in un-

rigl)leousneS6. But we are bound to give thanks nlway to (Jod
for yo;i. brethren beloved of the Lord, bccauSC (!3ob l)atl) from

l\)c beginning djosen nou to saluation, through sanctitication

of tlie spirit ami In-licf of the truth : wlu'reuiito he called you by
our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Be not thou therefore a.sliamed of the testimony of our Lord,
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tlie gospel according to the power of God ; who hath saved us, and
called us with an lioly calling, not tlCCOrbiug tO OIU' tDOrks, but

accorbing to l)!s own purpose an^ grace, raliici) xaas giucu us
in Cljrist Jesus before tl)e U3orlb began : hut is now made

manifest by the api)earing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath
abolished death, and hath brought hfo and immortality to light
through the gospel.

Shun profane and vain babblings : for thej'^ will increase unto
more ungodliness. And their word will eat as doth a canker ; of
whom is Hymeneus and Philetus ; who concerning the truth have
erred, saying that the resurrection is past already ; and overthrow
the faith of some. Nevertheless tl)C fouubatiou of (5ob Staubetl)
sure, having this seal. The Lord knoweth them that are his.
And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from
iniquity.

The servant of the Lord must not strive ; but be gentle unto
all men, apt to teach, patient ; in meekness instructing those that

oppose themselves- ; if (5ob perabueuture toill giuc ti)cm re-
pentance to the acknowledging of the truth ; and that they may
recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken cap-
tive by him at his will.

Both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified, are all
of one : for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,
saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of
the church will I sii^ praise unto thee. And again, I will put my
trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children U)l)icl) ©ob

l)atl) gineu me.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh
down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, nei-
ther shadow of turning. ®f |)is 0U3U U)iU begat he us with the
word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his crea-
tures.

My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord .Jesus Christ, the
Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 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 raiment ; and ye have re-
spect 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 ray footstool ; are ye not then i)artial in yourselves,
and are become judges of evil thoughts ? Hearken, my beloved
brethren, i^atl) UOt i&oh cIjOSCU tl)e poor of tl)is UJOrih rich in
faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them
that love him ? But ye have despised the poor.

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered
throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect

according to tl)c forekuorolebgc of (Sob tljc i^atljer, through



2 Timothv,
ii. IG-ly;



2 Timothy,
ii. 24-26.



Hebrews,
ii. 11-13.



James,
i. 17, 18.



James,
ii. 1-t).



1 Peter,
i. 1, 2.



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1 Peter,
ii. 6-10.



1 Peter, V. 10.



Jude, 3, 4.



Rev. i. 12-18.



Rev. iv.&-ll.



sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of tlie
blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.



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