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The nature of faith

HEBREWS. illustrated by divers examples. were not afraid of the king's 34 Quenched the violence of commandment.

fire, escaped the edge of the 24 By faith Moses, when he sword, out of weakness were was come to years, refused to made strong, waxed valiant in be called the son of Pharaoh's fight, turned to flight the ardaughter;

mies of the aliens. 25 Choosing rather to suffer 35 Women received their affliction with the people of dead raised to life again : and God, than to enjoy the pleas- others were tortured, not acures of sin for a season; cepting deliverance; that they

26 Esteeming the reproach of might obtain a better resurChrist greater riches than the rection : treasures in Egypt: for he had 36 And others had trial of respect unto the recompense of cruel mockings and scourgings, the reward.

yea, moreover of bonds and im27 By faith he forsook Egypt, prisonment: not fearing the wrath of the 37 They were stoned, they king: for he endured, as seeing were sawn asunder, were tempthim who is invisible.

ed, were slain with the sword : 28 Through faith he kept the they wandered about in sheeppassover, and the sprinkling of skins and goat-skins; being desblood, lest he that destroyed the titute, afflicted, tormented; first-born should touch them. 38 (Of whom the world was

29 By faith they passed not worthy :) they wandered in through the Red sea as by dry deserts, and in mountains, and land : which the Egyptians as- in dens and caves of the earth. saying to do were drowned. 39 And these all, having ob

30 By faith the walls of Jer- tained a good report through icho fell down, after they were faith, received not the promise : compassed about seven days. 40 God having provided some

31 By faith the harlot Rahab better thing for us, that they perished not with them that without us should not be made believed not, when she had re- perfect. ceived the spies with peace, 32 And what shall I more

1 An exhortation to constant faith, patience, and

godliness. 22 A commendation of the new say

? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and of W

HEREFORE, seeing we Barak, and of Samson, and of also are compassed about Jephthae, of David also, and with so great a cloud of witSamuel, and of the prophets : nesses, let us lay aside every

33 Who through faith sub- weight, and the sin which doth dued kingdoms, wrought righ- so easily beset us, and let us teousness, obtained promises, run with patience the race that stopped the mouths of lions, is set before us,

CHAP. XII.

testament above the old.

CHAP. XII.

Exhortation to holiness.

Benefit of God's chastisements.

2 Looking unto Jesus the , terward it yieldeth the peaceable author and finisher of our faith ; fruit of righteousness unto them who, for the joy that was set which are exercised thereby. before him, endured the cross, 12 Wherefore lift up the despising the shame, and is set hands which hang down, and down at the right hand of the the feeble knees; throne of God.

13 And make straight paths 3 For consider him that en- for your feet, lest that which is dured such contradiction of sin- lame be turned out of the way; ners against himself, lest ye be but let it rather be healed. wearied and faint in your minds. 14 Follow peace with all men,

4 Ye have not yet resisted and holiness, without which no unto blood, striving against sin. man shall see the Lord :

5 And ye have forgotten the 15 Looking diligently, lest exhortation which speaketh un- any man fail of the grace of to you as unto children, My son, God; lest any root of bitterness despise not thou the chastening springing up, trouble you, and of the Lord, nor faint when thereby many be defiled; thou art rebuked of him:

16 Lest there be any forni. 6 For whom the Lord loveth cator, or profane person, as he chasteneth, and scourgeth Esau, who for one morsel of every son whom he receiveth. meat sold his birthright.

7. If ye endure chastening, 17 For ye know how that God dealeth with you as with afterward, when he would have sons: for what son is he whom inherited the blessing, he was the father chasteneth not? rejected : for he found no place

8 But if ye be without chas- of repentance, though he sought tisement, whereof all are par- it carefully with tears. takers, then are ye bastards, and 18 For ye are not come unto not sons.

the mount that might be touch9 Furthermore, we have had ed, and that burned with fire, fathers of our flesh which cor- nor unto blackness, and darkrected us, and we gave them ness, and tempest, reverence : shall we not much 19 And the sound of a trumpet, rather be in subjection unto the and the voice of words; which Father of spirits, and live? voice they that heard, entreated

10 For they verily for a few that the word should not be days chastened us after their spoken to them any more: own pleasure ; but he for our 20 (For they could not endure profit, that we might be par- that which was commanded, takers of his holiness.

And if so much as a beast 11 Now no chastening for the touch the mountain, it shall be present seemeth to be joyous, stoned, or thrust through with but grievous : nevertheless, af- I a dart:

clusion.

Danger of refusing the word. HEBREWS.

Divers exhortations. 21 And so terrible was the

CHAP. XIII. sight, that Moses said, I ex- i Divers admonitions, as to charity, 4 to

honest life, 5 to avoid covelousness, ? to ceedingly fear and quake :)

regard God's preachers, 9 to take heed 22 But ye are come unto of strange doctrines, 10 to confess Christ,

16 to give alms, 17 to obey governors, mount Sion, and unto the city

18 to pray for the apostle. 20 The con of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumer- LET

ET brotherly love conable company of angels,

tinue. 23 To the general assembly 2 Be not forgetful to entertain and church of the first-born, strangers: for thereby some have which are written in heaven, entertained angels unawares and to God the Judge of all,

3 Remember them that are in and to the spirits of just men bonds, as bound with them; and made perfect,

them which suffer adversity, as 24 And to Jesus the Media- being yourselves also in the tor of the new covenant, and body. to the blood of sprinkling, that 4 Marriage is honourable in speaketh better things than that all, and the bed undefiled: but of Abel.

whoremongers and adulterers 25 See that ye refuse not him God will judge. that speaketh.

5 escaped not who refused him without covetousness; and be that spake on earth, much more content with such things as ye shall not we escape, if we turn have: for he hath said, I will nevaway from him that speaketh er leave thee, nor forsake thee. from heaven:

6 So that we may boldly say, 26 Whose voice then shook The Lord is my helper, and I the earth: but now he hath will not fear what man shall do promised, saying, Yet once

once unto me. more I shake not the earth 7 Remember them which have only, but also heaven.

the rule over you, who have spo27 And this word, Yet once ken unto you the word of God: more, signifieth the removing whose faith follow, considering of those things that are shaken, the end of their conversation : as of things that are made, that 8 Jesus Christ the same yesthose things which cannot be terday, and to-day, and for ever. shaken may remain.

9 Be not carried about with 28 Wherefore we receiving a divers and strange doctrines: kingdom which cannot be mov- for it is a good thing that the ed, let us have grace, whereby heart be established with grace; we may serve God acceptably, not with meats, which have not with reverence and godly fear; profited them that have been 29 For our God is a consu- occupied therein.

10 We have an altar, where

ming fire.

Divers exhortations.

CHAP. I.

The concluding prayer. of they have no right to eat 18 Pray for us : for we trust which serve the tabernacle. we have a good conscience, in all

11 For the bodies of those things willing to live honestly . beasts, whose blood is brought

19 But I beseech you the into the sanctuary by the high rather to do this, that I inay priest for sin, are burned with- be restored to you the sooner. . out the camp.

20 Now the God of peace, that 12 Wherefore Jesus also, that brought again from the dead our he might sanctify the people Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd with his own blood, suffered of the sheep, through the blood without the gate.

of the everlasting covenant, 13 Let us go forth therefore 21 Make you perfect in every unto him without the camp, good work, to do his will

, workbearing his reproach.

ing in you that which is well14 For here have we no con- pleasing in his sight, through tinuing city, but we seek one to Jesus Christ; to whom be glory

for ever and ever. Amen. 15 By him therefore let us 22 And I beseech you, brethoffer the sacrifice of praise to ren, suffer the word of exhortaGod continually, that is, the tion: for I have written a letfruit of our lips, giving thanks ter unto you in few words. to his name.

23 Know ye, that our brother 16 But to do good, and to com- Timothy is set at liberty; with municate, forget not : for with whom, if he come shortly, I such sacrifices God is well pleas- will see you. ed.

24 Salute all them that have 17 Obey them that have the the rule over you, and all the rule over you, and submit your saints. They of Italy salute selves : for they watch for your you. souls, as they that must give 25 Grace be with you all. account, that they may do it Amen. with joy, and not with grief: I Written to the Hebrews for that is unprofitable for you. from Italy, by Timothy.

come.

I THE GENERAL EPISTLE OF JAMES.

CHAP. I.

to the twelve tribes which are We are torejoice under the cross, 5 to ask patience of God, 13 and in our trials not to

scattered abroad, greeting. imprité our weakness, or sins unto him, 19 but 2 My brethren, count it all rather to hearken to the word, to meditate in it, and to do thereafter. 26 Otherwise joy when ye fall into divers men may seem, but never be truly religious.

temptations ;

3 Knowing this, that the trying of the Lord Jesus Christ, of your faith worketh patience,

JAMES, a servant of God and

Advice to the poor and to the rich. JAMES. God is the author of all good.

4 But let patience have her, when he is drawn away of his perfect work, that ye may be own lust, and enticed. perfect and entire, wanting noth- 15 Then, when lust hath coning

ceived, it bringeth forth sin; 5 It any of you lack wisdom,

lack wisdom, and sin, when it is finished, let him ask of God, that giveth bringeth forth death. to all men liberally, and up- 16 Do not err, my beloved braideth not; and it shall be brethren. given him.

17 Every good gift and ev6 But let him ask in faith, ery perfect gift is from above, nothing wavering. For he that and cometh down from the Fawavereth is like a wave of the ther of lights, with whom is no sea driven with the wind and variableness, neither shadow of tossed

turning 7 For let not that man think 18 Of his own will begat he that he shall receive any thing us with the word of truth, that of the Lord.

we should be a kind of first8 A double-minded man is fruits of his creatures. unstable in all his ways.

19 Wherefore, my beloved 9 Let the brother of low de- brethren, let every man be swift gree rejoice in that he is ex

to hear, slow to speak, slow to alted :

wrath : 1

20 For the wrath of man made low: because as the flower worketh not the righteousness of the grass he shall pass away. of God.

11 For the sun is no sooner 21 Wherefore lay apart all filrisen with a burning heat, but thiness, and superfluity of naughit withereth the grass, and the tiness, and receive with meekflower thereof falleth, and the ness the ingrafted word, which grace of the fashion of it perish- is able to save your souls. eth: so also shall the rich man 22 But be ye doers of the fade away in his ways.

word, and not hearers only, de12 Blessed is the man that ceiving your own selves. endureth temptation : for when 23 For if any be a hearer of he is tried, he shall receive the the word, and not a doer, he is crown of life, which the Lord like unto a man beholding his hath promised to them that natural face in a glass : love him.

24 For he beholdeth himself, 13 Let no man say when he and goeth his way, and straightis tempted, I am tempted of way forgetteth what manner of God : for God cannot be tempt- man he was.

. ed with evil, neither tempteth 25 But whoso looketh into the he any man:

perfect law of liberty, and con14 But every man is tempted, I tinueth therein, he being not a

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