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God's judgments unsearchable. CHAP. XII.

Exhortation to holiness. 26 And so all Israel shall be wherein he is placed.

9 Love, and many

other duties, are required of us. saved: as it is written, There

venge is specially forbidden. shall come out of Sion the De

I liverer, and shall turn away un

BESEECH you therefore,

brethren, by the mercies godliness from Jacob:

of God, that ye present your 27 For this is my covenant bodies a living sacrifice, holy, unto them, when I shall take acceptable unto God, which is away their sins.

your reasonable service. 28 As concerning the gospel, 2 And be not conformed to they are enemies for your sakes: this world: but be ye transbut as touching the election, formed by the renewing of your they are beloved for the fathers' mind, that ye may prove what sakes.

is that good, and acceptable, and 29 For the gifts and calling perfect will of God. of God are without repentance. 3 For I say, through the

30 For as ye in times past grace given unto me, to every have not believed God, yet have man that is among you, not to now obtained mercy through think of himself more highly their unbelief;

than he ought to think ; but 31 Even so have these also to think soberly, according as now not believed, that through God hath dealt to every man your mercy they also may ob- the measure of faith.

4 For as we have many mem32 For God hath concluded bers in one body, and all memthem all in unbelief, that he bers have not the same office : might have mercy upon all. 5 So we, being many, are one

33 0 the depth of the riches body in Christ, and every one both of the wisdom and knowl- members one of another. edge of God! how unsearch- 6 Having then gifts, differing able are his judgments, and his according to the grace that is ways past finding out !

given to us, whether prophecy, 34 For who hath known the let us prophesy according to the mind of the Lord? or who hath proportion of faith; been his counsellor?

7 Or ministry, let us wait 35 Or who hath first given to on our ministering: or he that him, and it shall be recompensed teacheth, on teaching: unto him again?

8 Or he that exhorteth, on 36 For of him, and through exhortation : he that giveth, let him, and to him are all things : him do it with simplicity: he to whom be glory for ever. that ruleth, with diligence; he Amen.

that sheweth mercy, with cheerCHAP. XII.

fulness. 1 God's mercies must move us to please God. 9 Let love be without dissim3 No man must think too well of himself, 6 but attend every one on that calling ulation. Abhor that which is

tain mercy




Sundry duties recommended. ROMANS. Of subjection to magistrates. evil ; cleave to that which is good.

1 Subjection, and many other duties, we owe 10 Be kindly affectioned one to the magistrates.

8 Love is the fulfilling to another with brotherly love; of the lavo. 11 Gluttony and drunkenness,

and the works of darkness, are out of season in honour preferring one an- in the time of the gospel. other;

11 Not slothful in business; LET every soul be subject fervent in spirit ; serving the Lord;

For there is no power but of 12 Rejoicing in hope ; patient God: the powers that be, are in tribulation; continuing in- ordained of God. stant in prayer;

2 Whosoever therefore resist13 Distributing to the neces-eth the power, resisteth the orsity of saints; given to hospi- dinance of God: and they that tality

resist shall receive to themselves 14 Bless them which per- damnation. secute you; bless, and curse 3 For rulers are not a terror

to good works, but to the evil. 15 Rejoice with them that Wilt thou then not be afraid do rejoice, and weep with them of the power? do that which that weep:

is good, and thou shalt have 16 Be of the same mind one praise of the same : toward another. Mind not high 4 For he is the minister of things, but condescend to men God to thee for good. But if of low estate. Be not wise in thou do that which is evil, be your own conceits.

afraid; for he beareth not the 17 Recompense to no man sword in vain: for he is the evil for evil. Provide things minister of God, a revenger to honest in the sight of all men. execute wrath upon him that

18 If it be possible, as much doeth evil. as lieth in you, live peaceably 5 Wherefore ye must needs with all men.

be subject, not only for wrath, 19 Dearly beloved, avenge but also for conscience' sake. not yourselves, but rather give 6 For, for this cause pay ye place unto wrath : for it is writ- tribute also: for they are God's ten, Vengeance is mine; I will ministers, attending continually repay, saith the Lord.

upon this very thing. 20 Therefore, if thine enemy

7 Render therefore to all their hunger, feed him; if he thirst, dues : tribute to whom tribute give him drink : for in so doing is due ; custom to whom custhou shalt heap coals of fire on tom; fear to whom fear; honour his head.

to whom honour. 21 Be not overcome of evil, 8 Owe no man any thing, but but overcome evil with good. to love one another for he that


Love is the fulfilling of the law.

Against uncharitable judgment. loveth another hath fulfilled the may eat all things; another, Jaw.

who is weak, eateth herbs. 9 For this, Thou shalt not 3 Let not him

3 Let not him that eateth, commit adultery, Thou shalt despise him that eateth not; not kill, Thou shalt not steal, and let not him which eateth Thou shalt not bear false wit- not, judge him that eateth: for ness, Thou shalt not covet; and God hath received him. if there be any other command- 4 Who art thou that judgest ment, it is briefly comprehended another man's servant ? to his in this saying, namely, Thou own master he standeth or falshalt love thy neighbour as thy- leth : yea, he shall be holden self.

up: for God is able to make 10 Love worketh no ill to his him stand. neighbour: therefore love is the 5 One man esteemeth one fulfilling of the law.

day above another: another 11 And that, knowing the esteemeth every day alike. Let time, that now it is high time every man be fully persuaded to awake out of sleep: for now in his own mind. is our salvation nearer than 6 He that regardeth the day, when we believed.

regardeth it unto the Lord: 12 The night is far spent, the and he that regardeth not the day is at hand: let us therefore day, to the Lord he doth not cast off the works of darkness, regard it. He that eateth, eatand let us put on the armour of eth to the Lord, for he giveth light

God thanks; and he that eat13 Let us walk honestly, as eth not, to the Lord he eateth in the day: not in rioting and not, and giveth God thanks. . drunkenness, not in chambering 7 For none of us liveth to and wantonness, not in strife himself, and no man dieth to and envying

himself. 14 But put ye on the Lord 8 For whether we live, we Jesus Christ, and make not pro- live unto the Lord ; and whethvision for the flesh, to fulfil the er we die, we die unto the lusts thereof.

Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's.

9 For to this end Christ both 3 Men may not contemn nor condemn one the died, and rose, and revived, that other for things indifferent : 13 but take he might be Lord both of the for that the apostle proveth unlawful by dead and living.

10 But why dost thou judge HIM

IM that is weak in the thy brother? or why dost thou faith receive ye, but not to

but not to set at nought thy brother? for doubtful disputations.

we shall all stand before the 2 For one believeth that he judgment-seat of Christ.


many reasons.




How to treat tender consciences. ROMANS. The intent of the scriptures.

11 For it is written, As I any thing whereby thy brother live, saith the Lord, every knee stumbleth, or is offended, or is shall bow to me, and every made weak. tongue shall confess to God. 22 Hast thou faith? have it

12 So then every one of us to thyself before God. Happy shall give account of himself is he that condemneth not himto God.

self in that thing which he al13 Let us not therefore judge loweth. one another any more : but 23 And he that doubteth is judge this rather, that no man damned if he eat, because he put a stumbling-block, or an eateth not of faith: for whatsooccasion to fall in his brother's ever is not of faith is sin. way.

14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is

1 The strong must bear with the weak.

We may not please ourselves, 3 for Christ nothing unclean of itself: but did not song but receive one the other, to him that esteemeth any thing

as Christ did us all, 8 both Jews 9 and

15 Paul excuseth his writing, to be unclean, to him it is un- 28 and promiseth to see them, 30 and reclean.

questeth their prayers. 15 But if thy brother be WE then that are strong

E grieved with thy meat, now

to walkest thou not charitably. ities of the weak, and not to Destroy not him with thy meat, please ourselves. for whom Christ died.

2 Let every one of us please 16 Let not then your good be his neighbour for his good to evil spoken of:

edification. . 17 For the kingdom of God 3 For even Christ pleased not is not meat and drink, but himself; but, as it is written, , righteousness, and peace, and The reproaches of them that joy in the Holy Ghost.

reproached thee fell on me. 18 For he that in these things 4 For whatsoever things were serveth Christ, is acceptable to written aforetime, were written God, and approved of men. for our learning, that we through

19 Let us therefore follow patience and comfort of the after the things which make for scriptures might have hope. . peace, and things wherewith one 5 Now the God of patience may edify another.

and consolation grant you to be 20 For meat destroy not the like-minded one toward another work of God. All things in

All things in according to Christ Jesus :


6 That ye may with one for that man who eateth with mind and one mouth glorify offence.

God, even the Father of our 21 It is good neither to eat Lord Jesus Christ. flesh, nor to drink wine, nor 7 Wherefore receive ye one

The success and extensiveness


of Paul's preaching another, as Christ also received Gentiles might be acceptable, us, to the glory of God. being sanctified by the Holy

8 Now I say that Jesus Christ Ghost. was a minister of the circum

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17 I have therefore whereof I cision for the truth of God, to may glory through Jesus Christ, confirm the promises made unto in those things which pertain to the fathers :

God. 9 And that the Gentiles might 18 For I will not dare to speak glorify God for his mercy; as it of any of those things which is written, For this cause I will Christ hath not wrought by me, confess to thee among the Gen- to make the Gentiles obedient, tiles, and sing unto thy name. by word and deed,

10 And again he saith, Re- 19 Through mighty signs and joice, ye Gentiles, with his wonders, by the power of the people.

Spirit of God; so that from Je11 And again, Praise the rusalem, and round about unto Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud Illyricum, I have fully preached him, all ye people.

the gospel of Christ. 12 And again Esaias saith, 20 Yea, so have I strived to There shall be a root of Jesse, preach the gospel, not where and he that shall rise to reign Christ was named, lest I should over the Gentiles; in him shall build upon another man's foundthe Gentiles trust.

ation: 13 Now the God of hope fill 21 But as it is written, To you with all joy and peace in whom he was not spoken of, believing, that ye may abound they shall see: and they that in hope, through the power of have not heard shall understand. the Holy Ghost.

22 For which cause also I 14 And I myself also am per- have been much hindered from suaded of you, my brethren, coming to you. that ye also are full of good- 23 But now having no more ness, filled with all knowledge, place in these parts, and having able also to admonish one an- a great desire these many years other.

to come unto you; 15 Nevertheless, brethren, I 24 Whensoever I take my have written the more boldly journey into Spain, I will come unto you in some sort, as put to you: for I trust to see you in ting you in mind, because of my journey, and to be brought the grace that is given to me of on my way thitherward by you, God,

if first I be somewhat filled with 16 That I should be the min- your company. ister of Jesus Christ to the Gen- 25 But now I go unto Jetiles, ministering the gospel of rusalem to minister unto the God, that the offering up of the saints.

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