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• Cursed be he that doth the Work of the Lord deceitfully; who holdeth the Truth in Unrighteousness; who fecretly doth those things that are not right, against the Lord; and hath not turned unto him with his whole Heart, but feignedly.

6 Woe unto you, Hypocrites; which strain at a Gnat, and swallow a Camel; which devour Widows Houses, and for a pretence make long Prayer.

c'Ye are they which justify your felves before Men; but God knoweth your Hearts : For that which is highly esteemed amongst Men, is oftentimes Abomination in the Sight of God.

dYe fit before the Lord as his People, and ye hear his Words; but ye will not do them: For

Mouth ye shew much Love; but your Heart goeth after your Covetousnefs.

e Ye are like unto whited Sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead Men's Bones, and all Uncleanness; even fo ye also outwardly appear righteous unto Men; but within ye are full of Hypocrisy and Iniquity.

f But what is the Hope of the Hypocrite, tho' he hath gained, when God taketh away his Soul? Will God hear his Cry, when Trouble cometh upon him : Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call upon God? Behold the Joy of the Hypocrite is but for a moment; why then are ye thus altogether vain ?

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Jer. 48. To. Rom. 1. 18. 2 Kings 17. 9. Jer. 3. 10. b Mar. 23. 23, 24, 14.

c Luke 16. 15. d Ezek. 33. 31.

Mat. 23. 27, 28. Job 27, 8, 9, 10, Job 20. s. Job 27. 12.

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a And besides this, giving all Diligence, add to your Faith Virtue, and to Virtue Knowledge, and to Knowledge Temperance, and to Temperance Patience, and to Patience Godliness, and to Godliness Brotherly Kindness, and to Brotherly Kindness Charity : For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you, that ye shall neither be barren, nor unfruitful, in the Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ : But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old Sins. - Walk as Children of Light, proving what is acceptable unto the Lord; and always abounding in the Work of the Lord: Forasmuch as ye know, that your Labour is not in vain in the Lord. c We exhort, and charge every one

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you, that ye would walk worthy of the Vocation wherewith ye are called; worthy of God, who hath called you to his Kingdom and Glory; worthy of the Lord, unto all

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Let your Love abound yet more and more, in Knowledge, and in all judgment; that ye may be filled with the Fruits of Righteousness, which are by Jesus Chrift, unto the Glory and Praise of God.

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2 Pet. I. S, 6, 7, 8, 9. b Eph. 5. 8, 10, 1 Cor. IS. 58.

< I Theff. 2. 11. Eph. 4. 1. . I.Theff. 2. 72. Col. 1. 1o. d Phil. 1. 9, 10, il,

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a Do all things without Murmurings, or Disputings. Be ready to every good Work: And, be diligent, that ye may be found of God with out spot, and blameless.

b Be not slothful; but be ye Followers of them, who, through Faith and Patience, inherit the Promises.

c Stand fast in one Spirit, with one Mind, ftriving together for the Faith of the Gospel: and in nothing terrified by your Adversaries.

d Contend earnestly for the Faith, which was once delivered unto the Saints. e Be zealous towards God: But let

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Zeal be according to Knowledge.

f Herein do I exercise my self, to have always a Conscience void of Offence, towards God, and towards Men.

8 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after Righteousness; for they shall be filled. h Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.

GROWTH and EXCELLENCE.

i Furthermore then we beseech you, Brethren, (faith St. Paul) and exhort you, by the Lord Jefus, that as ye have received of us how you ought to walk, and to please God, so ye would abound more and more.

k Ye that are nourished up in the Words of Faith and of good Doctrine, take care that ye grow in Grace, and in the Knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Phil. 2, 14. Tit. 3. 1. 2 Pet. 3. 14.

• Heb. 6. 12. c Phil. 1. 27. Jude 3.

Acts 22. 3. Rom. 10. 2. Acts 16. 24. 6 Mat. 5. 6.

Jam. 4. 7. ! 1 Thess. 4. 1. I Tim. 4, 6. 2 Pet. 3. 18.

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a And besides this, giving all Diligence, add to your Faith Virtue, and to Virtue Knowledge, and to Knowledge Temperance, and to Temperance Patience, and to Patience Godliness, and to Godliness Brotherly Kindness, and to Brotherly Kindness Charity : For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you, that ye shall neither be barren, nor unfruitful, in the Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ: But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old Sins.

6 Walk as Children of Light, proving what is acceptable unto the Lord; and always .abounding in the Work of the Lord: Forasmuch as ye know, that your Labour is not in vain in the Lord.

c We exhort, and charge every one of you, that ye would walk worthy of the Vocation wherewith ye are called; worthy of God, who hath called you to his Kingdom and Glory; worthy of the Lord, unto all. pleasing: being fruitful in every good Work, and increasing in the Knowledge of God.

d Let your Love abound yet more and more, in Knowledge, and in all judgment; that ye may be filled with the Fruits of Righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the Glory and Praise of God.

e Herein (faith Christ) is my Father glorified, that ye bear much Fruit; so thall ye be my Disciples.

f Let us therefore go on unto Perfection: And, forgetting those things which are behind, and

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. 2. 11, Eph. 4. I. 1 Thess. 2. 12, Col. 1. 10. d Phil. 1. 9, 10, 11, ..John 15. 8. * Heb. 6. 1. Phil. 3. 13.

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a Because Iniquity shall abound, the Love of : many shall wax cold : But he that shall endure: unto the end, the same shall be saved.

b When the Righteous turneth away from his Righteousnefs, and coinmitteth Iniquity, and doth according to all the Abominations that the wicked Man doth, all his Righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned; in his Trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his Sin that he hath finned, in them shall he die.

c If they that had escaped the Pollutions of the World, through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Chrift, are again intangled therein, and overcome; the latter end is worse with them than the beginning: For it had been better for them not to have known the way of Righteousness, than after they have known it to: turn from the holy Commandment delivered unto thein.

d As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him : Holding Faith, and a good Conscience; and continuing in the Love of Christ; that when he shall appear ye inay have Confidence, and not be ashamed before. him at his coming.

e The hoary Head is a Crown of Glory, if it. be found in the way of Righteousness.

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2 Mat. 24. 12, 13.

b Ezek. 18. 24. € 2 Pet. 2.

á Col. 2. 6. 1 Tim. 1. 19. John 15. 9. r John 2.-28. € Prov. 16.31,

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