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11 of all principality and power: through whom ye have been circumcised also with a circumcision not made by hands, by putting off the fleshly body* through the cir

12 cumcision of Christ; having been buried with him in baptism, in which ye were raised also with him, through faith in the mighty working of God, who raised him from

13 the dead. And to you, being dead in your sins, and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath God given life together with Christ, having freely pardoned ail ourt tres

14 passes; having blotted out the hand-writing of ordinances which was against us, which was contrary to us, and

15 taken it out of the way, and nailed it to the cross: and, having spoiled principalities and powersf, he made a shew of them openly, and triumphed over them by the cross.

16 Let no man therefore condemn you for your use of meats or drinks, or in respect of a feast, or new-moon, or

17 sabbath: which are a shadow of things to come ; but the

18 body is of Christ. Let no man defraud you of your prize, in a voluntary humility of mind and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, rash

19 ly puffed up by his fleshly mind. And not holding fast the head, from whom all the body, supplied and connected by joints and bands, increaseth with the increase of God||.

20 H% ye have died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, are

21 ye subject to ordinances; (such as, "Do not touch

22 things, nor taste, nor handle;" all which things are to be consumed by the use of them;) according to the com

♦ the body of the tins of the fltth, R. T. t nil >our trespasses, It. T.

% By his death he put an end to the Mosaic Institution, and superseded the Leritieal pricsthood and all the splendid offices and rites of the temple sen ice. Sce Seldcusnr in verb. Af £si, and Rosenmuller in loc.:

I Or, with a great increase. N. m. 1 If therefore. R. T.

23 mandments and doctrines of men? Which ordinances have indeed a shew of wisdom in will-worship, and humility of mind, and not sparing the body: yet are not in any honour, but serve to the satisfying of the flesh.

Ch. m. If then ye have been raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right

2 hand of God. Mind the things above, not the things on 3 the earth. For ye have died, and your life is hidden

4 with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, shall be manifested, then ye also will be manifested with him in glory.

5 Deaden therefore your members as to the things on earth; as to fornication, uncleanness, passion, wicked

6 lusts, and inordinate desire, which is idolatry*; for which things the anger of God cometh on the sons of disobe

7 dience: in which ye also walked formerly, when ye lived 8 in them. But now do ye also put away all these; anger, wrath, maliciousness, evil-speaking, filthy talking, out of 9 your mouth. Lie not one to another, since ye have put

10 off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, that is renewed in knowledge, according to the

11 image of Him who created him: where there is neither gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision; barbarian nor Scythian; slave nor free: but Christ is all

12 things, and that among all. Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved, bowels of pity, kind

13 ness, humility of mind, meekness, long-suffering: (forbearing one another, and freely forgiving one another, if any one have a cause of complaint against another:

14 even as Christ freely forgave you, so do ye also:) and, besides all these things, fiut on love, which is the bond of 15 perfection. And let the peace of Christt, preside in your

* See Wakefield. "evil desire and covetousness," N.

t the pence n'God, R. T. peaee with Christ, N. The penee of Christ is that peaee which Christ introdueed between Jews and gentiles. See Eph. n. 14.

hearts, to which ye have been called also in one body; and be ye thankful.

16 Let the doctrine of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom : while ye teach and admonish * one another with psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs; singing with

17 thankfulness, and with your hearts, to God t- And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of [the Lord ] Jesus, giving thanks to God, even the Father, through him.

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands \, as it is

19 fit in the Lord: Husbands, love your wives, and be not

20 bitter toward them. Children, obey your parents in all

21 things; for this is well-pleasing in the Lord||. Fathers, provoke not your children, lest they be discouraged t.

22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in

23 singleness of heart, fearing the Lordtt' and whatsoever ye do, perform it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to

24 men; knowing that from the Lord ye will receive the reward of the inheritance: [for] ye serve Christ as your

25 Lord. But he that doeth wrong, will be punished for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect

C-H-of persons. Masters, give to your servants that which is ,V- just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

2 Persevere in prayer, watching therein with thanksC giving; praying at the same time for us also, that God would open to us a door of utterance, to speak the mys

4 tery of Christ, for which I am even in bonds: that I may

5 make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom

6 toward those that are without, redeeming the time. Let your discourse be always well-pleasing, seasoned with salt, so that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

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7. All things concerning me Tychicus will declare to you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fel

8 low-servant in the Lord; whom I have sent to you for this purpose, that he may know your affairs *, and com

9 fort your hearts; together with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make

10 known to you all things which are done here. Aristarchus my fellow-prisoner, and Mark son to the sister of Barnabas, concerning whom ye have received command

11 ments, (if he come unto you receive him,) and Jesus called Justus, that are of the circumcision, salute you. These have been my only fellow-labourers as to the kingdom of God; and they have been a comfort unto me.

12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always earnestly striving for you in his prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.

13 For I bear him witness that he hath a great concern t for you, and for those at Laodicea, and for those at Hiera

14 polis. Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, salute

15 you. Salute the brethren, that are at Laodicea; and Nymphas, and the church \ which assembleth in his house.

16 And when this epistle hath been read among you, cause that it be read in the church f of the Laodiceans also;

17 and that ye likewise read the efiistle from Laodicea. And say to Archippus; " Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fully discharge it."

18 The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Favour be with you.

• Many good copies read "that ye may know our affair,." See Grieshach.
t great zeal, R. T. \ i. e. congregation. N. m.

THE

FIRST EPISTLE OF SAINT PAUL

TO THE

THESSALONIANS.

CHAP. I.

Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ; favour be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making

3 mention of you in our prayers, remembering* without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God

4 and Father; knowing, brethren beloved of God, your

5 election t by him. For the gospel preached by us came not to you in words only, but in power also, and in the holy spirit, and in full confirmation; as ye know what

6 manner of men we were among you for your sake; and ye became imitators of us, and of the Lord, having received the word amidst much affliction, with joy in the

7 holy spirit: so that ye have been examples to all in

8 Macedonia and Achaia, who believe. For from you the word of the Lord hath sounded forth, not only in

* mentioning, N.

t " that God hath chosen you gentiles to be his peculiar pcople. 1 Thers. ii. 13.'' Newcomc.

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