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not keepeth not my sayings : and the word which ye hear is not
mine, but the Father's which sent me.

I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
(Eucrg brand) in mc tljat bcarcti) not fruit, l)e takcti) (iman :

and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may

brinjr forth more fruit Her

em is



glorified, tl)at gc bear mud) fruit ; so shall ye be my disciples.
As the Father hath \vvvd me, so have I loved you : continue ye in
my love. Jf ge keep mn commaubments, ye shall abide in my
love ; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide
in his love.

Ye are my friends, if jjc bo tDl)atS0Ciier J commanb 20tt.

God is no respecter of persons : but in every nation, he tl)at

feorctl) l)im anb roorketl) rigljteousness, is accepted with him.

Who will render to every man acCOrbiUQ tO l)is beebs : to

them who bj] patient continuance in U)ell-bbini9, seek for glory,

X. 17-'2I.

xii. '-J&-31,

John,xiv. 18.

John, xiv.
-J, ~o, «**.

XV. 1, 2, 8-10.

John, XV. 14.

X. :i4, 35.

Rev. ii. 6-10.



ii. 17-29.

and honour, and immortality, eternal life : but unto them tliat are
contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey uniii>:hteousness,
indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul
of man that doeth evil ; of the Jew first, and also of the (Jon-
tile ; but glory, honour, and peace, tO cncvn man tl)iU U)Orkctl)
goob ; to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile.

Behold, thou art called a Jew, and restest in the law, and
makest thy boast of God, and knowest his will, and approvest the
things that are more e.\cellent, beiii"' instructed out of the law, and
art confident that thou thyself art a guide of the blind, a light of
them which are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher
of babes, which hast the form of knowledge, and of the truth in the

Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thy-
self? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal ?
thou that sayest a man should not commit adulteiy, dost thou
commit adultery ? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit
sacrilege ? thou that makest thy boast of the law, through break-
ing the law dishonourest thou God ? for the name of God is blas-
phemed among the Gentiles through you, as it is written.

For circumcision verily protiteth, if thou keep the law; but if
thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircum-
cision. Therefore, if the uncircumcision keep the riglioousness of
the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision ?
and shall not uncircumcision whicli is by nature, if it fulfil the law,
judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the

law? for l)e is not a 5cu), rol)icl) is one outu};u-bln ; neither is

that circumcision which is outward in the ilesh : but he is a Jew

which is one inwardly ; nnb circuiucision is tl)at of tljc l)cart,

in tl)C spirit, Cllib not in tl)C letter; whose praise is not of men,
but of God.

Do we then make void the law through faith ? God forbid :
gea, roc cstablisi) tl)c lau).

What shall we say then ? Shall we continue in sin, that grace
may abound '. (Jod forl)id : 1)0U) sljixU VDC tl)at llVC beub tO sin,

lioc ann longer tijerein'?

Know ye not that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus
Christ, were baptized into his death 'i therefore we are buried with
him by baptism into death : that like as Christ was raised up fiom
the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk
in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the
likeness ot his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrec-
tion : knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, tliat
tiie body of sin might be destroyed, tl)iU l)enccfortl) U)e sl)0lll5
not SerOC sin. I'or he that is dead is freed iVoni sin. Now if
we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with
him : knowing that Christ, being raised from the dead, dieth no

Rom. iii. 31.

vL l-'Jii.




more; death liath no more dominion over liiin. For in that lie
die<l, he died unto sin once : luit in that he hvetli, he liveth unto

Ood. Cikcitjisc ri'cl-ion ijc nlsa ijonrscku's to be ilicaii in-
bccb unto sin, but aliuc unto (3oh lljvongl) Jesus (Sljrist
our t!oi5.

Let not sin therefore reign in your moi-tal body, that ye sliould
obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as in-
struments of unrighteousness unto sin : but yield yourselves unto
God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as
instruments of righteousness unto God : for sin shall not have do-
minion 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 yield
yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness ? but
God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have
obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered
you. Being then made fiee from sin, ye became the servants of
righteousness. I speak after the manner of men, because of the
infirmity of 3'our flesh : for as yo have yielded your members ser-
vants to uncleanness and to iniquity, unto iniquity ; even so now
yield your members servants to I'ighteousness, unto holiness. For
when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.
What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now
ashamed ? for the end of those tilings is death. But now beino;
made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit
unto holiness, aud the end everlasting life.

Now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein,

we were held; il)at ujc sl)oulb scruc in nciuncss of spirit, and

not in the oldness of the letter.

There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in

Christ Jesus, vd1)o ujiilli iiot after tl)c ilcsl), but after tl)c Spirit.

For they that are after the flesh, do mind the things of the

flesh : but tl)cn tl)at arc after tl)c Spirit, tl)e tljings of tl)c

Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death ; but to be spiritually
minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against
God : for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.
So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God. But ye are
not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God
dwell in you. Now, if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he
is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because
of sin ; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the
Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he
that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal
bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

Therefore, brethren, we are debtors not to the flesh, to live
after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die : but if

Rom. vii. 6.

Rom. viii. 1.

viii. 5-14.



xii. 1, a.

xiii. lO-H.

1 Corintli.
iii. It), 17.

1 Cor. V. ■;

1 Corinlh.
vi. 9, 10.

1 Corinth,
vi. 19, 20.

1 Corinth.

X. ai, '.'•J.

2 Corinth.
V. U, IJ.

2 Cor. vi.
14-18, vii. 1,

ye thi-oug-li the Spirit do mortify the deeds of tlie body, ye sliall

live. Sot as maiin as axe Icb bn tl)c Spirit of i3ob, ti)cji arc
tl)c sons of ©oli.'"

I beseech, you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God,
tliat TIC present nour bobics a lining sacrifice, l)oln, accepta-
ble nntO (Sob, wiiich is your reasouiible service. And be not
conformed to this world : but be ye transformed by the renewing
of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and accepta-
ble, and perfect will of God.

Love worketh no ill to his neighbour : therefore love is the ful-
filling of the law. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high
time to awake out of sleep : for now is our salvation nearer than
when we believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand : let

ns therefore cast off tlje toorks of barkness, aiib let ns put
on tl)e armour of liqljt. Let us walk honestly, as in the day:
not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonnes.s,
not in strife and envying. |3ut put V\C OU tl)e Corb ScSUS

Qlljrist, anb make not prouision for tl)e tlesl), to fulfil ll)e
lusts tl]ereof.

KiKjw ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the
Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile tlie temple of
God, him shall God destroy: for tl)e temple of (Pob is l)Oln,
tDl)icl) temple jie are.

purge out tl)e olb leauen, that ye may be a new lump, as
ye ai'e unleavened. For even Christ our pii^isover is sacrificed
for us.

Know ye not that tl)e unrigl]teous sl)all not inljerit tl)c

kingbom of (Bob? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor
idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves
with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor re-
vilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

What ! know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy
Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, ami ye are not your
own? For ye are bought with a price: tljcrcfore glorifn ©ob
in nour bobn, iwib in ijour Spirit, lutjicl) are (5ob's.

Ye cannot driidv the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils :

Tic cannot be partakers of tl)e Corb's table anb of tl)e table

of beuils. 1^0 we provoke the Luid to jealousy ? are \vu stronger
than he ?

The love of Clirist constraineth us : because we tlms judge,
that if onr- dir-d for all, then weie all dead : and that ho died for

all, tl)at tl)cn iul)icl) line sljoulb not l)cncefovtl) line unto tljem-
sclucs, but~uuto l)im u)l)icl) bieb for tl)em, anb rose again.

lie ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers : for what
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what com-



raunion hath light with darkness ? And what concord hath Christ
with Belial ? or what part hath he tliat believeth witli an infidel ?
And what agi'eement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye
are the temple of the living God ; as God hath said, I will dwell
in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall

he my people. iDl)crcforc comc oiit from among tlicm, anb
be ijc separate, saiti) tlje £orb, anii toiul) not ~tl]e nnclean
tljiiig ; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and
ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse our-
selves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting I)oliness

in tl)c fear of ^oh.

Brethren, ye have been called unto liberty ; onin nse not
libertn for an occasion to tlje flesi), but by love serve one

anothei-. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this. Thou
shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one
another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. Tliis

I say then, iDalli in tl)e Spirit, anb j}c sljall not fultil tl]e Inst

of tl)C flesi). For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the
Spirit against the flesh : and these are contrary the one to the
other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye
be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of
the flesh are manifest, which are these, Adultery, fornication, un-
cleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance,
emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders,
drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you be-
fore, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such
things shall not inheiit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the
Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suftering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. QVnb tlieil

tl)at are (Cljrist's Ijaue crucifieb tijeflcsl), U)itl) tl)c affections
anb lusts.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in
Christ : according as he hath chosen us in him, before the founda-
tion of the world, tl)at u)e sl)oulb be i)oln anb u)itl)out blame
before l)im in lone.

I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you tl)at gC
toalk roortl)!} of tl)e vocation u)l)ererDitl) lie are caileb.

This I say, and testify in the l^ord, that ye henceforth walk
not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the
understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God
through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of
their heart : who, being past feeling, have given themselves over
unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But
ve have not so learned Christ ; if so be that ye have heard him,

V. 13-24.

Kpli. i. 3, 4.

Eph. iv. 1.

iv. 17- J4.



Eph. V. 1, 2.
Eph. V. 8.

ii. 14, 15.

iii. 17-20.

Col. i. 0, 10.

Col. Iii. 1-17

and Iiave been taiirrlit by liiin, as tlie truth is in Jesus : tl)rtt TIC ^lUt

off concerning i\)c former conucrsiUion tl)c olb man, 'which

is coirupt accoi'ding to the deceitful lusts ; and be renewed in the

spirit of your mind; anb t\)at jic |nU on i\]c neu) man, u)l)icl)
after (Sob is creatcb in rigl)teousnc5s anb true Ijoliness.

Be ye foUoiOCrS of (Sob Ji^ dear children ; and walk in love,
as Christ also hath loved us.

Ye were. sometimes darlsness, but now are ye light in the Lord :
toalk as cljilbren of ligljt.

Do all things without murmurings and disputings : tjjat tie

mat} be blameless anb Ijarmless, tl)e sons of (Sob, u3itl)oiU

rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among
whom ye shine as lights in the world ; holding forth the word
of life.

Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which
walk so as ye have us for an ensample. (For many walk, of whom
I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are
the enemies of the cross of Christ : whose end is destruction, whose
God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind

earthly things.) jFor our couucrsation is in ijcauen.

We also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for
you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of
his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding ; tliat lie migl)t

toalk inorthn of tlje £orb unto all ^ileasing, being friiitfnfin
CDcrn goooujork, anb increasing in tl)e luioujlcbge of (Sob.

If ye be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above,
where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection
on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and
your life is hid with Christ in God. Wlien Christ, who is our life,
shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in ^-lory.

iUortifn tl)ereforc nour members roljicl) are upon tlje
cart!) ; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupis-
cence, and covetousness, wliich is idolatry : for which things' sake the
wrath of God cometli on the children of disobedience : in the which
ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also
! put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy cominu-
j nicatioti out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing tl)at

|t}c l)aiie put off tije olb man U)itl) Ijisbeebs; anh [yavc put on
jUje neiu man, uiljici) is reneiueb in knoiulebge after tl)e image

' of l)im tl)at createb Ijim : where there is neither (Jioek nor Jew,
circumcision nor unrircunicision. Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor
free: but Christ is all, and in all. But on therefore, as the elect of
God, lifily and be Joved, bowels oi mercies, kindness, humbleness of
mind, meekness, long-suffering; forbearing one another, and for-
giving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even
as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things



put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace
of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one
body ; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you
richly in all wisdom ; teaching and admonishing one another in
psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your
hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all
in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the
Father by him.

Ye know how we exhorted, and comforted, and charged every
one of you, as a father doth his children, tl)iU JIC tDOUlb XOHik
tUOrtijy of (fi»ob, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

The end of the commandment is charity out of (I pure
Ijcart, anb of a cjooli conscience, aixb of faiti) unfcigncb.

Holding the mystery of the faith in a jjurc conscience.

No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs
of this life ; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be
a soldier.

The foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal. The
Lord knoweth them that are his. And, £et eocrn one tl)at

nametli tl)c name of Qlljrist, bepart from iniquitnT But in a

great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but
also of wood and of earth ; and some to honour, and some to dis-
honour. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be
a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and
prepared unto every good work. Flee also youthful lusts: but
follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on
the Lord out of a pure heart.

The grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all

men, teaching us, that iienniug ungobliucss anb morlbln
lusts, voc 6l)oulb line soberly, figl]ted"usln, anb gobln, in tl)is

present tOOrlb ; looking for tliat blessed hope, and the" glorious
appealing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ : who
gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and
purify unto himself a peculiar people, ^caloUS of goob U)Orl\S.

Being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salva-
tion unto all tl)cm tljut obcji l)im.

Seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of
witnesses, let ns hit} rtsibc euern ujeigljt, anb tl)e sinraljicl) boti)

so easilg beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is
set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and tiiiisher of our
faith ; who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross,
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne
of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sin-
ners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striuiug againstsin.

1 Thessalou.
ii. 11, I-.'.

1 Tim. i. 5.

1 Tim. iii. 9.

2 Tim. ii. 4.

2 Timothy,
ii. 19-22.

Til us,
ii. 11-14.

Heb. V. 9.

Hcb.xii. 1-4.



xii. 14, 15.

i. 18-27.

ii. 14-x!6.

iii. 11-17.

Follow peace with all men, axib IjoliltCSS, toitljont tDl)icl) XXO
man 5l)rtU sec tl)C £orb : looking diligentl)', lest any man fail of
tlie grace of God ; lest any root of bitterness springing up, trouble
you, and thereby many be detiled.

Of his own -will begat he us with the word of truth, that we
should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my
beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak,
slow to wrath : for the wrath of man worketh not the righteous-
ness of God. Wherefore lap apart all flltl)incS0, and superfluity
of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which
is able to save your souls. jBlU bc lie boers of tl)e VDOrb, and
not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer
of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his
natural face in a glass : for he beholdeth himself, ahd goeth his
way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth
therein, [)c being not a forgetful l)earer, but a bocr of tl)e roorli,

this man sliall be blessed in his ihi^-d. 3f anil man amoug llOU

eeem to bc religions, anb briblctl) not Ijis tongue, but tie-
ccitictl) l)is ouiu Ijeart, tl)is man's religion is wain. Pure reli-
gion and uiideiiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the
fatherless and widows in their aflliction, and to keep himself un-
spotted from the world.

What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath
faith, anb Ijane not toorks? 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 ; what doth it profit ? (S^vcii SO faitl), if it Ijatl) not OlOrliS,
is lieab, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and
I have works : shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will
shew thee my faith by my works.

Thou beHevest that there is one God ; thou doest well : the
devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man,
that faith without works is dead ? Was not Abraham our father
justified by works, when he had ottered Isaac his son upon the
altar ? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by
works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled,
which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him
fur riii-hteousness : and he was called the Fiiend of God. Ye see
then how that by works a man is justified, ami 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 also.

I>(>th a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and
bitter ? Can the tig-tree, luy brethren, bear olive-berries ? either a



vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield saltwater and fresh.
Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you ? let

l)im sl)cu) out of a goob conucrsation Ijis tuorliG roitl) meek-
ness ot Ujisbom. J>iit if ye have bitter envying and strife in
your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom
descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For
where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
But the wisdom tliat is from above is first ])ure, tluMi ])eaceable,
gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercn anh goob fruits,
without partiality, and without hypocrisy.

Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end
for the giace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of
Jesus Christ : as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves accord-
ing to the former lusts in your ignorance : but as he which hath
called you is holy, so be Jie Ijoljl in all manner of conversation ;
because it is wi-itten. Be ye holy ; for I am liolv.

Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocri-
sies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as new-born babes, desire
tlie sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby : if so be
ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious : to whom coming as unto
a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and
precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual l)OUSC, lUX
l)Oln priest!)00b, to otter up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God
by Jesus Christ Ye are a chosen generation, a royal

])riesthood, an i)oIn mUiou, n peculiar people; tl)at ne sljoulb
sljeui fortl) tl)e priuses of l)im vdI)o l}atl) calleb you oul of bark-

ness into Ijis marucUouS ligl)t : which in time past were not a
people, but are now the people of God : which had not obtained
mercy, but now have obtained mercy. Dearly beloved, I beseech you,
as stiangeis and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against
the soul ; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles :
that, whereas they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by
your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day
of visitation.

Christ also suffered for us, leauing US an example, tl)at m
6l)0Ulb follooj l)is steps : who did no sin, neither was guile found
in his mouth.

Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another ; love
as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous : not rendering evil for evil, or
railing for railing: but contrariwise, blessing; knowing that ye are

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