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4 And will indeed turn away their hearing from the truth, but will be turned unto fables.
5 But be thou vigilant, labour in all things, do the work of an evangelist, fulfil thy ministry. Be sober.
6 For I am even now ready to be sacrificed: and the time of my dissolution is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.
8 As to the rest, there is laid up for me a crown of justice, which the Lord the just judge will render to me in that day: and not only to me, but to them also that love his coming. Make haste to come to me quickly.
9 For Demas hath left me, loving this world, and is gone to Thessalonica:
10 Crescens into Galatia, Titus into Dalmatia.
11 Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
12 But Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.
13 The cloak that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou comest, bring with thee, and
a Col. 4. 14.
CHAP. IV. Ver. 5. An evangelist, drgent preacher of the gospel.
the books, especially the parchments.
14 Alexander the coppersmith hath done much evil: the Lord will reward him according to his works:
15 Whom do thou also avoid, for he hath greatly withstood our words.
16 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all forsook me may it not be laid to their charge.
17 But the Lord stood by me, and strengthened me, that by me the preaching may be accomplished, and that all the gentiles may hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
18 The Lord hath delivered me from every evil work: and will preserve me unto his heavenly, kingdom, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
19 Salute Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.
20 Erastus remained at Corinth. And Trophimus I left sick at Miletus.
21 Make haste to come before winter. Eubulus and Pudens and Linus and Claudia, and al the brethren salute thee.
22 The Lord JESUS Christ be with thy spirit. Grace be with you. Amen.
¿Supra, 1. 16.
EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO TITUS.
BT. PAUL having preached the faith in the island of Crete, he ordained his de. loved disciple and companion TITUS bishop, and left him there to finish the work which he had begun. Afterwards the Apostle, on a journey to Nicopolis a city of Macedonia, wrote this Epistle to Titus; in which he directs him to ordain bishops and priests for the different cities, sewing him the principal qualities necessary for a bishop, also gives him particular advice for his own conduct to his flock, exhorting him to hold to strictness of discipline, but seasoned with lenity. It was written about thirty-three years after our Lord's Ascension.
2 Unto the hope of life everlasting, which God, who lieth not, hath promised before the times of the world:
3 But hath in due times manifested his word in preaching, which is committed to me according to the commandment of God our Saviour:
4 To Titus my beloved son, according to the common faith, grace, and peace from God the Father, and from Christ JESUS our Saviour.
5 For this cause I left thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and shouldest ordain priests in every city, as I also appointed ther
CHAP. I. Ver. 6. Of one wife. 300 the note upon 1 Tim. iii. 2.
ought not, for filthy lucre's | bands, that the word of God be sake. not blasphemed.
12 One of them said, a prophet of their own, The Cretians are always liars, evil beasts, slothful bellies.
13 This testimony is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith.
14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men, who turn themselves away from the truth.
15 All things are clean to the clean: but to them that are defiled, and to unbelievers, nothing is clean: but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
16 They profess that they know God but in their works they deny him; being abominable, and incredulous, and to every good work reprobate.
Hon he is to instruct both old and young. The duty of servants. The christian's rule of life.
6 Young men in like manner exhort that they be sober.
7 In all things shew thyself an example of good works, in doctrine, in integrity, in gravity,
8 The sound word that cannot be blamed: that he, who is on the contrary part, may be afraid, having no evil to say of us.
9 Exhort servants to be obedient to their masters, in all things pleasing, not gainsaying:
10 Not defrauding, but in all things shewing good fidelity, that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
11 For the grace of God our Saviour hath appeared to all men..
12 Instructing us that, denying ungodliness and worldly desires, we should live soberly, and justly, and godly in this world,
13 Looking for the blessed hope and coming of the glory of the great God and our SaviBUT speak thou the things our JESUS Christ.
that become sound doc
2 That the aged men be sober, chaste, prudent, sound in faith, in love, in patience.
3 The aged women, in like manner, in holy attire, not false accusers, not given to much wine teaching well,
4 That they may teach the young women to be wise, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, so
ber, having a care of the house, gentle, obedient to their hus
a Rom. 14. 20.
14 Who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and might cleanse to himself a people acceptable, a pursuer of good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Other instructions and directions for life and doctrine.
ADMONISII them to be subject to princes and powers,
b Ephes. 6. 5. Col. 3. 22. 1 Pet. & 18- Infra, 3. 4.
to obey at a word, to be ready to every good work,
2 To speak evil of no man, not to be litigious, but gentle: shewing all mildness towards all men.
3 For we ourselves also were some time unwise, incredulous, erring, slaves to divers desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.
4 But when the goodness and kindness of God our Saviour appeared,
5 Not by the works of justice, which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the laver of regeneration, and renovation of the Holy Ghost,
6 Whom he hath poured forth upon us abundantly through JESUS Christ our Saviour:
7 That, being justified by his grace, we may be heirs, according to hope of life everlasting.
9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and con tentions, and strivings about the law. For they are unprofitable and vain.
10 A man that is a heretic, after the first and second admonition avoid :
11 Knowing that he, that is such a one, is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned by his own judgment.
12 When I shall send to thee
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haste to come unto me to Nicovolis. For there I have determined to winter.
13 Send forward Zenas the lawyer and Apollo with care, that nothing be wanting to them.
14 And let our men also learn to excel in good works for necessary uses: that they be not unfruitful.
15 All that are with me, salute thee; salute them that love us in the faith. The grace of God be with you all. Amen.
b1 Tim. 1. 4. and 4. 7. 2 Tim. 2. 23.
8 It is a faithful saying: and these things I will have thee affirm constantly: that they, who believe in God, may be careful to excel in good works.judgment. These things are good and profitable unto men. 6
2 Tim. 1.9
CHAP. III. Ver. 11. By his own
Other offenders are judged, sentence of the pastors of the same and cast out of the church, by the
church. Heretics, more unhappy, run out of the church of their own accord: and, by so doing, give judgment and sentence against their own sculs.
EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO PHILEMON.
PHILEMON, a noble citizen of Colossa, had a servant named ONESIMUS, whe robbed him, and fled to Rome, where he met ST. PAUL, who was then a prisoner Where the first time. The Apostle took compassion on him, and received him with tenderness and converted him to the faith; for he was a Gentile before. ST. PAUL sends him back to his master with this Epistle in his favour; and though he beseeches PHILEMON to pardon him, yet the Apostle writes with becoming dignity and authority. It contains divers profitable instructions, and points out the charity and humanity that masters should have for their ser. vants.
He commends the faith and charity of Philemon and sends back to him his fugitive servant, whom he converted in prison.
a prisoner of Christ JESUS, and Timothy a brother to Philemon our beloved and fellow-labourer.
2 And to Appia our dearest sister, and to Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church which is in thy house.
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord JESUS Christ.
4 I give thanks to my God, always making a remembrance of thee in my prayers.
5 Hearing of thy charity and faith which thou hast in the Lord JESUS, and towards all the saints.
6 That the communication of thy faith may be made evident in the acknowledgment of every good work, that is in you in Christ JESUS.
7 For I have had great joy and consolation in thy charity, because the bowels of the saints have been refreshed by thee, brother.
8 Wherefore though I have much confidence in Christ JESUS, to command thee that which is to the purpose:
9 For charity sake I rather beseech, whereas thou art such an one, as Paul an old man, and now a prisoner also of JESUS Christ:
10 I beseech thee for my sor whom I have begotten in my bands, Onesimus,
11 Who hath been heretofore unprofitable to thee, but now is profitable both to me and thee,
12 Whom I have sent back to thee. And do thou receive him as my own bowels;
13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered to me in the bands of the gospel:
14 But without thy counsel I would do nothing: that thy good deed might not be as it were of necessity but voluntary.
15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season from thee, that thou mightest receive him again for ever;
16 Not now as a servant, but instead of & servant, a most