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according to the flesh; whereas he of the free-woman
24 was by promise. Which things are spoken by me allegorically: for these women signify the two covenants*; the one from mount Sinai, bearing children to servitude,
25 which is Agar: (for this Agart is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to the Jerusalem which now is: for she is
26 in servitude with her children :) but the Jerusalem from
27 above is the free-woman, who is our motherf. For it is written, "Rejoice, thou barren, who bearest not; break forth and shout, thou who travailest not; for the desolate hath many more children than she that hath an husband."
28 Now we, brethren, like|| Isaac, are the children of pro
29 mise. But as then he that was born according to the flesh persecuted him that was born according to the spirit, even
30 so it is now. Nevertheless, what saith the scripture? "Send forth the bond-woman and her son: for the son of the bond-woman shall not be heir with the son of the free-woman."
31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondc"' woman, but of the free. Stand firmly therefore in the freedom with which Christ hath made us freet, and be not again puttt under the yoke of servitude.
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you that, if ye be circumcised,
3 Christ will profit you nothing. Yea, I testify again to every man who is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do
4 the whole law. Christ is become of none effect to you, whosoever of you seek to be justified** by the law; ye
5 are fallen from the covenant of favour. For we by the
6 spirit look for the hope of justification through faith. For
• So Wakefield, these are the two covenants, N.
t this charaeter Agar. Wakefield. \ the mother of us all. R. T.
fl aceording to the manner of, N.
\ Some copics read, "we are not children of the bond-woman but of the free, with which liberty Christ has made us frce. Stand firmly, therefore, and br not," eat Sce Griesbaeh.
tt Or, encumbered with, N. la.
in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
7 Once ye ran well: who hindered you that ye might not
8 obey the truth? This persuasion came not from him who
9 called you. A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
10 I am persuaded concerning you, through the Lord, that ye will not think otherwise than I do: but he who troubleth you will bear his judgement, whosoever he be.
11 And as to myself, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? then would the stumbling-block of the cross be done away.
12 I could wish that they were even cut off* who disturb
13 you. For, brethren, ye have been called to freedom: only use not freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but by
14 love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one commandment, even this; "Thou shalt love thy
15 neighbour as thyself." But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed by one another.
16 Now I say, Walk by the spiritt, and fulfil not the
17 desire of the flesh. For the flesh desireth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye do not the things
18 which ye would. But if ye be led by the spiritf, ye are
19 not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; [Adultery,] fornication, un
20 cleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, rivalries, wrath, disputes, divisions, heresies,
21 envyings, murthers, drunkenness, revellings, and suchlike: of which I tell you beforehand, as I have also told you before, that those who do such things will not
22 inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness,
• Or, would even cut themvlvs s off from you, N. m.
t Or, Walk spiritually, Wakefield. \ Or, spiritually led, Wakefield.
23 faithfulness, meekness, temperance: against such things
24 there is no law. Now those that are Christ's have cru
25 cified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live
26 by the spirit, let us walk also by the spirit. Let us not be vain-glorious, provoking one another, envying one another.
Ch. Vi. Brethren, if a man be even discovered in any offence*, ye that are spiritual restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempt
2 ed. Bear ye one another's burthens; and thus fulfil the
3 law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be some
4 thing, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man try his own work; and then he will have
5 glorying in himself alone, and not in another. For every man will bear his own burthen.
6 Now let him that is taught in the word, make him that
7 teacheth partaker of all good things. Be not deceived: God is not deluded: for whatsoever a man soweth, that
8 he will reap also. For he who soweth to his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction: but he who soweth to the
9 spirit, from the spirit will reap everlasting life. And let us not be weary in well-doing: for in due time we shall
10 reap, if we faint not. As therefore we have opportunity, let us do good to all men; but especially to those that are of the household of faith.
11 Ye see how large an epistle t I have written to you
12 with mine own hand. As many as desire to make a fair show in the flesh, such would compel you to be circumcised, only lest they should be persecuted for the cross of
13 Christ. For neither do they themselves that are circumcised keep the law; but they desire to have you circum
14 cised, that they may glory in your flesh. But far be it that I should glory, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus
* If a man be overtaken in any fault, Wakefield, with the public version.
Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I
15 unto the world. For in Christ Jesus neither is circumcision any thing *, nor uncircumcision; but a new crea
16 tionf. And as many f as shall walk by this rule, peace be upon them, and mercy; and upon the Israel of God.
17 Henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my
18 body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the favour It of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
• neither eircumeision availeth any thing, R. T.
t N. adds of you, which are unnecessary if not injurious to the sense. B Or, the gracious gospel, q. d. May the grace and kindness of the gospel be conferred upon you, and cordially received by you in preference to the severe injunctions of the EPISTLE OF SAINT PAUL
TO THE EPHESIANS.
PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints, and faithful in Christ Jesus, that are at 2 Ephesus*: favour be to you, and peace, from God our Father, m&from our Lord Jesus Christ. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing
4 in heavenly things through Christ: according as he chose us in Christ, before the foundation of the world, that we
5 might be holy and spotless before him in love: having predestinatedt us to the adoption of sons by Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 to the praise of his glorious favourI, with which he hath
* The words ti Eptrqt, at Ephesus, are seanting in one manuseript: they were al; so wanting in seine ancient copies in the time of Basil, in the fourth eentury. Marcion's oopy read "Laodieea." And though the externa! evidenee is very great in favour of Ephesus, yet Mill, Benson, Paley, and many others think it probable that this letter was addressed by Paul to the Laodleeans, and is alluded to Col . iv. 16. It is indeed hardly possible, that the apostle should have dictated a letter to a society of Christians amongst whom he had resided three years, without onee alluding to that circumstanee, er to any of the extraordinary events which had oeeurred during his abode at Ephecus.. See Acts xix. 2 Cor. i, ». 1 Cor. xv. 32. Paley's Hor. Paul. p. 24*.
t Or, forr^appointed, or predetermined, N. m. ■ t Or. the glory of hi, graee, i. e.efha gratuitous goodness. Sorer.7. N.ra.