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940 False teachers described. II. PETER. Of Christ's coming to judgment. and bring upon themselves swift de- || to whom the mist of darkness is reserved struction.

for ever. 2 And many shall follow their perni- | 18 For when they speak great swelling cious ways ; by reason of whom the way || words of vanity, they allure through the of truth shall be evil spoken of.

lusts of the flesh, through much wanton3 And through covetousness shall they || ness, those that were clean escaped from with feigned words make merchandise of them who live in error you: whose judgment now of a long time || 19 While they promise them liberty, lingereth not, and their damnation slum- | they themselves are the servants of corbereth not.

ruption : for of whom a man is over4 For if God spared not the angels that come, of the same is he brought in bondsinned, but cast them down to hell, and age. delivered them into chains of darkness, 20 For if after they have escaped the to be reserved unto judgment;

pollutions of the world through the knowl5 And spared not the old world, but edge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher | Christ, they are again entangled therein, of righteousness, bringing in the flood and overcome, the latter end is worse upon the world of the ungodly ;

with them than the beginning, 6 And turning the cities of Sodom and 21 For it had been better for them not Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to have known the way of righteousness, with an overthrow, making them an en- than, after they have known it, to turn sample unto those that after should live from the holy commandment delivered ungodly;

unto them. 7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with 22 But it is happened unto them acthe filthy conversation of the wicked: cording to the true proverb, The dog is

8 (For that righteous man dwelling turned to his own vomit again ; and, The among them, in seeing and hearing, vex sow that was washed, to her wallowing in ed his righteous soul from day to day the mire. with their unlawful deeds ;)

CHAP. III. 9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver | 1 The certainty of Christ's coming tojudgthe godly out of temptations, and to re- ment. 10 The manner how the sporld serve the unjust unto the day of judg shall be destroyed. 11 An erhortatior: ment to be punished:

I to godliness. 10 But chiefly them that walk after | THIS second epistle, beloved, I now the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and 1 write unto you ; in both which I despise government. Presumptuous are stir up your pure minds by way of rethey, self-willed; they are not afraid to membrance : speak evil of dignities.

2. That ye may be mindful of the 11 Whereas angels, which are greater words which were spoken before by the in power and might, bring not railing | holy prophets, and of the commandaccusation against them before the Lord. I ment of us the apostles of the Lord and

12 But these, as natural brute beasts, | Saviour : made to be taken and destroyed, speak 3 Knowing this first, that there shall evil of the things that they understand come in the last days scoffers, walking not; and shall utterly perish in their own || after their own lusts, corrup:ion :

4 And saying, Where is the promise of 13 And shall receive the reward of un- i his coming? for since the fathers fell a. righteousness, as they that count it pleas. || sleep, all things continue as they were ure to riot in the day-time. Spots they | from the beginning of the creation. are and blemishes, sporting themselves 5 For this they willingly are ignorant with their own deceivings while they of, that by the word of God the hearfeast with you;

ens were of old, and the earth standing 14 Having eyes full of adultery, and out of the water and in the water : that cannot cease from sins ; beguiling Il 6 Whereby the world that then was, unstable souls: an heart they have ex-being overflowed with water, perished : ercised with covetous practices ; cursed 7 But the heavens and the earth, which children :

are now, by the same word are kept in 15 Which have forsaken the right way, I store, reserved unto fire against the day and are gone astray, following the way of judgment and perdition of ungodly of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved men. thie wages of unrighteousness;

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this 16 But was rebuked for his iniquity : 1 one thing, that one day is with the Lord the dumb ass spcaking with man's voice, as a thousand years, and a thousand forbad the madness of the prophet. years as one day.

17 These are wells without water, 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his clouds that are carried with a tempest ; promise, as some men count slackness;

John describeth Christ. | CHAP. I, II. Comfort aguinst sing. 941 but is long-suffering to us-ward, not will look for such things, be diligent that ye ing that any should perish, but that all may be found of him in peace, without should come to repentance.

1. spot, and blameless. 10 But the day of the Lord will come " 15 And account that the long-suffering as a thief in the night ; in the which the of our Lord is salvation ; even as our heavens shall pass away with a great beloved brother Paul also, according to noise, and the elements shall melt with the wisdom given unto him, hath written fervent heat, the earth also and the works f unto you; that are therein shall be burned up.

16 As also in all his epistles, speaking 11 Seeing then that all these things in them of these things ; in which are shall be dissolved, what manner of per- some things hard to be understood, which sons ought ye to be in all holy conver they that are unlearned and unstable sation and godliness,

wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the unto their own destruction. coming of the day of God, wherein the 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, I know these things before, beware lest ye and the elements shall melt with fervent || also, being led away with the error of the heat?

wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. 13 Nevertheless we, according to his li 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowlpromise, look for new heavens and a new edge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. | Christ. To him be glory both now and · 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye || for ever. Amen. woorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrriso THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF JOHN. CHAP. I.

CHAP. II. 1 John describcth the person of Christ, in 1 Comfort against sins of infirmity. 3 To

suhom we have eternai life by a com- | know God, is to keep his commandmunion with God : 5 to which we menis. 18 To beware of seducers : 20 must adjoin holiness.

from whose decrils the godly are sa foly THAT which was from the beginning, preserved by faith anu holiness of life.

1 which we have heard, which we M Y little children, these things write have seen with our eyes, which we have I unto you, that ye sin not. And it looked upon, and our hands have han- any man sin, we have an advocate with dled, of the word of life;

the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 (For the life was manifested, and we 2 And he is the propitiation for our have seen it, and bear witness, and shew sins : and not for ours only, but also unto you that eternal life which was with for the sins of the whole world. the Father, and was manifested unto us ;) | 3 And hereby we do know that we

3 That which we have seen and heard know him, if we keep his commanddeclare we unto you, that ye also may ments. have fellowship with us : and truly our 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepfellowship is with the Father, and with eth not his commandments, is a liar, and his Son Jesus Christ.

the truth is not in him. 4 And these things write we unto you, 5 But whoso kcepeth his word, in him that your joy may be full.

| verily is the love of God perfected : '5 This then is the message which we | hereby know we that we are in him. have heard of him, and declare unto you, || 6 He that saith he abideth in him, that God is light, and in him is no dark ought himself also so to walk, even as he ness at all.

walked. 6 if we say that we have fellowship 7 Brethren, I write no new commandwith him, and walk in darkness, we lie, ment unto you, but an old commandand do not the truth :

ment which ye had from the beginning : 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is The old commandment is the word which in the light, we have fellowship one with ye have heard from the beginning. another, and the blood of Jesus Christ 8 Again, a new commandment I write his Son cleanceth us from an sin.

unto you, which thing is true in him and 8 If we say that we have no sin, we de in you : because the darkness is past, and ceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. Il the true light now shineth.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful 9 He that saith he is in the light, and and just to forgive us our sins, and to hateth his brother, is in darkness even cleanse us from all unrighteousness. until now.

10 If we say that we have not sinned, 10 He that loveth his brother abideth we make him a liar, and his word is not in the light, and there is none occasion in iis,

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942 To bervare of seducers. I. JOHN. The singular love of God.

11 But he that hateth his brother is in have confidence, and not be ashamed bedarkness, and walketh in darkness, and || fore him at his coming. knoweth not whither he goeth, because 29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye that darkness hath blinded his eyes. know that every one that doeth right

12 I write unto you, little children, be- ||eousness is born of him. cause your sins are forgiven you for his

CHAP. III. name's sake.

1 John declareth the singular love of God 13 I write unto you, fathers, because || toward us in making us his sons: 3 we ye have known him that is from the be therefore ought obediently to keep his ginning. I write unto you, young men, commandments, 11 as also brotherly to because ye have overcome the wicked love one another. one. I write unto you, little children, REHOLD, what manner of love the Fa. because ye have known the Father. D ther hath bestowed upon us, that we

14 I have written unto you, fathers, || should be called the sons of God: therebecause ye have known him that is from fore the world knoweth us not, because the beginning. I have written unto you, young. men, because ye are strong, and 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of the word of God abideth in you, and ye God, and it doth not yet appear what we have overcome the wicked one.

shall be : but we know that, when he shall 15 Love not the world, neither the things appear, we shall be like him ; for we shall that are in the world. If any man love the || see him as he is. world, the love of the Father is not in him. 3 And every man that hath this hope

16 For all that is in the world, the lust Il in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and 4 Whosoever committeth sin transthe pride of life, is not of the Father, but gresseth also the law; for sin is the transis of the world.

gression of the law.. 17 And the world passeth away, and 5 And ye know that he was manifested the lust thereof : but he that doeth the to take away our sins; and in him is no sin will of God abideth for ever.

6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth 18 Little children, it is the last time : not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen and as ye have heard that antichrist shall him, neither known him. come, even now are there many antichrists; 7 Little children, let no man deceive whereby we know that it is the last time. you: he that doeth righteousness is right

19 They went out from us, but they eous, even as he is righteous. were not of us ; for if they had been of us, 18 He that committeth sin is of the devthey would no doubt have continued with il; for the devil sinneth from the beginus: but they went out, that they might be ning. For this purpose the Son of God made manifest that they were not all of us. was manifested, that he might destroy the

20 But ye have an unction from the works of the devil. Holy One, and ye know all things.

9 Whosoever is born of God doth not 21 I have not written unto you because commit sin ; for his seed remaineth in ve know not the truth, but because ye || him ; and he cannot sin, because he is know it, and that no lie is of the truth.' born of God.

22 Who is a liar but he that denieth 10 In this the children of Godare manithat Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, fest, and the children of the devil: who that rlenieth the Father and the Son. soever doeth not righteousness is not of

23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same God, neither he that loveth not his brother. hath not the Father : [but] he that ac 11 For this is the message that ye heard knowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. from the beginning that we should love

24 Let that therefore abide in you, | one another. which ye have heard from the beginning. 12 Not as Cain, who was of that wickIf that which ye have heard from the be ed one, and slew his brother. And whereginning shall remain in you, ye also shall fore slew he him? Because his own works continue in the Son, and in the Father. were evil, and his brother's righteous.

25 And this is the promise that he hath 13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the promised us, even eternal life.

world hate you. 26 These thing: have I written unto 14 We know that we have passed from you concerning them that seduce you. death unto life, because we love the breth

27 But the anointing which ye have re- ren. He that loveth not his brother, a ceived of him abideth in you, and ye need bideth in death. not that any man teach you : but as the 15 Whosoever hateth his brother, is a same anointing teacheth you of all things, murderer : and ye know that no mur and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it derer hath eternal life abiding in him. hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. I 16 Hereby perceive we the love of God,

28 And now, little children, abide in because he laid down his life for us: and we him; that when he shall appear, we may ought to lay down our lives for the brethren

Of trying of the spirits. CHÁP. IV, v. In what the love of God is. 943

17 But whoso hath this world's good, ,, God, but that he loved us, and sent his and seeth his brother have need, and shut- || Son to be the propitiation for our sins. teth up his bowels of compassion from him, l 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we how dwelleth the love of God in him? ought also to love one another. '18 My little children, let us not love in 12 No man hath seen God at any time. word, neither in tongue, but in deed and If we love one another, God dwelleth in in truth.

us, and his love is perfected in us. 19 And hereby we know that we are 1 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in of the truth, and shall assure our hearts him, and he in us, because he hath given before him.

us of his Spirit. 20 For if our heart condemn us, God 14 And we have seen and do testify, is greater than our heart, and knoweth all that the Father sent the Son lo be the things.

Saviour of the world. 2i Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus then have we confidence toward God. | is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him,

22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive and he in God. of him, because we keep his command 16 And we have known and believe ments, and do those things that are pleas- the love that God hath to us. God is ing in his sight.

love: and he that dwelleth in love, dwell23 And this is his commandment; That eth in Gol, and God in him. we should believe on the name of his Son 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he | we may have boldness in the day of judggave us commandment.

ment: because as he is, so are we in this 24 And he that keepeth his command- || world. ments, dwelleth in him, and he in him. H 18 There is no fear in love; but perAnd hereby we know that he abideth in fect love casteth out fear: because fear us; by the Spirit which he hath given us. hath torment. He that feareth, is not CHAP. IV.

made perfect in love. 1 John warneth them not to believe all 19 We love him, because he first loved us.

teachers who boast of the Spirit, but to 20 If a man say, I love God, and hattry them by the rules of the catholick | eth his brother, he is a liar. For he that faith ; 7 and by many reasons exhort- loveth not his brother, whom he hath seen, eth to brotherly love.

how can he love God, whom he hath not RELOVED, believe not every spirit, | seen?

D but try the spirits whether they are il 21 And this commandment have we of God: because many false prophets are from him, That he who loveth God, lore gone out into the world.

his brother also. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God :

CHAP. V. Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus | 1 He that loveth God, loveth his chil. Christ is come in the flesh, is of God: dren and keepeth his commandments ;

3 And every spirit that confesseth not 3 which to the faithful are light, and that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not not grievous. 9 Jesus is the Son of of God. And this is that spirit of anti God, able to save us, 14 and to hear. shrist, whereof ye have heard that it our prayers, which we make for ourshould come ; and even now already is it sclves, and for others. in the world.

W HOSOEVER believeth that Jesus 4 Yeare of God, little children, and have || WV is the Christ, is born of God: and overcome them: because greater is he that every one that loveth him that begat, is in you, than he that is in the world. loveth him also that is begotten of him.

5 They are of the world : therefore 2 By this we know that we love the speak they of the world, and the world children of God, when we love God, and heareth them.

keep his commandments. 6 We are of God. He that knoweth W 3 For this is the love of God, that we God, heareth us; he that is not of God, ll keep his commandments; and bis comheareth not ns. Hereby know we the mandments are not grievous. spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 4 For whatsoever is born of God, over

7 Beloved, let us love one another: for cometh the world ; and this is the victory love is of God; and every one that lov- that overcometh the world, even our taith. eth is born of God, and knoweth God. I 5 Who is he that overcometh the

8 He that loveth not, knoweth not God ; l world, but he that believeth that Jesus for God is love.

is the Son of God? 9 In this was manifested the love of 6 This is he that came by water and God toward us, because that God sent blood, even Jesus Christ ; not by wate" his only-begotten Son into the world, that only, but by water and blood. And it is. we might live through him.

the Spirit that beareth witness, because 10 Herein is love, not that we loved the Spirit is truth.

944 John's exhortation. . II. & III. JOHN. 70 forsake seducers.

7 For there are three that bear record, have in him, that if we ask any thing acin heaven, the Father, the Word, and the cording to his will, he heareth us: Holy Ghost : and these three are one. 15 And if we know that he hear us,

8 And there are three that bear witness | whatsoever we ask, we know that we in earth, the spirit, and the water, and have the petitions that we desired of him. the blood : and these three agree in one. 16 If any man see his brother sin a sin

9 If we receive the witness of men, il which is not unto death, he shall ask, and the witness of God is greater: for this is he shall give him life for them that sin the witness of God which he hath testified | not unto death. There is a sin unto death: of his Son.

I do not say that he shall pray for it. 10 He that believeth on the Son of God 17 All unrighteousness is sin ; and there hath the witness in himself: he that be | is a sin not unto death. lieveth not God, hath made him a liar, 1 18 We know that whosoever is born of because he believed not the record that God, sinneth not ; but he that is begotten

of God, keepeth himself, and that wick11 And this is the record, that God ed one toucheth him not. hath given to us eternal life: and this life 19 And we know that we are of God, is in his Son.

and the whole world lieth in wickedness. 12 He that hath the Son, hath life; andhe 20 And we know that the Son of God that hath not the Son of God, hath not life. is come, and hath given us an understand

13 These things have I written unto || ing, that we may know him that is true, you that believe on the name of the Son and we are in him that is true, even in his of God; that ye may know that ye have | Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, eternal life, and that ye may believe on ) and eternal life. the name of the Son of God.

21 Little children, keep yourselves from 14 And this is the confidence that we ll idols. Amen. wasrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

THE SECOND EPISTLE OF JOHN. 1 John exhorteth a certain honourable : his commandments. This is the commalron with her children to persevere mandment, that as ye have heard from in christian love and belief, 8 lest the beginning, ye should walk in it. they lose the reward of their former 7 For many deceivers are entered into profession : 10 and to have nothing to i the world, who confess not that Jesus do with those seducers that bring not Christ is come in the flesh. This is a dethe true doctrine.

ll ceiver, and an antichrist. THE elder unto the elect lady, and her | 8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not

1 children, whom I love in the truth; those things which we have wrought, but and not I only, but also all they that have || that we receive a full reward. known the truth ;

9 Whosoevertransgresseth, and abideth 2 For the truth's sake which dwelleth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God in us, and shall be with us for ever. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ,

3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace he hath both the Father and the Son. from God the Father, and from the Lord 10 If there come any unto you, and Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in bring nct this doctrine, receive him not intruth and love.

to your house, neither bid him God speed: 4 I rejoiced greatly, that I found of thy 11 For he that biddeth him God speed, children walking in truth, as we have re- is partaker of his evil deeds. ceived a commandment from the Father. l 12 Having many things to write unto

5 And now I beseech thce, lady, not as you, I would not write with paper and ink: though I wrote a new commandment unto but I trust to come unto you, and speak thee, but that which we had from the face to face, that our joy may be full. beginning, that we love one another. | 13 The children of thy elect sister grect

6 And this is love, that we walk after I thee. Amen. rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

THE THIRD EPISTLE OF JOHN. 1 John commendeth Gaius for his friety, 5 3 For I rejoiced greatly, when thebreth

and hospitality, 7 to true preachers; 9 ren came and testified of the truth that is complaining of the unkind dealing ofam- | in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth.

THE elder unto the well-beloved Gai- that my children walk in truth. 1 us, whom I love in the truth.

5 Beloved, thou doest faithfully what2 Beloved, I wish above all things that | soever thou doest to the brethren, and to thou mayest prosper and be in health, strangers ; even as thy soul prospereth.

6 Which have borne witness of the

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