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doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.

8 And then shall that Wicked be whom the

INALLY, brethren, pray shall consume with the spirit of for us, that the word of the his mouth, and shall destroy with Lord may have free course, and the brightness of his coming: be glorified, even as it is with 9 Even him, whose coming is you;


after the working of Satan, with 2 And that we may be deliverall power, and signs, and lying ed from unreasonable and wickwonders, ed men: for all men have not 10 And with all deceivable- faith.

ness of unrighteousness in them 3 But the Lord is faithful, that perish; because they re- who shall establish you, and ceived not the love of the truth, keep you from evil. that they might be saved.

11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:

4 And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you.

12 That they all might be 5 And the Lord direct your damned who believed not the hearts into the love of God, and truth, but had pleasure in un- into the patient waiting for righteousness. Christ.

13 But we are bound to give 6 Now we command you, thanks always to God for you, brethren, in the name of our brethren beloved of the Lord, Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withbecause God hath from the be- draw yourselves from every ginning chosen you to salvation, brother that walketh disorderly, through sanctification of the and not after the tradition which Spirit, and belief of the truth. he received of us.

14 Whereunto he called you 7 For yourselves know how by our gospel, to the obtaining ye ought to follow us: for we beof the glory of our Lord Jesus haved not ourselves disorderly Christ.

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He craveth their prayers; 3 he testifieth his confidence in them, praying God to direct them; 6 he giveth them divers precepts, &c.

among you;

15 Therefore, brethren, stand 8 Neither did we eat any fast, and hold the traditions man's bread for nought; but which ye have been taught, wrought with labour and travail whether by word, or our epistle. night and day, that we might

16 Now our Lord Jesus not be chargeable to any of you: Christ himself, and God, even 9 Not because we have not our Father, which hath loved us, power, but to make ourselves and hath given us everlasting an ensample unto you to follow consolation and good hope us.

through grace,

10 For even when we were 17 Comfort your hearts, and with you, this we commanded establish you in every good you, that if any would not word and work. work, neither should he eat.

11 For we hear that there are 15 Yet count him not as an some which walk among you enemy, but admonish him as a disorderly, working not at all, brother. but are busybodies.

16 Now the Lord of Peace 12 Now them that are such himself give you peace always we command and exhort by our by all means. The Lord be with Lord Jesus Christ, that with you all. quietness they work, and eat 17 The salutation of Paul their own bread. with mine own hand, which is 13 But ye, brethren, be not the token in every epistle: so I weary in well-doing. write.

14 And if any man obey not 18 The grace of our Lord Jeour word by this epistle, note sus Christ be with you all. Amen. that man, and have no company I The second epistle to the with him, that he may be asha- Thessalonians, was written from Athens.


1 The First Epistle of PAUL, the Apostle, to TIMOTHY. 6 From which some having 3 Paul remindeth Timothy of his charge....5 swerved, have turned aside unto The end of the commandment is charity. vain jangling;


...8 The scope of the law was to condemn

wickedness, which is also the design of the 7 Desiring to be teachers of gospel. the law; understanding neither PAUL, an apostle of Jesus what they say, nor whereof Christ by the command- they affirm.

ment of God our Saviour, and 8 But we know that the Lord Jesus Christ, which is our law is good, if a man use it lawhope; fully;

2 Unto Timothy, my own 9 Knowing this, that the law son in the faith; Grace, mercy, is not made for a righteous man, and peace, from God our Fath- but for the lawless and disobeer and Jesus Christ our Lord. dient, for the ungodly and for

3 As I besought thee to abide sinners, for unholy and profane, still at Ephesus, when I went for murderers of fathers, and into Macedonia,that thou might- murderers of mothers, for manest charge some that they teach slayers,

no other doctrine,

10 For whoremongers, for

4 Neither give heed to fables them that defile themselves with and endless genealogies, which mankind, for men-stealers, for minister questions, rather than liars, for perjured persons, and godly edifying which is in faith; if there be any other thing that so do. is contrary to sound doctrine, 5 Now the end of the com- 11 According to the glorious mandment is charity out of a gospel of the blessed God which pure heart, and of a good con- was committed to my trust. science, and of faith unfeign

12 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me,


for that he counted me faithful, 2 For kings, and for all that putting me into the ministry; are in authority; that we may

13 Who was before a blas-lead a quiet and peaceable life phemer, and a persecutor, and in all godliness and honesty. injurious: but I obtained mercy, 3 For this is good and acbecause I did it ignorantly in ceptable in the sight of God our unbelief: Saviour;

14 And the grace of our 4 Who will have all men to Lord was exceeding abundant be saved, and to come unto the with faith and love which is in knowledge of the truth. Christ Jesus. 5 For there is one God, and 15 This is a faithful saying, one mediator between God and and worthy of all acceptation, men, the man Christ Jesus; that Christ Jesus came into the 6 Who gave himself a ranworld to save sinners; of whom som for all, to be testified in due I am chief. time.

16 Howbeit, for this cause I 7 Whereunto I am ordained obtained mercy, that in me first a preacher and an apostle, (I Jesus Christ might shew forth speak the truth in Christ, and all long-suffering, for a pattern lie not,) a teacher of the Gentiles to them which should hereafter in faith and verity. believe on him to life everlast- 8 I will therefore that men ing. pray every where, lifting up ho17 Now unto the King eter-ly hands, without wrath and nal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory 9 In like manner also, that for ever and ever. Amen. women adorn themselves in


18 This charge I commit unto modest apparel, with shamethee, son Timothy, according to facedness and sobriety; not with the prophecies which went be- broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, fore on thee, that thou by them or costly array; mightest war a good warfare;

19 Holding faith and a good conscience; which some having put away, concerning faith have made shipwreck :

20 Of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. CHAP. II.

10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.

11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection.

12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.

13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve.

1 He exhorteth to pray and give thanks for

all men, 4 for God willeth the salvation of

14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being de

all men; 7 his commission to the Gentiles

....9 How women ought to be attired, &c.ceived was in the transgression. EXHORT therefore, that,

15 Notwithstanding, she shall

first of all, supplications, be saved in childbearing, if they prayers, intercessions, and giving continue in faith, and charity, of thanks be made for all men and holiness, with sobriety.

their children and their own


1 How bishops and deacons, and their wives, houses well.

should be qualified;14 and to what end St. 13 For they that have used Paul wrote to Timothy of these things....


16 The important truths of the Christian the office of a deacon well, purchase to themselves a good deTHIS THIS is a true saying, If a gree, and great boldness in the man desire the office of a faith which is in Christ Jesus. bishop, he desireth a good work. 14 These things write I unto 2 A bishop then must be thee, hoping to come unto thee blameless, the husband of one shortly:

wife, vigilant, sober, of good be- 15 But if I tarry long, that haviour, given to hospitality, apt thou mayest know how thou to teach; oughtest to behave thyself in the

3 Not given to wine, no stri- house of God, which is the ker, not greedy of filthy lucre; church of the living God, the but patient; not a brawler, not pillar and ground of the truth. covetous; 16 And without controversy, 4 One that ruleth well his great is the mystery of godliown house, having his children ness: God was manifest in the in subjection with all gravity; flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen

5 (For if a man know not of angels, preached unto the how to rule his own house, how Gentiles, believed on in the shall he take care of the church world, received up into glory. of God?) CHAP. IV.

6 Not a novice, lest being 1 He foretelleth and describeth a great aposta lifted up with pride he fall into cy....6 Directions to Timothy. the condemnation of the dev-NOW the Spirit speaketh


expressly, latter

7 Moreover, he must have times some shall depart from a good report of them which are the faith, giving heed to seduc without; lest he fall into re- ing spirits, and doctrines of proach and the snare of the devils;


2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy, 8 Likewise must the deacons having their conscience seared be grave, not double-tongued, with a hot iron; not given to much wine, not 3 Forbidding to marry, anit greedy of filthy lucre; commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

9 Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience.

10 And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless.

4 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refus11 Even so must their wives ed, if it be received with thanksbe grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things.

12 Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling

giving :

5 For it is sanctified by the word of God, and prayer.

6 If thou put the brethren in


remembrance of these things,| thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast



Rules to be observed in reproving....3 of widows and elders....23 A precept for Timothy's health. REBUKE not an elder, but entreat him as a father; 7 But refuse profane and old and the younger men as brethren; wives' fables, and exercise thy- 2 The elder women as mothself rather unto godliness. ers; the younger as sisters, with

8 For bodily exercise profiteth all purity. little; but godliness is profitable 3 Honour widows that are unto all things, having promise widows indeed. of the life that now is, and of 4 But if any widow have that which is to come. children or nephews, let them 9 This is a faithful saying, learn first to shew piety at home, and worthy of all accepta- and to requite their parents: tion. for that is good and acceptable 10 For therefore we both la- before God. bour and suffer reproach, be- 5 Now she that is a widow cause we trust in the living God indeed, and desolate, trusteth in who is the Saviour of all men, God, and continueth in suppliespecially of those that be- cations and prayers night and lieve. day.

11 These things command and teach.

12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in con- less. versation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

8 But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those 13 Till I come, give attend- of his own house, he hath deniance to reading, to exhortation, ed the faith, and is worse than to doctrine. an infidel.

14 Neglect not the gift that 9 Let not a widow be taken is in thee, which was given into the number under threethee by prophecy, with the lay-score years old, having been the ing on of the hands of the pres-wife of one man,


10 Well reported of for good 15 Meditate upon these works; if she have brought up things; give thyself wholly to children, if she have lodged them; that thy profiting may strangers, if she have washed appear to all. the saints' feet, if she have re16 Take heed unto thyself, lieved the afflicted, if she have and unto the doctrine; continue diligently followed every good in them for in doing this thou work. shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.


6 But she that liveth in pleasure, is dead while she liveth. 7' And these things give in charge, that they may be blame


11 But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun

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