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whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his
life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. For Avhat
sliall it pi-ofit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his



own soul ? Or what shall a man



give



in exchange for



his soul ?



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

that oftences come ; but TOO to tl)at man bn ujl)om tl)e offence
comctli ! U)l)ereforc, if tljn l^anb or tljntoot offenb tijee, cut
tl)em off, anb cast tliem froiu tl)ce; it is better for thee to enter
into liff halt or maimed, rather than having two liands or two feet
to be cast into everlasting fire. %nb if tl)ine CJie offeub tl)ee,
pluck it out, anb cast it from tl)ee : it is better for thee to enter



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into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into
hell-fire.

In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and

cried, saying, Jf oixj] man tl)irst, Ict l)im come unto mc, arib
brink.

tDI)tl bo nc not nnbcrstatxb mn speed) ? even because ye
cannot hear my word, lie axc of JIOUV fatl]Cr tl)C bciiil, anb
tl)C lusts of gour fatljer nc raill bo : be was a murderer from tlie
beginning, and abode not in the truth ; because there is no truth in
him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own : for lie is
a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye
believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin ? '^\\b if 3
san tl)c trutl), m\)\) bo ne not belienc mc ? lie that is of God,
he;mth (^od's words: jic tljcrefovc Ijear tl)cm not, because jie
are not of (5ob.

It came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain
\dllage : and a certain woman, named Martha, received him into
her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at
Jesus' feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about
much serving, and came to him, and said. Lord, dost thou not care
that my sister hath left me to serve alone ? bid her therefore that she
help me. And Jesus answered, and said unto her, Martha, Martha,
thmi art careful and troubled about many things: but one thing is

needful ; anb iUarn l)atl) cI)oscn tljat goob port, U)l)icl) sljall
not be taken axodn from Ijer.

And Jesus said. For judgment I am come into this world;
that they which see not might see, and that they which see might
be made bUnd.

And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these
words, and said unto him, Are we blind also ? Jesus said unto

them, J[f m toere blinb, ye sl)onlb Ijaoe no sin : but nouj jie
satj, iDe sec ; tl)ercforc~tiour sin remainetl).

And why even of rjoursclaes judge ye not what is right?

Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved ?
And he said unto them, Striuc to cutcr in at tl)c Strait gate :
for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall nut be
able.

And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these
things, he said imto him, IMessed is he that shall eat bread in the
kingdom of God.

Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper,
and bade many : and sent his servant at supper-time, to say to them
that were bidden, Come, for all things are now ready. And they
all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto
him, I have bought a piece of gi-ound, and I must needs go and



Jolin, vii. 37.



John,
viii. 43-47.



Luke,
X. 38-4-'.



John,
ix. 30-41.



Luke, xii. 57.

Luke,
xiii. 23, M.



Luke,
xiv. 15-20.



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Luke,
xiv. 25-33.



Luke,
xvl. 19-31.



see it : 3 pxilja t\)CC IjiIUC VXC CXCUSCb. And anotlier said, I have
bought fi\'e yoke of oxen, and 1 go to prove them : 3 JJVrtD tl)CC
l]iWC tne C^CUSCb. And another said, I have married a wife :

onb tl)crcforc i cannot come.

And there went great multitudes with him : and he turned,
and said unto them. If any man come to me, and hate not his
father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sis-
tei-s, yea, and his own hfe also, he cannot be my disciple. And
whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be
my disciple. For which of you intending to build a tower, sitteth
not down first, and countCtl) tl)C COSt, whether he have suflttcient
to finish it? lest haply after he hath laid the foundation, and is not
able to finish it, all that behold it beffin to mock him, savina:. This
man beo-an to build, and was not able to finish. Or what kinof
going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and
consuheth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that
Cometh against him with twenty thousand ? or else, while the other
is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth con-
ditions of peace.

So likctoisc, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all
that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple
and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day : and there was a
certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of
sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the
rich man's table : moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores.

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried
by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died, and
was buried: and in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,
and seeth Abraham afar ofi", and Lazarus in his bosom. And he
cried, and said. Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send
Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool
my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said.
Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things,
and likewise Lazarus evil things : but now he is comfoited, and
thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you
there is a great gulf fixed : so that they which would pass from
hence to you, cannot ; neither can they pass to us, that would come
from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou
wouldest send him to my father's house : for I have five brethren ;
that \)c maij tcstifii unto tl)cm, lest tljcD iilso come into t!)i5

place of tOtment. Abraham saitli uiili) him. They have Moses
and thf prDphets; let tl)Cm \)Cai' tl)em. And he said, Nay, father
Abraham : but if one went unto them from the dead, they will
r.'p.nt. And he said unto him, Jff tljcn llCar nOt iHoseG HUb

tl)e propljets, ncitljcriDill tl)cii be persuaiieb, tl)ouc|l) one rose
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He said, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive
for liimself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten serv-
ants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them. Occupy
till I come. ]>ut his citizens hated him, and sent a message after

him, saying, iDc u)iU uot l)ai)c tl]is mail to reign ouer us.

And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having re-
ceived the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called
unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know
how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first,
Baying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said
unto him. Well, thou good servant : because thou hast been faithful
in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second
came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he
said likewise to him, ]3e thou also over five cities. And another
came, saying. Lord, behold here is thy pound, which I have kept
laid up in a napkin : for I feared thee, because thou art an austere
man : thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that
thou didst not sow. And he saith unto him, (Out of tljilTC OtDtX

tnoutl) u)iU M jubgc tl)ce, tl)ou vDickcb scimant. Thou knewe^t

that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and
reaping that I did not sow : U)|)crcforc t!)Cn QttUCSt UOt tllOU mil
tnoneg into tl)C bixuk, that at my coming 1 might have required
mine own with usury I And he said unto them that stood by,
Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
(And they said unto him. Lord, he hath ten pounds.) For I say
imto you. That unto every one which hath, shall be given ; and
from liim that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away
from him. l>nt those mine enemies, U)l)icl) UJOUlb not tl)rtt 3
sl)Onlb reign oyer tljcm, bring hither, and slay them befure me.

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and
stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have
gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chick-
ens under her wings, a\\b gC rooulb not !

Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with

you. iXlalk VDl)ile ne Ijiuic tl)c ligl)t, lest bnrkness come npon

nou : foi' he that walketh in darkness kiiDweth not whither he

goeth. 113l}ile ne liaue ligl)t, belieue in tlje Iigl)t, that ye may
be the children of light.

Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins,
which took their lamps, and went foi-th to meet the bridegroom,

Cknli fine of tlicm ruere toise, anh fine mere foolisi). dTljen
tl)at lucre foolislj took tijeir lamps, anb took no oil uiitlj
tl)cm : but tlje wise took oil in tl)eir vessels ujitl) tljcir lamps.

While the bridegiuom tarried, they all skimbered and slept.
And at midnight there was a cry made, Ueliold, the bridegroom
conieth ; go ye out to meet him. Then all those vigins arose, and
trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us



Luke,
xix. 12-ir7.



Matthew,
xxiii. y?.



Jcilin,
xii. 35, 30.



Matthew,
XXV. 1-13.



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Luke,
xxi. 34-3G.



Matthew,
XX vi. 24.



Johu,
XV. 4-7.



John,
XV. 20-25.



Acts,
li. 37, 3d, 40.



of your oil ; for our lamps are gone out. But the wise answered,
saying. Not so ; lest there be not enough for us and you : but QO

2C ratijcr to tl)cm tijat sell, anb biiii for jioursclucs.

And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came ; and they
that were ready, went in with him to the marriage : and the door
was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord,
Lord, open to us. But he answered and said. Verily I say unto
you, I know you not.

Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour
wherein the Son of man cometh.

Stake Ijecb to tlOUrscloCS, lest at any time your hearts be
overcharged with surfeiting and drunkenness, and cares of this life,
and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall
it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted
worthy to escape all these things that shall come to jjass, and to
stand before the Son of man.

The Son of man goetli OS it is rDtittClt of l)im : but tDO UlttO
tijat man bn toljom tl)c Son of man is bctraucb ! it had been

good fur that man if he had not been born.

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit
of itself, except it abide in the vine : no mox'C tClXl UC, CXCCpt ^C
abibe in mc. I am the vine, ye are the branches : he that abideth
in me, and I in him, the same bringeth fortli much fruit: for

raitl)out mc nc can bo notljiug. Jf a man abibc not in mc, [)c
is cast forti) as a brand), anb is mitlicrcb; and men gather

them, and cast them into the tire, and they are burned.

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask
what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.

Remember the word that I said unto you. The servant is not
greater than his Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also
persecute you ; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours
also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's
sake, because they know not him that sent me. Jff J[ |)ab not comc

an'b spoken unto tl)em, tl)cn l)ab not l)ab sin: but novo tl]cii

l]aiie no cloak for tlicir sin." M3 l]ab noi bone among

tl]cm tl)c uiorks iDl]icl) none otljcr man bib, tl}eii l)nb not l)ab
sin: but nou) l)aiie tlien boti] seen, anb Ijateb "botl) mc anb

mn i^atl)er. l>iit this cometh to ]>ass, that the word might be
fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause.

Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart,
and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and
brethren what shall we do ? Then Peter said unto them, Repent,
and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for
the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy
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and exhort, saying, Qavc jioursclucs from tl)is untotDiirb gene-
ration.

This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel,
A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your
brethren, like unto me ; him shall ye hear. This is he, that was
in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him
in the mount Sina, and with our fathers : who received the lively
oracles to give unto us : to whom our fathers tooulb not obejl,
but tl]rnst I)im from tl)Cm, and in their hearts turned back
again into Egypt, saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before
us : for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of
Egypt, we wot not what is become of him. And they made a
calf in those days, and offered sacrifice unto the idol, and rejoiced
in the works of their own hands. ®|)cn ©ob tumeb, ttub gaue
tijem up to worship the host of heaven ; as it is written in the
book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel, have ye offered to me
slain beasts and sacrifices by the space of forty years in the wilder-
ness ?

^e stiff-neckeii, anb uncircumciseii in ijeart anh ears,
2C bo alruans resist tl)c tjoln (J5l)05t : as jiour fatljers bib,
so bo nc. Which of the prophets have not your fathers perse-
cuted ? and they have slain them which shewed before of the
coming of the Just One ; of whom ye have been now the betrayers
and murderers ; who have received the law by the disposition of
angels, and have not kept it.

Setoarc lest tljat come upon nou which is spoken of in

the prophets ; Behold, nc bespisers, and wonder, and perish : for
I work a work in your days, a work which ye shall in no wise
believe, though a man declare it unto you.

The next sabbath-day came almost the whole city together to
hear the word of God. But when the Jews saw the multitudes,
they were filled with envy, and spake against those things which
were spoken by Paul, contradicting and blaspheming. Then Paul
and Barnabas waxed bold, and said. It was necessary that the word
of God should first have been spoken to you : but seeing nc pnt

it from nou, anb jubge nourselues unujortl)^ of cuedasting

life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.

We are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you
that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which
made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein :
who in times past suffereb all nations to walk in tl)eir oton
roans. Nevertheless |)c left not Ijimself roitl)out roitness, in

that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful sea-
sons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

And the times of this ignorance God winked at ; but noro
rommanbetl) all men eoernroljerc to repent.



Acts,

vii. 37-42,

51-53.



Acts,
xiil. 40, 41.



Acts,
xiii. 44-46,



Acts,
xiv. 15-17.



Acts, xvii.30.



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Acts,
xviii. 5, 6.



Romans,
i. 18-25.



Romans,
i. 2S-3'-J.



Rom.ii.3-15.



And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia,
Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus
was Christ. And when they opposed themselves, and blasphemed,
he shook his raiment, and said unto them, |3our bloob bc tl|JOn
20Ur oron l)Cttbs : J am clean : from henceforth I will go unto
the Gentiles,

The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all un-
godliness and unrighteousness of men, idI)0 l)0lb t\]t tfUtt) ill
Ultrigl)tCOUSnC0S. Because that which may be known of God is
manifest in them ; for God bath shewed it unto them. For the
invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly
seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eter-
nal power and Godhead ; so tl)at tl)C2 are tDitl)OUt CXCnsc : be-
cause that when they knew God, they glorified him not as God,
neither were thankful, but became vain in their imaginations, and
their foolish heart was dai'kened. Professing themselves to be wise,
they became fools ; and changed the glory of the uncorruptible
God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and
four-footed beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave
them up to uncleanness, through the lusts of their own hearts, to
dishonour their own bodies between themselves : toljo d^aiigcb

tl)e trutl) of &oh into a lie.

And even as tl}en bib not like to retain (Sob in tl)cir
knovDlebge, (5o5 gaue tl)em ouer to a reprobate tninb, to do

those thintjs which are not convenient : beinof filled with all un-
righteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness ;
full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity ; whisperers, back-
biters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil
things, disobedient to parents, without understanding, covenant-
breakers, without natural aflectioa, implacable, unmerciful : who,
knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things

are worthy of death ; not onln bo tl]e same, but \)iwc pleasnrc
in tl)cm tl)at bo tl)em.

Qlnb tl)inkest tl)on tbis, (D man, tl)at iiibgesttl)em toljicl)
ho sncl) tl)ings, anb boest tl]e same, tl]at tl)ou sbalt escape
tbc jubgment of <5ob? (Dr bespisest tljon tlje ridjes of l)is
goobncss anb forbearance anb long-suffering ; not knowing

that the goodness of God leadeth tiiee to repentance ? But after
thy hardness and impenitent heart, treasurest up unto thyself wrath
against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judg-
ment of God ; who will render to every man according to his
deeds ; to them who by patient continuance in well-doing seek for
glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: but unto them
that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unright-
eousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon
every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the
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good ; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile ; for there is no re-
spect of persons with God. For as many as have sinned without
law shall also perish without law ; and as many as have sinned in
the law shall be judged by the law ; (for not the hearers of the law
are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the
things contained in the law, these having not the law, are a law imto
themselves. Which shew the work of the law written in tlieir

hearts, tl)cir couscicuce also bearing toitncss, anh tl)cir
tljongljts tl)c mean roljilc accusing or else excusing one an-
otl)er.)

We know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them
who are under the law: tijat CUCrn moutl) man be Stop}]eb, and
all the world may become guilty before God.

Let not sin reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it
in the lusts thereof. Neitl}er tiielb ne jonr members as instru-
ments of unrigljteousness^unto siii: but nielb noursclucs

unto ©ob, as those that are alive from the dead, and your mem-
bers as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not
have dominion over you : for ye are not under the law, but under
grace. What then ? shall we sin, because we are not under the
law, but under grace? God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom
ye Jjielb nourselues servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom
ye obey ; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto right-
eousness ? I speak after the manner of men, be-
cause of the infirmity of your flesh : for as ye have yielded your
members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity ;

even so nou) nielb gour members seruants to rigljteousness,
unto Ijoliness.

We know that the law is spiritual : but T am carnal, sold under
sin. For that which I do, I allow not : for what I would, that do
I not ; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would
not, I consent unto, the law that it is good. Now then it is no
more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that
in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is

present with me; but |]ou) to perform tljat U)l)icl) is goob, 3 finb

not. For the good that I would, I do not; but the evil which
I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no
more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.

I find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is present
with me. For I delight in the law of God, after the inward man :
but I see another law in my members warring against the law of
my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which
is in my members. O wretched man that I am I who shall deliver
me from the body of this death ? 3 tl)ank ©ob, tl)rougl) JesUS
Qlljrist our £orb. So then, with the mind I myself serve the
law of God ; but with the flesh the law of sin.



Rom. iii. 19.



Romans,
vi. 13-16, 19.



Romans,
vii. 14-25.



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Rom, xi. 2'2.



Romans,
xii. ], 2.



1 Corinth.
ix. 24-27.



1 C!or. XV. 34.



lCor.xvi.13.



2 Corinth.

V. 11, 20, 21,

vi. 1, 2.



5 Cor. Til. 1,



Eph. V. 14.



Ephesians,
VI. 10-lci.



Behold the goodness and severity of God : on them which
fell, severity ; but toward thee, goodness, if tl)OU roittiuuc ill Ijis
goodness : otherwise thou also shalt be cut otf.

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, tljiU

2C present gour bobics a lioing sacrifice, lioln, occcptablc

unto ©ob, which is your reasonable service. And be not con-
formed to this world : but be JIC tvausformeb by the renewing of
your mind, that ye may prove what is tliat good, and acceptable,
and perfect will of God.

Know ye not, that they which run in a race, run all, but one
receiveth the prize? go run, tl)at TIC man obtain. And every
man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now
they do it to obtain a corruptible crown ; but we an incorruptible.

J tijerefore so run, not as uncertainln; so fight 3, not as
one tl)at beatetl) tl)C air: but J keep unbcr mn bobn, anb

bring it into SUbiection: lest that by any means when i have
preached to others, I myself should be a cast-away.

Awake to righteousness, and sin not ; for some have not the
knowledge of God. I speak this to nour sljamc.

Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit 2^11 Hkc UtCU, be
strong.

Knowing the terror of the Lord, VOC persuabe Uten. • • •

. . . Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, ns tijougl)

©ob bib bescecb gou bn us : lue praji nou in <El)rist's steab,

be |ie reconcileb to ©ob. For he hath made him to be sin for
us, who knew no sin ; that we might be made the righteousness of
God in him. We then, as workers together with him, bcseecl)

gou also tl)at ne receive not tl)e grace of (^o^i in uain. (For

he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of
salvation have I succoured thee: beljolb, UOU) is tlje accCjJteb
time : behold, now is the day of salvation.)

Ilaving these promises, dearly beloved, let US cleaUSC OUr-
Selues from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness
in the fear of God.

He saith, Awake, thou that sleepest, ailii arisc from tlje
hCiib, and Christ shall give thee light.

Finally, my brethren, bc Strong lu tl)e £orb, anb in tl)C
poroer of l)is migljt. Put on tl)c ujjjole armour ot'CBob, that

ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we
wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
flowers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the
whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil
day, and having done all, to stand.

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having on the breast-plate of righteousness ; and your feet shod
with the preparation of the gospel of peace ; above all, taking the
shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery
darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the
sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God : praying always
with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching there-
unto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.



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