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of the Lord and Saviour | there shall come in the last Jesus Christ, they are again days scoffers, walking after entangled therein, and over- their own lusts, come, the latter end is worse 4 And saying, Where is the with them than the begin- promise of his coming ? for ning.
since the fathers fell asleep, 21 For it had been better for all things continue as they them not to have known the were from the beginning of way of righteousness, than, the creation. after they have known it, to 5 For this they willingly turn from the holy com- are ignorant of, that by the mandment delivered unto word of God the heavens them.
were of old, and the earth 22 But it is happened unto standing out of the water them according to the true and in the water : proverb, The dog is turned 6 Whereby the world that to his own vomit again; then was, being overflowed and, The sow that was wash- with water, perished: ed to her wallowing in the 7 But the heavens and the mire.
earth, which are now, by the CHAPTER III. same word are kept in store, 1 He assureth them of the certainty reserved unto fire against the of Christ's coming to judgment, day of judgment and perdiagainst it: 8 warning the godly, tion of ungodly men. for the long patience of God, to hast
But, beloved, be not ignoen their repentance. 10 He describeth also the manner how the worla rant of this one thing, that shall be destroyed : 1! exhorting one day is with the Lord as to all holiness of life: 15 and again, a thousand years, and a thouto think the patience of God to tend sand years as one day. to their salvation, as Paul wrote to them in his epistles.
9 The Lord is not slack conWHIS second epistle, be- cerning his promise, as some
loved, I now write unto men count slackness ; but is you; in both which I stir up longsuffering to us-ward, not your pure minds by way of willing that any should perremembrance :
ish, but that all should come 2 That ye may be mindful to repentance. of the words which were 10 But the day of the Lord spoken before by the holy will come as a thief in the prophets, and of the com- night ; in the which the heavmandment of us the apostles ens shall pass away with a of the Lord and Saviour : great noise, and the elements 3 Knowing this first, that shall melt with fervent heat,
the earth also and the works | salvation ; even as our belovthat are therein shall be ed brother Paul also accordburned up.
ing to the wisdom given un11 Seeing then that all these to him hath written unto things shall be dissolved, you ; what manner of persons ought 16 As also in all his epistles, ye to be in all holy conversa- speaking in them of these tion and godliness,
things ; in which are some 12 Looking for and hasting things hard to be understood, unto the coming of the day which they that are unlearnof God, wherein the heavens ed and unstable wrest, as being on fire shall be dissolv- they do also the other Scriped, and the elements shall tures, unto their own destrucmelt with fervent heat? tion.
13 Nevertheless we, accord 17 Ye therefore, beloved, ing to his promise, look for seeing ye know these things new heavens and a new before, beware lest ye also, earth, wherein dwelleth being led away with the error righteousness.
of the wicked, fall from your 14 Wherefore, beloved, see own steadfastness. ing that ye look for such 18 But grow in grace, and things, be diligent that ye in the knowledge of our may be found of him in peace, Lord and Saviour Jesus without spot, and blameless. Christ. To him be glory 15 And account that the both
and for longsuffering of our Lord is Amen.
THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF
CHAPTER I. we have heard, which we 1 He describeth the person of Christ, have seen with our eyes,
in whom we have eternal life, by which we have looked upon, communion with God: 5 to which we must adjoin holiness of life, to and our hands have handled, testify the truth of that our commun- of the Word of life; ion and profession of faith, as also to assure us of the forgiveness of our 2 (For the life was manifestsins by Christ's death.
ed, and we have seen it, and WHAT which was from bear witness, and shew un
which was with the Father, the world. 18 We must beware of
seducers: 20 from whose deceits the and was manifested unto us ;) godly are safe, preserved by perse3 That which we have seen verance in faith, and holiness of life.
TY little , you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly you, that ye sin not. And our fellowship is with the if any man sin, we have an Father, and with his Son advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ the righteous: 4 And these things write we 2 And he is the propitiation unto you, that your joy may for our sins: and not for ours be fuil.
only, but also for the sins of 5 This then is the message the whole world. which we have heard of him, 3 And hereby we do know and declare unto you, that that we know him, if we God is light, and in him is keep his commandments. no darkness at all.
4 He that saith, I know him, 6 If we say that we have fel- and keepeth not his comlowship with him, and walk mandments, is a liar, and the in darkness, we lie, and do truth is not in him. not the truth:
5 But whoso keepeth his 9 But if we walk in the word, in him verily is the light, as he is in the light, love of God perfected: herewe have fellowship one with by know we that we are in another, and the blood of him. Jesus Christ his Son cleans 6 He that saith he abideth eth us from all sin.
in him ought himself also so 8 If we say that we have no to walk, even as he walked. sin, we deceive ourselves, Brethren, I write no new and the truth is not in us. commandment unto you, but
9 If we confess our sins, he an old commandment which is faithful and just to forgive ye had from the beginning. us our sins, and to cleanse us The old commandment is the from all unrighteousness. word which ye have heard
10 If we say that we have from the beginning. not sinned, we make him a 8 Again, a new commandliar, and his word is not in ment I write
unto you, us.
which thing is true in him CHAPTER II. and in you: because the dark1 He comforteth them against the sins ness is past, and the true
is to keep his commandments, 9 to light now shineth. love our brethren, 15 and not to love 9 He that saith he is in the
light, and hateth his brother, the pride of life, is not of the is in darkness even until now. Father, but is of the world.
10 He that loveth his broth 17 And the world passeth cr abideth in the light, and away, and the lust thereof: there is none occasion of but he that doeth the will of stumbling in him.
God abideth for ever. 11 But he that hateth his 18 Little children, it is the brother is in darkness, and last time: and as ye have walketh in darkness, and heard that antichrist shall. knoweth not whither he go-come, even now are there eth, because that darkness many antichrists; whereby hath blinded his eyes.
we know that it is the last 12 I write unto you, little time. children, because your sins 19 They went out from us, are forgiven you for his but they were not of us ; for name's sake.
if they had been of us, they 13 I write unto you, fathers, would no doubt have continbecause ye have known him ued with us: but they went that is from the beginning. I out, that they might be made write unto you, young men, manifest that they were not because ye have overcome all of us. the wicked one. I write un 20 But ye have an unction to you, little children, be- from the Holy One, and ye cause ye have known the know all things. Father.
21 I have not written unto 14 I have written unto you, you because ye know not the fathers, because ye have truth, but because ye know known' him that is from the it, and that no lie is of the beginning. I have written truth. unto you, young men, be 22 Who is a liar but he that cause ye are strong, and the denieth that Jesus is the word of God abideth in you, Christ? He is antichrist, that and ye have overcome the denieth the Father and the wicked one.
Son. 15 Love not the world, nei 23 Whosoever denieth the ther the things that are in Son, the same hath not the the world. If any man love Father : [but] he that acknorolthe world, the love of the edgeth the Son hath the Father Father is not in him.
also. 16 For all that is in the 24 Let that therefore abide world, the lust of the flesh, in you, which ye have heard and the lust of the eyes, and from the beginning. If that
which ye have heard from | 2 Beloved, now are we the the beginning shall remain in sons of God, and it doth not you, ye also shall continue in yet appear what we shall be : the Son, and in the Father. but we know that, when he
25 And this is the promise shall appear, we shall be like that he hath promised us, him; for we shall see him as even eternal life.
he is. 26 These things have I writ 3 And every man that hath ten unto you concerning this hope in him purifieth them that seduce you. himself, even as he is pure.
27 But the anointing which 4 Whosoever committeth ye have received of him abid- sin transgresseth also the eth in you, and ye need not law : for sin is the transthat any man teach you: but gression of the law. as the same anointing teach 5 And ye know that he eth you of all things, and is was manifested to take away truth, and is no lie, and even our sins; and in him is no as it hath taught you, yesin. shall abide in him.
6 Whosoever abideth in him 28 And now, little children, sinneth not : whosoever sinabide in him ; that, when neth hath not seen him, neihe shall appear, we may ther known him. have confidence, and not be 7 Little children, let no man ashamed before him at his deceive you: he that doeth coming.
righteousness is righteous, 29 If ye know that he is even as he is righteous. righteous, ye know that every 8 He that committeth sin is one that doeth righteousness of the devil; for the devil is born of him.
sinneth from the beginning:
For this purpose the Son of CHAPTER III.
God was manifested, that he 1 He declarelh the singular love of
God towards us, in making us his might destroy the works of sons: 3 who therefore ought obe- the devil. diently to keep his commandments, 11 as also brotherly to love one
9 Whosoever is born of
God doth not commit sin ; EHOLD, what manner of for his seed remaineth in him:
stowed upon us, that we he is born of God. should be called the sons of 10 In this the children of God: therefore the world God are manifest, and the knoweth us not, because it children of the devil : whoknew him not.
soever doeth not righteous