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Paul describeth

Chap. i.

the true Christ. the God of peace shall be with ye sent once and again unto my you.

necessity. 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord 17 Not because I desire a gift: greatly, that now at the last your but I desire fruit that may abound care of me hath flourished again; to your account. wherein ye were also careful, but 18 But I have all, and abound: ye lacked opportunity.

I am full, having received of 11 Not that I speak in respect Epaphroditus the things which of want : for I have learned in were sent from you, an odour of whatsoever state I am therewith to a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptbe content.

able, well-pleasing to God. 12 I know both how to be aba- 19 But my God shall supply sed, and I know how to abound; all your need, according to his every where, and in all things, I riches in glory, by Christ Jesus. am instructed, both to be full 20 Now, unto God and our and to be hungry, both to abound, Father be glory for ever and ever. and to suffer need.

Amen. 13 I can do all things through 21 Salute every saint in Christ Christ, which strengtheneth me. Jesus. The brethren which are

14 Notwithstanding ye have with me greet you. well done, that ye did communi- 22 All the saints salute you, cate with my affliction,

chiefly they that are of Cesar's 15 Now, ye Philippians, know household. also, that in the beginning of the 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus gospel, when I departed from Christ be with you all. Amen. Macedonia, no church communicated with me, as concerning | It was written to the Philipgiving and receiving, but ye pians from Rome, by Epaonly.

phroditus. 16 For even in Thessalonica,

T THE EPISTLE OF PAUL, THE APOSTLE, TO THE

COLOSSIANS.

CHAP. I.

the Father of our Lord Jesus He describeth the true Christ. Christ, praying always for you, , PALL

AUL, an apostle of Jesus 4 Since we heard of your faith

Christ by the will of God, in Christ Jesus, and of the love and Timotheus our brother, which ye have to all the saints ;

2 To the saints and faithful 5 For the hope which is laid brethren in Christ which are atup for you in heaven, whereof ye Colosse: Grace be unto you, and heard before in the word of the peace, from God our Father, and truth of the gospel: the Lord Jesus Christ.

6 Which is come unto you, 3 We give thanks to God and as it is in all the world, and bring

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Of constancy eth forth fruit, as it doth also in and by him all things consist; you, since the day ye heard of it, 18 And he is the head of the and knew the grace of God in body, the church; who is the truth:

beginning, the first-born from the 7 As ye also learned of Epa- dead ; that in all things he might phras, our dear fellow-servant, have the pre-eminence; who is for you a faithful minister 19 For it pleased the Father, of Christ;

that in him should all fulness 8 Who also declared unto us dwell: your love in the Spirit.

20 And (having made peace 9 For this cause we also, since through the blood of his cross) by the day we heard it, do not cease him to reconcile all things unto to pray for you, and to desire that himself; by him, I say, whether ye might be filled with the know- they be things in earth or things ledge of his will in all wisdom and in heaven. spiritual understanding;

21 And you, that were some10 That ye might walk worthy time alienated, and enemies in of the Lord unto all pleasing, your mind by wicked works, yet. being fruitful in every good work, now hath he reconciled and increasing in the knowledge, 22 In the body of his flesh of God;

through death, to present you 11 Strengthened with all might, holy, and unblameable, and unaccording to his glorious power, reproveable, in his sight; unto all patience and long-suffer- 23 If ye continue in the faith ing with joyfulness;

grounded and settled, and be not 12 Giving thanks unto the Fa-moved away from the hope of the ther, which hath made us meet gospel, which ye have heard, and to be partakers of the inheritance which was preached to every creaof the saints in light;

ture which is under heaven: 13 Who hath delivered us from whereof I Paul am made a ministhe power of darkness, and hath ter : translated us into the kingdom of 24 Who now rejoice in my his dear Son;

sufferings for you, and fill up that 14 In whom we have redempti- which is behind of the afflictions on through his blood, even the of Christ in my flesh for his forgiveness of sins;

body's sake, which is the church; *'15 Who is the image of the 25 Whereof I am made a miinvisible God, the first-born of|nister, according to the dispensaevery creature;

tion of God, which is given to 16 For by him were all things me for you, to fulfil the word of created that are in heaven, and God; that are in earth, visible and invi- 26 Even the mystery, which sible, whether they be thrones, hath been hid from ages, and or dominions, or principalities, from generations, but now is or powers; all things were created/made manifest to his

saints; Ly him, and for him;

27 To whom God would make 17 And he is before all things, known what is the riches of the

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Paul exhorteth

Chap. ii.

to constancy glory of this mystery among the and not after Christ: Gentiles, which is, Christ in you, 9 For in him dwelleth all the the hope of glory:

fulness of the God-head bodily. 28 Whom we preach, warning 10 And ye are complete in him, every man, and teaching every which is the head of all principali man in all wisdom, that we may ty and power; present every man perfect in 11 In whom also ye are circumChrist Jesus,

cised with the circumcision made 29 Whereunto I also labour, without hands, in putting off the striving according to his work-body of the sins of the flesh by the ing, which worketh in me migh- circumcision of Christ; tily.

12 Buried with him in baptism, CHAP. II.

wherein also ye are risen with him Exhortations to constancy:

through the faith of the operation POR I would that ye knew of God, who hath raised him

what great conflict I have for from the dead. you, and for them at Laodicea, 13 And you, being dead in and for as many as have not seen your sins and the uncircumcision my face in the flesh,

of your flesh, hath he quickened 2 That their hearts might be together with him, having forgicomforted, being knit together ven you all trespasses; in love, and unto all riches of 14 Blotting out the hand-writhe full assurance of understand-ting of ordinances that was against ing, to the acknowledgment of us, which was contrary to us, the mystery of God, and of the and took it out of the way, nailing Father, and of Christ;

it to his cross ; 3 In whom are hid all the trea- 15 And, having spoiled princisures of wisdom and knowledge. palities and powers, he made a

4 And this I say, lest any man shew of them openly, triumphing should beguile you with enticing over them in it. words.

16 Let no man therefore, judge 5 For though I be absent in the you, in meat or in drink, or in flesh, yet am I with you in the respect of an holy-day, or of the spirit, joying and beholding your new-moon, or of the sabbathorder, and the stedfastness of days; your faith in Christ.

17 Which are a shadow of 6 As ye have therefore received things to come; but the body is Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye of Christ. in him ;

18 Let no man beguile you of 7 Rooted and built up in him, your reward in a voluntary huand stablished in the faith, as ye mility and worshipping of angels, have been taught, abounding intruding into those things which therein with thanksgiving. he hath not seen, vainly puffed

8 Beware lest any man spoil up by his fleshly mind; you through philosophy and vain 19 And not holding the head, deceit, after the tradition of men, from which all the body, by after the rudiments of the world, joints and bands, having nourish

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Exbortations to

Colossians.

several duties, ment ministered and knit toge-phemy, filthy communication out ther, increaseth with the increase of your mouth. of God.

9 Lie not one to another, see20 Wherefore, if ye be dealing that ye have put off the old with Christ, from the rudiments man with his deeds; of the world, why, as though 10 And have put on the new living in the world, are ye subject man, which is renewed in knowto ordinances,

ledge, after the image of him that 21 (Touch not, taste not, han- created him :

11 Where there is neither 22 Which all are to perish with Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor the using,) after the command- uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scyments and doctrines of men ? thian, bond nor free; but Christ

23 Which things have indeed is all, and in all. . a shew of wisdom in will-worship 12 Put on, therefore, as the and humility, and neglecting of elect of God, holy and beloved, the body, not in any honour to bowels of mercies, kindness, the satisfying of the flesh. humbleness of mind, meekness, CHAP. III.

long-suffering; Exhortations to sundry duties, 13 Forbearing one another, and

then be risen with Christ, forgiving one another, ifany man seek those things which are have a quarrel against any ; even above, where Christ sitteth on the as Christ forgave you, so also do right hand of God.

ye. 2 Set your affection on things 14 And, above all these things, above, not on things on the put on charity, which is the bond earth.

of perfectness. 3 For ye are dead, and your 15 And let the peace of God life is hid with Christ in God. rule in your hearts, to the which

4 When Christ, who is our life, also ye are called in one body; shall appear, then shall ye also and be ye thankful. appear with him in glory.

16 Let the word of Christ 5 Mortify therefore your mem-dwell in you richly in all wisdom; bers which are upon the earth; teaching and admonishing one fornication, uncleanness, inordi- another in psalms, and hymns, nate affection, evil concupiscence, and spiritual songs, singing with and covetousness which is idola- grace in your hearts to the Lord. try;

17 And whatsoever ye do in 6 For which things' sake the word or deed, do all in the name wrath of God cometh on the chil- of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks dren of disobedience;

to God and the Father by him. 7 In the which ye also walked 18 Wives, submit yourselves some time, when re lived in unto your own husbands, as it is them.

fit in the Lord. 3 But now ye also put off all 19 Husbands, love your wives, Dese; anger, wrath, inalice, blas- and be not bitter against them,

Several instructions, Chap. iv. and exhortations.

20 Children, obey your parents declare unto you, who is a belovin all things: for this is well-plea-ed brother, and a faithful minissing unto the Lord.

ter, and fellow-servant in the 21 Fathers, provoke not your Lord: children to anger, lest they be dis- 8 Whom I have sent unto you couraged.

for the same purpose, that he 22 Servants, obey in all things might know your estate, and your masters, according to the comfort your hearts; Aesh; not with eye-service, as 9 With Onesimus, a faithful men-pleasers, but in singleness of and beloved brother, who is one heart, fearing God:

of you : they shall make known 23 And whatsoever ye do, do unto you all things which are it heartily, as to the Lord, and done here. not unto men;

10 Aristarchus my fellow-pri24 Knowing that of the Lord soner saluteth you, and Marcus, ye

shall receive the reward of the sister's son to Barnabas; (touchinheritance: for ye serve the ing whom ye have received comLord Christ.

mandments; if he come unto you, 25 But he that doeth wrong receive him ;) shall receive for the wrong which 11 And Jesus, which is called he hath done: and there is no re- Justus, who are of the circumcispect of persons.

sion. These only are my fellowCHAP. IV.

workers unto the kingdom of Fervent prayer recommended. God, which have been a comfort

ASTERS, give unto your unto me.

servants that which is just 12 Epaphras, who is one of you, and equal; knowing that ye also a servant of Christ, saluteth you, have a Master in heaven. always labouring fervently for

2 Continue in prayer, and you in prayers, that ye may stand watch in the same with thanks-perfect and complete in all the giving;

will of God. 3 Withal, praying also for us, 13 For I bear him record, that that God would open unto us a he hath a great zeal for you, and door of utterance, to speak the them that are in Laodicea, and mystery of Christ, for which I am them in Hierapolis. also in bonds :

14 Luke, the beloved physici. 4. That I may make it manifest, an, and Demas, greetyou. as I ought to speak.

15 Salute the brethren which 5 Walk in wisdom toward are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, them that are without, redeeming and the church which is in his the time.

house. 6 Let your speech be alway 16 And when this epistle is with grace, seasoned with salt, read among you, cause that it be that ye may know how ye ought read also in the church of the to answer every man.

Laodiceans; and that ye likewise 7 All my state shall Tychicus read the epistle from Laodicea.

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