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remembrance of these things, among you, who privily shall
though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir ou up, by putting you in rememrance; 14 Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord shewed me. 15 Moreover, I will endeavour that ye may be able, after my decease, to have these things always in remembrance. 16 For we have not followed cunningly-devised fables, when we made known unto you, the $2. and coming of our Lord esus Christ, but were eye-witnesses of his majesty. 17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts:
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bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destrućtion. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they, with feigned words, make merchandiseof you; whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not. 4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; 5 And spared not the old world, but saved Noe the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; 6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrhainto ashes, condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly; 7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked ; 8 . (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing
20 Knowing this first, that no
and hearing, vexed bis righteous S s
The danger of sin.
soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds:) 9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished; 1o But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities: 11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, bring not railing accusation against them before the Lord. 12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not, and shall utterly perish in their own corruption ; 13 And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day-time. Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; 14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstablesouls: anheart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: 15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness; 16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the dumb ass, speaking with man’s voice, forbade the madness of the prophet. 17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ÇWCI’.
18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption : for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20 For if, afterthey have escaped the pollutions of the world, through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and, The sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire. CHAP. III. Of Christ's coming to judgment. T HIS second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance; 2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and SaviOur : 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come if the last days scoffers, walkingafter theirownlusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things.
Ohrist's coming to judgment. Chap. i.
continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water, and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire, against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly Innen. 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning hispromise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suf. fering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 1o But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also, and the works that are therein, shall be burnt up. 11 Seeing then, that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
Exhortation to holiness.
12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat; 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens, and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless : 15 And account that the longSuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given unto him, hath written unto you ; - 16. As also in all his epistles, Speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that
are unlearnedandunstable, wrest, as they do also the other scrip.
tures, unto their own destruc
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led
away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfast
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18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory, both now and for ever. Amen.
T THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF JOHN.
CHAP. I. Person of Christ described. HAT which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have hand
led, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal Life which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto, you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another ; and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son
cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and
the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and
his word is not in us.
2 And he is the propitiation forour sins; and not forours only, but also for the sins of the whole
3 Andhereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his
4 He that saith, I know him,
these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the
John. To beware of seducers.
and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected; hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith, he abideth in him, ought himself also so to walk even as he walked. 7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning. The old commandmentisthe word which ye have heard from the beginning. 8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him, and in you; because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. 9 He that saith, he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is none occasion of stumbling in him: 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. 12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name’s sake. 13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young
He sheweth God's singular Chap. iii.
men, because ye are strong, and
love towards us.
shall remain in you, ye also shall