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Hag. ii. 7. c. viii. 14. Josh. i. 5.

26 whose voice, then shook the earth; but now he hath proclaimed, saying, “Yet, once “ for all, I will shake not the “earth only, but also the “ heaven :”

27 and this word, “Yet, once

“ for all,” denoteth the removing of the things that will be shaken, as of things done with ; that the things that will not be shaken, may continue. 28 Wherefore, receiving a

kingdom that cannot beshaken,

we have grace by which we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear:

29 for, our God is a consuming fire.


ET brotherly love continue. 2 Be not forgetful of hospitality, for by it some have unknowingly entertained angels. 3 Remember those that are in bonds, as if ye were bound with them; and them that suffer adversity, as if yourselves were in their body. 4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but, whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. 5 Let your conduct be without avarice; being contented with the things ye have : for he hath said, “I will not leave “ thee, nor forsake thee:”

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Titus, iii. 8, 14.

let us offer to God, continually, the sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips, making confession to his name: 17 yet, forget not, also, to do good and to bestow; for, with such sacrifices God is well pleased. 18 Be obedient, and submit yourselves, to those who rule over you; for they watch over your souls, as they that must render an account of them: that they may do it with joy, and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you. 19 Pray for us; for we trust we have a good conscience, willing in all things to live rightly: 20 and I more earnestly beseech you to do this, that I may the sooner be restored to you. 21 And may the God of peace,

(who brought again from the dead, by the blood of the Eternal Covenant, the great Shepherd of the sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ,) 22 perfect you in every good work, for doing his will; working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever. Amen' 23 And I beseech you, bre

thren, to bear with this word scor. E.i.

of exhortation; for I have written to you but in few words.

24 Ye know, that our brother Timothy is released; with whom, if he go shortly, I will see you.

25 Salute all who rule over you, and all the saints: those of Italy salute you.

26 Grace be with you all. Amen'

Written to the Hebrews from Italy, and sent by Timothy.

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AMES, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, wisheth health. 2 My brethren, account it all joy, when ye fall under various trials; 3 knowing, that the proving of your faith worketh patience: 4 but, let patience have its perfect work; that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting in nothing. 5 If any of you be wanting in wisdom, let him ask it of God, who giveth bountifully to all, and upbraideth not; and it will be given him: 6 but, let him ask with faith, doubting nothing; for, he who doubteth, islikea wave of the sea blown and driven by the wind; 7 for, let not that man think that he will receive any thing from the Lord : 8 a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.

9 Let the brother of low degree, rejoice in his exaltation;

10 but, the rich brother, in his humiliation : for, as the flower of the grass he will pass away :

11 for, as when the sun is risen with a burning heat, it withereth the grass, and its flower falleth, and the grace of its form perisheth; so, also, will the rich man fade away in his progress.

12 Blessed is the man that

1 Pet. i. 23.

endureth trial; for, when he Job, v.17.

is proved, he will receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 13 Let no one say, when he is tempted, I am tempted by God; for, as God cannot be tempted by evil, so neither doth he tempt any one : 14 but, every one who is tempted, is drawn away and enticed by his own lust: 15 then, when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin;

and sin, when it is completed, bringeth forth death. 16 Err not, my beloved brethren : 17 every good gift, and every perfect endowment, is from above; and cometh down from the Father of the Lights, with whom is no changing, or shade from revolving: 18 that, of his own will he gave us birth, by the word of truth, that we should be a sort of first-fruit of his creatures, ye know, my beloved brethren. 19 Let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger: 20 for, the anger of man worketh not the justification of God: 21 wherefore, putting away from you all uncleanness and excess of evil, receive with meekness the word implanted in you, which is able to save your souls. 22 But, be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves: 23 for, if any one be a hearer of the word only, and not a doer also, he is like a man that looketh at his natural face in a glass; 24 for he looketh at himself indeed, but goeth away; and straightway forgetteth what sort of man he was. 25 But, he who looketh steadfastly into the perfect law of

freedom, and continueth to do so; not being a forgetful hearer, but a doer of its work; will be blessed in his doing.

26 If any one thinketh himself religious, yet bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, that man's religion is vain :

27 pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father, is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep one's self unspotted by the world.

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also come in, in mean clothing ; 3 and if ye respect him that weareth the goodly clothing, and say, Sit thou here in a good place; but say to the beggar, Stand or sit thou there, below my footstool: 4 ye are distinguished among yourselves, and become determiners of evil distinctions. 5 Hearken, my beloved brethren : Hath not God chosen the beggars of this world to be rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath pro

c. v. 14.

Lev. xix. 18.

mised to them that love him 2 but, ye thus disgrace the beggar. 6 Do not the rich oppress you, and drag you before judgment-seats? do not they blaspheme that good Name by which ye are called? 7 If, indeed, ye fulfil the royal law, according to the scripture, “Thou shalt love thy neigh“bour as thyself,” ye do well: but, if ye respect persons, ye commit sin, and are convicted, by the law, as transgressors: 8 for, whosoever shall keep the whole law, but fail in one point, becometh guilty of all: 9 for, he who said, Thou shalt not commit adultery, said also, Thou shalt not kill : but, if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou becomest a transgressor of the law. 10 So speak, and so do, as being to be judged by a law of freedom: 11 for, judgment without mercy, will be to him that sheweth no mercy; but, mercy exulteth over judgment. 12 What doth it profit a man, my brethren, if he say he hath faith, but have not works? can his faith alone save him 2 13 If a brother or a sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 14 and one of you say to them, Go in peace, be ye warmed and filled, and ye give them not the things which are needful

to the body; what doth it profit? 15 and so, the faith by itself is dead, if it have not its works. 16 Yea, some one may say, Hast thou faith? I have works also: shew me thy faith apart from its works, and I will shew thee my faith by its works. 17 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble: 18 but, wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith, apart from its works, is null? 19 Was not our father Abraham justified by his works, when he offered Isaac his son upon the altar? 20 thou seest, that his faith wrought with his works; and that, by his works his faith was perfected 2 21 and thus the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, “Abra“ham believed God, and it “ was accounted to him for “justification:” and he was called “a Friend of God.”

. . . . 7. 22 Ye see, that man is justi- it all 8.

fied by works with faith, and not by faith only. 23 And, was not the harlot Rahab in like manner also justified by her works, when she received the messengers, and sent them out by another way? 24 for, as the body apart from its spirit is dead, so, faith apart from its works is dead also.

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