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press not the widow, nor the fiitherless, the stranger, nor the poor ;
and let none of you imagine evil against his brother in your
heart.

But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder,
and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. Yea, they made
their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law,
and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his spirit by
the foiiner prophets : therefore came a great Avrath from the Lord
of hosts. Therefoi-e it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they
would not hear; 50 tljeji crieb, anb 3 tDOulb not l)car, saith the
Lord of hosts : but I scattered them with a whirlwind among all
the nations whom they knew not. Thus the land was desolate
after them, that no man passed through nor returned : for tliey
laid the pleasant land desolate.

Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the
way before me : and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come
to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye de-
light in : behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.

jl3nt \x)\)o man abibe tl)e ban of l)is coming ? anh roljo

sl)all Stanb U3l)enl)e appearetl) '?~for he is like a refiner's fire,
and like fullers' soap. And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of
silver : and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as
gold and silver, that they may ofier unto the Lord an oflering in
righteousness. Then shall the offering of Judah and Jerusalem
be pleasant unto the Lord, as in the days of old, and as in former

years. ^\ib J mill come near to nou to jnbgment : and I will

be a swift witness against the sorcerers, and against the adulterers,
and against false swearers, and against those that oppress the hire-
ling in his wages, the widow, and the fatherless, and that turn aside
the stranger from his right, and fear not me, saith the Lord of hosts.



Zephaniah,
ill. 5-8.



Zechariah,
vii. 8-14.



Mai. iii. 1-5.



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Matthew,
V. 17, 18.



Matthew,
V. ^5, SJ().



Matthew,
xvi. iJ6, i!7.



Matthew,
xviii. 7.



Luke,
xxi. iiU-i!4.



Luke,
xvi. 17.



Acts,
X. 34, 35.



Romans,
i. 18, ii. 1-12,



Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets :
I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you,
Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or OltC tittle sljalliu UO toisc

pass from tlje lau), till all be fulfiUcii.

Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the
way with him ; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the
judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast
into prison. Verily I say unto thee, ®l)Ott sljalt btl UO llicaus

come out tljeiue, till tl)Oii Ijast pa\h tl)e uttermost fartl)iug.

What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world,
and lose his own soul ? or what shall a man give in exchange
for his soul ? For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his

Father with his angels ; and tl)eu l)e sl)all rctuarb cucrji man
accorbing to Ijis roorks.

Wo unto the world because of offences ! for it must needs be

that offences come ; but mo to tl)at man bji U3l)om tl)c offcucc
comctl) !

And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then
know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are
in Judea fiee to the mountains ; and let them which are in the
midst of it depart out ; and let not them that are in the countries
enter thereinto. foY tl)cse be tbe bans of nengeance, tl)at all
tl)ings itibicl) are mritten man be fultilleb. But wo unto them

that arc with child, and to them that give suck, in those days !

for tl)ere sl)all be great distress in tl)e lanb, anb mratl) upon

tl]is people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, ;iiid
sliall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem sliall
be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be
fulfilled.

It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of tl)e
lam to fail.

Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive
that (5ob is no respecter of persons : but in every nation, he
that feareth him and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.

The wrath of God is revealed from lieaven against al! ungod-
liness, and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unright-
eousness Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man,

whosoever thou art, that judgest: for wherein thou judgest anoflier,
thou condemnest thyself; for thou tiiat judgest doest the same
things, Ijut we are sure that the judgment of God is according to
truth against them which commit such things. And thinkest thou
this, C) man, tliat jiidgi'st thom which do such things, and doost

the same, il)iu tl)ou sl)alt escape tl)e jubgment of (ijob"? <>i'
despiseat thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and long-
sufTcriiig; not knowing that tlie goodness of God lea<leth thee to
repentance i but after thy hardness and impenitent heart, treas-



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Rom. ili. 3-C.



Romans,
iii. l'J-26, 31.



urest up unto thyself wratli against the day of wrath and rev-
elation of the righteous judgment of God ; m\]0 voill rcubcr to
CMCrn mun acrorbing to llis bccbs : to thorn who by patient con-
tinuance in well doing seek for glory and lionour and immortality,
eternal life : but unto them that are contentious, and do not obey
the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, trib-
ulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the
Jew first, and also of the Gentile ; but glory honour and peace, to every
man that worketh good, to the Jew fiist, and also to the Gentile ; for
tl]crc is no respect of persons toitl) (?ob. i^or as mnnn as
l)aiic sinncii voitljout laro, sljall also pcrisi) roitljont lauj: anb
as mann as l)aiic sinncb in tl)c hiro, sljall be jubgeb bn tije laro.

What if some did not believe ? shall their unbelief make the
faith of God without etfect ? God forbid : yea, let God be true,
but every man a liar ; as it is written. That thou mightest be justified
in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged. But if
our unrighteousness commend the righteousness of God, what shall

we say ? Js (Bob unrigljteous rol)o taUctI) oengcancc ? (I speak

as a man) God forbid : for then how shall God judge the world ?

Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith
to them who are under the law ; that every mouth may be stopped,
and all the world may become guilty before God. Therefore by the
deeds of the law, there shall no flesh be justified in his sight : for
bj' the law is the knowledge of sin. But now the righteousness of
God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and
the prophets ; even the righteousness of God, Avhich is by faith of
Jesus Christ unto all, and upon all them that believe ; for there is
no difference; for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of
God; being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption
that is in Christ Jesus : whom God hath set forth to be a propi-
tiation, through faith in his blood, to beclarc l)is rigl)teonsncss

for tl)C remission of sins tljat arc past, through the forbearance
of God ; to declare, I say, at this time his righteousne.ss : tl^at IjC

migljt be just, anh tl)e jnstifier of l)im roljicli belienetl) in^esns.

Do we then make void the law through faith ?

©ob forbib : yea, we establish the law.

What the law could not do, in that it was weak through the
flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and
for sin, conbcmneb sin in tl)C flcsl) : that the righteousness of
the law might be fulfilled in
after the Spirit.

Thou wilt say then. The branches were broken ofl', that I might
be grafted in. AVell; because of unbelief they were broken off,
and thou .itande.st by faith. Be not high-minded, but fear : for if
l5ob spareb not ti)e natural brandies, take Ijeeb lest Ije also

spare not tl)ee. l>ehold therefoie the goodness and severity of
God : on them which fell, severity ; but toward thee, goodness, if



us, who walk not after the flesh, but



Romans,
viii. 3, 4.



Romans,
xi. 19-22.



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Rom. xii. 19.



Romans,
xiii. 3, 4.



2 Corinth.
V. 8-11.



Gal. iv. 4, 5.



Gal. V. 1-3.



Gal. vi. 5.
Gal. vi. 7.



Colossians,
iii. 23-25.



lThC3S.iv.6.



2 Tliessalon.
1. 4-tf.



thou continue in his goodness : otherwise thou also shalt be cut
off.

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place
unto wrath : for it is written, tlcngcancc is mitlC : 3 tOlU rCfiag,

saiti) tlje toxh.

Rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the eval. Wilt
thou then not be afraid of the power ? do that which is good, and
thou shalt have praise of the same : for he is the minister of God
to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid ; for
he beareth not the sword in vain : for [)C is tl)C minister of (5o&,

a reocngcr to execute toi-atl) upon l)im tl)at bocti) cuil.

We are confident, and willing rather to be absent from the
body, and to be present with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that,
whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him. For we
must all a])pear before the judgment seat of Christ ; tlnit eucrn OUC

mrtu recciuc tlie tilings bone in l)is bobn, nccorbing to tljat l)c
l)atl) bone, wliether it be good or bad. liuoujiug tl)crefore tl)e
terror of tl)e £orb, tue persuabe men.

When the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his

Son, made of a woman, mtibe uubcr tl]c luu), to rcbeeut tl)cm

tl)at U)ere unber tl)C laU), that we might receive the adoption of
sons.

Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free,
and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I
Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you
nothing. For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, tl)(lt

\)c is a bebtor to bo tl)c rol)oIc laro.

Every man shall bear his own burden.

Be not deceived ; God is not mocked : for tDljfltSOeuer (T mun

sotDCtI), tl)at sljall Ije also reap.

Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto
men ; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the
inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. jBut 1)C tijat boetl]
mrong, sl]all recciue for tlje rorong m\)n\) \)c Ijatl) bone : and

there is no respect of jjersons.

That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter :
because that tl)c £orb is tlic uucuger of oU sue!), as we also
have forewarned you and testified.

We ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your
patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye
endure : which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of
G<xl, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for
which yo nUr> .=;nftVM- : sodiig it is a rigljtcous tl)ing uiitl) (?ob to
recompense tribulation to tl)em tl)at trouble jiou : anb to uon



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Id1)0 arc tronblcb rest UJitI) us, when the Lord Jesus shall be re-
vealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking
vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel
of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things
which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For
if the word spoken by angels mas stcabfast, aw^ cvcvr) trans-
gression anb bisobcbiencc rcrciiicb a just rccom|icnsc of
reroarb: l)ouj sljall voc escape, if me neglect so great saloa-

tiou ; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was

confirmed unto us by them that heard him

We see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the
suftering of death, crowned with glory and honour ; that he by the
grace of God, should taste death for every man. 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 sal-
vation perfect through sufferings. For 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 sing praise
unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again,
Behold, I, and the children which God hath given me. i^oras-

ntucl) tl)en as tl)e cl]ilbren are partakers of flesi) anb bloob, l)c
also Ijimself likeujise took part of tlje same; tl)at tl)rongl)
beatl) Ije migljt bestron l)im tl)at l)ab tl)e poroer of beatl], that is,
the devil ; and deliver them, who, through fear of death, were all
their life-time subject to bondage. For verily he took not on
him the nature of angels ; but he took on him the seed of
Abraham.

And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament,

that bn means of beatl), for tl)c rebemption of tl)e transgress-
ions tTjat mere nnber tlje first testament, they which are called
might receive the promise of eternal inheritance. For where a
testament is, there must also of necessiry be the death of the tes-
tator. For a testament is of force after men are dead : otherwise
it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. Whereupon
neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. 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 scar-
let wool, and hyssop, and sjtrinkled both the book and all the
people, saying. This is the blood of the testament which God hath
enjoined unto you. Moreover, he sprinkled with blood both the
tabernacle, and all the vessels of the ministry. And almost all
tilings are by the law purged with blood ; and mitljOUt sljebbiug

of bloob is no remission.

Now once in the end of tlie world hath he appeared to put
away sin bn tl)e sacrifice of l)imself.



Hebrews,
ii. 1-3, 9-16:



Hebrews,
ix. IS-ija.



Heb. ix. 26.



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Hebrews,
X. '-'6-31.



Hebrews,
xii. 25-29.



James,
ii. 10-13.



1 Peter, i. 17.



1 Peter,
iv. 17, 18.



2 Peter,
ii. 1-9.



If we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge

of the truth, tl)crc rcmaiuctl) no more Gucrificc for sins, bnt a
certain fearful looking for of juiigmcnt anb fiern indignation,

U)l)icl) sl)aU beuonr tl)C at^ticrsarics. He that despistxl Moses'
law died without mercy under two or three witnesses : 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 thino-, and
hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace ? 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. It
is a fearful thing to Ml into the hands of the livinnr God.

See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped
not who refused him that spake on earth, mucl) morc sljail nottDC
CSCa:}]e, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven :
whose voice then shook the earth : but now he hath promised, say-
ing. Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.
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.

Wherefore w^e receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved,
let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably, Avith rev-
erence and godly fear ; for onr C5ob is a consuming fire.

Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one
point, |)c is guiltn of all. For he that said. Do not commit adul-
tery ; said also. Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet
if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. So speak
ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
For he shall have judgment without mercy that hath sliewed no
mercy : and mercy rejoiceth against judgment.

If ye call on the Father, vo\)0 U)itl)Ont respcct of ^jersoUS

jubgctl) according to euer|i mans roork, pass the time of your

sojourning hei-e in fear.

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 ? And if tl)e riqllteoUG scarceln

be saoeb, ml)ere sl)aU t!)e ungoMn anb^tljc ^sinner appear?

There were false prophets also among the people, even as
there sliall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in
daumable heresies, even denying the Lord that l)i)Ught them, and
bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow
their i)crnicious ways ; by reason of whom the way of truth shall
be evil spoken of And through covetousness shall they with
feigned words make merchandise of you : whose judgment now of
a long tiint- lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

for if (Pob spareb not tl)e angels tljat sinneb, but cast
tl)em bowii to l)cll, anb beliuereb'lljem into cl)ains of bark-



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ncss, to be rcscrucb unto iubgmcnt : anb sparcb not tlic olb
tDorlb, but simcb Xoal) tl)C cigl)tl) person, a ^readier of
rigl)teonsncss, bringing in tl)e lloob upon tlje toorlb of tlje
ungoblij; anb turning *tl)e cities of Gobom anb (Pomorral)
into ttsljes, ronbemneb tl)cm mitl) an oiiertl)rot», making
tijem an ensample unto tl)osc tliat after shoulb Hue ungobln;
aviii bcliucreb just Cot, uejeeb roitl) tlje ftltl)r) conuersation of
tlje roicUeb : (for that righteous man dwelHng among them, in
seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with
their unlawful deeds ;) the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly
out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judg-
ment to be punished.

I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew
this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of
Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not. And the an-
gels which kept not their tirst estate, but left their own habitation,
he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judg-
ment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the
cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornica-
tion, and going after strange flesh, are Set forti) for ttU example,
suflering the vengeance of eternal life.

And I will kill her children with death ; and all the churches
shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts : and

3 ujill giuc unto euern one of pou accorbing to jiour toorks.

And I heard a great voice out of the temple saying to the
seven angels. Go your ways, and pour out the vials of the wrath of
God upon the earth.

And the first went, and poured out his vial upon the earth :
and there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had
the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image.
And the second angel poured out his vial upon the sea ; and it be-
came as the blood of a dead man : and every living soul died in
the sea. And the third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers
and fountains of waters ; and they became blood. And I heard the
angel of the waters say, QTIiou art rigI)teous, ® £orb, tnljid)
art, anb toast, anb sljalt be, because tljou Ijast jubgeb tl)us.
For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and thou hast
given them blood to drink ; for they are worthy.

And I hoard anotluM- out of the altar say, (Jfuen SO, £orb

©ob '^^Imigljtn, true anb rigljteous arc tl)n jubgments.

And after these things I saw another angel come down from
heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his
glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon
the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils,
and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and
hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath
of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed for-



Jude, 5-7.



Rev. ii. 23.



Revelation,
xvi. 1-7.



Revelation,

xviii.

xLx. 1-4.



22



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nication with lier, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich
through the abundance of her dehcacies.

And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of
her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye
receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven,
and (J5ob Ijntli rcmcmbcrcb l)cr iniquities. tUtonrb \]cv cnen
as sl)c rcujiirbcb jion, anb bonble unto l)cr boublc iucori)ing
to l)cr works : in tl)c cup uiljicl) sl)c IjatI) tillcii, fill to Ijcr
boublc. How much she hath gioritied herself, and lived deliciously,
so much torment and sorrow give her : for she saith in her heart, I
sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore
shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine ;
and she shall be utterly burned with fire : for strong is the Lord
God who judgeth her. And the kings of the earth, who have com-
mitted fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her,
and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas!
that great city Babylon, that mighty city ! for in one hour is thy
judgment come. And the merchants of the earth shall weep and
mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more:
the merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of
pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyinc
wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of
most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, and cinna-
mon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and
oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and
chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. And the fruits that thy soul
lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty
and goodly, are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no
more at all. The merchants of these things which were made rich
by her, shall stand afar off, for the fear of her torment, weeping and
wailing, and saying, Alas, alas ! that great city, that was clothed in
fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and prec-
ious stones, and pearls ! For in one hour so great riches is come
to nought. And every ship-master, and all the company in ships,
and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, and cried
when they saw the smoke of her burning, saying. What city is like
unto this great city ! And they cast dust on their heads, and cried,
weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas ! that great city, wherein
were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her cost-
liness ! for in one hour is she made desolate.

Rejoice over her, thou heaven, and ye holy apostles and proph-
ets ; for (Sob l)atl) aucngci) uou on l)cr.

And a mighty angvl t(j()k up a stone like a great mill-stone,
and cast it into the sea, saying. Thus with violence shall that great
city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.
And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trum-
peters, shall be heard no more at all in thee ; and no craftsman, of



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wliatsoev'er craft he be, shall be found any more in thee ; and the
sound of a mill-stone shall be heard no more at all in thee; and
the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee ; and the
voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at
all in thee : for thy merchants were the great men of the earth ;
for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was
found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were
slain upon the earth.

And after these things I heard a great voice of much people
in heaven, saying, Alleluia : Salvation, and glory, and honour, and

power, mito the Lord our God: for true an^ rigljtcons arc l)is
]ubgmcnts: for l)C l)atl) jubgcb tljc great tollorc, tt)l)iil) Mb
corrupt tl)c cart!) U)itl) l)cr fofnicatiou, aub l)atl) aucugcb tl)c
bloob of IjiQ scruants at l)cr l)aub.

QVnb again tl)cn saib, Qlllcluia. And her smoke rose up
forever and ever. And the four and twenty elders and the four
beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, SUU-

inu, Qlmcn ; QVUcluia.

And be saith unto me. Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of
this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be
unjust still : and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still : and he
that is righteous, let him be righteous still : and he that is holy, let
him be holy still. And behold, T come (juiekly ; and my reward is

with me, to jgiuc CDcrji man according as Ijis toork sljall be.



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