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Vischief of relapsing into sin. II. PETER. Of Christ's second cwung. swelling words of vanity, they 2 That ye may be mindful of allure through the lusts of the the words which were spoken' flesh, through much wantonness, before by the holy prophets, those that were clean escaped and of the commandment of us from them who live in error. the apostles of the Lord and

19 While they promise them Saviour : liberty, they themselves are the 3 Knowing this first, that servants of corruption : for of there shall come in the last days whom a man is overcome, of the scoffers, walking after their own same is he brought in bondage. lusts,

20 For if after they have esca- 4 And saying, Where is the ped the pollutions of the world promise of his coming ? for since through the knowledge of the the fathers fell asleep, all things Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, continue as they were from the they are again entangled there beginning of the creation. in, and overcome, the latter end 5 For this they willingly are is worse with them than the be- ignorant of, that by the word ginning

of God the heavens were of old, 21 For it had been better for and the earth standing out of them not to have known the the water and in the water: way of righteousness, than, af- 6 Whereby the world that ter they have known it, to turn then was, being overflowed with from the holy commandment water, perished : delivered unto them.

7 But the heavens and the 22 But it is happened unto earth, which are now, by the them according to the true prov- same word are kept in store, erb, The dog is turned to his reserved unto fire against the own vomit again; and, The sow day of judgment and perdition that was washed, to her wallow- of ungodly men. ing in the mire.

8 But, beloved, be not ignoCHAP. III.

rant of this one thing, that one 1 He assureth them of the certainty of Christ's day is with the Lord as a thoucoming 10 judgment, against those scorners sand years, and a thousand years who dispute against it: 8 warning the god

as one day. ly, for the long patience of God, to hasten their repentance. 10 He describeth also

9 The Lord is not slack conthe mu.iner how the world shall be destronna cerning his promise, as some

11 exhorling them, from the expectation thereof, to all holiness of life : 15 men count slackness; but is and again, to think the patience of God to tend lo their salvation, as Paul wrote

long-suffering to us-ward, not to them in his epistles.

willing that any should perish, epistle, belovI write unto you; . in both which I stir up your 10 But the day of the Lord pure minds by way of remem- will come as a thief in the brance :

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The day of the Lord described. CHAP. III.

Advice to grow in grace. ens shall pass away with a

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15 And account that the longgreat noise, and the elements suffering of our Lord is salvashall melt with fervent heat, tion ; even

beloved the earth also and the works that brother Paul also, according to are therein shall be burned up the wisdom given unto him,

11 Seeing then that all these hath written unto you; things shall be dissolved, what 16 As also in all his epistles, manner of persons ought ye to speaking in them of these be in all holy conversation and things; in which are some things godliness,

hard to be understood, which 12 Looking for and hasting they that are unlearned and unto the coming of the day of unstable wrest, as they do also God, wherein the heavens being the other scriptures, unto their on fire shall be dissolved, and own destruction. the elements shall melt with 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seefervent heat?

ing ye know these things before, 13 Nevertheless we, according beware lest ye also, being led to his promise, look for new away with the error of the wickheavens and a new earth, where-ed, fall from your own steadfastin dwelleth righteousness.

14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing 18 But grow in grace, and in that ye look for such things, be the knowledge of our Lord and diligent that ye may be found Saviour Jesus Christ. To him of him in peace, without spot, be glory both now and for ever. and blameless.

Amen.

ness.

I THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF JOHN.

CHAP. I.

the Father, and was manifested I He describeth the person of Christ, in whom unto us ;) we have eternal life, by a communion with

3 That which we have seen God: 5 to which we must adjoin holiness of life, to testify the truth of that our commun- and heard declare we unto you, ion and profession of faith, as also lo assure us of the forgiveness of our sins by that ye also may have fellowChrist's death.

ship with us : and truly our felTHAT NHAT which was from the lowship is with the Father, and

beginning, which we have with his Son Jesus Christ. heard, which we have seen with 4 And these things write we our eyes, which we have looked unto you, that your joy may be upon, and our hands have han- full. died, of the word of life;

5 This then is the message 2 (For the life was manifest- which we have heard of him, ed, and we have seen it, and and declare unto you, that God bear witness, and shew unto you is light, and in him is no darkthat eternal life which was with ! ness at all.

Christ our advocate with the Father. I. JOHN.

of loving one another. 6 If we say that we have fel- perfected: hereby know we that lowship with him, and walk in

we are in him. darkness, we lie, and do not the 6 He that saith he abideth truth:

in him, ought himself also so 7 But if we walk in the light, to walk, even as he walked. as he is in the light, we have 7 Brethren, I write no new fellowship one with another, and commandment unto you, but an the blood of Jesus Christ his old commandment which ye had Son cleanseth us from all sin. from the beginning : the old

8 If we say that we have no commandment is the word which sin, we deceive ourselves, and ye have heard from the beginthe truth is not in us.

ning 9 If we confess our sins, he is 8 Again, a new commandment faithful and just to forgive us I write unto you, which thing our sins, and to cleanse us from is true in him and in you: beall unrighteousness.

cause the darkness is past, and 10 If we say that we have the true light now shineth. not sinned, we make him a liar, 9 He that saith he is in the and his word is not in us. light, and hateth his brother, is CHAP. II.

in darkness even until now. I He comforteth them against the sins of infirm- 10 He that loveth his brother

3 Rightly to know God is to keep abideth in the light, and there his commandments, 9 to love our brethren, 15 and not to love the world. 18 We must is none occasion of stumbling beware of seducers : from whose deceits the godly are safe, preserved by perseverance

in him. in faith, and holiness of life.

11 But he that hateth his MY

Y little children, these brother is in darkness, and walk

things write I unto you, eth in darkness, and knoweth that ye sin not. And if any not whither he goeth, because man sin, we have an advocate that darkness hath blinded his with the Father, Jesus Christ eyes. the righteous :

12 I write unto you, little 2 And he is the propitiation children, because your sins are for our sins : and not for ours forgiven you for his name's sake. oniy, but also for the sins of 13 I write unto you, fathers, the whole world.

because ye have known him that 3 And hereby we do know is from the beginning. I write that we know him, if we keep unto you, young men, because his commandments.

ye have overcome the wicked 4 He that saith, I know him, one. I write unto you, little and keepeth not his command children, because ye have known ments, is a liar, and the truth the Father. is not in him.

14 I have written unto you, 5 But whoso keepeth his word, fathers, because ye have known in him verily is the love of God | him that is from the beginning.

ity.

ed one.

The apostle cautioneth

CHAP. III. against antichristian errors I have written unto you, young Son, the same hath not the men, because ye are strong, and Father: [but he that acknowlthe word of God abideth in you, edgeth the Son hath the Father and ye have overcome the wick- also.]

24 Let that therefore abide in 15 Love not the world, nei- you, which ye have heard from ther the things that are in the the beginning. If that which world. If any man love the ye have heard from the beginworld, the love of the Father is ning shall remain in you, ye not in him.

also shall continue in the Son, 16 For all that is in the world, and in the Father. the lust of the flesh, and the 25 And this is the promise lust of the eyes, and the pride that he hath promised us, even of life, is not of the Father, but eternal life. is of the world.

26 These things have I writ17 And the world passeth ten unto you concerning them away, and the lust thereof: but that seduce you. he that doeth the will of God 27 But the anointing which abideth for ever.

ye

have received of him abideth 18 Little children, it is the in you, and ye need not that last time: and as ye have heard any man teach you: but as the that antichrist shall come, even same anointing teacheth you of now are there many antichrists; all things, and is truth, and is whereby we know that it is the no lie, and even as it hath last time.

taught you, ye shall abide in 19 They went out from us, him. but they were not of us; for if 28 And now, little children, they had been of us, they would abide in him; that when he no doubt have continued with shall appear, we may have conus : but they went out, that they fidence, and not be ashamed bemight be made manifest that fore him at his coming. they were not all of us.

29 If ye know that he is righ20 But ye have an unction teous, ye know that every one from the Holy One, and ye that doeth righteousness is born know all things.

of him. 21 I have not written unto

CHAP. III. you because ye know not the

1 He declareth the singular love of God totruth, but because ye know it, wards us, in making us his sons : 3 who and that no lie is of the truth.

therefore ought obediently to keep his com

mandments, 11 as also brotherly to love one 22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? EHOLD what manner of He is antichrist, that denieth love the Father hath bethe Father and the Son.

stowed upon us, that we should 23 Whosoever denieth the be called the sons of God! not of God, neither he that loveth demn us not, then have we connot his brother.

another.

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God's great love lo mankind. 1. JOHN. The nature of brotherly love. therefore the world knoweth us that ye heard from the beginnot, because it knew him not. ning, that we should love one

2 Beloved, now are we the another. sons of God, and it doth not yet 12 Not as Cain, who was of appear what we shall be: but we that wicked one, and slew his know that, when he shall ap- brother. And wherefore slew he pear, we shall be like him ; for him? Because his own works we shall see him as he is. were evil, and his brother's

3 And every man that hath righteous. this hope in him purifieth him- 13 Marvel not, my brethren, self, even as he is pure.

if the world hate you. 4 Whosoever committeth sin 14 We know that we have transgresseth also the law; for passed from death unto life, sin is the transgression of the because we love the brethren. law.

He that loveth not his brother, 5 And ye know that he was abideth in death. manifested to take away our 15 Whosoever hateth his brothsins; and in him is no sin. er, is a murderer: and ye know

6 Whosoever abideth in him that no murderer hath eternal sinneth not: whosoever sinneth | life abiding in him. hath not

seen him, neither 16 Hereby perceive we the known him.

love of God, because he laid 7 Little children, let no man

down his life for us: and we deceive you: he that doeth ought to lay down our lives for righteousness is righteous, even the brethren. as he is righteous.

17 But whoso hath this world's 8 He that committeth sin is good, and seeth his brother have of the devil; for the devil sin- need, and shutteth up his bowneth from the beginning. For els of compassion from him, this purpose the Son of God how dwelleth the love of God was manifested, that he might in him? destroy the works of the devil. 18 My little children, let us

9 Whosoever is born of God not love in word, neither in doth not commit sin; for his tongue, but in deed and in truth. seed remaineth in him ; and he 19 And hereby we know that cannot sin, because he is born we are of the truth, and shall of God.

assure our hearts before him. 10 In this the children of 20 For if our heart condemn God are manifest, and the chil- us, God is greater than our dren of the devil: whosoever heart, and knoweth all things.

fidence toward God. 11 For this is the message 22 And whatsoever we ask,

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