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m\)om tl)cn bcUcncb.

These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that
they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the
scriptures daily, whether those things were so. (Jljcrcforc mnuj}
of t!)Ctn bclicuci); also of honourable women which were Greeks,
and of men not a few.

And Crispus, the chief ruler of the synagogue, bclicucb OU tl)C
Corb with all his house : and many of the Corinthians hearing,
believed, and were baptized.

And he said unto them. Unto what then were ye baptized ?
And they said. Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, Juhn verily
baptized with the ba])tism of re])entanee, saying unto the ])Pople,
tl)at ll)cn slioulb bclicuc on l)im U)l)icl) sljonlb come after

l)iin, lliat is, on Christ Jesus.

And this [the story of the evil spirits and the sons of Seeva the
Jew] was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at
Ephesus : and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus
was magnified. And many tl)at bclicocb came, and confessed,
and shewed their deeds.

When neither sun nor stars in many days appeared, and no
small tempest lay on us, all hope that we should be saved wiis
then taken away, [on Paul's voyage to Phenice.] But after long
abstinence, Paul stood forth in the midst of them, and said. Sirs,
ye should have hearkened untoine, and not have loosed from Crete,
and to have gained this harm and loss. And now I exhort you to
be of good cheer : for there shall be no loss of anv man's life amonfj
you, but of the ship. For there stood by me this night the angel
of God, wliose I am, and whom I serve, saying, Fear not, Paid ;
tlion must be brought before Cresar: and lo, God hath given thee
all th.'tn tliat sail with thoo. Wherefore, sirs, bc of qoob d)CCt :

for 3 belieuc (.Pob, tijat it sl)all bc cviw as it ruas lolb me.



"What saitli the scripture? Abraham bclicticb (J5oi), and it
was counted unto him for riijliteousnesss.

Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace ; to the end
the promise might be sure to all the seed: not to that only which
is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham,
who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a
father of many nations) before him U)l)Oltt l)C bcliciicb, even God,
who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not, as
though they were. tOI)o against l]Opc bclicucb in l)OtJC, that
he might become the fatliei' of many nations ; according to that
which was spoken. So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in
faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was
about an hundred years old, neither vet the deadness of Sarah's

womb, tjc staggcrcb not at tl)c promise of t5ob tl)rongli un-
belief; but roas strong in faitl), gining glorn to (J3o5; anb
being fnlln persuabeb, tl)at luljat' Ije [)ah promiseb, l)e roas
able also To perform.

We are saved by hope. But hope that is seen, is not hope :
for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for ? . But if roe l)Ope
for tijat toe see not, tljen bo toe tnitl) patience toait for it.

The righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say
not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven ? (that is, to
bring Christ down from above :) or, Who shall descend into the
deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) But what
saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy
heart ; that is, the word of faith, which we preach : That if thou
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt belieue iu
tijinc l)eart that God liath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be

saved, i^or toitl) tl)e Ijeart man belieuetl) nnto rigljteousness ;

and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the
Scripture saith. Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
For there is no ditlerence between the Jew and the Greek : for the
same Lord over all is rich unto all tl)at call upon l)im. For who-
soever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not be-
lieved ? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not
heard ? and how shall they hear without a preacher ? And how
shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written. How beau-
tiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring
glad tidings of good things ! But tlioy have not all obeyed the

gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, u)l)o l)atl) belicucb our report?
So then, faitl) cometl) bn l)earing, anb Ijearing bn tlje toorb of

We look not at the things which are seen, but at tl)C tljiugs

roljicl) are not seen.

We walk by faith, not bl} Sigl)t.

Rom. iv. 3.

Romans, iv.


Romans, viii.
i4, '25.

Romans, x.

2 Cor. iv. 18.

2 Cor. V. 7.



Eph.i. 12,13.

Eph. vi. 10.

Heb. xi.

That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted

in Christ. Ju loljom jic also trustcb, after tljiU jic Ijcurb tl)e

tDOrb of trnti), the gospel of your salvation : in whom also, after
that ye bcUcnci, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.

Finally, my brethren, be Strong ill tl)C £orb, and in the
power of his might.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence
of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the
word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things
which do appear. By faith Abel oftered unto God a more excellent
sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was
righteous, God testifying of his gifts : and by it he being dead yet
speaketh. By faith Enoch was translated, that he should not see
death ; and was not found, because God had translated him : for
before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he thatcometh
to God must bclicuc tl)at Ije is, anb tl)at l)c is a xcwavhcx of
tl)em tljat biligcntln seek l]im.

By faith Xoali, being uiarneb of (Bob of tijings not seen
as get, moocb toitl) fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his
house; by tlie which he condemned the world, and became heir of
the righteousness which is by faith.

By faith Abraham, Avhen he was called to go out into a place
which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed ; and he
went out not knotoing roliitlier l)e roent. By faith |)e sojoui-neb
in tl)e lanb of promise, as in a strange conntrn, biueUing

in tabernacles vvith Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the
same promise : for he looked for a city which hath foundations,
whoso builder and maker is God. Through faith also Sarah her-
self received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child
when she was past age, becansc sl)c jubgeb l}im faitljfnl rolio

Ijab prontiseb. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as
good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as
the sand which is by the sea-shore innumerable. These all died in

faith, not Ijauing receineb tl)e promises, but Ijaning seen
ll)em afar off, a^nb uiere persuabeb of tl)em, anii embraceb
tl)ein, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the
earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they
seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that
country from whence they came out, they might have had oppor-
tunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country,
that is, an heavenly : wherefore God is not jishamed to be called
their God : for he hath prepared for them a city.

r>y faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac : and he
that rneivod the promises offercb up l)is onin begotten son,
of U)l)om it was saib, iri)at in Jsaac sljall tl)n seeb be ralleb :



ii. 14-26.

accounting tl]at C5ob roas able tcr raise l)im n^], cocn from

tl)C bcab; from whence also he received him in a figure.

By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to
come. By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons
of Joseph ; and worshipped, leaning upon tlie top of his stafl". By faith

Joseph, when he died, mabc mcutiou of tl)c (departing of tl)C cl)ii-
bren of Israel; a\\b gaue commanbmcnt concerning l)is

bones. By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three )noutlis of
his parents, because they saw he was a proper child ; anh tl)CnU)Crc

not nfraib of tlje king's commandment. By faith Tvioses,

when lie was come to years, refused to be called the son of l*ha-
raoh's daughter; choosing rather to sutler affliction with the
people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season ;
esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures

in Egypt : for l]c Ijab respect unto tl)e recompense of tl)c

reujarb. By faith lie forsook Egypt, not fearing the Avrath of

the king: for he endured, as Seeing l)im tDl)o is inuisible.

Through ffiith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood,
lest he that destroyed the first-born should touch them.

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath
faith, and have not works ? can faith save him ? If a brother or
sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say
unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled ; notwith-
standing ye give them not those things which are needful to the
body ; wiiat doth it profit ? Even so faiti), if it Ijatl) not U)Orks,
is beab, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith,

and I have works : sl)eu3 me tl)n faitI) UJitl)out tl)n ujorks, anb
3 will sljeu) tl)ee mn faitl) bji mn toorks. Thou"beHevest that

tliere is one God ; thou doest well : the devils also believe, and
tremble. Vn\t wilt thou know, vain man, tliat faitl) U)itl)OUt
IDOrks is beab '? Was not Abraham our father justified by works,
when he had ottered Isaac his son upon the altar ? Seest thou how
faith wrt^uglit with his works, and by works was faith made per-
fect ? '^nh tl)e scripture roas fultUlcb U)l)icl) saiti), QVbral)am
belicueb (Cob, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness :
and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then liow that by
works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was
not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the
messengers, and had sent them out another way ? For as the body
without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead ako.

Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, tl)OUgl) UOtD J1C

see l)im not, get belieuing, ^c rejoice with joy unspeakable,

and full of glory : receiving the end of your faith, even the sal-
vation of your souls.

This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ ;
not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Sj^irit
that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are

1 Pet. i. 8, 9.

1 Jolin, V.



three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the
Holy Ghost: and these tliree are one. And there are three that
bear witness in earth, the spirit, and the water, and the blood : and
these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, tlie
witness of God is greater : for this is the witness of God which he
hath testified of his Son. He that believetli on the Son of God
bath the witness in himself: he that bclieut'tl) not &ob hath
made him a liar ; because Ijc bclieoctl) not tl)C VCCOrb tljat &0^

gaoc of l)is Son.


^lEjinrtanrt nf jFattlj,

Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field
which the Lord God has made : and he said unto the woman,
Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden ?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of
the trees of the garden : but of the fruit of the tree which is in
the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it,
neither shall ye touch it, ic5t QC bic. And the serpent said unto
the woman, ^c sljilU not SUrdn bic : For God doth know, that
in the day ye eat tiiereof, then your eyes shall be opened ; and ye
shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman
saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the
eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise ; she took of the
fruit thereof, and did eat ; and gave also unto her husband with
her, and he did eat.

And Abram said. Behold, to me thou hast given no seed : and
lo, one born in my house is mine 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 believed in the Lord ; nub \)C COUUteb it tO l)im for


The Loid spake unto Moses, saying, Send thou men, that they
may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of
Israel : of every tribe of their ftithers shall ye send a man, every
one a ruler among them

So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness

of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath

And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the
congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of
Paran, to Kadesh ; and brought back word unto them, and unto
all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. And
they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou
sentest us, and surely it tloweth with milk and honey ; and this is
the fruit of it. Nevertheless, the people be strong that dwell in the
land, and the cities are walled, and very great : and moreover, we

Gen. iii. 1-6.

Gen. xv.

Num. xiii.

1, 2, 26-33,

xiv. 1-12,




saw the children of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land
of the south : and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites,
dwell in the mountains ; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and
by the coast of Jordan.

And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said. Let us go
up at once, and possess it ; for we are well able to overcome it.
But the men that went up with him said, UJe bc ttOt able to gO
Xip against tl)C people; for they are stronger than- we. And
they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched
unto the childi'en of Israel, saying. The land through which we
have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants
thereof ; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great
stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which
come of the giants : and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers,
and so we were in their siofht

QVnb all tl)e congregation lifteii up tlicir «oice, ant crieb ;

avib ti)C people toept tljat nigl)t. And all the children of Israel
murmured against Moses and against Aaron : and the whole con-
gregation said unto them. Would God that we had died in the
land of Egypt ! or would God we had died in this wilderness !
And wherefore hath the Lord brought us unto this land, tO fall bj)
tl)e QUJOrb, that our wives and our children should be a prey ?
were it not better for us to return into Egypt ? And they said one
to another. Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt ?
Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly
of the congregation of the children of Israel.

And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh,
which were of them that searclied the land, rent their clothes :
And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel,
saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an ex-
ceeding good land. If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring
us into this land, and give it us ; a land which tloweth with milk
and honey. Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye
the people of the land ; for they are bread for us : their defence is
departed from them, and the Lord is with us : fear them not. But
all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory
of the Lord appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before
all the children of Israel.

And the Lord said unto Moses, How long will this people pro-
voke me? anb l)otD long vuill it be ere tl)cn beliene me, for all

the signs which 1 have shewed among them '{ I will smite them
with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a

greater nation and mightier than they

And the Lord saitl, I have j)ardone<l according to thy word :
But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be tilled with the glory of
the Lord. Because all those men wliich have seen my glory, and
my miracles, wliich I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have
tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my

importajSTce of faith.


voice; surcln tl]cji sljiill not sec tl)c \a\\b toljid) 3 sroarc unto
tl)cir fiUljcrs, nciFljcr sljuU anti of tl)cm tl)iU prouokcb mc see
it : but nay servant Caleb, because be had another spirit with
him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land
whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. (Now the
Amalekites, and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) To-morrow
turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red

And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur
against me ? I have heard the murmurings of the children of
Israel which they murmur against me. Say unto them. As truly
as I live, saith the Lord, as j)c \)avc spokcu in miuc cars, so

toill S liO to nOU : your carcasses shall tall in this wilderness;
and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole num-
ber, from twenty years old and upward, which' have murmured
against me. Doubtless ye shall not come into the land concerning
which I swai'e to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of
Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. But your little ones,
which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they
shall know the land which ye have despised. But as for you, your
carcasses, they shall fall in this wilderness. And your children
shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whore-
doms, until your carcasses be wasted in the wilderness. After the
number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days
(each day for a year) shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years ;

a\\b 2C sljall knora mn bread) of promise. I the Lord have

said, i will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are
gathered together against me : in this wilderness they shall be con-
sumed, and there they shall die.

And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who re-
turned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by
bringing up a slander upon the land, even those men that did
bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before
the Lord. But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jep-
hunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived

Among these [the children of Israel numbered in the plains
jpf Moab thirty-eight years after] there was not a man of them whom
Closes and Aaron the pi'iest numbered, when they numbered the
children of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai. For the Lord had said
of them, They shall surely die in the wilderness. And there was
not left a man of them, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and
Joshua the son of Nun.

And Moses called unto all Israel, and said unto them

Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath ; but
with him that standeth here with us this day before the Lord our


Num. XXV i.
1)4. 65.

Dent. xxix.

-', 14, 15,




Dent, xxxii.

Joshun, i.
1, 2, 5-9.

2 Kings, vi.
24,2.5, vii.
1-7, 10-20.

God, and also with hira that is not here with us this day

. . Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family,
or tribe, whose heart turueth away this day from the Lord our
God, to go and serve the gods of these nations ; lest there should
be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood ; and it
come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless
himself in his heart, saying, 3 sl]aU [)iWe pcazc, tl)OUgl) 3 walk
in tl)C imngiltiUion of mine Ijcart, to add drunkenness to thirst:
the Lord will not spare hira, but then the anger of the Lord and
his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that
are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot
out his name from under heaven.

Of the Rock that begat thee thou art unmindful, and hast for-
gotten God that formed tliee. And when the Lord saw it, he ab-
horred them, because of the provoking of his sons, and of his
daughters. And he said, I will hide my face from them, I will see
what their end shall be : for they are a very froward generation,

rl)ilbrcn in roljom is no faitl}.

Now after the death of Moses, the servant of the Lord, it came
to pass, that the Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses'
minister, saying, Moses my servant is dead ; now therefore arise,
go over this Joidan, thou and all this people, unto the land which

I do give to them, even to the children of Israel

There shall not any man b? able to stand before thee all the days
of thy life : as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not
fail thee, nor forsake thee. Be strong and of a good courage : for
unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land which
I sware unto their fathers to give them. (Ouln bc tl)OU StVOng

nnb ucrn conragcons, tl)iU tl)on mancst observe to bo lU-
covbinglo all tl)e liiu) U)l)icl) lUoses mn sermint commanb-

eb tljce : turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou

mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest Have

not I commanded thee ? Be strong and of a good courage ; be
not afraid, neither be thou dismayed : for the Lord thy God is
with thee whithersoever thou goest.

And it came to pass that Ben-hadad king of Syria gathered
all his host, and went up, and besieged Samaria. And there was
a great famine in Samaria : and behold, they besieged it, until an
ass's head was sold for fourscore pieces of silver, and the fourth part
of a cab of dove's dung for five pieces of silver

Tlipn Klisha said, Hear ye the word of the Lord ; Thus saith
the Lord, To-morrow about this time shall a measure of fine flour
be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, in the
gate of Samaria. Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned an-
.swcreil the man of Gud, and said, Behold, if tlu^ Lord woidd make
windows in heaven, might this thing Ih; i '^nb l)C eaib, Uel)olb,
tl)Ou Gl)all sec it ujill) tl)ine enes, but sl)tilt not eat lljeveof.



And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the
gate ; and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die ?
If we say, We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the
city, and we shall die there : and if we sit still here, we die also.
Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Syrians :
if they save us alive, we shall live ; and if they kill us, we shall but
die. And they rose up in the twilight to go unto the camp of the
Syrians : and when the}' were come to the uttermost part of the
camp of Syria, behold, there was no man there. For the Lord had
made the host of the Syrians to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise
of horses, even the noise of a great host : and they said one to
another, Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of
the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.
Wherefore they arose and tied in the twilight, and left their tents,
and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and tied

for their life And the people went out, and

spoiled the tents of the Syrians. So a measure of fine flour was
sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according
to the word of the Lord.

And the king appointed the lord on whose hand he leaned to
have the charge of the gate : and the people trode upon him in the
gate, and he died, as the man of God had said, who spake when
the king came down to him. And it came to pass as the man of God
had spoken to the king, saying, Two measures of barley for a shekel,
and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, sliall be to-morrow about
this time in the gate of Samaria : and that lord answered the
man of God, and said, Now, behold, if the Lord should make win-
dows in heaven, migljt SUCI) a tl)iug be ? And he said, Behold,
thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof. And
so it fell out unto him : for the people trode upon him in the gate,

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