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15. Stripping the governments and the authorities, he publicly 16. exhibited them in triumph by him. Let no person, therefore,

rule you in eating, or in drinking, or in respect to a festival, 17. or new moon, or sabbaths; which are shadows of the future, 18. but the body is Christ's: nor, let any one defraud you of your

prize, persisting in humiliation, and worship of the angels, entering upon things which he has not seen, vainly inflated 19. with the notion of his flesh; and not holding to the head, from whom the whole body, supported and compacted together by the joints and ligaments, grows with a divine enlargement. 20. If you died with Christ away from the principles of the world, 21. why, as if living in the world, are you ordered, not to touch 22. this, not to taste that, not to handle the other?—injunctions,

which are all detrimental by their improper use, according to 23. the commands and teachings of men; injunctions, which have indeed a reputation of wisdom, in will-worship, and humiliation, and bodily austerity, not to the credit of any one for personal appearance.


1. If, then, you have been raised with the Christ, inquire after things above, where the Christ is seated at the right 2. hand of God. Think much on those things above, not on 3. things upon earth; for you have died, and your life has been 4. hidden with the Christ in God: when the Christ, who is your life, shall be manifested, then you, also, will be manifested with him in glory.


Deaden, therefore, your members which are toward the earth; as to fornication, impurity; vile, unnatural lust; and 6. that base avarice which is idol-worship; on account of which 7. things the wrath of God is coming on the rebellious; and which you formerly practised, when you lived among them. 8. And now, also, lay aside altogether, anger, passion, malice, 9. scurrility, ribaldry, from your lips. Do not tell lies to one another, having stripped off the former man with his prac10. tices; and, having put on the new one, who is renewed, in regard to knowledge, in the likeness of him who created 11. him; wherein there are not Greek and Jew, circumcision and


uncircumcision, foreigner and savage, bond-man and free-man; but, as to all those things, and in them all, is CHRIST.

Put on, therefore, as holy and beloved chosen ones of God, tender mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, long-forbearance. 13. Be tolerant of one another, and forgiving among yourselves, should one have a complaint against another; just as Christ 14. forgave you, so also do you forgive. And, in addition to all

these virtues, put on that love, which is a band of the com15. pleteness. And let the peace of the Christ prevail in your hearts, unto which you have been called in one body; and be ye thankful.


Let the doctrine of the Christ dwell in you joyously, with all wisdom; instructing and admonishing yourselves in psalms, hymns, and spiritual odes; gratefully singing with 17. your hearts to God. And everything, whatever you may do, whether in speaking or in action, let all be in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by him.


Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as it is becoming 19. for those who are in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and do not behave harshly to them.


Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is 21. well-pleasing in the Lord. Fathers, be not severe to your children, lest they be dispirited.

22. Servants, obey in all things the masters of your person; not

with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but with simplicity of heart, 23. fearing the Lord. Whatever you are doing, work cheerfully, 24. as for the Lord, and not for men; knowing that from the Lord you will receive the recompense of the inheritance; 25. for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who acts unjustly shall be treated according to his unjustice, without any partiality.


1. Masters, render to your servants justice and equity, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

2. Be constant in prayer, watching in it with thanksgiving; 3. praying at the same time, also, for us: that God may open to us

a door for the word, to tell the secret of the Christ, on account

4. of which, also, I am in confinement; that I may make it clear, as I ought to speak.


Walk discreetly with those around you, profiting by the 6. opportunity. Let your discourse be always with affability, seasoned with salt, knowing how you ought to address yourselves to every one.

7. All particulars respecting me, Tychicus will relate to you,— that beloved brother, and faithful assistant, and fellow-servant 8. in the Lord; whom I have sent to you, that you might know our circumstances, and that he might comfort your hearts; 9. accompanied by the faithful and beloved brother Onesimus, who belongs to you; they will make you acquainted with 10. everything here. Aristarchus, my fellow-captive, salutes you; and Mark, also, the cousin of Barnabas, respecting whom you received commands, if he should come to you, receive him; 11. and Jesus, also, who is named Justus. These are the only brethren of the circumcision who are my fellow-workmen for the kingdom of God; and they have been a comfort to me. Epaphras, one of yourselves, a servant of Christ, salutes you; always pleading for you in his prayers, that you may 13. stand perfect and complete in the whole will of God. Indeed,


I can speak for him, that he has a very warm affection for you, and for those in Laodicaea, and for those in Hierapolis. 14. Luke, the beloved physician, salutes you, and Demas. 15. Salute the brethren in Laodicaea, and Nymphas, and the con16. gregation at his house. And, when this letter has been read among you, cause it also to be read in the congregation of Laodicaeans; and that from Laodicaea, see that you also read: 17. and say to Archippus, "See that thou fulfil that ministration in the Lord which thou hast received."





1. PAUL, a prisoner on account of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our 2. brother, to our beloved Philemon, our fellow-labourer, and to the beloved Apphia, and to Archippus, our fellow-soldier, and 3. to the congregation at thy house;-grace and peace be with you, from God our Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ. 4. Having always made mention of thee in my prayers, I am 5. thankful to God, on hearing of thy love and thy faith, which thou hast, in regard to the Lord Jesus, and for all the saints; 6.-praying that the fellowship of thy faith may become effectual, in acknowledgment of everything good in us, in 7. regard to Christ Jesus: for we have much joy and consolation over thy love, because the hearts of the saints have been 8. refreshed through thee, my brother. Wherefore, having

much confidence by Christ to enjoin upon thee what is 9. proper, on account of that love, I rather intreat; being such

as I am, an old man, and now also a prisoner for Jesus 10. Christ, I intreat thee respecting my child, whom I have 11. begotten in my chains, Onesimus, who formerly has been

unprofitable to thee, but who is now serviceable both to thee 12. and to me; whom I have sent back: and do thou take him 13. in, as being my own offspring. I was wishing to retain him

for myself, that he might assist me in my imprisonment for 14. the gospel; but I was not willing to do anything without thy

consent, that thy kindness might not be as from constraint, 15. but of thine own accord. For perhaps it is on this account he has been separated for a time, that thou mightest recover 16. him permanently; no more as a slave, but beyond a slave,—a

brother, particularly dear to me, and how much more to thee, 17. both in respect to his person, and to the Lord! If, then, thou 18. hold me in fellowship, take him in, as if it were myself: and

if he have wronged thee at all, or owe thee anything, set this 19. down to me. I Paul write with my own hand, I will pay it

off: not to remind thee that thou owest even thyself to me: 20.—yes, brother, I wish to have a benefit of thee in the Lord: 21. —refresh my heart in Christ! Confiding in thy compliance,

I write to thee, assured that thou wilt do beyond what I ask. 22. And, at the same time, also, prepare me accommodation, for

I expect, through your prayers, to be restored to you. 23. Epaphras, my fellow-captive for Christ Jesus, salutes thee, 24. and Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my assistants.


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit! Amen!

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