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among whom ye shine as lights | spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, in the world; holding forth the and have no confidence in the word of life; that I may rejoice | flesh. Though I might also have in the day of Christ, that I have confidence in the flesh. If any not run in vain, neither laboured other man thinketh that he hath in vain. Yea, and if I be offered whereof he might trust in the upon the sacrifice and service of flesh, I more : circumcised the your faith, I joy, and rejoice with eighth day, of the stock of Israel, you all. For the same cause also of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hedo ye joy, and rejoice with me. brew of the Hebrews; as touchBut I trust in the Lord Jesus to ing the law, a Pharisee; concernsend Timotheus shortly unto you, ing zeal, persecuting the church; that I also may be of good com touching the righteousness which fort, when I know your state. For | is in the law, blameless. But what I have no man likeminded, who things were gain to me, those I will naturally care for your state. counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtFor all seek their own, not the less, and I count all things but things which are Jesus Christ's. loss for the excellency of the knowBut ye know the proof of him, | ledge of Christ Jesus my Lord : that, as a son with the father, he for whom I have suffered the loss hath served with me in the gospel. of all things, and do count them Him therefore I hope to send pre- but dung, that I may win Christ, sently, so soon as I shall see how and be found in him, not having it will go with me. But I trust in mine own righteousness, which is the Lord that I also myself shall of the law, but that which is come shortly. Yet I supposed it through the faith of Christ, the necessary to send to you Epaph- righteousness which is of God by roditus, my brother, and compa faith : that I may know him, and nion in labour, and fellowsoldier, the power of his resurrection, and but your messenger, and he that the fellowship of his sufferings, ministered to my wants. For he | being made conformable unto his longed after you all, and was full | death; if by any means I might of heaviness, because that ye had | attain unto the resurrection of the heard that he had been sick. For dead. Not as though I had alreaindeed he was sick nigh into dy attained, either were already death: but God had mercy on perfect : but I follow after, if that him; and not on him only, but I may apprehend that for which on me also, lest I should have also I am apprehended of Christ sorrow upon sorrow. I sent him Jesus. Brethren, I count not mytherefore the more carefully, that, self to have apprehended: but this when ye see him again, ye may one thing I do, forgetting those rejoice, and that I may be the less things which are behind, and sorrowful. Receive him therefore reaching forth unto those things in the Lord with all gladness; and which are before, I press toward hold such in reputation : because the mark for the prize of the high for the work of Christ he was nigh calling of God in Christ Jesus. unto death, not regarding his life, Let us therefore, as many as be to supply your lack of service to perfect, be thus minded : and if in ward me.
any thing ye be otherwise mindCHAP. III.
ed, God shall reveal even this
unto you. Nevertheless, whereto March 4, July 3, Oct. 29.
we have already attained, let us TINALLY, my brethren, re walk by the same rule, let us mind Tjoice in the Lord. To write the the same thing. Brethren, be fol same things to you, to me indeed lowers together of me, and mark is not grievous, but for you it is them which walk so as ye have safe. Beware of dogs, beware of us for an ensample. (For many evil workers, beware of the con- walk, of whom I have told you cision. For we are the circumci- often, and now tell you even weep. sion, which worship God in the ling, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ : whose end is have both learned, and received, destruction, whose God is their and heard, and seen in me, do: belly, and whose glory is in their and the God of peace shall be with shame, who mind earthly things.) you. But I rejoiced in the Lord For our conversation is in hea- greatly, that now at the last your ven; from whence also we look care of me hath flourished again; for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus wherein ye were also careful, but Christ: who shall change our vile ye lacked opportunity. Not that body, that it may be fashioned I speak in respect of want: for I like unto his glorious body, ac- have learned, in whatsoever state cording to the working whereby I am, therewith to be content. I he is able even to subdue all things know both how to be abased, and unto himself.
I know how to abound : every
where and in all things I am in. CHAP. IV.
structed both to be full and to be
hungry, both to abound and to March 5, July 4, Oct. 30.
suffer need. I can do all things THEREFORE, my brethren through Christ which strengthen
I dearly beloved and longed for, eth me. Notwithstanding ye have my joy and crown, so stand fast well done, that ye did communiin the Lord, my dearly beloved. cate with my affliction. Now ye I beseech Euodias, and beseech Philippians know also, that in Syntyche, that they be of the same the beginning of the gospel, when mind in the Lord. And I intreat I departed from Macedonia, no thee also, true yokefellow, help church communicated with me as those women which laboured with concerning giving and receiving, me in the gospel, with Clement but ye only. For even in Thessaalso, and with other my fellow- lonica ye sent once and again labourers, whose names are in the unto my necessity. Not because book of life. Rejoice in the Lord I desire a gift: but I desire fruit alway; and again I say, Rejoice. that may abound to your account. Let your moderation be known | But I have all, and abound: I am unto all men. The Lord is at full, having received of Epaphrohand. Be careful for nothing ; but ditus the things which were sent in every thing by prayer and sup from you, an odour of a sweet plication with thanksgiving let smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellyour requests be made known un pleasing to God. But my God shall to God. And the peace of God, supply all your need according to which passeth all understanding, his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. shall keep your hearts and minds Now unto God and our Father be through Christ Jesus. Finally, glory for ever and ever. Amen. brethren, whatsoever things are Salute every saint in Christ Jetrue, whatsoever things are hon sus. The brethren which are with est, whatsoever things are just, me greet you. All the saints sawhatsoever things are pure, what lute you, chiefly they that are of soever things are lovely, whatso Cæsar's household. The grace of ever things are of good report; our Lord Jesus Christ be with you if there be any virtue, and if there all. Amen. be any praise, think on these It was written to the Philippians from things. Those things, which yel Rome by Epaphroditus.
| in earth, visible and invisible, wheMarch 6, July 5, Oct. 31. ther they be thrones, or dominions, DAUL, an apostle of Jesus or principalities, or powers: all
I Christ by the will of God, and things were created by him, and Timotheus our brother, to the for him: and he is before all saints and faithful brethren in things, and by him all things conChrist which are at Colosse: Grace sist. And he is the head of the be unto you, and peace, from God body, the church: who is the beour Father and the Lord Jesus ginning, the firstborn from the Christ. We give thanks to God dead; that in all things he might and the Father of our Lord Jesus have the preeminence. For it pleasChrist, praying always for you, ed the Father that in him should since we heard of your faith in all fulness dwell; and, having made Christ Jesus, and of the love which peace through the blood of his ve have to all the saints, for the cross, by him to reconcile all things hope which is laid up for you in unto himself; by him, I say, wheheaven, whereof ye heard before ther they be things in earth, or in the word of the truth of the things in heaven. And you, that gospel; which is come unto you, were sometime alienated and eneas it is in all the world, and bring mies in your mind by wicked eth forth fruit, as it doth also in works, yet now hath he reconcilyou, since the day ye heard of ed in the body of his flesh through it, and knew the grace of God in death, to present you holy and truth: as ye also learned of Epa unblameable and unreproveable phras our dear fellowservant, who in his sight: if ye continue in the is for you a faithful minister of faith grounded and settled, and be Christ; who also declared unto not moved away from the hope us your love in the Spirit. For of the gospel, which ye have heard, this cause we also, since the day and which was preached to every we heard it, do not cease to pray creature which is under heaven; for you, and to desire that ye whereof I Paul am made a minismight be filled with the know ter; who now rejoice in my sufledge of his will in all wisdom ferings for you, and fill up that and spiritual understanding; that which is behind of the africtions ye might walk worthy of the Lord of Christ in my flesh for his body's unto all pleasing, being fruitful sake, which is the church : wherein every good work, and increas of I am made a minister, according in the knowledge of God; ing to the dispensation of God strengthened with all might, ac which is given to me for you, ta cording to his glorious power, un fulfil the word of God; even the to all patience and longsuffering mystery which hath been hid from with joyfulness; giving thanks un ages and from generations, but to the Father, which hath made now is made manifest to his saints: us meet to be partakers of the in to whom God would make know beritance of the saints in light: what is the riches of the glory of who hath delivered us from the this mystery among the Gentiles; power of darkness, and hath trans which is Christ in you, the hope lated us into the kingdom of his of glory: whom we preach, warn dear Son: in whom we have re ing every man, and teaching eve demption through his blood, even ry man in all wisdom; that we the forgiveness of sins: who is the may present every man perfect ir image of the invisible God, the Christ Jesus: whereunto I also firstborn of every creature : for labour, striving according to his by him were all things created, working, which worketh in my that are in heaven, and that aré | mightily.
therefore judge you in meat, or CHAP. II.
in drink, or in respect of an holyMarch 7, July 6, Nov. 2. day, or of the new moon, or of
the sabbath days : which are & Circumcision, Evening.
shadow of things to come; but the TOR I would that ye knew what body is of Christ. Let no man
T great conflict I have for you, beguile you of your reward in a and for them at Laodicea, and voluntary humility and worshipfor as many as have not seen ping of angels, intruding into my face in the flesh; that their those things which he hath not hearts might be comforted, being seen, vainly puffed up by his knit together in love, and unto all fleshly mind, and not holding the riches of the full assurance of un Head, from which all the body by derstanding, to the acknowledge I joints and bands having nourishment of the mystery of God, and ment ministered, and knit togeof the Father, and of Christ; in ther, increaseth with the increase whom are hid all the treasures of of God. Wherefore if ye be dead wisdom and knowledge. And this with Christ from the rudiments of I say, lest any man should be the world, why, as though living guile you with enticing words. For in the world, are ye subject to though I be absent in the flesh, ordinances, (touch not; taste not; yet am I with you in the spirit, handle not; which all are to pejoying and beholding your order, rish with the using ;) after the and the stedfastness of your faith commandments and doctrines of in Christ. As ye have therefore men? Which things have indeed received Christ Jesus the Lord, a shew of wisdom in will worship, 80 walk ye in him: rooted and and humility, and neglecting of built up in him, and stablished in the body; not in any honour to the faith, as ye have been taught, the satisfying of the flesh. abounding therein with thanksgiving. Beware lest any man spoil
CHAP. III. you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men,
March 8, July 7, Nov. 3. after the rudiments of the world, ITF ye then be risen with Christ, and not after Christ. For in him I seek those things which are adwelleth all the fulness of the God bove, where Christ sitteth on the head bodily. And ye are complete right hand of God. Set your afin him, which is the head of all fection on things above, not on principality and power: in whom things on the earth. For ye are also ye are circumcised with the dead, and your life is hid with circumcision made without hands, Christ in God. When Christ, who in putting off the body of the sins is our life, shall appear, then shall of the flesh by the circumcision of ye also appear with him in glory. Christ: buried with him in bap Mortify therefore your members tism, wherein also ye are risen which are upon the earth; forwith him through the faith of the nication, uncleanness, inordinate operation of God, who hath raised affection, evil concupiscence, and him from the dead. And you, be covetousness, which is idolatry: ing dead in your sins and the un for which things' sake the wrath circumcision of your flesh, hath of God cometh on the children of he quickened together with him, disobedience: in the which ye also having forgiven you all trespasses; walked some time, when ye lived blotting out the handwriting of in them. But now ye also put off ordinances that was against us, | all these; anger, wrath, malice, which was contrary to us, and blasphemy, filthy communication took it out of the way, nailing it out of your mouth. Lie not one to his cross; and having spoiled to another, seeing that ye have principalities and powers, he made | put off the old man with his a shew of them openly, triumph- deeds; and have put on the new ing over them in it. Let no man man, which is renewed in know
inaked sonce: in 'n the chhe wa
bout of her, sold out on
ledge after the image of him that same with thanksgiving; withal created him: where there is nei- praying also for us, that God ther Greek nor Jew, circumcision would open unto us a door of utnor uncircumcision, Barbarian, terance, to speak the mystery of Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ Christ, for which I am also in is all, and in all. Put on therefore, bonds: that I may make it mani. as the elect of God, holy and be fest, as I ought to speak. Walk loved, bowels of mercies, kindness, | in wisdom toward them that are humbleness of mind, meekness, without, redeeming the time. Let longsuffering; forbearing one an- | your speech be alway with grace, other, and forgiving one another, seasoned with salt, that ye may if any man have a quarrel against know how ye ought to answer any: even as Christ forgave you, every man. All my state shall so also do ye. And above all these Tychicus declare unto you, who things put on charity, which is is a beloved brother, and a faiththe bond of perfectness. And let ful minister and fellowservant in the peace of God rule in your the Lord: whom I have sent unhearts, to the which also ye are to you for the same purpose, that called in one body; and be ye he might know your estate, and thankful. Let the word of Christ comfort your hearts; with Onesidwell in you richly in all wisdom; mus, a faithful and beloved broteaching and admonishing one an ther, who is one of you. They other in psalms and hymns and shall make known unto you all spiritual songs, singing with grace things which are done here. Arisin your hearts to the Lord. And tarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth whatsoever ye do in word or deed, you, and Marcus, sister's son to do all in the name of the Lord Barnabas, (touching whom ye reJesus, giving thanks to God and ceived commandments: if he come the Father by him. Wives, sub unto you, receive him ;) and Jemit yourselves unto your own hus sus, which is called Justus, who are bands, as it is fit in the Lord. Hus of the circumcision. These only bands, love your wives, and be are my fellowworkers unto the not bitter against them. Children, kingdom of God, which have been obey your parents in all things : a comfort unto me. Epaphras, who for this is well pleasing unto the is one of you, a servant of Christ, Lord. Fathers, provoke not your saluteth you, always labouring ferchildren to anger, lest they be dis vently for you in prayers, that ye couraged. Servants, obey in all may stand perfect and complete things your masters according to in all the will of God. For I bear the flesh; not with eyeservice, as him record, that he hath a great menpleasers; but in singleness of | zeal for you, and them that are heart, fearing God: and whatso in Laodicea, and them in Hieraever ye do, do it heartily, as to polis. Luke, the beloved physician, the Lord, and not unto men; and Demas, greet you. Salute the knowing that of the Lord ye shall brethren which are in Laodicea, receive the reward of the inherit and Nymphas, and the church ance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. which is in his house. And when But he that doeth wrong shall re this epistle is read among you, ceive for the wrong which he hath cause that it be read also in the done: and there is no respect of church of the Laodiceans; and persons.
that ye likewise read the epistle
from Laodicea. And say to ArCHAP. IV.
chippus, Take heed to the minis
try which thou hast received in March 9, July 8, Nov. 4.
the Lord, that thou fulfil it. The M ASTERS, give unto your salutation by the hand of me
I servants that which is just Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace and equal; knowing that ye also be with you. Amen. have a Master in heaven. Conti- Written from Rome to the Colossians nue in prayer, and watch in the ' by Tychicus and Onesimus.