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And he said, A certain man had two sons ; and the younger
of them said to his fatlier, Father, give me the portion of goods
that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

And not many days after the younger son gathered all to-
gether, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted
his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there
arose a mighty famine in that land ; and he began to be in want.
And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country ; and
he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have
filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat ; and no man
gave unto him.

And rolien l)e came to Ijimself, he said. How many hired
servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish

with hunger! S toill arise anb go to mn fatljcr, anb mill saji
nnto l)im, i^atljcr, J ijaue Guinch against licaocn, anb before
tl)ee, anb am no more U)ortl)n to be calleb tl)n son : make me
as one of tl)n Ijireb seruants.

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet
a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran,
and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him.
Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no
more worthy to be called thy son. l^ut the father said to his serv-
ants. Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him ; and put a ring
on his hand, and shoes on his feet : and bring hither the fatted calf,
and kill it ; and let us eat, and be merry : for this my son was dead,
and is alive again ; he was lost, and is found. And they began to
be merry.

Now his elder son was in the field : and as he came and drew
nigh to the house, he heard music and dancing. And he called



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Luke,
xvi. 2-2-31,



Matthew,



Luke,
xxlv. 44-47.



one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he
said unto him, Thy brother is come : and thy fixther hath killed the
fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound. And he
was angry, and would not go in ; therefore came his father out, and
entreated him. And he answering, said to his father, Lo, these
many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy
commandment ; and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might
make meriy with my friends : but as soon as this thy son was come,
which hatii devoured thy living with hai'lots, thou hast killed for
him the fatted calf. And he said unto him, Son, thou art ever with
me ; and all that T have is thine. It was meet that we should make

merry, and be glad : for tl)is tl)ii brotl)cr roas 'bcob^ aiib is aliuc
ngain; anb tnas lost, mib is fomib.

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 off,
and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried, and said. Father Abra-
ham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip
of his finger in water, and cool my tongue : for 1 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 comforted, and thou art tormented. And besides 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 Avould 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 he
may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of tor-
ment. Abraham saith unto him. They have Moses and the proph-
ets ; let them hear them. And he said. Nay, father Abraham :

but if one u)cnt nnto tl)cm from tl)c bcab, tl)cn will rc^icnt.

And he said unto him, If tliey hear not Moses and the ])roplu'ts,

ncitlicr roill tl)cii be persuabcb, tljougl) one rose from tl)C hcab.

What think ye ? A certain man had two sons ; and he came to
the first, and said, Son, go work to-day in my vineyard. He an-
swered and said, I will not; but afterward j)C repeiltcb, aub tDCUt.
And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered
and said, I go, sir: and weut not.

Whether of them twain did the will of his father ? They say
unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you,
Tliat the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God be-
fore you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness,
and ye believed him not : but the publicans and the harlots believed
him : and ye, when ye had seen it, repciUeb not aftenoarb, tljat
nc migl)t bclicuc Ijim.

And he said unto them, These are tlie words which I spake
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which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and
in the psahns, concerning me. Then opened he their understand-
ing, that they might understand the scriptures. And said unto
them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and
to rise from the dead the third day : and that rcpClttanCC and
remission of sins should be preached in his name among all
nations.

When they lieard 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, tUpettt, and be
baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the re-
mission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

Kcpent ge therefore, and be COltoerteb, that your sins may
be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the
presence of the Lord.

When Simon saw that through laying on of the apostles'
hands the Holy Ghost was given, he offered them money, saying.
Give me also this power, that on whomsoever I lay hands, he may
receive the Holy Ghost. But Peter said unto him. Thy money
perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God
may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in
this matter : for thy heart is not right ia the sight of God. Hc-
pent tl]CrcforC of tl)is tl)n roickcbncSS, and pray God, if perhaps
the thought of thine heait may be forgiven thee. For I perceive
that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

And it came to pass, as Peter passed throughout all quarters,
he came down also to the saints which dwelt at Lydda. And there
he found a certain man named ^Eneas, which had kept his bed eight
years, and was sick of the palsy. And Peter said unto him, ^neas,
Jesus Christ maketh thee whole : arise, and make thy bed. And
he arose immediately.

And all that dwelt at Lydda and Saron saw him, and turned

to tl)C £orb.

Of this man's seed [David's] hath God, according to his
promise, raised unto Israel a Saviour, Jesus : when John had first
preached, before his coming, tl)e baptism of repCUtauCC to all the
people of Israel.

The times of this ignorance God winked at ; but now cont-

tttanbctl) all men encrnraljerc to repent.

I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have
shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house,
testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance
totoarb ©ob, and fiiith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

And I said. Who art thou, Lord ? And he said, I am Jesus
whom thou persecutest. But rise, and stand upon thy feet : for I



Acts
ii. 37, 38.



Acts, id. 19.



Acts,
viii. 18-23.



Acts,
ix. 3-2-35.



Acts,
xiii. i!3, 24.



Acts,
xvii. 30.



Acts,
XX. 20, 21.



Acts,
xxvi. 15-20.



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Rom. ii. 3, 4.



2 Corinth,
vii. 8-11.



2 Timothy,
ii. ii4-26.



Heb. vi. 1.



Hebrews,
xii. 14-17.



have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister
and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of
those things in the which I will appear unto thee ; delivering thee
from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send
thee, to open their eyes, and to turit tl)cm from barkncS0 tO

ligl]t, anb from t\)c poroer of Satan unto (Sob, that they may

receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are
sanctified by faith that is in me. Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I
was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision : but shewed first unto
them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts
of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should tcpcnt onb

turn to (5ob, anb bo morks meet for repentance.

Thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such
things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of
God ? or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance
and long-suffering ; not knowing that the goodness of God leab-

etl) tl]ee to repentance ?

Though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent,
though I did repent : for I perceive that the same epistle hath made
you sorry, though it were but for a season.

Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sor-
rowed to repentance : for ye were made sorry after a godly man-
ner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly

sorrow tDorketl) repentance to saluation not to be repentcb of:

but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this self-
same thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, \3j\)Clt carefulness

it tDrougljt in jiou, gea, roljat clearing of jiourselncs, gca,
u)l]at inbignation, gea, roljat fear, gea, roljat oeljement besire,
gea, mljat ^eal, gea, toliat reoenge! In all things ye have ap-
proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

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 God peradventure toill gine tl)em repent-
ance to tl]e acknorolebging of tl)e trutl); and that they may
recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken
captive by him at his will.

Leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on
unto perfection ; not laying again tl)e fouubation of repentance
from hcah toorks, and of faith toward God.

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no
Tnan shall see the Lord : 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 ; lest there be any fornicator, or pro-
fane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birth-
right. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have in-



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herited the blessing, he was rejected : for |)c fottttb no pltUC of

repentance, tijongi) l)c songl)! it carcfullu raitl) tears.

DratD nigl) to ©ob, and lie will draw nigh to you. (tlcanse
sour banbs, lie sinners, anb purifn jonr Ijearts, jie bouble-

minbcb. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep : let your laughter be
turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves
in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness ; but is long-suft'ering to us-ward, not willing that

any should perish, but tljat all sljoixlb come to repentance.

Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus, write ; . . . .

. . I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy

first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and

repent, arib ho tl)c first works ; or else I will come unto thee

quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, ej^cept

tl)on repent.

To the angel of the church in Pergamos write ; . . . .
. . I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them
that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to cast a
stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed
unto idols, and to commit fornication. So hast thou also them that
hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. Hepent ;
or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them
with the sword of my mouth.

Unto the angel of the church in Thyatira write ; . . . .

. . I have a few things against thee, because thou sufierest

that Avoman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach

and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things

sacrificed unto idols. <^nb 3 gaoe l)cr space to repent of Ijer

fornication, and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a
bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation,

except t^en repent of tl)eir beebs.

And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write ; These
things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven
stars ; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest,
and art dead. Be watchful, and strengthen the things which re-
main, that are ready to die : for I have not found thy works perfect
before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and
heard, anb l)olb fast, anb repent. If therefore thou shalt not
watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what
hour I will come upon thee.

And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on
them, having breast-plates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone :
and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions ; and out of
their mouths issued fire, and smoke, and brimstone. By these three
was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke.



James,
iv. 8-10.



2 Peter, iii. 9.



Revelation,
ii. 1, 4, 5.



Revelation,
ii. 12, 14-16.



Revelation,
ii. 18, 20-22.



Rev. iii. 1-3.



Revelation,
ix. 17-21.



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Revelation,
xvi. 1, 8-11.



and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. For tlieir
power is in their mouth, and in their tails : for their tails were like
unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.

And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues

yet rcj]cntcb not of the roorks of tljcir l)anbs, tl)at tl)cji sljoulilJ
not U)orsl)ip bcuils, aixb ibols of golb anb siluer, a\ib brass,

nnb stone, lUib of tOOob : which neither can see, nor hear, nor

walk: ncitljcr rcpcntcb tlicn of tl)cir innrbcrs, nor of tijcir
sorceries, nor of tl)eir fornication, nor of tl)eir tijcfts.

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 fourth angel pom'ed out his vial upon the sun ; and
power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were
scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which
hath power over these plagues : and tljen repentcJj not tO igine

l)im glorn.

And the fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the
beast ; and his kingdom was full of darkness ; and they gnawed
their tongues for pain, and blasphemed the God of heaven, because
of their pains and their sores, and repentcb not of tl)eir beebs.



XXI.



I^nitlj, mjiat?



God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me ;
for the earth is filled with violence through them : and behold,
I will destroy them with the earth.

intake tl)cc on ark of gopljer-mooli* rooms shalt thou

make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.
And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of
the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits,
and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to
the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above ; and the door of
the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof: with lower, second and
third stories shalt thou make it. And behold, I, even I, do bring a
flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the
breath of life, from under heaven : and everything that is in the
earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant : and
thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and
thy sons' wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh,
two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive
with thee : they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their
kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the
earth after his kind ; two of every sort shall come unto thee to keep
them alive. And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and
thou shalt gather it to thee ; and it shall be for food for thee, and
for them.

®l)us bib Noal) ; atcorbing to all tl)at (Sob commanbcb
l)im, so bib l)c.

Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Oct tl) CC OUt of tl)0
countrii, anb from tl)i] kinbrcb, inxb from tljn fatljcr's l)onse",
unto a iailb tl)at 3 mil sl)CU) tl)CC : and I will make of thee a
great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great ; and
thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and
curse him that curseth thee : and in thee shall all families of the
earth be bi



Genesis,
v-i. 13-22.



So ^bram bcpartcb, as tl)c £orb Ijab spoken unto

l)im, :iiid Li)t went witli him : and Abram was seventy and five
years old when he departed out uf Ilaran. And Abram took Sarai
his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they
had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran ; anh



Gen. xii. 1-5.



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FAITH, WHAT?



Gen. XV. 1-6.



Genesis,
xxii. 1-14.



tljcg tocnt forti) to go into tl)e ianb of QIanaan; anb into tl)e
lanb of Canaan tl)C2 came.

The word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying,
Fear not Abram : I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go
childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus ?
And Abram said. Behold, to me thou hast given no seed : and lo,
one born in my house is my heir. And behold, the word of the
Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir ; but he
that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward
heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them : and he
said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

And he bclictici in tl)e £orb ; and he counted it to him for
righteousness.

And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt
Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham : and he said, behold, here

I am. And he said, Qlakc noro tl)2 son, tl)ine onl2 son Ssaar,

lDl)Om tl)On loocst, and get thee into the land of Moriah ; anb

offer I)im tijere for a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains

which I will tell thee of.

And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his
ass, and took two of his young men with him, anb Jsaac l)is SOn,
and clave the wood for the burnt-offering, and rose up, and went
unto the place of which God had told him.

Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw
the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men. Abide
ye here with the ass, and J[ anb tl)e lab will go yonder and wor-
ship, anb come again to gon. And Abraham took the wood
of the burnt-offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son ; and he took
the fire in his hand and a knife : and they went both of them to-
gether. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said. My
father : and he said. Here am I, my son. And he said. Behold the
fire and the wood : but where is the lamb for a burnt-offering ?
And Abraham said, My son, God will pro\ide himself a lamb for
a burnt-offering : so they went both of them together.

And they came to the place which God had told him of; and
Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order ; and
bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay
his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven,
and said, Abraham, Abraham. And he said. Here am I. And he
said. Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou anything
unto him : for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast
not withheld thy son, thine only son, from me. And Abraham
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in a thicket by his horns : and Abraham went and took the ram,
and offered him up for a burnt-oftering in the stead of his son.

And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh :'
as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

And Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him,
and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of
Canaan. Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy
mother's father ; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters
of Laban thy mother's brother. And God Almighty bless thee,
and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a
multitude of people; anh Qivc tl)ce tl)c blfsging of ^braljam,
to thcc, anh to tl)p seeb roitl) tl)cc ; t!)at tljoix mapcst intjcrit
tl)c ianh tDl)crein tijoii art a stranger, roliicl) ©o5 gaoe titxto
!^bral)am.

I Ijaoe maiteb for tljn salmuion, (E> £orb !

And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house : and
Joseph lived an hundred and ten years. And Joseph saw Ephraim's
children of the third generation : the children also of Machir, the
son of Manasseh, were brought up upon Joseph's knees. And Jo-
seph said unto his brethren, I die; and God will surely visit you,
and bring you out of this land, unto the land which he sware to
Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the
children of Israel, saying, ©ob roill SUrclg cisit gOIl, Otlb ge

6l)aU carrn up ntn bones from l)cnce.

So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old : and
they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

The Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and
stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him. Thus saith the Lord God
of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. . .
. . . . Behold, to-morrow about this time I will cause it to
rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the
foundation thereof even until now. Send therefore now, and gather
thy cattle,and all that thou hast in the field : for upon every man
and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought
home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die.

lie that fcarcb tl)c roorb of tl)c £orb among tl)c servants
of pijaraol) mabc Ijis scroants anb l)is cattle flee into tlje

IjOUSCS : and he that regarded not the word of the Lord left his ser-
vants and his cattle in the field.

The Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and
he pursued after the children of Israel : and the children of Israel
went out with an high hand. But the Egyptians pursued after them
all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his
army and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pi-hahiroth,
before Baal-zephon.

And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up



1 That is,
TIte Lord
will see, or
provide.

Genesis,
xxviii. 1-4.



Gen. xlix. 18.
Gen,l.SS-26.



Exodus,
Ix. 13, 18-21.



Exodus,

xly. 8-16, 30,

31.



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Deuteron.

i. 3, 5-8,

19-33.



their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after thera ; and
they were sore afraid : and the children of Israel cried out unto the
Lord. And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in
Egy])t, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness ? Where-
fore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt ?
Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us
alone, that we may serve the Egyptians ? For it had been better
for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wil-
derness.

And Moses said unto the people. Fear ye not, stand still, and
see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to-day :
for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to-day, ye shall see them
again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall
hold your peace.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto

me? Speak iTiito tl)c cl)ilbrai of Isrocl, that tljcji 90 for-

tDCirb : but lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over
the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry

ground through the midst of the sea Thus the

Lord saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians : and
Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea-shore. And Israel
saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians : and
the people feared the Lord, attJj bcUcoeb tl)C f^orb, and his ser-
vant Moses.

And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh
month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the
children of Israel, according unto all that the Lord had given him
in commandment unto thera ; On this side Jor-



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