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11. like myself: Let no one, therefore, treat him with contempt: and send him forward in peace, that he may come to me; for 12. I am expecting him with the brethren. And as for Apollos, the brother, I urged him repeatedly to come to you with the brethren but he was by no means willing to come at present: he will, however, come when he has an opportunity.

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Keep awake! Stand firm in the faith! Be men! Be 14, 15. strong! Do everything with love. And I entreat you, brethren, take notice of the family of Stephanas; because it is the first-fruits of Achaïa, and they have devoted themselves 16. unto service for the saints; that you may rank yourselves with such persons, and with every co-operator and labourer. 17. And I rejoice at the arrival of Stephanas, and Fortunatus, and Achaïcus; because these brethren have supplied the want 18. of you; for they have set at rest both my spirit and yours. Honour, therefore, such brethren!

19. The congregations of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla, together with the congregation at their house, particularly 20. salute you. All the brethren salute you. Salute each other 21. with a holy kiss. The salutation of me Paul, in my own 22. hand. If any one love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be "anathema. Maran-atha"!- -an execration. Our Lord is near!

23, 24. The favour of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you. My love to you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.

THE

EPISTLE TO TITUS.

CHAPTER I.

1. PAUL, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ in regard to the faith of the chosen of God, and the knowledge 2. of the truth which relates to piety, in a hope of eternal life, which the God who is never false, hath promised in very re3. mote ages, and, at proper seasons, hath made his word clearly known by a promulgation with which I have been intrusted 4. according to the appointment of God our Saviour;—to Titus, my own dear child by a common faith, grace and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour. 5. For this purpose I left thee in Crete, that thou mightest rectify deficiencies, and mightest institute elders, from city to city, 6. as I directed thee: where any one is unblamable, husband of one wife, having believing children, who are not charged with 7. licentiousness, nor are disorderly. For it is necessary, that the overseer be unblamable, as a steward of God; not arrogant, not petulant, not a drinker, nor a fighter, nor mercenary; 8. but hospitable, attached to the good, discreet, just, holy, 9. moderate; maintaining the faithful doctrine in his teaching,

that he may be able both to exhort by wholesome instruction, 10. and to refute the opponents. For there are many, not only

disorderly and talking without sense, but also deceivers, espe11. cially those belonging to the circumcision; whose mouths

must be closed, who pervert whole families, teaching what 12. must not be taught, for the sake of base gain. One of their people says, (it is one of their own authors,)" The Cretans, 13. always liars are, savage beasts, with craving maw."—This is a

true description: on which account reprove them severely, 14. that they may be sound in the faith, not attending to Jewish 15. fables and precepts of men perverted from the truth. All

things, indeed, are pure to those who are pure; but to those who are polluted and unbelieving, nothing is pure; both their 16. understanding and their conscience are polluted. They profess to know God; but they deny him by their actions; being disgusting, obstinate, and incapable of any good action. CHAP. II.

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But do thou discourse of such things which are proper to 2. wholesome doctrine; that the old men be watchful, grave, 3. discreet, sound in the faith, in love, in patience; that the elderly women, likewise, observe a sacred propriety in their deportment; that they be not mischief-makers, nor overcome 4. by much wine; that they be good instructors, in order that they may influence the young women to be affectionate to 5. their husbands and children; discreet, chaste, domestic, good, submissive to their own husbands; in order that the doctrine of God may not be calumniated.

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The younger men, likewise, exhort to moderation; in all respects offering thyself as a pattern of good works: in teach8. ing evincing integrity, seriousness; sound, undeniable doctrine; so that he who is of the opposition may be shamed, having nothing evil to say of us.

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Servants exhort to be submissive to their own masters; in 10. all things to be contented; not contradicting; not purloining,

but evincing perfect good faith; that they may adorn the 11. doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. For the saving 12. favour of God is manifested for all men, instructing us, that,

renouncing irreligion and worldly desires, we should live soberly, and righteously, and piously in the present world, 13. awaiting the joyful hope and glorious appearing of our great 14. God and Saviour, Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that

he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify for himself a 15. distinct people, zealous for good works. Speak out these things, and exhort and reprove with all authority; let no one despise thee.

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Admonish them to be submissive to powers and authorities; 2. to obey rule; to be ready for every good work; to calumniate no one; not to be contentious; to be mild, evincing perfect 3. gentleness toward all men. For we ourselves, also, were formerly senseless, disobedient, erring, in bondage to various lusts and pleasures; living in malice and envy, detested, hating 4. one another. But when the kindness and the benevolence of God 5. our Saviour appeared, he saved us not by the righteousness of those deeds which we have performed, but according to his own mercy, by means of a washing of regeneration, even a 6. renewing of the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us 7. abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour; in order that

being justified by his favour, we might become heirs as to a 8. hope of eternal life.-Truthful is the word. And respecting these things, I wish thee to be thoroughly confirmed, that those who have believed in God may be mindful to excel in good works. These things are honourable, and useful among 9. men: but foolish questions, and genealogies, and disputes and contentions about the law, avoid; for they are unprofitable 10. and vain. A schismatical man, after a first and second admo11. nition, reject; knowing that such a person is perverted, and sinneth, being self-condemned.

12. When I shall send Artemas to thee, or Tychicus, hasten to

come to me at Nicopolis; for I have decided on spending the 13. winter there. Send on Zenas the lawyer, and Apollos, with 14. careful attention, so that they may not lack anything: and let

our brethren learn to be foremost in good works for these 15. pressing occasions, that they may not be unfruitful. All who are with me salute thee. Salute those who love us faithfully. Grace be with you all! Amen!

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SECOND EPISTLE TO THE CORINTHIANS.

CHAPTER I.

1. PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ, through the will of God, and Timothy the brother, to the congregation of God which is in Corinth, together with all the saints who are in the whole 2. of Achaïa: favour to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

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3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 4. the Father of mercies, and God of all comfort, who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of trouble, through the consolation, by 5. which we ourselves are comforted by God: because, according as the sufferings of Christ are abundant upon us, so, through 6. Christ, aboundeth also our consolation. And, whether we be afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation, which is effected by endurance of the same sufferings as those which we also suffer; or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation 7. and salvation: and our hope for you is firm, knowing that, as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so also of the consolation.

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For we do not wish you, brethren, to be ignorant respecting the trouble which has befallen us in Asia, that we have been exceedingly weighed down, beyond our strength, so as to have 9. despaired even of life. But we had the sentence of death in

ourselves, in order that we might not trust in ourselves, but 10. in the God who raiseth the dead; who from such a death delivered us, and is delivering, in whom we hope that he will also 11. yet deliver; you, also, working together for us in supplication,

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