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The Apostle’s prayer. Chap. 6 Butlet him ask in faith, nothing wavering : for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, driven with the wind, and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. 9 Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted; 10 But the rich, in that he is made low : because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away. 11 For the sun is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the grass, and the flower thereof falleth, and the grace of the fashion of it perisheth: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways. 12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any Inan : 14 But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 15 Then, when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. 16 Do not err thren. 17 Every good gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights; with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we

, my beloved bre

i, ii. What true religion is.

should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures. 19Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath : 20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. 21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness, and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls: 22 But be yedoers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your ownselves. 23 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: 24 For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. 25 But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not histongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father, is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. CHAP. II. //e may not despise the poor. Y brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, No faith

in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man, in vile raiment; 3 And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him, Sit thou here

in a good place; and say to the

poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool; 4 Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thought 3 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him : 6 But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment-seats? 7 Do not they blaspheme that worthy name, by the which ye are called 2 8 If ye fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well :

9 But if ye have respect to per-l

sons, ye commitsin, and are con

vinced of the law as transgres

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14.What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works : can faith save him : 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destituteofdaily food; 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed, and filled : notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18 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. 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well; the devils also believe, and tremble. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man' that faith without works is dead : 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaach is son upon the altar * 22Seestthouhow faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfeót: 23 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, Abraham be

the whole law, and yet offend inlieved God, and it was imputed

one point, he is guity of all. 11 For he that said, Do not

and he was called the friend of

commit adultery, said also, Do God.

not kill. Now, if thou commit mo adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law.

24, Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.

25 Likewise also, was not Ra

12 So speak ye, and so do, ashab the harlot justified by works,

they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and increy rejoiccth againstjudgment.

when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way : 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

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CHAP. III. %P. in reproving. M brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we of. fend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very

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p. iii. iv. Not to judge rashly. 12 Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear olive-berries: either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you ? let him shew, out of a good conversation, his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, ; not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.

bove, is first pure, then peacea

small helm, whithersoever o 17 But the wisdom that is from

5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth !

6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body,

and setteth on fire the course off

nature; and it is seton fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind : 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God,

ble, gentle, and easy to be entrea-
ted, full of mercy and good fruits,
without partiality, and without
hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteous-
ness is sown in peace of them
that make peace.
CHAP. IV.
Against covetousness.
ENROM whence come wars and
fightings among you? come
they nothence, even of your lusts,
that war in your members :
2 Ye lust, and have not: ye
kill, and desire to have, and can-
not obtain: ye fight and war, yet
ye have not, because ye ask not:
3 Ye ask, and receive not, be-

even the Father; and o ye ask amiss, that ye may C

curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

onsume it upon your lusts.

4 Ye adulterers, and adulteresses, knowye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God whosoever, therefore, will be a friend of the world, is the enemy of God.

5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit th

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Against covetousness.

dwelleth in us lusteth to envy
6 But he giveth more grace :
wherefore he saith, God resisteth
the proud, but giveth grace unto
the humble.
7 Submit yourselves there-
fore, to God. Resist the devil,
and he will flee from you.
8 Draw nigh to God, and he
will draw nigh to you. Cleanse
t/our hands, ye sinners; and pu-
rify your hearts, ye double-min-
ded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and
weep; let your laughter he turn-
ed to mourning, and your joy to
heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the
sight of the Lord, and he shall
lift you up.
11 Speak not evil one of an-
other, brethren, He that speaketh
evil of his brother, and judgeth
his brother, speaketh evil of the
law, and judgeth the law : but if
thou judge the law, thou art not
a doer of the law, but a judge.
12 There is one law-giver, who
is able to save, and to destroy;
who art thou that judgest ano-
ther ?
13 Go to now, yethat say, To-
day, or to-morrow, we will go
into such a city, and continue
there a year, and buy, and sell,
and get gain:
14. Whereas ye know not what
shall be on the morrow. For what
is your life : It is even a vapour,
that appeareth for a little time,
and then vanisheth away.
15 For that ye ought to say, If
the Lord will, we shall live, and
do this, or that.
16 But now ye rejoice in your
boastings: all such rejoicing is
evil.
17 Thereforeto him thatknow-
eth to do good, and doeth it not,

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CHAP. V.
Be patient, and forbear swearing.
GQ to now, ye rich men,
weep and howl, for your

miseries that shall come upon
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2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.

3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your fleshas it were fire: ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.

4Behold, the hire of the labourers, which have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth ; and the cries of them which have reaped, are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. .

5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts, as in a day of slaughter.

6 ¥. have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you. 7 Be patient, therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. 9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, theiudge standeth before the door. 10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience. 11 Behold, we count them hapChap. i. The apostle blesseth God.

to him it is sin.

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given him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray oneforanother, that ye may be healed. The ef. fectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. ., 17 Elias was a man subjećt to . like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain; and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit. . 19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; 20 Lethimknow, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

T THE FIRST EPISTLE

CHAP. I. Of God’smanifoldspiritualgraces. ETER, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scat

tered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience, and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace be multiplied.

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which, according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

GENERAL OF PETER.

5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time : 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season (if need be) ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations; 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise, and honour, and glory, at the appearing of Jesus Christ : 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your Souls. 10 Of which salvation the proR r 2.

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