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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 belovedbredriven with the wind, and tossed./ihren, 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 : the Lord.

20 For the wrath of man work8 A double-minded man is un-eth not the righteousness of God. stable in all his ways.

21 Wherefore lay apart all fil9 Let the brother of low de-thiness, and superfluity of naughgree rejoice in that he is exalted; tiness, and receive with meek

10 But the rich, in that he is ness the engrafted word, which made low: because as the floweris 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 soonerand not hearers only, deceiving risen with a burning heat, but ityour 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 con. him.

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 with in his deed. evil, neither tempteth he any 26 If any man among you seem man :

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 undefi15 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.

CHAP. II. 17 Every good gift, and every We may not despise the poor. perfect gift, is from above, and M Y brethren, have not the cometh down from the Father of IV 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 wclassembly a man with a gold ring,

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No faith

James.

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: notwith· 4 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 ye man ! 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 ? sors.

| 23 And the scripture was ful10 For whosoever shall keep filled, which saith, Abraham be. the whole law, and yet cifend in lieved God, and it was imputed one point, he is guilty of all. unto him for righteousness :

11 For he that said, Do notand 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. law,

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 mes

sengers, and had sent them out 13 For he shall have judgmentanother way? without mercy, that hath shewed 25 For as the body without the no mercy; and mcrcy rejoiccth spirit is dead, so faith without against judgment.

works is dead also,

the when she had received by works,

13 For the call

Of faith and works.. Chap. iii. iv. Not to judge rashly.

CHAP. III. | 12 Can the fig-tree, my breOf prudence in reproving. thren, bear olive-berries ? either AY brethren, be not many a vine, figs ? so can no fountain W 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 perfectmeekness of wisdom. man, and able also to bridle the 14 But if ye have bitter envywhole body.

ling and strife in your hearts, 3 Behold, we put bits in the glory not, and lie not against thé 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 arelis, 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 littleble, gentle, and easy to be entreamember, and boasteth greatsted, full of mercy and good fruits, things. Behold, how great a without partiality, and without matter a little fire kindleth! hypocrisy.

6 And the tongue is a fire, a 18 And the fruit of righteous-· world of iniquity : so is the ness 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 seton fire of hell. FROM whence come wars and

7 For every kind of beasts, T 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, be. even 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-esses, know ye not that the friend. ceedeth blessing and cursing. ship of the world is enmity with My brethren, these things ough God ? whosoever, therefore, will not so to be.

be a friend of the world, is the 11 Doth a fountain send forthlenemy of God. at the same place sweet water 5 Do ye think that the scripand bitter?

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CHAP. V. · 6 But he giveth more grace: Be patient, and forbear swearing. wherefore he saith, God resisteth c o to now, ye rich men, the proud, but giveth grace unto weep and howl, for your the humble.

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 cank. your 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 Behold, 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 his 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. 16 Ye have condemned and kill

12 There is one law-giver, whoed 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 gowaiteth 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:

Jand 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 con

15 For that ye ought to say, If demned: behold, thejudge standthe Lord will, we shall live, and eth before the door. do this, or that.

| 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.

sample of suffering affliction, and 17 Thereforeto him that know- of patience. eth to do good, and doeth it not, i1 Behold, we count them hapto him it is sin,

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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, tender mercy.

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.

learth 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 overlerr from the truth, and one conhim, anointing him with oil in the vert him ; name of the Lord :

| 20 Lethimknow, 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-ltitude of sins. I THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF PETER. CHAP. I.

| 5 Who are kept by the power Of God'smanifold spiritualgraces.of God through faith unto salvaDETER, an apostle of Jesus tion, ready to be revealed in the

I Christ, to the strangers scat- last 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.

junto 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 in souls. heaven for you,

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