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The Apostle's prayer. Chap. i, ii.
What true religion is. 6 But let him ask in faith, no-should be a kind of first-fruits of thing wavering: for he that wa-his creatures.
vereth is like a wave of the sea, 19 Wherefore, my beloved bredriven with the wind, and tossed.thren, let every man be swift to 7 For let not that man think hear, slow to speak, slow to that he shall receive any thing of wrath :
20 For the wrath of man work
the Lord. 8 A double-minded man is un-eth not the righteousness of God. stable in all his ways. 21 Wherefore lay apart all fil
9 Let the brother of low de-thiness, and superfluity of naughgree rejoice in that he is exalted; tiness, and receive with meek10 But the rich, in that he isness the engrafted word, which made low because as the flower is able to save your souls: of the grass he shall pass away. 22 But be ye doers of the word, 11 For the sun is no sooner and not hearers only, deceiving risen with a burning heat, but it your ownselves.
withereth the grass, and the flow- 23 For if any be a hearer of the er thereof falleth, and the grace word, and not a doer, he is like of the fashion of it perisheth: so unto a man beholding his natualso shall the rich man fade away ral face in a glass:
in his ways.
24 For he beholdeth himself,
12 Blessed is the man that en-and goeth his way, and straightdureth temptation; for when he way forgetteth what manner of is tried, he shall receive the man he was. crown of life, which the Lord 25 But whoso looketh into the hath promised to them that love perfect law of liberty, and conhim. tinueth therein, he being not a 13 Let no man say when he is forgetful hearer, but a doer of the tempted, I am tempted of God work, this man shall be blessed for God cannot be tempted within his deed. evil, neither tempteth he any 26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not 14 But every man is tempted, his tongue, but deceiveth his own when he is drawn away of his heart, this man's religion is vain. own lust, and enticed. 27 Pure religion and undefi
15 Then, when lust hath con-led before God and the Father, ceived, it bringeth forth sin; and is this, To visit the fatherless sin, when it is finished, bringeth and widows in their affliction, forth death. and to keep himself unspotted
16 Do not err, my beloved bre-from the world. thren.
17 Every good gift, and every We may not despise the poor. perfect gift, is from above, and MY brethren, have not the cometh down from the FatherMY faith of our Lord Jesus
lights; with whom is no variable-Christ, the Lord of glory, with ness, neither shadow of turning.respect of persons.
18 Of his own will begat he us 2 For if there come unto your with the word of truth, that welassembly a man with a gold ring,
without works. in goodly apparel, and there come 14What doth it profit, my brein also a poor man, in vile rai-thren, though a man say he hath ment; faith, and have not works? can
3 And ye have respect to him faith save him? that weareth the gay clothing, 15 If a brother or sister be and say unto him, Sit thou here naked, and destitute of daily food; in a good place; and say to the 16 And one of you say unto poor, Stand thou there, or sitthem, Depart in peace, be ye here under my footstool; warmed, and filled: notwith4 Are ye not then partial in standing ye give them not those yourselves, and are become things which are needful to the judges of evil thought? body; what doth it profit?
5 Hearken, my beloved bre- 17 Even so faith, if it hath not thren, Hath not God chosen the works, is dead, being alone. poor of this world, rich in faith, 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou and heirs of the kingdom which hast faith, and I have works: he hath promised to them that shew me thy faith without thy love him? works, and I will shew thee my 6 But ye have despised the faith by my works. poor. Do not rich men oppress 19 Thou believest that there is you, and draw you before the one God; thou doest well; the judgment-seats? devils also believe, and tremble. 7 Do not they blaspheme that 20 But wilt thou know, O vain worthy name, by the which yeman! that faith without works is are called? dead?
8 If ye fulfil the royal law, ac- 21 Was not Abraham our cording to the scripture, Thou father justified by works, when shalt love thy neighbour as thy-he had offered Isaach is son upon self, ye do well: the altar?
9 But if ye have respect to per- 22Seest thou how faith wrought sons, ye commit sin, and are con-with his works, and by works vinced of the law as transgres-was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was ful
10 For whosoever shall keep filled, which saith, Abraham bethe whole law, and yet offend inflieved God, and it was imputed one point, he is guilty of all. unto him for righteousness:
11 For he that said, Do not and he was called the friend of commit adultery, said also, DoGod.
not kill. Now, if thou commit 24 Ye see then how that by no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou works a man is justified, and not art become a transgressor of the by faith only.
25 Likewise also, was not Ra12 So speak ye, and so do, as hab the harlot justified by works, they that shall be judged by the when she had received the meslaw of liberty. sengers, and had sent them out
13 For he shall have judgment another way? without mercy, that hath shewed 25 For as the body without the no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth spirit is dead, so faith without against judgment. works is dead also.
Of faith and works.
Chap. iii. iv. Not to judge rashly.
12 Can the fig-tree, my breOf prudence in reproving. thren, bear olive-berries? either MY brethren, be not many a vine, figs? so can no fountain
masters, knowing that we both yield salt water and fresh. shall receive the greater condem- 13 Who is a wise man and ennation. dued with knowledge among
2 For in many things we of-you? let him shew, out of a good fend all. If any man offend not conversation, his works with in word, the same is a perfect meekness of wisdom. man, and able also to bridle the 14 But if ye have bitter envywhole body. ing and strife in your hearts, 3 Behold, we put bits in the glory not, and lie not against the horses' mouths, that they may truth.
obey us; and we turn about their 15 This wisdom descendeth whole body. not from above, but is earthly,
4 Behold also the ships, which sensual, devilish.
though they be so great, and are. 16 For where envying and strife driven of fierce winds, yet are is, there is confusion and every they turned about with a very evil work.
small helm, whithersoever the 17 But the wisdom that is from governor listeth. above, is first pure, then peacea5 Even so the tongue is a little ble, gentle, and easy to be entreamember, and boasteth greatted, full of mercy and good fruits, things. Behold, how great awithout partiality, and without matter a little fire kindleth! hypocrisy.
6 And the tongue is a fire, a 18 And the fruit of righteousworld of iniquity: so is theness is sown in peace of them tongue among our members, that make peace. that it defileth the whole body, CHAP. IV. and setteth on fire the course of Against covetousness. nature; and it is set on fire of hell. ROM whence come wars and 7 For every kind of beasts, fightings among you? come and of birds, and of serpents, and they not hence, even of your lusts, of things in the sea, is tamed, and that war in your members? hath been tamed of mankind : 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye 8 But the tongue can no man kill, and desire to have, and cantame; it is an unruly evil, full of not obtain: ye fight and war, yet deadly poison. ye have not, because ye ask not:
9 Therewith bless we God, 3 Ye ask, and receive not, beeven the Father; and therewith cause ye ask amiss, that ye may curse we men, which are made consume it upon your lusts. after the similitude of God. 4 Ye adulterers, and adulter
10 Out of the same mouth pro-jesses, know ye not that the friendceedeth blessing and cursing. ship of the world is enmity with My brethren, these things ought God? whosoever, therefore, will not so to be. be a friend of the world, is the 11 Doth a fountain send forth enemy of God. at the same place sweet water 5 Do ye think that the scripand bitter? ture saith in vain, The spirit that
dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
The vanity of riches.
6 But he giveth more grace: Be patient, and forbear swearing. wherefore he saith, God resisteth G
the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
O to now, ye rich men, weep and howl, for your miseries that shall come upon
7 Submit yourselves there-you. fore, to God. Resist the devil, 2 Your riches are corrupted, and he will flee from you. and your garments are moth
8 Draw nigh to God, and he eaten. will draw nigh to you. Cleanse 3 Your gold and silver is cankyour hands, ye sinners; and pu-ered; and the rust of them shall rify your hearts, ye double-min-be a witness against you, and ded. shall eat your flesh as it were fire: 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and ye have heaped treasure together weep; let your laughter he turn-for the last days.
ed to mourning, and your joy to 4Behold, the hire of the labourheaviness. ers, which have reaped down 10 Humble yourselves in the your fields, which is of you kept sight of the Lord, and he shall back by fraud, crieth; and the lift you up. cries of them which have reaped, 11 Speak not evil one of an-are entered into the ears of the other, brethren, He that speaketh Lord of Sabaoth.
evil of his brother, and judgeth 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on bis brother, speaketh evil of the the earth, and been wanton; ye law, and judgeth the law: but if have nourished your hearts, as in thou judge the law, thou art not a day of slaughter.
a doer of the law, but a judge. 6 Ye have condemned and kill12 There is one law-giver, wholed the just; and he doth not reis able to save, and to destroy; sist you. who art thou that judgest ano- 7 Be patient, therefore, brether? thren, unto the coming of the 13 Go to now, ye that say, To-Lord. Behold, the husbandman day, or to-morrow, we will go waiteth for the precious fruit of into such a city, and continue the earth, and hath long patience there a year, and buy, and sell, for it, until he receive the early and get gain: and latter rain.
14 Whereas ye know not what 8 Be ye also patient; stablish shall be on the morrow. For what your hearts: for the coming of is your life? It is even a vapour, the Lord draweth nigh.
that appeareth for a little time, 9 Grudge not one against anoand then vanisheth away. ther, brethren, lest ye be con15 For that ye ought to say, If demned: behold, thejudge standthe Lord will, we shall live, and eth before the door. 10 Take, my brethren, the 16 But now ye rejoice in your prophets, who have spoken in boastings all such rejoicing is the name of the Lord, for an exevil. ample of suffering affliction, and
do this, or that.
17 Therefore to him that know-of patience.
eth to do good, and doeth it not, 11 Behold, we count them hapto him it is sin. py which endure. Ye have heard
Of wicked rich men.
Chap. i. The apostle blesseth God.
of the patience of Job, and have given him.
seen the end of the Lord; that 16 Confess your faults one to the Lord is very pitiful, and of another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The ef12 But, above all things, my fectual fervent prayer of a rightebrethren, swear not; neither by ous man availeth much. heaven, neither by the earth, nei- 17 Elias was a man subject to ther by any other oath: but let like passions as we are, and he your yea, be yea; and your nay, prayed earnestly that it might not nay; lest ye fall into condem-rain; and it rained not on the nation. earth by the space of three years
13 Is any among you afflicted? and six months. let him pray. Is any merry? let 18 And he prayed again, and him sing psalms. the heaven gave rain, and the
14 Is any sick among you? let earth brought forth her fruit. him call for the elders of the 19 Brethren, if any of you do church; and let them pray over err from the truth, and one conhim, anointing him with oil in the vert him;
name of the Lord :
20 Let him know, that he which 15 And the prayer of faith shall converteth the sinner from the save the sick, and the Lord shall error of his way, shall save a soul raise him up; and if he have from death, and shall hide a mulcommitted sins, they shall be for-titude of sins.
THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF PETER.
5 Who are kept by the power Of God'smanifold spiritualgraces. of God through faith unto salvaETER, an apostle of Jesustion, ready to be revealed in the Christ, to the strangers scat-laft time:
tered throughout Pontus, Galatia, 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, though now for a season (if need 2 Elect according to the fore-be) ye are in heaviness through knowledge of God the Father, manifold temptations;
through sanctification of the Spi- 7 That the trial of your faith, rit, unto obedience, and sprink-being much more precious than ling of the blood of Jesus Christ: of gold that perisheth, though it Grace unto you, and peace bebe tried with fire, might be found multiplied. unto praise, and honour, and 3 Blessed be the God and Fa-glory, at the appearing of Jesus ther of our Lord Jesus Christ, Christ :
which, according to his abundant 8 Whom having not seen, ye mercy, hath begotten us again love; in whom, though now ye unto a lively hope, by the resur-see him not, yet believing, ye rerection of Jesus Christ from the joice with joy unspeakable, and dead, full of glory:
4 To an inheritance incorrup- 9 Receiving the end of your tible, and undefiled, and that faith, even the salvation of your
fadeth not away, reserved insouls. in souls of which salvation the pro
heaven for you,