The Epistle of Saint Paul The Apostle to the Philippians

THE EPISTLE OF S. PAUL, THE APOSTLE, TO THE PHILIPPIANS.

CHAP. I.
The apostle’s affection for the Philippians.

1 PAUL and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ: to all the saint in Christ Jesus, who are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons.
2 Grace be unto you, and peace from God, our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I give thanks to my God, in every remembrance of you,
4 Always in all my prayers making supplication for you all with joy,
5 For your fellowship in the gospel of Christ, from the first day until now.
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he who hath begun a good work in you, will perfect it unto the day of Christ Jesus.
7 As it is meet for me to think this for you all: because I have you in my heart: and that in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers of my joy.
8 For God is my witness, how I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ.
9 And this I pray, that your charity may more and more abound in knowledge, and in all understanding.
10 That you may approve the better things, that you may be sincere and without offence unto the day of Christ,
11 Being filled with the fruit of justice, through Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
12 Now, I desire, brethren, you should know, that the things which have happened to me, have fallen out rather to the furtherance of the gospel:
13 So that my bonds are made manifest, in Christ, in all the court, and in all other places:
14 And many of the brethren in the Lord taking courage by my chains, are much more bold to speak the word of God without fear.
15 Some, indeed, even out of envy and contention: but some also for good-will preach Christ:
16 Some out of charity, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel.
17 And some out of contention preach Christ not sincerely, imagining that they raise affliction to my bonds.
18 But what then? So that every way, whether by occasion, or by truth, Christ be preached: in this also I rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.
19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation, through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ.
20 According to my expectation and hope, that in nothing I shall be confounded: but with all confidence, as always, so now also shall Christ be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death.
21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
22 And if to live in the flesh, this is to me the fruit of labour, and what I shall choose I know not.
23 But I am straitened between two; having a desire to be dissolved, and to be with Christ, being by much the better:
24 But to remain in the flesh is necessary for your sake.
25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all, for your furtherance and joy of faith:
26 That your rejoicing may abound in Christ Jesus, for me, by my coming to you again.
27 Only let your conversation be worthy of the gospel of Christ: that whether when I come and see you, or being absent, hear of you, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind laboring together for the faith of the gospel:
28 And in nothing be ye terrified by adversaries: which to them is a cause of perdition, but to you of salvation, and this from God.
29 For to you it is given for Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him:
30 Having the same conflict as that which you have seen in me, and now have heard of me.

CHAP. II.
He recommends to them unity and humility; and to work out their salvation with fear and trembling.

1 IF there be, therefore, any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any fellowship of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration:
2 Fulfil ye my joy, that you be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment.
3 Let nothing be done through strife, nor by vainglory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves.
4 Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men’s.
5 For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery, to be himself equal to God:
7 But debased himself, taking the form of a servant, being made to the likeness of men, and in shape found as a man.
8 He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above every name:
10 That in the name of Jesus, every knee should bow of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that the Lord Jesus Christ is in the glory of God the Father.
12 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, (as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more now in my absence) work out your salvation with fear and trembling.
13 For it is God who worketh in you both to will and to accomplish, according to the good-will.
14 And do ye all things without murmurings and hesitations:
15 That you may be blameless, and sincere children of God, without reproof, in the midst of a depraved and perverse generation: among whom you shine as lights in the world.
16 Holding forth the word of life to my glory in the day of Christ, because I have not run in vain, nor laboured in vain.
17 Yea, and if I be made a victim upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and congratulate with you all.
18 And for the self-same thing do you also rejoice, and congratulate with me.
19 And I hope in the Lord Jesus, to send Timothy to you shortly, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know the things concerning you.
20 For I have no man so of the same mind, who with sincere affection is solicitous for you.
21 For all seek the things that are their own, not the things that are Jesus Christ’s.
22 Now know ye the proof of him, that as a son with the father, so hath he served with me in the gospel.
23 Him, therefore, I hope to send to you immediately, as soon as I shall see the things which concern me.
24 And I trust in the Lord, that I also myself shall come to you shortly.
25 But I thought it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and fellow-labourer, and fellow-soldier, but your apostle, and the minister to my wants.
26 For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him: and not only on him, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 Therefore I sent him the more speedily: that seeing him against you may rejoice, and I may be without sorrow.
29 Receive him, therefore, with all joy in the Lord: and treat with honour such as he is.
30 Because, for the work of Christ, he came nigh unto death, delivering up his life, that he might fulfil that which was wanting on your part towards my service.

CHAP. III.
He exhorts them to put off the old man, and to put on the new. The duties of wives and husbands, children and servants.

1 THEREFORE, if you be risen with Christ, seek the things that are above: where Christ is sitting at the right hand of God:
2 Mind the things that are above, not the things that are on the earth.
3 For you are dead, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ shall appear, who is your life: then shall you also appear with him in glory.
5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, lust, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is the service of idols:
6 For which things the wrath of God cometh upon the children of unbelief:
7 In which you also walked some time, when you lived in them.
8 But now put you also all away: anger, indignation, malice, blasphemy, filthy speech out of your mouth.
9 Lie not one to another: stripping yourselves of the old man with his deeds.
10 And putting on the new, him who is renewed unto knowledge, according to the image of him, who created him.
11 Where there is neither Gentile nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian nor Scythian, bond or free: but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Not as though I had already attained, or were already perfect: but I follow after, if I may by any means apprehend that in hwcih I am also apprehended by Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended. But one thing I do: forgetting the things that are behind, and stretching forth myself to those that are before,
14 I pursure towards the mark, for the prize of the supernal vocation, of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us, therefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing you be otherwise minded, this also God will reveal to you.
16 Nevertheless whereunto we are already come, that we be of the same mind: let us also continue in the same rule.
17 Be followers of me, brethren, and observe them who walk so, as you have our model.
18 For many walk, of whom I have told you often (and now tell you weeping) that they are enemies of the cross of Christ:
19 Whose end is destruction: whose God is their belly: and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.
20 But our conversation is in heaven: whence also we expect the Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ,
21 Who will reform the body of our lowness, made like to the body of his glory, according to the operation whereby also he is able to subdue all things unto himself.

CHAP. IV.
He exhorts them to perseverance in all good; and acknowledges their charitable contributions to him.

1 THEREFORE, my brethren, dearly beloved, and most desired, my joy and my crown: so stand fast in the Lord, most beloved:
2 I beg of Evodia, and I beseech Syntyche to be of one mind in the Lord.
3 And I entreat thee also, my sincere companion, help those women, who have laboured with me in the gospel with Clement, and the rest of my fellow-labourers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: again, I say, rejoice.
5 Let your modesty be known to all men: the Lord is nigh.
6 Be solicitous about nothing: but in every thing by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your petitions be made known to God.
7 And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
8 For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are modest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are holy, whatsoever things are amiable, whatsoever things are of good repute, if there be any virtue, if there be any praise of discipline, think on these things.
9 The things which you have both learned and received, and heard, and seen in me, these do ye: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10 And I rejoiced in the Lord exceedingly, that now at length your thought for me hath flourished again, as you did also think: but you were occupied.
11 I speak not as it were for want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, to be content therewith.
12 I know both how to be brought low, and I know how to abound: (every where and in all things I am instructed) both to be full, and to be hungry: both to abound, and to suffer need.
13 I can do all things in him who strengtheneth me.
14 Nevertheless you have done well, in communicating to my tribulation.
15 And you also know, O Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me, as concerning giving and receiving, but you only:
16 For unto Thessalonica also, you sent once and again for my use.
17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that may abound to your account.
18 But I have all, and abound: I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things you sent, an odour of sweetness, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
19 And may my God supply all your want, according to his riches, in glory in Christ Jesus.
20 Now to God our Father be glory, world without end. Amen.
21 Salute ye every saint in Christ Jesus.
22 The brethren, who are with me, salute you. All the saints salute you: especially they who are of Cæsar’s house.
23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

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The Epistle of Saint Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians

THE EPISTLE OF S. PAUL, THE APOSTLE, TO THE EPHESIANS.
CHAP. I.
The great blessings we have received through Christ. He is the head of all the church.

1 PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, to all the saints who are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus.
2 Grace be to you, and peace from God, our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places, in Christ:
4 As he hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and unspotted in his sight, in charity.
5 Who hath predestinated us unto the adoption of children, through Jesus Christ, unto himself: according to the purpose of his will,
6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, by which he made us acceptable, in his beloved Son.
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the remission of sins, according to the riches of his grace,
8 Which hath superabounded in us in all wisdom and prudence:
9 That he might make known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in him.
10 In the dispensation of the fulness of times, to establish all things in Christ, which are in heaven and on earth, in him:
11 In whom we also are called by lot, being predestinated according to the purpose of him, who worketh all things according to the counsel of his will:
12 That we may be to the praise of his glory, who have before hoped in Christ:
13 In whom you also, when you have heard the word of truth (the gospel of your salvation: ) in whom also believing, you were sealed with the holy Spirit of promise,
14 Who is the pledge of our inheritance, for the redemption of acquisition, unto the praise of his glory.
15 Wherefore I also hearing of your faith, which is in the Lord Jesus, and of your love towards all the saints,
16 Cease not to give thanks for you, making commemoration of you in my prayers:
17 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and of revelation, in the knowledge of him:
18 The eyes of your heart enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what are the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saint,
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power towards us, who believe according to the operation of the might of his power,
20 Which he wrought in Christ, raising him up from the dead, and setting him at his right hand, in the heavenly places:
21 Above all principality, and power, and virtue, and dominion, and every name that is name, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.
22 And he hath put all things under his feet: and hath made him head over all the church.
23 Which is his body, and the fulness of him, who is filled all in all.

CHAP. II.
All our good comes through Christ. He is our peace.

1 AND you, when you were dead in your offences and sins,
2 Wherein in time past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that now worketh on the children of unbelief,
3 Among whom also we all conversed in time past, in the desires of our flesh, fulfilling the will of the flesh and of our thoughts, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest:
4 But God, who is rich in mercy, through his exceeding charity, with which he hath loved us,
5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together in Christ, (by whose grace you are saved)
6 And hath raised us up together, and hath made us sit together in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus:
7 That he might shew in the ages to come the abundant riches of his grace, in goodness towards us in Christ Jesus.
8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: for it is a gift of God;
9 Not of works, that no man may glory.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, in good works; which God hath prepared, that we should walk in them.
11 For which cause, be mindful that you being heretofore Gentiles in the flesh, who are called uncircumcision by that which is called the circumcision in the flesh, made by hands:
12 That you were at that time without Christ, alienated from the society of Israel, and strangers to the covenants, having no hope fo the promise, and without God in this world.
13 But now in Christ Jesus, you, who some time were afar off, are made near by the blood of Christ.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and breaking down the middle wall of partition, the enmities in his flesh:
15 Abolishing the law of commandments in decrees: that he might make the two in himself into one new man, making peace,
16 And might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, killing the enmities in himself.
17 And coming, he preached peace to you, who were afar off, and peace to them who were near.
18 For through him we have both access in one Spirit to the Father.
19 Now, therefore, you are no more strangers and foreigners: but you are fellow-citizens with the saints, and the domestics of God:
20 Built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone:
21 In whom all the building framed together, growth into a holy temple in the Lord;
22 In whom you also are built together into a habitation of God in the Spirit.

CHAP. III.
The mystery hidden from former ages was discovered to the apostle, to be imparted to the Gentiles. He prays that they may be strengthened in God.

1 FOR this cause I, Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ, for you Gentiles,
2 If yet you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God, which is given me towards you:
3 How that, according to revelation, the mystery hath been made known to me, as I have written above in brief:
4 As you reading, may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ:
5 Which in other generations was not made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to his holy apostles, and prophets, in the Spirit.
6 That the Gentiles should be coheirs, and of the same body, and joint partakers of his promise in Christ Jesus, by the gospel:
7 Of which I am made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God, which is given to me according to the operation of his power.
8 To me, the least of all the saints, is given this grace, to preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,
9 And to enlighten all men, what is the dispensation of the mystery which hath been hidden from eternity in God, who created all things.
10 That the manifold wisdom of God may be made known to the principalities, and powers, in the heavenly places, through the church,
11 According to the eternal purpose, which he made in Christ Jesus, our Lord:
12 In whom we have courage and access with confidence, by the faith of him.
13 Wherefore, I beseech that you faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.
14 For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
15 Of whom all paternity in heaven and earth is named,
16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with power by his Spirit unto the inward man.
17 That Christ may dwell by faith in your hearts: that being rooted and founded in charity,
18 You may be able to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth, and length, and height, and depth:
19 To know also the charity of Christ, which surpasseth knowledge, that you may be filled unto all the fulness of God.
20 Now to him, who is able to do all things more abundantly than we ask or understand, according to the power which worketh in us:
21 To him be glory in the Church, and in Christ Jesus, for all generations, world without end. Amen.

CHAP. IV.
He exhorts them to unity; to put on the new man; and to fly sin.

1 I THEREFORE, a prisoner in the Lord, beseech you, that you walk worthy of the vocation in which you are called.
2 With all humility, and mildness, with patience, supporting one another in charity,
3 Careful to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.
4 One body, and one spirit: as you are called in one hope of your vocation.
5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism.
6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all.
7 But to every one of us is given grace, according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore he saith: Ascending on high, he led captivity captive: he gave gifts to men.
9 Now that he ascended, what is it, but because he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He who descended is the same also who ascended above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.
11 And he gave some indeed apostles, and some prophets, and others evangelists, and others pastors, and teachers,
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edification of the body of Christ:
13 Till we all meet in unity of faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the age of the fulness of Christ:
14 That we may no more be children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, in the wickedness of men, in craftiness, to the machination of error.
15 But performing the truth in charity, we may in all things grow up in him, who is the head, Christ:
16 From whom the whole body, compacted and fitly joined together, by what every joint supplieth, according to the working in the measure of every part, maketh the increase of the body, to the edifying of itself in charity.
17 This then I say and testify in the Lord: that henceforward you walk not as also the Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 Having the understanding obscured with darkness, alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance which is in them, because of the blindness of their heart,
19 Who despairing, have given themselves up to lasciviousness, to the working of all uncleanness, unto covetousness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ:
21 If yet you have heard him, and have been taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus.
22 To put off, according to the former conversation, the old man, who is corrupted, according to the desires of error.
23 And be ye renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24 And put on the new man, who according to God, is created in justice, and holiness of truth.
25 Wherefore, putting away lying, speak ye the truth every man with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.
26 Be angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your anger.
27 Give not place to the devil.
28 Let him that stole, steal now no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands that which is good, that he may have to give to him who is in need.
29 Let no evil speech proceed from your mouth: but that which is good to the edification of faith, that it may give grace to the hearers.
30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God: whereby you are sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and anger, and indignation, and clamour, and blasphemy, be taken away from you, with all malice.
32 And be ye kind one to another, merciful, forgiving one another, even as God hath forgiven you in Christ.

CHAP. V.
Exhortations to a virtuous life. The mutual duties of man and wife, by the example of Christ, and of the Church.

1 BE ye, therefore, followers of God, as most dear children:
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath delivered himself for us, an oblation and a sacrifice to God, for an odour of sweetness.
3 But fornication and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not so much as be named among you, as it becometh saints:
4 Nor obscenity, nor foolish talking, nor scurrility, which is to no purpose: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For know ye this, and understand, that no fornicator, nor unclean, nor covetous person, which is a serving of idols, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, and of God.
6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the anger of God upon the children of unbelief.
7 Be ye not, therefore, partakers with them.
8 For you were heretofore darkness, but now light in the Lord. Walk ye as children of the light:
9 For the fruit of the light is in all goodness, and justice, and truth:
10 Proving what is acceptable to God:
11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
12 For the things that are done by them in secret, it is shameful even to mention.
13 But all things that are reproved, are made manifest by the light: for all that is made manifest is light.
14 Wherefore he saith: Rise, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ will enlighten thee.
15 See, therefore, brethren, how you walk circumspectly: not as unwise,
16 But as wise: redeeming the time, for the days are evil.
17 Wherefore become not unwise, but understanding what is the will of God.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is luxury, but be ye filled with the Holy Spirit,
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns, and spiritual canticles, singing, and making melody in your hearts to the Lord.
20 Giving thanks always for all things, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to God and the Father.
21 Being subject one to another in the fear of Christ.
22 Let women be subject to their husbands, as to the Lord:
23 For the husband is the head of the wife; as Christ is the head of the church. He is the saviour of his body.
24 Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so also let the wives be to their husbands in all things.
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ also loved the Church, and delivered himself up for it,
26 That he might sanctify it, cleansing it by the laver of water in the word of life,
27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, nor any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 So also ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife, loveth himself.
29 For no man ever hated his own flesh: but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as also Christ doth the church:
30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother: and shall adhere to his wife, and they shall be two in one flesh.
32 This is a great sacrament: but I speak in Christ, and in the church.
33 Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular love his wife as himself: and let the wife fear her husband.

CHAP. VI.
Duties of children and servants. The Christian’s armour.

1 CHILDREN, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is just.
2 Honour thy father, and thy mother, which is the first commandment, with a promise;
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest be long lived upon earth.
4 And you, fathers, provoke not your children to anger: but bring them up in the discipline and correction of the Lord.
5 Servants, obey your carnal masters, with fear and trembling, in the simplicity of your heart, as Christ:
6 Not serving to the eye, as it were pleasing men, but, as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart,
7 With a good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men:
8 Knowing that whatsoever good every one shall do, the same shall he receive from the Lord, whether he be bond, or free.
9 And you, masters, do the same things to them, forbearing threatening; knowing that the Lord both of them and you is in heaven: and there is no respect of person with him.
10 As to the rest, brethren, be strengthened in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put you on the armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the snares of the devil.
12 For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood: but against principalities and powers, against the rulers of the world of this darkness: against the spirits of wickedness in the high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and to stand in all things perfect.
14 Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice,
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace:
16 In all things taking the shield of faith, wherewith you may be able to extinguish all the fiery darts of the most wicked one:
17 And take unto you the helmet of salvation; and the sword of the spirit, (which is the word of God).
18 By all prayer and supplication praying at all times in the spirit; and in the same watching with all instance and supplication for all the saints:
19 And for me, that speech may be given me, that I may open my mouth with confidence, to make know the mystery of the gospel:
20 For which I am an ambassador in a chain, so that therein I may be bold to speak according as I ought.
21 But that you also may know the things that concern me, and what I am doing: Tychicus, my dearest brother, and faith minister in the Lord, will make know to you all things:
22 Whom I have sent to you for this same purpose, that you may know the things concerning us, and that he may comfort your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and charity, with faith from God the Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Grace be with all, who love our Lord Jesus Christ in incorruption. Amen.

The Catholic Epistle of Saint James, the Apostle

The Catholic Epistle of Saint James, The Apostle
Haydock New Testament

CHAP. I.
The benefit of tribulations. Prayer with faith. God is the author of all good, but not of evil. We must be slow to anger; and not hearers only, but doers of the word. Of bridling the tongue; and of pure religion.

1 JAMES, a servant of God, and of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are dispersed, greeting.
2 My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations:
3 Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 And patience hath a perfect work: that you may be perfect and entire, deficient in nothing.
5 But if any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all abundantly, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him.
6 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, that is moved and carried about by the wind.
7 Therefore let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double-minded man is inconstant in all his ways.
9 But let the brother of low condition glory in his exaltation:
10 But the rich, in his being low, because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away:
11 For the sun rose with a burning heat, and parched the grass, and the flower thereof fell off, and the beauty of the shape thereof perished: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he hath been proved, he shall receive the crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man, when he is tempted, say, that he is tempted by God: For God is not a tempter of evils: and he tempteth no man.
14 But every man is tempted, being drawn away by his own concupiscence, and allured.
15 Then when concupiscence hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: But sin, when it is completed, begetteth death.
16 Do not err, therefore, my dearest brethren.
17 Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of vicissitude.
18 For of his own will hath he begotten us by the word of truth, that we might be some beginning of his creatures.
19 You know, my dearest brethren: And let every man be swift to hear; but slow to speak, and slow to anger.
20 For the anger of man worketh not the justice of God.
21 Wherefore casting away all uncleanness, and abundance of malice, with meekness receive the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
23 For if a man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer; he shall be compared to a man beholding his natural countenance in a glass:
24 For he beheld himself, and went his way, and presently forgot what manner of man he was.
25 But he that shall look into the perfect law of liberty, and continue in it, not becoming a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26 But if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his own heart, this man’s religion is vain.
27 Religion, pure and immaculate with God and the Father, is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation, and to keep one’s self immaculate from this world.

CHAP. II.
Against respect of persons. The danger of transgressing one point of the law. Faith is dead without works.

1 MY brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with respect of persons.
2 For if there come into your assembly a man having a gold ring, in splendid attire, and there come in also a poor man in mean dress,
3 And you fix your eyes on him that is clothed with the splendid robe, and say to him: Sit thou here in a good place: and say to the poor man: Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool:
4 Do you not judge within yourselves, and are become judges of unjust thoughts?
5 Hearken, my dearest brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs to the kingdom which God hath promised to them that love him?
6 But you have dishonoured the poor. Do not the rich oppress you by might; and do not they draw you before the judgment-seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme the good name that is invoked upon you?
8 If then you fulfil the royal law, according to the Scriptures: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: you do well.
9 But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, being reproved by the law as transgressors.
10 Now whosoever shall keep the whole law but offend in one point, is become guilty of all.
11 For he that said, Thou shalt not commit adultery, said also, Thou shalt not kill. Now if thou do not commit adultery, but shalt kill: thou art become a transgressor of the law.
12 So speak ye, and so do, as being to be judged by the law of liberty.
13 For judgment without mercy, to him that hath not done mercy: and mercy exalteth itself above judgment.
14 What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
15 And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food,
16 And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be you warmed and filled: yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
18 But some men will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee my faith by works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham, our father, justified by works, offering up Isaac, his son, upon the altar?
22 Seest thou that faith did co-operate with his works: and by works faith was made perfect?
23 And the Scriptures was fulfilled, saying: Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.
24 Do you see that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only?
25 And in like manner also Rahab, the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.

CHAP. III.
The evils of the tongue. Of the difference between the earthly and heavenly wisdom.

1 BE not many masters, my brethren, knowing that you receive the greater judgment.
2 For in many things we all offend. If any man offend not in word; the same is a perfect man. He is able also with a bridle to lead about the whole body.
3 For is we put bits into the mouths of horses that they may obey us, and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also ships, whereas they are great, and are driven by strong winds, yet are they turned about with a small helm, whithersoever the force of the governor willeth.
5 Even so the tongue is indeed a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold how a small fire kindleth a great wood.
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is placed among our members, which defileth the whole body, and inflameth the wheel of our nature, being set on fire by hell.
7 For every kind of beasts and of birds, and of serpents, and of the rest, is tamed, and hath been tamed by mankind:
8 But the tongue no man can tame: a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 By it we bless God and the Father; and by it we curse men, who are made after the likeness of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth through the same passage sweet and bitter water?
12 Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear grapes, or the vine, figs? So neither can the salt water yield sweet.
13 Who is a wise man, and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew, by a good conversation, his work in the meekness of wisdom.
14 But if you have bitter zeal, and there be contentions in your hearts: glory not, and be not liars against the truth.
15 For this is not wisdom, descending from above: but earthly, sensual, diabolical.
16 For where envying and contention is, there is inconstancy, and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom which is from above, first indeed is chaste, then peaceable, modest, easy to be persuaded, consenting to the good, full of mercy, and good fruits, without judging, without dissimulation.
18 And the fruit of justice is sown in peace, to them that make peace.

CHAP. IV.
The evils that flow from yielding to concupiscence, and being friends to this world. Admonitions against pride, detraction, &c.

1 FROM whence are wars and contentions among you? Are they not hence? From your concupiscences, which war in your members?
2 You covet, and have not: you kill, and envy, and cannot obtain; you contend and war, and you have not, because you ask not.
3 You ask, and receive not: because you ask amiss; that you may consume it on your concupiscences.
4 Adulterers, know you not that the friendship of this world is the enemy of God? Whosoever, therefore, will be a friend of this world, becometh an enemy of God.
5 Or do you think that the Scripture saith in vain: To envy doth the spirit covet, which dwelleth in you?
6 But he giveth greater grace. Wherefore he saith: God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
7 Be subject, therefore, to God, but resist the devil, and he will fly from you.
8 Approach to God, and he will approach to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy into sorrow.
10 Be humble in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.
11 Detract not one another, brethren. He that detracteth his brother, or he that judgeth his brother, detracteth the law, and judgeth the law. But if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
12 There is one law-giver, and judge, who is able to destroy and to deliver.
13 But who art thou, who judgest thy neighbour? Behold now, you who say: To-day or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and there we will spend a year, and will traffic, and make gain:
14 Whereas, you know not what shall be on the morrow.
15 For what is your life? It is a vapour which appeareth for a little while, and afterwards shall vanish away. For that you should say: If the Lord will; and, if we shall live, we will do this or that.
16 But now you glory in your arrogancies. All such glorifying is wicked.
17 To him, therefore, who knoweth to do good, and doth it not, to him it is sin.

CHAP. V.
A woe to the rich that oppress the poor. Exhortations to patience, and to avoid swearing. Of the anointing of the sick, confession of sins, and fervour in prayer.

1 GO to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth-eaten.
3 Your gold and silver is rusted: and the rust of them shall be for a testimony against you, and shall eat your flesh as fire. You have stored up to yourselves wrath against the last days.
4 Behold the hire of the labourers, who have reaped your fields, of which you have defrauded them, crieth out: and the cry of them hath entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
5 You have feasted upon earth, and in luxuries you have nourished your hearts in the day of slaughter.
6 You have condemned and put to death the just one, and he resisted you not.
7 Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, patiently bearing till he receive the early and the latter rain.
8 Be you, therefore, also patient, and strengthen your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth near.
9 Murmur not, brethren, one against another, that you may not be judged. Behold the judge standeth before the door.
10 Take, brethren, for an example of suffering evil, of labour and patience, the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord.
11 Behold we account them blessed, who have endured. You have heard of the patience of Job, and you have seen the end of the Lord, that the Lord is merciful and compassionate.
12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath. But let your speech be; yea, yea: no, no; that you fall not under judgment.
13 Is any of you sad? Let him pray. Is he cheerful in mind? Let him sing.
14 Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil, in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick man: and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess, therefore, your sins one to another; and pray for one another, that you may be saved: for the continual prayer of a just man availeth much.
17 Elias was a man passible like unto us: and with prayer he prayed that it might not rain upon the earth, and it rained not for three years and six months.
18 And he prayed again: and the heaven gave rain, and the earth yielded her fruit.
19 My brethren, if any of you shall err from the truth, and any one convert him.
20 He must know, that he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins.

The Second Epistle of Saint Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians

THE SECOND EPISTLE OF S. PAUL, THE APOSTLE,
TO THE THESSALONIANS.

CHAP. I.
He gives thanks to God for their faith and constancy: and prays for their advancement in all good.

1 PAUL, and Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians, in God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Grace unto you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We ought to give thanks always to God for you, brethren, as it is meet, because your faith increaseth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you towards each other, aboundeth:
4 So that we ourselves also glory in you in the churches of God, for your patience and faith, and in all your persecutions and tribulations, which you endure,
5 For an example of the just judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which also you suffer.
6 Seeing it is a just thing with God to repay tribulation to them that trouble you:
7 And to you who are troubled, rest with us when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with the Angels of his power,
8 In a flame of fire, inflicting vengeance to them, who know not God, and who obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 Who shall suffer eternal pains in destruction, from the face of the Lord, and from the glory of his power:
10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be made wonderful in all them who have believed: because out testimony was believed upon you in that day.
11 Wherefore also we pray always for you: that our God would make you worthy of his calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith in power,
12 That the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ.

CHAP. II.
The day of the Lord is not to come, till the man of sin be revealed. The apostles’ traditions are to be observed.

1 AND we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of our gathering together unto him:
2 That you be not easily moved from your sense, nor be terrified, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by epistle, as sent from us, as if the day of the Lord were at hand.
3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for unless there come a revolt first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition,
4 Who opposeth, and is lifted up above all that is called God, or that is worshipped, so that he sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself as if he were God.
5 Remember you not, that when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
6 And now you know what withholdeth, that he may be revealed in his time.
7 For the mystery of iniquity already worketh: only that he who now holdeth, do hold, until he be taken out of the way.
8 And then that wicked one shall be revealed, whom the Lord Jesus shall kill with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: him,
9 Whose coming is according to the working of Satan, in all power, and signs, and lying wonders,
10 And in all seduction of iniquity to them that perish: because they receive not the love of the truth that they might be saved. Therefore God shall send them the operation of error, to believe a lie.
11 That all may be judged, who have not believed the truth, but have consented to iniquity.
12 But we ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved of God, for that God hath chosen you first-fruits unto salvation, in sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth:
13 Whereunto also he hath called you by our gospel, unto the purchasing of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
14 Therefore, brethren, stand firm; and hold the traditions which you have learned, whether by word, or by our epistle.
15 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God and our Father who hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation, and good hope in grace,
16 Exhort your hearts, and confirm you in every good work and word.

CHAP. III.
He begs their prayers, and warns them against idleness.

1 FOR the rest, brethren, pray for us, that the word of God may run and may be glorified, even as among you:
2 And that we may be delivered from troublesome and evil men: for all men have not faith.
3 But God is faithful, who will strengthen and keep you from evil.
4 And we have confidence concerning you in the Lord, that the things which we command, you both do, and will do.
5 And the Lord direct your hearts, in the charity of God, and in the patience of Christ.
6 And we charge you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother walking disorderly, and not according to the tradition which they have received of us.
7 For yourselves know how you ought to imitate us: for we were not disorderly among you:
8 neither did we eat any man’s bread for nothing, but in labour and in toil working night and day, lest we should be burthensome to any of you.
9 Not as if we had not the power; but that we might give ourselves a pattern to you to imitate us.
10 For also when we were with you, we declared this to you, that if any man will not work, neither let him eat.
11 For we have heard that there are some among you who walk disorderly, working not at all, but curiously meddling.
12 Now we charge them that are such, and beseech them by the Lord Jesus Christ, that working with silence, they would eat their own bread.
13 But you, brethren, be not weary in well-doing.
14 And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, not that man, and do not keep company with him, that he may be ashamed:
15 Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
16 Now the Lord of peace himself, give you everlasting peace in every place. The Lord be with you all.
17 The salutation of Paul with my own hand: which is the sign in every epistle: so I write.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

THE FIRST EPISTLE OF S. PAUL, THE APOSTLE, TO THE THESSALONIANS

THE FIRST EPISTLE OF S. PAUL, THE APOSTLE,
TO THE THESSALONIANS.

CHAP. I.
He gives thanks for the graces bestowed on the Thessalonians.

1 PAUL, and Silvanus, and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians, in God the Father, and in the Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Grace be to you and peace. We give thanks to God always for you all: making a remembrance of you in our prayers without ceasing.
3 Being mindful of the work of your faith, and labour, and charity, and of the enduring of the hope of our Lord Jesus Christ, before God and our Father:
4 Knowing, brethren beloved of God, your election:
5 For our gospel hath not been to you in word only, but in power also, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much fullness, as you know what manner of men we have been among you for your sakes.
6 And you became followers of us, and of the Lord: receiving the word in much tribulation, with the joy of the Holy Ghost:
7 So that you were made a pattern to all that believe in Macedonia, and in Achaia.
8 For from you was spread abroad the word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and in Achaia, but also in every place, your faith which is towards God, is gone forth, so that we need not to speak any thing.
9 For they themselves relate of us, what manner of entrance we had unto you: and how you were converted to God from idols, to serve the living and true God.
10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, (whom he raised from the dead) Jesus, who hath delivered us from the wrath to come.

CHAP. II.
The sincerity of the apostle’s preaching the gospel to them: and their receiving it.

1 FOR yourselves, brethren, know our entrance unto you, that it was not in vain:
2 But having suffered before, and being contumeliously treated (as you know) at Philippi, we had confidence in our God, to speak to you the gospel of God in much solicitude.
3 For our exhortation was not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in deceit.
4 But as we were approved of God, that the gospel should be committed to us: even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God, who proveth our hearts.
5 For neither have we used at any time, the speech of flattery, as you know: nor taken an occasion of covetousness: God is witness:
6 Nor sought we glory of men, neither of you, nor of others.
7 Whereas we might have been burdensome to you, as the apostles of Christ: but we became little ones in the midst of you, as if a nurse should cherish her children.
8 So desirous of you, we would gladly have imparted to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own souls: because you were become most dear to us.
9 For you remember, brethren, our labour and toil: working night and day, lest we should be burdensome to any of you, we preached among you the gospel of God.
10 You are witnesses, and God, how holily, and justly, and without blame we have been among you, who have believed:
11 As you know, in what manner, entreating and comforting you, (as a father doth his children).
12 We testified to every one of you, that you would walk worthy of God, who hath called you to his kingdom and glory.
13 Therefore we also give thanks to God without ceasing: because that when you had received from us the word of the hearing of God, you received it not as the word of men, but (as it truly is) the word of God, who worketh in you, who have believed.
14 For you, brethren, are become followers of the churches of God, which are in Judea, in Christ Jesus: for you also have suffered the same things from your own countrymen, even as they have from the Jews:
15 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and the prophets, and have persecuted us, and they please not God, and are adversaries to all men;
16 Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they may be saved, to fill up their sins always: for the wrath of God is come upon them to the end.
17 But we, brethren, being taken away from you, for a short time, in sight, not in heart, have hastened the more abundantly to see your face with great desire:
18 For we would have come to you, even I, Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.
19 For what is our hope or joy, or crown of glory? Are not you, in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
20 For you are our glory and joy.

CHAP. III.
The apostle’s concern and love for the Thessalonians.

1 FOR which cause forbearing no longer, we though it good to remain at Athens, alone:
2 And we sent Timothy, our brother, and a minister of God in the gospel of Christ, to confirm you, and exhort you concerning your faith:
3 That no man should be moved in these tribulations: for yourselves know, that we are appointed thereunto.
4 For even when we were with you, we foretold you that we should suffer tribulations: as also it is come to pass, and you know.
5 For this cause also I forbearing no longer, sent to know your faith: lest perhaps he that tempteth, should have tempted you, and our labour should be made vain.
6 But now when Timothy came to us from you, and related to us your faith and charity, and that you have a good remembrance of us always, desiring to see us, as we also to see you:
7 Therefore we were comforted, brethren, in you, in all our distress and tribulation, by your faith;
8 For now we live, if you stand in the Lord.
9 For what thanks can we return to God for you, in all the joy wherewith we rejoice for you before our God.
10 Night and day, praying more abundantly, that we may see your face, and may accomplish those things that are wanting to your faith?
11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ direct our way unto you:
12 And may the Lord multiply you, and make you abound in charity towards one another, and towards all men: as we do also towards you,
13 To confirm your hearts without blame, in holiness, before God and our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. Amen.

CHAP. IV.
He exhorts them to purity and mutual charity: he treats of the resurrection of the dead.

1 FOR the rest therefore, brethren, we pray and beseech you in the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us, how you ought to walk, and to please God, so also you would walk, that you may abound the more.
2 For you know what commandments I have given to you by the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you should abstain from fornication:
4 That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour:
5 Not in the passion of lust, like the Gentiles, who know not God:
6 And that no man overreach, nor deceive his brother in business: because the Lord is the avenger of all these things, as we have told you before, and have testified.
7 For God hath not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness.
8 He, therefore, that despiseth these things, despiseth not man, but God: who also hath given his holy spirit in us.
9 But concerning the love of the brotherhood, we have no need to write to you: for yourselves have learned of God to love one another.
10 For indeed you do it towards all the brethren in all Madedonia. But we entreat you, brethren, that you abound more.
11 And that you use your endeavour to be quiet, and that you do your own business, and work with your own hands, as we commanded you: and that you walk honestly towards them that are without: and that you want nothing of any man’s.
12 And we will not have you ignorant, brethren, concerning them that are asleep, that you be not sorrowful, even as others who have no hope.
13 For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so them who have slept through Jesus, God will bring with him.
14 For this we say unto you in the word of the Lord, that we who are alive, who remain unto the coming of the Lord, shall not prevent them, who have slept.
15 For the Lord himself shall come down from heaven with commandment, and with the voice of an Archangel, and with the trumpet of God: and the dead, who are in Christ, shall rise first.
16 Then we who are alive, who are left, shall be taken up together with them in the clouds, to meet Christ in the air, and so shall we be always with the Lord.
17 Wherefore comfort ye one another with these words.

CHAP. V.
The day of the Lord shall come, when least expected. Exhortations to several duties.

1 BUT of the times and moments, brethren, you need not that we should write to you.
2 For yourselves know perfectly, that the day of the Lord shall so come, as a thief in the night.
3 For when they shall say, peace and security, then shall sudden destruction come upon them, as the pains upon her that is with child, and they shall not escape.
4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief:
5 For all you are the children of light, and children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
6 Therefore let us not sleep, as others do: but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they who sleep, sleep in the night: and they who are drunk, are drunk in the night.
8 But let us, who are of the day, be sober, having on the breastplate of faith and charity, and for a helmet, the hope of salvation:
9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to the purchasing of salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 Who died for us: that whether we watch or sleep, we may live together with him.
11 Wherefore comfort one another: and edify one another, as you also do.
12 And we beseech you, brethren, to know them who labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you,
13 That you esteem them more abundantly in charity for their work: have peace with them.
14 And we beseech you, brethren, rebuke the unquiet, comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient towards all men.
15 See that none render evil for evil to any one: but always follow that which is good towards each other, and towards all men.
16 Always rejoice.
17 Pray without ceasing.
18 In all things give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you all.
19 Extinguish not the Spirit.
20 Despise not prophecies.
21 But prove all things: hold that which is good.
22 From all appearance of evil refrain yourselves.
23 And may the God of peace himself sanctify you in all things; that your whole spirit, and soul, and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
24 He is faithful who hath called you: who will also perform.
25 Brethren, pray for us.
26 Salute all the brethren with a holy kiss.
27 I charge you, by the Lord, that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren:
28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

The Second Epistle of Saint Peter the Apostle

The Second Epistle of Saint Peter The Apostle

CHAP. I.
He exhorts them to join all other virtues with their faith: in order to secure their salvation.

1 SIMON Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them who have obtained equal faith with us, in the justice of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ.
2 May grace and peace abound to you in the knowledge of God, and of Christ Jesus, our Lord.
3 According as all things of his divine power, which appertain to life and piety, are given to us, through the knowledge of him who hath called us by his own proper glory and virtue,
4 By whom he hath given us very great and precious promises: that by these you may be made partakers of the divine nature: flying the corruption of the concupiscence which is in the world.
5 And you, giving all diligence, join with your faith, virtue, and with virtue, knowledge,
6 And with knowledge, abstinence, and with abstinence, patience, and with patience, piety,
7 And with piety, brotherly love, and with brotherly love, charity.
8 For is these things be with you, and abound, they will make you to be neither empty, nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 For he that hath not these things with him, is blind, and groping, forgetting his being purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore, brethren, labour the more, that by good works you may make sure your vocation and election: for doing these things, you shall not sin at any time.
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 For which cause I will begin to put you always in remembrance of these things: though indeed you know them, and are confirmed in the present truth.
13 But I think it just as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by reminding you:
14 Being assured that the laying aside of this my tabernacle is at hand, even according as our Lord Jesus Christ hath signified to me.
15 And I will endeavour, that you frequently have after my decease, whereby you may keep a memory of these things.
16 For we have not by following artificial fables, made known to you the power, and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ; but we were eye-witnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory; this voice coming down to him from the excellent glory: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am pleased; hear ye him.
18 And this voice we heard brought from heaven, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 And we have the surer word of prophecy: to which you do well to attend, as to a light shining in a dark place until the day dawn, and the morning star rise in your hearts:
20 Understanding this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is made by private interpretation.
21 For prophecy came not by the will of man at any time; but the holy men of God spoke, inspired by the Holy Ghost.

CHAP. II.
He warns them against false teachers, and foretells their punishment.

1 BUT there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be lying teachers among you, who shall bring in sects of perdition, and deny the Lord who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their luxuries, through whom the way of truth shall be blasphemed:
3 And through covetousness with feigned words they shall make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time ceaseth not, and their destruction slumbereth not.
4 For if God spared not the Angels that sinned, but delivered them, drawn down with infernal ropes into hell to be tormented, to be reserved unto judgment.
5 And spared not the original world, but preserved Noe, the eighth person, a preacher of justice, bringing in the deluge upon the world of the impious.
6 And reducing the cities of the Sodomites, and of the Gomorrhites into ashes, condemned them to be overthrown; making them an example to those that should after act wickedly:
7 And delivered just Lot, oppressed by the injustice and lewd conversation of the wicked:
8 For in sight and hearing he was just: dwelling among them, who from day to day tortured the just soul with wicked works.
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation; but to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be tormented:
10 And especially those who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise authority, audacious, self-willed, they fear not to bring in sects, blaspheming:
11 Whereas Angels, though they are greater in strength and power, bring not an execrable judgment against themselves.
12 But these men, as irrational beasts, naturally tending to the snare, and to destruction, blaspheming those things which they know now, shall perish in their corruption.
13 Receiving the reward of injustice, counting the delights of the day to be pleasure; stains and blemishes, flowing in delicacies, rioting in their feasts with you,
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and of never ceasing sin: alluring unstable souls, having their heart exercised with covetousness, children of malediction:
15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, having followed the way of Balaam, of Bosor, who loved the wages of iniquity:
16 But was rebuked for his insane folly: the dumb beast, subject to the yoke, speaking with the voice of man, forbad the folly of the prophet.
17 These are fountains without water, and clouds tossed with whirlwinds, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved.
18 For, speaking proud things of vanity, they allure in the desires of the flesh of lust, those who escape for a while such as live in error:
19 Promising them liberty, while they themselves are slaves of corruption: for by whom a man is overcome, of the same also he is the slave.
20 For if flying from the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, being again entangled in them, they are overcome: their latter state is become unto them worse than the former.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of justice, than after they have known it, to turn back from that holy commandment which was delivered to them.
22 For that of the true proverb hath happened to them: The dog is returned to his own vomit, and the sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.

CHAP. III.
Against scoffers, denying the second coming of Christ, he declares the sudden dissolution of this world; and exhorts to holiness of life.

1 THIS second epistle behold I write to you, dearly beloved, in which I excite by admonition your sincere mind:
2 That you may be mindful of those words which I told you before from the holy prophets, and of your apostles, of the precepts of the Lord and Saviour.
3 Knowing this first, that in the last days there shall come scoffers with deceit, walking according to their own lusts,
4 Saying: Where is his promise, or his coming? For, since the fathers slept, all things continue so from the beginning of creation.
5 For this they are willfully ignorant of, that the heavens were before, and the earth, out of water and through water, consisting by the word of God:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.
7 But the heavens which now are, and the earth, by the same word are kept in store, reserved for fire unto the day of judgment, and of the perdition of wicked men.
8 But be not ignorant, my beloved, of this one thing, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord delayeth not his promise, as some imagine: but acts patiently for your sake, not willing that any should perish, but that all should return to penance.
10 But the day of the Lord shall come as a thief, in which the heavens shall pass away with great violence, and the elements shall be melted with heat, and the earth, and the works that are in it, shall be burnt up.
11 Seeing then that all these things are to be dissolved, what manner of people ought you to be in holy conversation and godliness.
12 Expecting, and hastening unto the coming of the day of the Lord, by which the burning heavens shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with the heat of fire?
13 But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to his promise, in which justice dwelleth.
14 Wherefore, dearly beloved, expecting these things, endeavour diligently, that you may be found before him spotless and blameless in peace,
15 And account the long-suffering of our Lord, salvation: as also our most dear brother, Paul, according to the wisdom given him, hath written to you,
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things: in which are some things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as also the other Scriptures, to their own perdition.
17 You therefore, brethren, knowing these things before, beware; lest, being led away by the error of the unwise, you fall from your own steadfastness.
18 But increase in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and unto the day of eternity. Amen.

The First Epistle of Saint Peter The Apostle

The First Epistle of Saint Peter The Apostle

CHAP. I.
He gives thanks to God for the benefit of our being called to the true faith, and to eternal life; into which we are to enter by many tribulations. He exhorts to holiness of life, considering the holiness of God, and our redemption by the blood of Christ.

1 PETER, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers dispersed through Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect,
2 According to the foreknowledge of God, the Father, unto the sanctification of the Spirit, unto the obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy hath regenerated us unto a lively hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 Unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who by the power of God are kept by faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In which you shall greatly rejoice, now if ye must be for a little time, affected by divers temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, much more precious than gold, (which is tried by the fire) may be found unto praise, and glory, and honour, at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen you love: in whom also now, though you see him not, you believe: and believing, shall rejoice with an unspeakable and glorified joy:

9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning which salvation the prophets have inquired, and diligently searched, who prophesied of the grace to come in you:
11 Searching into what time, or manner of time, the Spirit of Christ should signify in them: foretelling those sufferings that are in Christ, and the glories that should follow:
12 To whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to you they ministered those things, which are now declared to you by those who have preached the gospel to you, the Holy Ghost being sent down from heaven, on whom the Angels desire to look.
13 Wherefore having the loins of your mind girded, being sober, hope perfectly for that grace which is offered you at the revelation of Jesus Christ:
14 As children of obedience, not conformed to the former desires of your ignorance:
15 But according to the holy one, who hath called you: be ye also holy in all conversation:
16 For it is written: You shall be holy, because I am holy.
17 And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons, judgeth according to every one’s work, converse in fear during the time of your sojourning here:
18 Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, gold or silver, from your vain conversation of the tradition of your fathers:
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled:
20 Foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but manifested in the last times for you,
21 Who through him are faithful in God, who raised him from the dead, and gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God:
22 Purifying your souls in the obedience of charity, with a brotherly love, from a sincere heart love one another earnestly:
23 Being born again not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible by the word of God, who liveth and remaineth for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass: and all the glory thereof as the flower of the grass: the grass is withered, and the flower thereof is fallen away.
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for every: and this is the word which hath been preached unto you.

CHAP. II.
We are to lay aside all guile, and go to Christ, the living stone: and as being now his people, walk worthy of him, with submission to superiors, and patience under sufferings.

1 WHEREFORE, laying aside all malice, and all guile, and dissimulations, and envies, and all detractions,
2 As new-born infants, desire the rational milk without guile: that thereby you may grow unto salvation:
3 If yet you have tasted that the Lord is sweet.
4 To whom approaching the living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen and honoured of God:
5 Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore it is contained in the Scripture: Behold I lay in Sion a chief corner-stone, elect, precious: And he that shall believe in him, shall not be confounded.
7 To you, therefore, that believe honour: but to them that believe not, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is made the head of the corner:
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of scandal to them, who stumble at the word, neither do believe whereunto also they are set.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people, that you may declare his virtues, who hath called you out of darkness into his admirable light.
10 Who in time past were not a people: but are now the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires, which war against the soul,
12 Having your conversation good among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evil doers, considering you by your good works, they may glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Be ye subject, therefore, to ever human creature for God’s sake: whether it be to the kind as excelling:
14 Or to governors, as sent by him for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of the good:
15 For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men: love the brotherhood: fear God: honour the king:
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good, and gentle, but also to the forward.
19 For this is praiseworthy, if for conscience towards God, a man endures sorrows, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if sinning and being buffeted you suffer it: But if doing well you suffer patiently; this is praiseworthy before God.
21 For to this you have been called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow his steps.
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who when he was reviled, did not revile: when he suffered, he threatened not: but delivered himself to him that judged him unjustly:
24 Who his ownself bore our sins in his body upon the tree: that we being dead to sins, should live to justice: by whose stripes you were healed.
25 For you were as sheep going astray: but you are now converted to the pastor and bishop of your souls.

CHAP. III.
How wives are to behave to their husbands: what ornaments they are to seek. Exhortation to divers virtues.

1 IN like manner also, let wives be subject to their husbands: that if any believe not the word, they may be gained without the word, by the conversation of the wives,
2 Considering your chaste conversation with fear.
3 Whose adoring let it not be the outward plaiting of the hair, or the wearing of gold, or the putting on of apparel:
4 But the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptibility of a quiet and a meek spirit, which is rich in the sight of God:
5 For after this manner heretofore also the holy women, hoping in God, adorned themselves, being subject to their own husbands.
6 As Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord: whose daughters you are, doing well, and not fearing any trouble.
7 Ye husbands, likewise dwelling with them according to knowledge, giving honour to the woman, as to the weaker vessel, and as to the coheirs of the grace of life: that your prayers be not hindered.
8 And finally be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, loving the brotherhood, merciful, modest, humble:
9 Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing; but on the contrary, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing.
10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.
11 Let him decline from evil, and do good: let him seek peace, and pursue it:
12 Because the eyes of the Lord are upon the just, and his ears unto their prayers: but the countenance of the Lord against them that do evil things.
13 And who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good?
14 But if also you suffer any thing for justice sake, blessed are ye. And be not afraid of their terror, and be not troubled,
15 But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being always ready to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you.
16 But with modesty and fear, having a good conscience: that whereas they speak evil of you, they may be ashamed who falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
17 For it is better doing well (if such be the will of God) to suffer, than doing ill.
18 Because Christ also died once for our sins, the just for the unjust, that he might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but brought to life by the spirit.
19 In which also coming, he preached to those spirits who were in prison:
20 Who in time past had been incredulous, when they waited for the patience of God, in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.
21 Whereunto baptism being of the life form, now saveth you also: not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the examination of a good conscience towards God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
22 Who is on the right hand of God, swallowing up death, that we might be made heirs of eternal life: he being gone into heaven, the Angels, and powers and virtues being made subject to him.

CHAP. IV.
Exhortation to cease from sin: to mutual charity; to do all for the glory of God; to be willing to suffer for Christ.

1 CHRIST, therefore, having suffered in the flesh, be you also armed with the same though, for he that hath suffered in the flesh, hath ceased from sins:
2 That now he may live the rest of his time in the flesh, not after the desires of men, but according to the will of God.
3 For the time past is sufficient to have fulfilled the will of the Gentiles, for them who have walked in riotousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banqueting, and unlawful worshipping of idols.
4 Wherein they think it strange, that you run not with them into the same confusion of riotousness, blaspheming.
5 Who shall render an account to him, who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 For this cause was the gospel preached also to the dead: that they might be judged indeed, according to men in the flesh, but may live according to God in the Spirit.
7 But the end of all is at hand. Be prudent, therefore, and watch in prayers.
8 But before all things have constant mutual charity among yourselves: for charity covereth a multitude of sins.
9 Using hospitality towards one another without murmuring.
10 As every man hath received grace, ministering the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11 If any man speak, as the words of God: if any man minister, as by the power which God supplieth: that in all things God may be honoured through Jesus Christ: to whom is glory, and dominion, for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you:
13 But partaking of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that also in the revelation of his glory ye may rejoice with exultation.
14 If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be happy: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his spirit, resteth upon you.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or as coveting the goods of others.
16 But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed: but let him glorify God in that name.
17 For it is time that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first with us: what shall be the end of those who believe not the gospel of God?
18 And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the wicked and the sinner appear?
19 Therefore let them who suffer according to the will of God, also commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.

CHAP. V.
He exhorts both priests and laity, to their respective duties, and recommends to all humility and watchfulness.

1 THE ancients, therefore, that are among you, I beseech, who am myself also an ancient and a witness of the sufferings of Christ: as also a partaker of that glory which is to be revealed in time to come.
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking care thereof not by constraint, but willingly, according to God: nor for the sake of filthy lucre, but voluntarily:
3 Neither as domineering over the clergy, but being made a pattern of the flock from the heart.
4 And when the Prince of pastors shall appear, you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory.
5 In like manner, ye young men, be subject to the ancients. And do ye all insinuate humility one to another, for God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.
6 Be you humbled, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in the time of visitation:
7 Casting all your solicitude upon him, for he hath care of you.
8 Be sober, and watch: because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist ye, strong in faith; knowing that the same affliction befalleth your brethren who are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory, in Christ Jesus, when you have suffered a little, will himself perfect, and confirm, and establish you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 By Silvanus a faithful brother unto you, as I think, I have written briefly: beseeching and testifying, that this is the true grace of God, wherein you stand.
13 The church, which is in Babylon, co-elected, saluteth you: and my son, Mark.
14 Salute one another with a holy kiss. Grace unto you all, who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.