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dom, teaching and admonishing one another; singing, with gratefulness in your hearts to God, in psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs: 16 and whatsoever ye do, in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 17 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fit in the Lord. 18 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter towards them. 19 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing to the Lord. 20 Fathers, fret not your children, lest they be disheartened. 21 Servants, obey your masters according to the flesh, in all things: not with eye-service, as men-pleasers; but in sincerity of heart, as fearing God : 22 and whatever ye do, do it from the heart, as to the Lord, not to men ; 23 knowing, that from the Lord ye will receive the recompense of the inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ: 24 for, he who doeth wrong, will receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no distinction of persons. 25 Masters, render to your servants that which is just and equitable; knowing, that ye also have a Master in heaven.
CHAPTER IV. PERSIST in prayer; watch-Moo ing therein, with thanks- "To giving : 2 praying at the same time also for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ (for whom I am even in bonds); Eph. E. that I may manifest it, as I iv. 1. ought to speak it : 3 walk with wisdom toward Ib. v. ix. those who are without; husbanding the occasion: 4 let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt; that ye may know how ye ought to answer every one. 5 All that concerns me, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister, and my fellow-servant in the Lord, will make known to you;
1 Pet. Hii.
6 whom I have sent to you Eph. via for this purpose, that ye may know our concerns, and that he may comfort your hearts; 7 together with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you : they will make kown to you all things that are passing here. 8 Aristarchus, my fellow-pri-Acts own soner, saluteth you, and Mark, the nephew of Barnabas, (concerning whom ye received instructions: if he come to you, receive him with welcome;) and Jesus, who is called Justus; who are all of the circumcision :
9 these only, are my fellowlabourers for the kingdom of God, who have been a comfort to me. 10 Epaphroditus, the servant of Christ Jesus, who came from you, saluteth you; striving fervently for you always in his prayers, that ye may be established perfect and complete, in all the will of God: 11 for I bear him witness, that he hath much labour for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for those in Hierapolis. 12 Luke, the beloved physician, saluteth you, and Demas.
13 Salute ye the brethren that are in Laodicea; and Nympha, and the church which is in her house: 14 and when this epistle hath been read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read that sent from Laodicea. 15 And say ye to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry “ which thou hast received in “ the Lord, that thou fulfil it.” 16 The salutation by the hand of me, Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you!
Written to the Colossians from Rome.
FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE
AUL, and Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians, which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ; Grace and peace be to you! 2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 having unceasingly in remembrance your work of faith; both your labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of our God and Father; knowing, beloved brethren, that ye are chosen by God. 4 For our preaching of the gospel to you was not in word only, but also with power, and with the Holy Spirit, and with much fulness of assurance; as ye know what manner of persons we were among you, for your sake : 5 and ye became imitators of us, and of the Lord; having received the word in much
affliction, yet with joy of the Holy Spirit; 6 so that ye were an example to all who believe, in Macedonia and Achaia: 7 for, not only was the word of the Lord sounded forth from you, into Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith toward God is spread abroad ; so that we have not need to say any thing; 8 for they themselves report concerning us, what kind of entrance we had to you; and how ye turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God; 9 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, who delivereth us from the wrath which is coming.
Fok ye yourselves, brethren, know, that our entrance to you was not in vain:
Acts, xvi. 12.
2 but, though we had before suffered, and been shamefully treated at Philippi, (as ye know,) we were emboldened by our God to speak the gospel of God to you, in much conflict. 3 For our exhortation was not with deceit, nor with corruptness, nor with guile: 4 but, as we have been approved by God to be intrusted with the gospel, we so speak it, not as pleasing men, but God who proveth our hearts. 5 For neither did we ever use flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloak for covetousness; God is our witness: 6 nor did we seek honour from men, either from you, or from others; although we might have been burdensome to you, as apostles of Christ: 7 but, we were gentle among you, as a nurse cherisheth her children. 8 Being thus affectionately disposed toward you, we were willing to impart to you, not the gospel of God only, but even our own lives, because ye were beloved by us: 9 for ye remember, brethren, our labour and toil; for we preached to you the gospel of God, working night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any one of you. 10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holy and justly and
unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe; 11 as ye yourselves know, how we exhorted and comforted you, and charged every one of you, as a father his own children, 12 to walk worthy of God, who hath called you to his kingdom and glory. 13 And for this we thank God without ceasing, that, when ye received the word of God which ye heard from us, ye received it, not as the word of men, but (as it is in truth,) the word of God; which also worketh effectually in you who believe: 14 for ye, brethren, became imitators of the churches of God in Judea which are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they suffered from the Jews; 15 who killed both the Lord Jesus, and the prophets, and have persecuted us; and who please not God, and are adverse to all men: 16 prohibiting us from speaking to the Gentiles, that they might be saved; so as to be
18 wherefore we, even I Paul, wished, more than once, to go to you; but Satan hindered us.
19 For, what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing 2 Is it not even ye, in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
20 for, ye are our glory and our joy.
CHAPTER III. WHEREFORE, enduring
no longer, we chose to be left alone at Athens; 2 and sent Timothy, our brother and fellow-labourer in the gospel of Christ, to confirm you, and to exhort you concerning your faith; 3 that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for yourselves know, that to that end we are appointed : 4 for indeed, when we were with you, we told you before, that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and as ye know : 5 for this cause, also, when I could endure no longer, I sent him, that I might know your faith; lest the tempter might have tempted you, and our labour have been rendered vain: 6 but, Timothy being now come back to us from you, and having brought us good tidings of your faith and love, and that ye have always a kind remem
brance of us, desiring greatly to see us (as we also to see you), 7 we, therefore, brethren, have been comforted respecting you, by your faith, in all our distress and affliction ; 8 for we now live, if ye stand firm in the Lord. 9 For, what thanks can we return to God concerning you, for all the joy with which we joy on your account, before our God; 10 night and day praying exceeding earnestly, that we may see your face, and may perfect whatever is wanting in your faith ? 11 And may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you ; 12 and may the Lord make you to increase and abound in love to each other and to all men, even as we abound in love toward you : 13 that he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before our God and Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints. 14 Finally, brethren, we beseech and exhort you, by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received from us how ye ought to walk and to please God, (as also ye do walk,) so ye would abound more and In Ore. 15 For ye know what com