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8 To bind their kings in chains, and their nobles with links of iron.

9 That they may be avenged of them; as it is written, Such honour have all his saints.

PSALM 150. Laudate Dominum. O PRAISE God in his holiness: praise him in

the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him in his noble acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

3 Praise him in the sound of the trumpet : praise him upon the lute and harp.

4 Praise him in the cymbals and dances : praise him upon the strings and pipe.

5 Praise him upon the well-tuned cymbals : praise him upon the loud cymbals.

6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD.


OUR LORD 1801.

Art. I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.
THERE is but one living and true God, ever-

lasting, without body, parts, or passions ; of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker,ling and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead, there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Art. II. Of the Word, or Son of God, which

was made


THE Son, which is the Word of the Father, be-

gotten from everlasting of the Father, the
very and eternal God, of one substance with the
Father, took man's nature in the womb of the
blessed Virgin, of her substance: so that two whole
and perfect Natures, that is to say, the Godhead and
Manhood, were joined together in one Person,
never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very
God, and very Man; who truly suffered, was cruci-
fied, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to
us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt,
but also for actual sins of men.
ART. III. of the going down of Christ into Hell.

Ś Christ died for us, and was buried; so also re

is it to be believed, that he went down into Hell.

Art. IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ.
HRIST did truly rise again from death, and

took again his body, with flesh, bones, and


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all things appertaining to the perfection of Man's
nature, wherewith he ascended into Heaven, and
there sitteth, until he return to judge all Men at the
last day.

Art. V. Of the Holy Ghost.
THE Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father

and glory, with the Father and the Son, very and
eternal God.
ART. VI. of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scrip-

tures for Salvation. OLY Scripture containeth all things necessary

to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read
therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be
required of any man, that it should be believed as
an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or neces-
sary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scrip-
ture we do understand those canonical books of the
Old and New Testament, of whose authority was
never any doubt in the Church.
Of the names and number of the Canonical

GENESIS, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deu-

teronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, The First Book of Samuel, The Second Book of Samuel, The First Book of Kings, The Second Book of Kings, The First Book of Chronicles, The Second Book of Chronicles, The First Book of Esdras, The Second Book of Esdras, The Book of Esther, The Book of Job, The Psalms, The Proverbs, Ecclesiastes or Preacher, Cantica or Songs of Solomon, Four Prophets the greater, Twelve Prophets the less.

And the other books (as Hierome saith) the Church doth read for example of life and instruc

tion of manners; but yet doth it not apply them to establish any doctrine; such are these following:

The Third Book of Esdras, The Fourth Book of Esdras, The Book of Tobias, The Book of Judith, The rest of the Book of Esther, The Book of Wisdom, Jesus the Son of Sirach, Baruch the Prophet, The Song of the Three Children, The Story of Susanna, Of Bet and the Dragon, The Prayer

of Manasses, The First Book of Maccabees, The Second Book of Maccabees.

All the books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive, and account them Canonical.


Art. VII. Of the Old Testament.
THE Old Testament is not contrary to the New:

for both in the Old and New Testament everlasting life is offered to Mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and Man, being both God and Man. Wherefore they are not to be heard, which feign that the old fathers did look only for transitory promises. Although the Law given from God by Moses, as touching Ceremonies and Rites, do not bind Christian men, nor the Civil precepts thereof ought of necessity to be received in any commonwealth; yet, notwithstanding, no Christian man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the Commandments which are called moral.


Of the Creeds.
THE Nicene Creed, and that which is com-

monly called the Apostles Creed, oughts thoroughly to be received and believed: for they may be proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture.

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Art. IX. Of Original or Birth-Sin. 0 RIGINAL sin standeth not in the following of

Adam, (as the Pelagians do vainly talk ;) but it is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every many that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam, whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the Spirit ; and therefore in every person born into this world, it deserveth God's wrath and damnation. And this infection of nature doth remain, yea, in them that are regenerated; whereby the lust of the flesh, called in Greek, opórnua oupxòs, (which some do expound the wisdom, some sensuality, some the affection, some the desire of the flesh,) is not subject to the Law of God. And although there is no condemnation for them that believe and are baptized; yet the Apostle doth confess, that concupiscence and lust hath of itself the nature of sin.

Art. X. Of Free-Will. THE condition of man after the fall of Adam is THEuch, dihat he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and good works, to faith, and calling upon God. Wherefore we have no power to do good works pleasant and acceptable to God, without the grace of God by Christ preventing us, that we may have a good will, and working with us, when we have that good will.

Art. XI. Of the Justification of Man.

E are accounted righteous before God, only Christ by Faith, and not for our own works or deservings. Wherefore, that we are justified by Faith only, is a most wholesome Doctrir e, and very

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