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of the law. 8 Owe no man any thing, Jesus Christ, and make not but to love one another; for provision for the flesh, to fulfil he that loveth another hath the lusts thereof. fulfilled the law.

CHAP. XIV. 9. For this, Thou shalt not 1 Men may not contemn or concommit adultery, Thou shalt demn one another for things not kill, Thou shalt not steal, indifferent, 18 but take heed Thou shalt not bear false wit- of giving offence in them. ness, Thou shalt not covet; HIM that is weak in the and if there be any other faith a receive ye, but not to commandment, it is briefly doubtful disputations.b comprehended in this saying, 2 For one believeth that he namely, Thou shalt love thy may eat all things; another, neighbour as thyself.

who is weak, eateth herbs. 10 Love worketh no ill to 8 Let not him that eateth his neighbour ; therefore love despise him that eateth not; is the fulfilling of the law. and let pot him which eateth

11 And that, knowing the not, judge him that eateth; for time, that now it is high time God hath received him. to awake out of sleep; for now 4 Who art thou that judg. is our salvation nearer than est another man's servant ? to when we believed.a

his own master he standeth or 12 The night is far spent, falleth. Yea, he shall be holdthe day is at hand; let us, en up; for God is able to make therefore, cast off the works of him stand. darkness, and let us put on the 5 One man esteemeth one armour of light.

day above another; another 13 Let us walk honestly as esteemeth every day alike. in the day; not in rioting and Let every man be fully per. drunkenness, not in chamber- suaded in his own mind. ing and wantonness, not in 6 He that regardeth the strife and envying:

day, regardeth it unto the 14 But put ye on the Lord

a Weak in the faith, concerning a Tban when we first believed. meats and days.

6 But not passionately to dispute his opinions. It may here be observed, that the Jewish converts at Rome supposed, that certain meats forbidden by Moses, were unclean in themselves, and that the days, which he ordered to be kept holy, were still to be sanctified; they therefore considered their Gentile brethren as profane; because they paid no religious regard to meats and days. On the other hand the Gentiles despised the Jews as bigots, for making distinctions of meats and days, which to them appeared unnecessary. St. Paul, therefore, wrote this chapter to conciliate the Jews and Gentiles, and to shew then, that neither meats nor days commended them to God; but still, that it was sinful for any man to eat or to do any thing, which he himself really thought was sinful.

Of things
Chap. xiv.

indifferent. Lord; and he that regardeth any thing to be unclean, to him not the day, to the Lord he it is unclean. doth not regard it. He that 15 But if thy brother be eateth, eateth to the Lord, for grieved with thy meat, now he giveth God thanks; and he walkest thou not charitably. that eateth not, to the Lord Destroy not him with thy meat he eateth not, and giveth God for whom Christ died. thanks.

16 Let not then your good ✓ For none of us liveth to be evil

spoken of ; himself, and no man dieth to 17 For the kingdom of God himself.

is not meat and drink, but 8 For whether we live, . righteousness, and peace, and we live unto the Lord ; and joy in the Holy Ghost. whether we die, we die unto 18 For he that in these the Lord; whether we live, things serveth Christ is actherefore, or die, we are the ceptable to God, and approvLord's.

ed of men. 9 For to this end Christ 19 Let us, therefore, follow both died, and rose, and reviv. after the things that make for ed, that he might be Lord both peace, and things wherewith of the dead and living.

one may edify another. 10 But why dost thou judge 20 For meat destroy not the thy brother or why dost thou work of God. All things inset at nought thy brother ? for deed are pure, but it is evil we shall all stand before the for that man who eateth with judgment-seat of Christ. offence.c

11 For it is written, As I 21 It is good neither to eat live saith the Lord, every flesh, nor to drink wine, nor knee shall bow te me, and ev- any thing whereby thy brother ery tongue shall confess to stumbleth or is offended, or is God.

made weak. 12 So then, every one of us

22 Hast thou faith? have shall give account of himself it to thyself before God. Hapto God.

py is he that condemneth not 13 Let us not, therefore, himself in that thing, which judge one another any morehe alloweth. but judge this rather, that no 23 And he that doubteth dis man put a stumbling-block, or Witboffence, giving offence to others, an occasion to fall, in his bro. or believing himself, that it is sinful.

d He that doubtetb, whether it be 14 I know, and am persuaded, or is guilty, if he does eat it.

lawful to eat any thi

is condemned by the Lord Jesus, that whatever is done without a convice there is nothing unclean of it- tion of its lawfulness, is really sin, self; but to him that esteemeth though in reality it be in itself lawful.

ther's way.

Of pleasing

ourselves. damned if he eat, because he 8 Now I


That Jesus eateth not of faith; for what. Christ was a minister of the soever is not of faith is sin. circumcision for the truth of

Gud, to confirm the promises CHAP. XV.

made unto the fathers; 1 The strong must bear with 9 And that the Gentiles might

the weak. 2 We may not glorify God for his mercy; as please ourselves, 7 but receive it is written,d For this cause one another, as Christ did I will confess to thee among us all.

the Gentiles, and sing unto thy WE then that are strong a name. ought to bear the infirmities of 10 And again he saith, e Re. the weak,b and not to please joice, ye Gentiles, with his peoourselves.

ple. 2 Let every one of us please 11 And again, f Praise the his neighbour for his good to Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud edification :

him, all ye people. 3 For even Christ pleased 12 And again, Esaias saith,g not himself; but, as it is writ. There shall be a root of Jesse, ten,c The reproaches of them and he that shall rise to reign that reproached thee fell on me. over

the Gentiles, in him shall 4 For whatsoever things the Gentiles trust. were written aforetime were 13 Now the God of hope fill written for our learning; that you with all joy and peace in we, through patience and com- believing, that ye may abound fort of the scriptures, might in hope, through the power of have hupe.

the Holy Ghost. 5 Now the God of patience 14 And I myself also am perand consolation grant you to suaded of you, my brethren, be like-minded one toward an- that


also are full of goodother, according to Christness, filled with all knowledge, Jesus;

able also to admonish one an6 That ye may with one other. mind and one mouth glorify 15 Nevertheless, brethren, I God, even the Father of our have written the more boldly Lord Jesus Christ.

d As it is written, Ps. xviii. 49. The Wherefore receive ye one e Deut. xxxii. 43. another, as Christ also receiv

f Ps. cxvii. 1. ed us, to the glory of God. Isaiah xi. 10. The design of the

apostles in this place is to persuade a That are strong, or more fully in the Jewish and Gentile converts to structed in the doctrine of Christ. a cordial union in the worship of

b Infirmities of the weak, the prejudi- God; and to shew the Jews, that ces or prepossessions of the ignorant. this union of the Gentiles with them, 6 As it is written, Ps. Ixix. 9.

was foretold in their own scriptures,

Paul excuseth

Chap. xv. his writing, Sc. unto you

in some sort, as put- 23 But now, having no more ting you in mind, because of place in these parts, and hav. the grace,

that is given to me ing a great desire these many of God,

years to come unto you; 16 That I should be the min- 24 Whensoever I take my ister of Jesus Christ to the journey into Spain I will come Gentiles, ministering the Gos- to you : for I trust to see you pel of God, that the offering on my journey, & to be brought up of the Gentiles might be ac- on my way thitherward by you, ceptable, being sanctified by if first I be somewhat filled the Holy Ghost.

with your company. 17 I have, therefore, where- 25 But now I go unto Jerusaof I may glory through Jesus lem to minister unto the saints.j Christ in those things which 26 For it hath pleased them pertain to God.

of Macedonia and Achaia to 18 For I will not dare to make a certain contribution speak of any of those things, for the poor saints, which are which Christ hath not wrought at Jerusalem. by me, to make the Gentiles 27 It hath pleased them obedient by word and deed, verily, and their debtors they

19 Through mighty signs & are. For if the Gentiles have wonders, by the power of the been made partakers of their Spirit of God; so that from spiritual things, their duty is Jerusalem, and round about also to minister unto them in unto Illyricum,h I have fully carnal things. ke preached the Gospel of Christ. 28 When, therefore, I have

20 Yea, so have I strived to performed this, and have sealpreach the Gospel, not where ed to them this fruit, I will Christ was named, lest I come by you into Spain. should build

29 And I am sure that, man's foundation :

when I come unto you, I shall 21 But, as it is written,i come in the fulness of the blessTo whom he was not spoken ing of the Gospel of Christ. of, they shall see; and they 30 Now I beseech you, breththat have not heard shall un- ren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's derstand.

sake, and for the love of the 22 For which cause also I Spirit, that ye strive together have been much hindered from with me in your prayers to coming to you.

b Illyricum was a country in Eu- j To minister unto the saints, to carrope, lying between Pannonia and ty the money I have collected for the the Adriatic sea. It is now called brethren in Judea. Sclavonia.

& Carnal things, comforts and de i As it is written, Isaiah lii. 15.

cessaries of life.

upon another

God for me;





salutations. 31 That I may be delivered who is the first-fruits of Afrom them that do not believe chaia unto Christ.b in Judea ; and that my ser- 6 Greet Mary, who bestow. vice which I have for Jerusa- ed much labour on us. lem may be accepted of the Salute Andronicus and saints ;

Junia my kinsmen and my 32 That I may come unto low-prisoners, who are of note you with joy by the will of among the apostles, who also God, and may with you be re- were in Christ before me. freshed.

8 Greet Amplias, my be33 Now the God of peace loved in the Lord. be with you all. Amen. 9 Salute Urbane, our help

er in Christ, and Staehys my CHAP. XVI.

beloved. 1 Paul sendeth greetings to

10 Salute Apelles approvmany, 25 and endeth with ed in Christ. Salate them praise and thanks to God. which of Aristobulus I COMMEND unto you

household. Phebe our sister, which is a 11 Salute Herodion

my servant of the church which is kinsman. Greet them that be at Cenchrea;

of the household of Narcissus, 2 That ye receive her in which are in the Lord. the Lord, as becometh saints, 12 Salute Tryphena and and that ye assist her in whats Tryphosa, who labour in the soever business she hath need Lord. Salute the beloved Perof

you; for she hath been a sis, which laboured much in succourer of many,and of my

the Lord. self also.

13 Salute Rufus chosen in 3 Greet a Priscilla and A. the Lord, and his mother and quila, my helpers in Christmine.

14 Salute Asyncritus, Phle4 Who have for my life gon, Hermas, Patrobas, Her. laid down their own necks; mes, and the brethren which unto whom not only I give are with them. thanks, but also all the church- 15 Salute Philologus and es of the Gentiles.

Julia, Nereus and his sister, : 5 Likewise greet the church and Olympas, and all the that is in their house. Salute saints which are with them. my well-beloved Epenetus, 16 Salute one another with

an holy kiss. The churches

of Christ salute you. & Greet and Salute are woras of civility and respect, which imply the

17 Now I beseech you, same, as to wish well, or to give our bFirst-fruits of Achaia, the first per love, or regard.

son I converted in Achaia.

Jesus ;

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