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THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE
injurious : but I obtained mercy,
because I did it ignorantly in unMarch 18, July 17, Nov. 13.
belief. And the grace of our Lord DAUL, an apostle of Jesus was exceeding abundant with faith
I Christ by the commandment and love which is in Christ Jesus. of God our Saviour, and Lord This is a faithful saying, and worJesus Christ, which is our hope; thy of all acceptation, that Christ unto Timothy, my own son in Jesus came into the world to save the faith : Grace, mercy, and sinners; of whom I am chief. peace, from God our Father and Howbeit for this cause I obtained Jesus Christ our Lord. As I be mercy, that in me first Jesus sought thee to abide still at E- Christ might shew forth all longphesus, when I went into Mace- suffering, for a pattern to them donia, that thou mightest charge which should hereafter believe on some that they teach no other him to life everlasting. Now unto doctrine, neither give heed to fa the King eternal, immortal, invibles and endless genealogies, which sible, the only wise God, be hominister questions, rather than nour and glory for ever and ever. godly edifying which is in faith: Amen. This charge I commit un80 do. Now the end of the com to thee, son Timothy, according mandment is charity out of a pure to the prophecies which went boheart, and of a good conscience, fore on thee, that thou by them and of faith unfeigned : from which mightest war a good warfare; some having swerved have turned holding faith, and a good conaside unto vain jangling ; desir science; which some having put ing to be teachers of the law; un away concerning faith have made derstanding neither what they say, shipwreck; of whom is Hymenor whereof they affirm. But we næus and Alexander; whom I know that the law is good, if a have delivered unto Satan, that man use it lawfully; knowing they may learn not to blaspheme. this, that the law is not made for
CHAP. II. a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the un
March 19, July 18, Nov. 14. godly and for sinners, for unholy T EXHORT therefore, that, first and profane, for murderers of fa 1 of all, supplications, prayers, thers and murderers of mothers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, for manslayers, for whoremongers, be made for all men; for kings, for them that defile themselves and for all that are in authority; with mankind, for menstealers, that we may lead a quiet and for liars, for perjured persons, and peaceable life in all godliness and if there be any other thing that honesty. For this is good and acis contrary to sound doctrine; acceptable in the sight of God our cording to the glorious gospel of Saviour; who will have all men the blessed God, which was com to be saved, and to come unto mitted to my trust. And I thank the knowledge of the truth. For Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath there is one God, and one medienabled me, for that he counted ator between God and men, the me faithful, putting me into the man Christ Jesus; who gave himministry; who was before a blas- self a ransom for all, to be testi. phemer, and a persecutor, and fied in due time. Whercunto I am
ordained a preacher, and an apo- | Let the deacons be the husbands stle, (I speak the truth in Christ, of one wife, ruling their children and lie not;) a teacher of the and their own houses well. For Gentiles in faith and verity. I they that have used the office of will therefore that men pray eve a deacon well purchase to themry where, lifting up holy hands, selves a good degree, and great without wrath and doubting. In boldness in the faith which is in like manner also, that women Christ Jesus. These things write adorn themselves in modest ap- I unto thee, hoping to come unto parel, with shamefacedness and | thee shortly : but if I tarry long, sobriety; not with broided hair, that thou mayest know how thou or gold, or pearls, or costly array; | oughtest to behave thyself in the but (which becometh women pro house of God, which is the church fessing godliness) with good works. of the living God, the pillar and Let the woman learn in silence ground of the truth. And without with all subjection. But I suffer controversy great is the mystery not a woman to teach, nor to of godliness: God was manifest usurp authority over the man, but in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, to be in silence. For Adam was seen of angels, preached unto the first formed, then Eve. And Adam Gentiles, believed on in the world, was not deceived, but the woman received up into glory. being deceived was in the trans
CHAP. IV. gression. Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they
March 20, July 19, Nov. 15. continue in faith and charity and NOW the Spirit speaketh exholiness with sobriety.
N pressly, that in the latter
times some shall depart from the CHAP. III.
faith, giving heed to seducing THIS is a true saying, If a man spirits, and doctrines of devils; desire the office of a bishop, he speaking lies in hypocrisy; hav. desireth a good work. A bishop ing their conscience seared with then must be blameless, the hus a hot iron; forbidding to marry, band of one wife, vigilant, sober, and commanding to abstain from of good behaviour, given to hospi meats, which God hath created to tality, apt to teach ; not given to be received with thanksgiving of wine, no striker, not greedy of them which believe and know the filthy lucre; but patient, not a truth. For every creature of God brawler, not covetous; one that is good, and nothing to be refusruleth well his own house, having ed, if it be received with thankshis children in subjection with all giving: for it is sanctified by the gravity; (for if a man know not word of God and prayer. If thou how to rule his own house, how put the brethren in remembrance shall he take care of the church of these things, thou shalt be a of God ?) not a novice, lest being good minister of Jesus Christ, lifted up with pride he fall into nourished up in the words of faith the condemnation of the devil. | and of good doctrine, whereunto Moreover he must have a good thou hast attained. But refuse report of them which are without; profane and old wives' fables, lest he fall into reproach and the and exercise thyself rather unto snare of the devil. Likewise must godliness. For bodily exercise the deacons be grave, not double profiteth little: but godliness is tongued, not given to much wine, profitable unto all things, having not greedy of filthy lucre; hold promise of the life that now is, ing the mystery of the faith in a and of that which is to come. pure conscience. And let these This is a faithful saying and woralso first be proved; then let them thy of all acceptation. For thereuse the office of a deacon, being fore we both labour and suffer found blameless. Even so must reproach, because we trust in the their wives be grave, not slander- living God, who is the Saviour of ers, sober, faithful in all things. I all men, specially of those that believe. These things command off their first faith. And withal and teach. Let no man despise they learn to be idle, wandering thy youth; but be thou an ex- | about from house to house; and ample of the believers, in word, not only idle, but tattlers also and in conversation, in charity, in busybodies, speaking things which spirit, in faith, in purity. Till I they ought not. I will therefore come, give attendance to reading, that the younger women marry, to exhortation, to doctrine. Neg bear children, guide the house, lect not the gift that is in thee, | give none occasion to the adverwhich was given thee by pro sary to speak reproachfully. For phecy, with the laying on of the some are already turned aside hands of the presbytery. Medi- after Satan. If any man or wotate upon these things; give thy man that believeth have widows, self wholly to them; that thy let them relieve them, and let not profiting may appear to all. Take the church be charged; that it heed unto thyself, and unto the may relieve them that are widows doctrine; continue in them: for indeed. Let the elders that rule in doing this thou shalt both save | well be counted worthy of double thyself, and them that hear thee. honour, especially they who la
bour in the word and doctrine. CHAP. V.
For the scripture saith, Thou March 21, July 20, Nov. 16.
shalt not muzzle the ox that
treadeth out the corn. And, The DEBUKE not an elder, but | labourer is worthy of his reward.
I intreat him as a father; and Against an elder receive not an the younger men as brethren; | accusation, but before two or the elder women as mothers; the three witnesses. Them that sin younger as sisters, with all purity. rebuke before all, that others also Honour widows that are widows may fear. I charge thee before indeed. But if any widow have God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, children or nephews, let them and the elect angels, that thou learn first to shew piety at home, observe these things without preand to requite their parents: for ferring one before another, doing that is good and acceptable before nothing by partiality. Lay hands God. Now she that is a widow suddenly on no man, neither be indeed, and desolate, trusteth in partaker of other men's sins: God, and continueth in supplica keep thyself pure. Drink no longer tions and prayers night and day. water, but use a little wine for But she that liveth in pleasure is thy stomach's sake and thine often dead while she liveth. And these infirmities. Some men's sins are things give in charge, that they open beforehand, going before to may be blameless. But if any judgment; and some men they provide not for his own, and spe follow after. Likewise also the cially for those of his own house, good works of some are manifest he hath denied the faith, and is beforehand; and they that are worse than an infidel. Let not a l otherwise cannot be hid. widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having
CHAP. VI. been the wife of one man, well reported of for good works; if
March 22, July 21, Nov. 17. she have brought up children, if I ET as many servants as are she have lodged strangers, if she U under the yoke count their have washed the saints' feet, if own masters worthy of all hoshe have relieved the afflicted, if nour, that the name of God and she have diligently followed every his doctrine be not blasphemed. good work. But the younger wi And they that have believing masdows refuse: for when they have ters, let them not despise them, begun to wax wanton against because they are brethren ; but Christ, they will marry; having rather do them service, because damnation, because they have cast they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These witnesses. I give thee charge in things teach and exhort. If any the sight of God, who quickeneth man teach otherwise, and consent all things, and before Christ Jenot to wholesome words, even the sus, who before Pontius Pilate words of our Lord Jesus Christ, witnessed a good confession; that and to the doctrine which is ac thou keep this commandment cording to godliness; he is proud, I without spot, unrebukeable, until knowing nothing, but doting about the appearing of our Lord Jesus questions and strifes of words, Christ: which in his times he shall whereof cometh envy, strife, rail shew, who is the blessed and only ings, evil surmisings, perverse dis Potentate, the King of kings, and putings of men of corrupt minds, Lord of lords; who only hath and destitute of the truth, sup immortality, dwelling in the light posing that gain is godliness: from which no man can approach unsuch withdraw thyself. But god to; whom no man hath seen, nor liness with contentment is great can see: to whom be honour and gain. For we brought nothing power everlasting. Amen. Charge into this world, and it is certain them that are rich in this world, we can carry nothing out. And that they be not highminded, nor having food and raiment let us be trust in uncertain riches, but in therewith content. But they that the living God, who giveth us will be rich fall into temptation richly all things to enjoy; that and a snare, and into many fool they do good, that they be rich in ish and hurtful lusts, which drown good works, ready to distribute, men in destruction and perdition. willing to communicate; laying For the love of money is the root up in store for themselves a good of all evil: which while some foundation against the time to coveted after, they have erred come, that they may lay hold on from the faith, and pierced them eternal life. O Timothy, keep that selves through with many sor which is committed to thy trust, rows. But thou, O man of God, avoiding profane and vain babflee these things; and follow af- blings, and oppositions of science ter righteousness, godliness, faith, falsely so called : which some prolove, patience, meekness. Fight fessing have erred concerning the the good fight of faith, lay hold faith. Grace be with thee. Amen. on eternal life, whereunto thou
The first to Timothy was written art also called, and hast profess
from Laodicea, which is the chiefest ed a good profession before many city of Phrygia Pacatiana.
THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE
know whom I have believed, and
am persuaded that he is able to March 23, July 22, Nov. 18.
keep that which I have committed DAUL, an apostle of Jesus unto him against that day. Hold
I Christ by the will of God, fast the form of sound words, according to the promise of life which thou hast heard of me, in which is in Christ Jesus, to Ti faith and love which is in Christ mothy, my dearly beloved son: Jesus. That good thing which Grace, mercy, and peace, from was committed unto thee keep by God the Father and Christ Jesus the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in our Lord. I thank God, whom I us. This thou knowest, that all serve from my forefathers with they which are in Asia be turned pure conscience, that without away from me; of whom are Phyceasing I have remembrance of gellus and Hermogenes. The Lord thee in my prayers night and day; I give mercy unto the house of greatly desiring to see thee, being Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshmindful of thy tears, that I may ed me, and was not ashamed of be filled with joy; when I call to my chain : but, when he was in remembrance the unfeigned faith Rome, he sought me out very that is in thee, which dwelt first diligently, and found me. The in thy grandmother Lois, and thy Lord grant unto him that he may mother Eunice; and I am per find mercy of the Lord in that suaded that in thee also. Where day: and in how many things he fore I put thee in remembrance ministered unto me at Ephesus, that thou stir up the gift of God, thou knowest very well, which is in thee by the putting on
CHAP. II. of my hands. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but
March 24, July 23, Nov. 19. of power, and of love, and of a THOU therefore, my son, be sound mind. Be not thou there I strong in the grace that is in fore ashamed of the testimony of Christ Jesus. And the things that our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: thou hast heard of me among but be thou partaker of the afflio many witnesses, the same commit tions of the gospel according to thou to faithful men, who shall the power of God; who hath be able to teach others also. Thou saved us, and called us with an therefore endure hardness, as a holy calling, not according to our good soldier of Jesus Christ. No works, but according to his own man that warreth entangleth himpurpose and grace, which was self with the affairs of this life; given us in Christ Jesus before that he may please him who hath the world began, but is now chosen him to be a soldier. And made manifest by the appearing if a man also strive for masteries, of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who yet is he not crowned, except he hath abolished death, and hath strive lawfully. The husbandman brought life and immortality to that laboureth must be first parlight through the gospel : where taker of the fruits. Consider what unto I am appointed a preacher, I say; and the Lord give theo and an apostle, and a teacher of understanding in all things. Rethe Gentiles. For the which cause member that Jesus Christ of the I also suffer these things : never seed of David was raised from the theless I am not ashamed: for I | dead according to my gospel :