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and peace, and joy in a holy spirit. 18 For he that, in these things, serveth Christ, is wellpleasing to God, and approved by men.
19 So then let us follow after the things, which make for peace, and for the edifying of one another. 20 For the sake of food, destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil in that man who eateth so as to cause offence. 21 It is right neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor to do any thing by which thy brother stumbleth, [or is offended, or is made weak.] 22 Thou hast faith have it with respect to thyself, in the sight of God. Happy is he who condemneth not himself, in that which he alloweth himself to do. 23 But he who doubteth is condemned if he eat, because he eateth not from faith for whatsoever is not from faith is sin.
are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good, to edification. 3 For Christ also pleased not himself; but, as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached thee fell on me." 4 For whatsoever things were formerly written, were written for our instruction; that we, through the patience and comfort of the scriptures, might have hope. 5 Now the God of patience and comfort grant you to be of the same mind amongst yourselves, according to the will of Jesus Christ: 6 that with one consent, and with one mouth, ye may glory the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 7 Wherefore receive to yourselves one another; Christ also hath received you to himself for the glory of God.
8 Now I say, that [Jesus] Christ became a minister of the circumcision, for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers: 9 and that the gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, "For this cause I will praise thee among the gentiles, and sing to thy name." 10 And again it is said, "Rejoice, ye gentiles, together with his people." 11 And again,
CH. XVI. 25* Now to him who is able to establish you, (according to my gospel, even the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revealed mystery, which was kept secret in former ages, 26 but hath now been made manifest, and, by the writings of the prophets, according to the commandment of the aionian God, hath been made known to all the gentiles for their obedience to the faith;)" Praise the Lord, all ye gen27 to God, only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ, to the ages. Amen.
CH. XV. 1 NOW we who
tiles; and laud him, all ye people." 12 And again Isaiah saith, "There shall be a root of Jesse: and he who shall rise to reign
"In the common copies this doxology is inserted at the conclusion of ch. xvi. but the Alexandrian and most of the other manuscripts introduce it here." Im. Ver. note.
over the nations, in him the nations shall hope." 13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace, in believing; that ye may abound in hope, through the power of a holy spirit.
22 On which account also, I have been often prevented from coming to you: 23 but now, having no longer place for preaching, in these parts, and having a great desire, for these many years, to come to you; 24 whensoever I go into Spain I trust to see you, as I pass on, and to be conducted
when I have been first partly filled with your company.
14 AND I myself also am persuaded concerning you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all know-by you on my way thitherward, ledge, able also to admonish one another. 15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written to you somewhat boldly in part, as putting you in mind, on account of the favour which God hath bestowed on me; 16 that I should be a minister of Jesus Christ to the gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the gentiles might be well accepted, being sanctified by a holy spirit.
17 I have, therefore, whereof I may glory, through Jesus Christ, in things relating to God; 18 (for I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me;) concerning the obedience of the gentiles in word and deed, 19 through mighty signs and wonders, through the power of a [holy] spirit; so that from Jerusalem, and round about, to Illyricum, I have full preached the gospel of Christ: 20 earnestly striving, however, to preach the gospel in this manner; not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man's foundation; 21 but as it is written, "Those to whom he had not been spoken of, shall see and those who had not heard, shall understand."
25 But now I am going to Jerusalem, that I may minister to the saints: 26 for it hath pleased those of Macedonia and Achaia to make some contribution for the poor saints who are in Jefusalem. 27 It hath pleased them indeed, and they are debtors to the Jews: for if they have made the gentiles partakers of their spiritual things, the gentiles ought also to minister to them in worldly things. 28 When, therefore, I have performed this, and have set the seal to this fruit of their liberality, I will come by you into Spain. 29 And I know that, when I come to you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of Christ.
30 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the Lord Jesus Christ, and by the love which is the fruit of the spirit, that ye strive, together with me, in your prayers to God for me; 31 that I may be delivered from those in Judea who believe not; and [that] my ministry at Jerusalem may be well accepted by the saints; 32 that I may come to you with joy, by the will of God; [and may be refreshed to
gether with you.] 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. [Amen.]
mother and mine. 14 Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are with them. 15 Salute Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them. 16 Salute one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ
17 Now I beseech you, brethren, to mark those who raise divisions and causes of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. 18 For those who are such, serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and by good words, and fair speeches, deceive the hearts of the innocent. 19 For your obedience hath come abroad to all men. I rejoice therefore on your account: but yet I would have you to be wise [indeed]
CH. XVI. 1 [NOW] I commend to you, Phebè, our sister, who is a deaconness of the church at Cenchrea: 2 that ye receive her in the Lord, as is worthy of saints, and that ye help her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been an assistant of many, and of myself also. 3 Salute Priscas and Aquila, my fellow-labourers in Christ Jesus: 4 (who, for my life, have laid down their own necks: to whom not I only give thanks, but all the churches also of the gentiles :) 5 salute likewise the church in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epænetus, who is the first-fruits of Asia to Christ. 6 Salute Mary, who hath laboured much for you. 7 Salute Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow-concerning that which is good, prisoners, who are well known among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. 8 Salute Amplias, my beloved in the Lord. 9 Salute Urbanus, our fellow-labourer in Christ; and Stachys, my beloved. 10 Salute Apelles, who is approved in Christ. Salute those that are of Aristobulus's household. 11 Salute Herodian, my kinsman. Salute those of Narcissus's household, who are in the Lord. 12 Salute Tryphena, and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, who hath laboured much in the Lord. 13 Salute Rufus, who is chosen in the Lord; and his Amen.* See Note, p. 269.
and simple, concerning that which is evil. 20 Now the God of peace will quickly bruise the adversary under your feet.
THE favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
21 TIMOTHY, my fellow-labourer, and Lucius and Jason and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you. 22 I Tertius, the scribe of this epistle, salute you in the Lord. 23 Gaius, my host, and the host of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, and Quartus, a brother, salute you.
24 THE favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE
1 PAUL, [called] an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, 2 to the church of God which is at Corinth, to those who are sanctified through Christ Jesus, called saints, and to all who in every place are called by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord, and ours: 3 favour be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I THANK My God always, on your account, for his favour, which is given you through Jesus Christ: 5 for ye have been enriched by him in every thing, in all utterance, and in all knowledge; 6 (according as the testimony concerning Christ was confirmed among you :) 7 so that ye are inferior in no gift; looking for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ, 8 who will also establish you irreproachable to the end, even in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 God is faithful, by whom ye have been called into a fellowship with his son Jesus Christ, our Lord.
Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all
12 Now I mean this; (since
17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel; though not in wisdom of speech, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preaching of the cross is, to those who are lost, foolishness; but, to us, * Gr. Cephas, i. e. Peter.
10 NOW I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our
things which are not, to bring to nought the things which are: 29 so that no one should boast in the presence of God.*
30 Now of him ye are in Christ Jesus, who hath been made to us wisdom from God, even justi
who are saved, it is the power of God. 19 For it is written, "I will destroy the wisdom of those who are wise, and will bring to nothing the knowledge of those who are knowing." 20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the dis-fication, and sanctification, and puter of this age? hath not God redemption: 31 so that, as it made foolish the wisdom of is written, "He who boasteth, [this] world? 21 For since in let him boast in the Lord." the wisdom of God, the world through its wisdom, knew not God, it pleased God to save, through the foolishness of preaching, those who believe.
22 For the Jews require signs, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: 23 but we preach Christ crucified; to the Jews a stumbling-block, and to the gentiles foolishness; 24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
26 For ye see, brethren, those of you who are called; that not many of you are wise men, according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble: 27 but God hath chosen the foolish things of the world, to shame those who are wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world, to shame the things which are mighty; 28 and the base things of the world, and the things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, [and] the
CH. II. 1 NOW I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech, nor of wisdom, declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, but Jesus Christ, and him crucified. 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in much fear and trembling. 4 And my speech, and my preaching, were with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit, and power: 5 that your faith might not be in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
6 HOWEVER, we speak wisdom among those who are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this age, nor of the princes of · this age, who will come to nought: 7 but we speak of divine wisdom which was hidden in a mystery, which God predetermined before the ages, for our glory: 8 which none of the princes of this age knew; (for, if they had known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory :) 9 but as it
*"And ignoble and despised persons, and even gentiles, regarded by the Jews as nothing, [Deut. xxxii. 21; 1 Pet. ii. 10.] to substitute them in the place of the people of God." Newcome.