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9 for ever*. Be not carried aside t by various and strange doctrines: for it is a good thing that the heart be strengthened by the gracious gospel \, not by meats, which have not profited those that have attended to

10 them||. We have an altar of which they have no right to

11 eat who serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts the blood of which shed for sin is brought into the sanctuary by the high-priestt, are burned without the

12 camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered without the gate.

13 (Let us therefore go out unto him without the camp,

14 bearing his reproach tt: for here have we no con

15 tinuing city, but we seek one to come. I By him therefore let us offer up the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips which render thanks

16 to his nameff. But to do good, and to distribute, forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

17 Obey those who preside over you||H, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your benefitliU, as those who must give account: that they may do it with joy, and not

18 with grief: for this would be unprofitable to you. Pray for us: for we trust that we have a good conscience, de

19 siring to behave ourselves well in all things. But I more especially beseech you to do this, that I may be shortly restored to you.

20 Now the God of peace, who brought backttt from the dead our Lord Jesus, who is the great shepherd of the

• Or, Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and today, vrill also be the tame for ever,
t earried about, R. T.
t Gr. favour, N. m.

I Gr. in which those that have walked have not been profited. N. m.

1 whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high-pricst for sin, N.

'tt bearing fAr mar*, his reproach: N.

U the fruit of iips which confess his name. Wakefield.

JIU Or, your leaders, or guides, N. m.

111 Gr.-in behalf of your souls," which is equivalent to *. in your bchalf Newcosftr. .ttt Or, who raised. S. 41. N. m.

21 sheep by the blood* of the everlasting covenant t, make you perfect in every good work, that ye may do his will; working in you that which is well-pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ: to whom \ be glory for ever [and ever.] Amen.

22 Now I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter to you in few words.

23 Know that our brother Timothy is set at liberty: with

24 whom, if he come shortly, I will see you. Salute all those who preside over you ||, and all the saints. They

25 of Italy salute you. The favour of God be with you all. Amen t.

• i. By shedding Ins blood, to ratify that covenant which will never be annulled. Ch. viii. 13." Newcome.

t who brought from the dead that shepherd of the shcep, become great by the blood of an everlasting covenant, even our Lord Jesus Christ. Wakeficld.

% i. e. to the God of peace. | Or, your leaders, or guides. N. ro.

1 The epistle to the Hebrews i s the first of those books which are distinguished by Eusebius, as having been disputed in the primitive ages of Christianity, and which, therefore, are not to be received as of equal authority with the rest. This epistle, however, which contains many important observations and many wholesome truths, mingled, indeed, with some farfetched analogies and inaceurate reasonings, was probably written before the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple, for it contains no allusion to those ealamitous evenes. But by whom it was written is uncertain. Origen says, that no one can tell who was the author of it. It has bcen ascribed to Paul, to Barnabas, to Luke, and to Timothy: but if Origen, the most learned and inquisitive writer in the third century, could not diseover the author, it is in vain for us to attempt it ;and we must be content to remain in ignoranee.

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JAMES, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. 2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into various

3 trials *; knowing that the proof of your faith worketh

4 patience. And let patience have its perfect work: that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

5 Now if any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and

6 it shall be given him. But let him ask in t faith, nothing doubting. For he that doubteth is like a wave of

7 the sea, moved by the wind and tossed about. And let not that man think that he will receive any thing from

8 the Lord: he is a man of a divided mind, unsteady in all his ways. 9 Now let the brother of low degree glory in that he is

10 exalted; but the rich, in that he is made low: for as

11 the flower of the herb he will pass away. For the sua is no sooner risen with a burning heat, but it withereth the herb, and its flower falleth, and the beauty of its appearance perisheth: so the rich man also will fade in his ways.

12 Happy is the man that endureth trial f: for, when he

* N. m. temptations, N. t. 1 Or, with, N. m. t N. m. temptation. N. t.

hath been proved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to those who love him.

13 Let no man say, when he is tempted, "I am tempted of God:" for God cannot be tempted by evils, nor doth he

14 tempt any man. But every man is tempted, when he is

15 ensnared and allured by his own evil desire. Then when desire hath conceived, it beareth sin: and sin, when it

16 is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my be

17 loved brethren. Every good gift, and every perfect benefit, is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, nor shadow of

18 turning. Of his own will he regenerated* us by the word of truth, that we might be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.

19 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be 20 swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger: for the anger of man worketh not the righteousness of God t

21 Wherefore lay aside all defilement, and abundance of wickedness, and receive with meekness the word im

22 planted in you, which is able to save you \. But be ye doers of the word; and not hearers only, deceiving your

23 own selves. For if any one be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like a man beholding his natural face

24 in a mirror: for he beholdeth himself, and goeth away, and immediately forgetteth what manner of man he was.

25 But whoever looketh into the perfect law of freedom, and continueth in it, this man, being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer || of the work commanded, will be happy in his deed.

26 If any man li seem to be religious, and bridle not his tongue, but deceive his own heart, this man's religion is

27 vain. The religion which is pure and undefiled before our God and Father, is this; to take care of orphans and

• bespat, N. t Or, the righteousness which God requirt'th. N'. ml

I N.m. your soult, Gr. and N. t. Or, an active docr, Wakefield;

T any man among you, R. T. and N. with douhf.

widows in their affliction, and to keep one's-self unspotted from the world. Ch. Ii. My brethren, hold not the faith of our Lord Jesus

2 Christ, the Lord of glory*, with respect of persons. For if there come into your assembly a man with a gold ring in gorgeous apparel, and there come in also a poor man

3 in vile apparel; and ye regard him who weareth the gorgeous apparel, and say [to him], "Sit thou here in a good place;" and say to the poor man, "Stand thou

4 there," or, "Sit here under my footstoolhave ye not then been partial among yourselves, and have ye not be

5 come judges whose thoughts are evil ''Hearken, my beloved brethren: hath not God chosen the poor of the world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which

6 he hath promised to those who love him? But ye have dishonoured the poor man. Do not the rich oppress

7 you, and draw you before the judgement-seats? Do not they blaspheme that honourable name by which ye are

8 called? Now if ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, "Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself,"

9 ye do well: but if ye have respect of persons, ye commit

10 sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one fioint, he is guilty of shewing ditreafiect to all t

11 For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," said also, "Do not commit murther." Now if thou commit no adultery, and yet commit murther, thou becomest a

12 transgressor of the law. So speak ye, and so act, as those

13 who will be judged by the law of freedom. For he shall have pitiless judgement, that hath shewn no pity: but pityglorieth over judgement.

14 What doth it profit, my brethren, if a man say that he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?

» Or, hold not your glorimu belief in the Lord Jesus Christ, Wakefield, t See Bell on the Lord's Supper, p. 101, 102. This indeed is all the writer couW wean. Comp. 1 Cor. xi. 27. "He i s liable to the punishment tfoffau&ng in all." N.

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