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Genesis I. 1-5; John I. 1-18. And of his fulness have all we reN the beginning God created the
ceived, and grace for grace. For the
law was given by Moses, but grace And the earth was without form,
and truth came by Jesus Christ. No and void ; and darkness was upon the
man hath seen God at any time; the face of the deep. And the Spirit
only begotten Son, which is in the
bosom of the Father, he hath declared of God moved upon the face of the
him. waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God
Psalm XIX. 1-14. saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the dark. THE heavens declare the glory of
. , God and the darkness he called Night. And his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth the evening and the morning were the speech, and night unto night sheweth first day.
knowledge. There is no speech nor In the beginning was the Word, language, where their voice is not and the Word was with God, and heard. Their line is gone out through the Word was God. The same was in all the earth, and their words to the the beginning with God. All things end of the world. In them hath he were made by him; and without him set a tabernacle for the sun, Which was not any thing made that was is as a bridegroom coming out of his made. In him was life; and the life chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong was the light of men. And the light man to run a race. His going forth shineth in darkness; and the dark- is from the end of the heaven, and ness comprehended it not.
his circuit unto the ends of it: and There was a man sent from God, there is nothing hid from the heat whose name was John. The same thereof. came for a witness, to bear witness The law of the LORD is perfect, conof the Light, that all men through him verting the soul: the testimony of the might believe. He was not that Light, LORD is sure, making wise the simple. but was sent to bear witness of that The statutes of the LORD are right, Light.
rejoicing the heart: the commandment That was the true Light, which of the LORD is pure, enlightening the lighteth every man that cometh into eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, the world. He was in the world, and enduring for ever: the judgments of the world was made by him, and the LORD are true and righteous altothe world knew him not.
gether. More to be desired are they unto his own, and his own received than gold, yea, than much fine gold : him not. But as many as received sweeter also than honey and the him, to them gave he power to become honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy the sons of God, even to them that servant warned: and in keeping of believe on his name: Which were
them there is great reward. born not of blood, nor of the will of Who can understand his errors? the flesh, nor of the will of man, cleanse thou me from secret faults. but of God. And the Word was made Keep back thy servant also from preflesh, and dwelt among us, (and we sumptuous sins; let them not have beheld his glory, the glory as of the dominion over me: then shall I be only begotten of the Father,) full of upright, and I shall be innocent from grace and truth.
the great transgression. Let the words John bare witness of him, and cried, of my mouth, and the meditation of saying, This was he of whom I spake, my heart be acceptable in thy sight, He that cometh after me is preferred O LORD, my strength, and my rebefore me; for he was before me. deemer.
The reader is referred to the Preface for explanation of the plan and scope of the arrangement of Scripture selections,
1 John I. I-10; II. 1-14. unto you, which thing is true in him was from the be
and in you: because the darkness is ginning, which we have heard,
past, and the true light now shineth. which we have seen with our eyes,
He that saith he is in the light, and which we have looked upon, and our
hateth his brother, is in darkness even
until now. He that loveth his brother hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested,
abideth in the light, and there is none
occasion of stumbling in him. But he and we have seen it, and bear witness,
that hateth his brother is in darkness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was
and walketh in darkness, and knoweth manifested unto us;) That which we
not whither he goeth, because that
darkness hath blinded his eyes. have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship
I write unto you, little children, bewith us: and truly our fellowship is
cause your sins are forgiven you for
his name's sake. I write unto you, with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write
fathers, because ye have known him we unto you, that your joy may be
that is from the beginning. I write full.
unto you, young men, because ye have
overcome the wicked one. I write This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto
unto you, little children, because ye
have known the Father. I have writyou, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that
ten unto you fathers, because ye
have known him that is from the we have fellowship with him, and
beginning. I have written unto you, walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we 'walk in the young men, because ye are strong, and
the word of God abideth in you, and light, as he is in the light, we have
ye have overcome the wicked one. fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that
Psalm II. I-12. we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
HY do the heathen rage, and confess our sins, he is faithful and
the people imagine vain just to forgive us our sins, and to thing? The kings of the earth set cleanse us from all unrighteousness. themselves, and the rulers take If we say that we have not sinned, counsel together, against the LORD, we make him a liar, and his word is and against his Anointed, saying, Let not in us.
us break their bands asunder, and My little children, these things write cast away their cords from us. He I unto you, that ye sin not. And if that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: any man sin, we have an advocate the LORD shall have them in derision. with the Father, Jesus Christ the Then shall he speak unto them in his righteous : And he is the propitiation wrath, and vex them in his sore disfor our sins: and not for ours only, pleasure. Yet have I set my King but also for the sins of the whole upon my holy hill of Zion. I will world. And hereby we do know that declare the decree: the LORD hath we know him, if we keep his com- said unto me, Thou art my Son; this mandments. He that saith, I know day have I begotten thee. Ask of him, and keepeth not his command- me, and I shall give thee the heathen ments, is a liar, and the truth is not for thine inheritance, and the utterin him. But whoso keepeth his word, most parts of the earth for thy posin him verily is the love of God per- session. Thou shalt break them with fected: hereby know we that we are a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in him. He that saith he abideth in in pieces like a potter's vessel. him ought himself also so to walk, Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: even as he walked. Brethren, I write be instructed, ye judges of the earth. no new commandment unto you, but Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice an old commandment which ye had with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he from the beginning. The old com- be angry, and ye perish from the way, mandment is the word which ye have when his wrath is kindled but a little. heard from the beginning.
Blessed are all they that put their trust Again, a new commandment I write in him.
Genesis I. 6-28, 31.
the seas, and let fowl multiply in the
earth. And the evening and the ND God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the
morning were the fifth day.
And God said, Let the earth bring waters, and let it divide the waters
forth the living creature after his from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters
kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and
beast of the earth after his kind: and which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firm
was so. And God made the beast
of the earth after his kind, and cattle ament: and it was SO. And God called the firmament Heaven And
after their kind, and every thing that
creepeth upon the earth after his the evening and the morning were the second day:
kind: and God saw that it was good.
And God said, Let us make man And God said, Let the waters under
in our image, after our likeness: and the heaven be gathered together unto
let them have dominion over the fish one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
of the sea, and over the fowl of the And God called the
air, and over the cattle, and over all dry land Earth; and the gathering to
the earth, and over every creeping gether of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And
thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own imGod said, Let the earth bring forth
in the image of God created grass, the herb yielding seed, and the
he him; male and female created he fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind,
them. And God blessed them, and whose seed is in itself, upon the earth:
God said unto them, Be fruitful, and and it was so. And the earth brought
multiply, and replenish the earth, forth grass, and herb yielding seed
and subdue it: and have dominion after his kind, and the tree yielding
over the fish of the sea, and over fruit, whose seed was in itself, after the fowl of the air, and over every his kind: and God saw that it was living thing that moveth upon the good. And the evening and the morn
earth. And God saw everything ing were the third day.
that he had made, and, behold, it was And God said, Let there be lights
very good. And the evening and the in the firmament of the heaven to
morning were the sixth day. divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And
Psalm VIII. 1-9. let them be for lights in the fight O LORD our Lord, how excellent of the heaven to
is thy name in earth upon the earth: and it was so. And who hast set thy glory above the God made two great lights; the great- heavens. Out of the mouth of babes er light to rule the day, and the
and sucklings hast thou ordained lesser light to rule the night: he made strength because of thine enemies, the stars also. And God set them in that thou mightest still the enemy the firmament of the heaven to give and the avenger. light upon the earth, And to rule
When I consider thy heavens, the over the day and over the night, and work of thy fingers, the moon and the to divide the light from the darkness : stars, which thou hast ordained; and God saw that it was good. And What is man, that thou art mindful the evening and the morning were of him? and the son of man, that the fourth day.
thou visitest him? For thou hast And God said, Let the waters bring made him a little lower than the forth abundantly the moving creature angels, and hast crowned him with that hath life, and fowl that may fly glory and honour. Thou madest him above the earth in the open firmament to have dominion over the works of of heaven. And God created great thy hands; thou hast put all things whales, and every living creature that under his feet: All sheep and oxen, moveth, which the waters brought yea, and the beasts of the field; The forth abundantly, after their kind, and fowl of the air, and the fish of the every winged fowl after his kind : sea, and whatsoever passeth through and God saw that it was good. And the paths of the seas. O LORD our God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, LORD, how excellent is thy name in and multiply, and fill the waters in all the earth!
Genesis II. 1-10, 15-17.
Psalm XXXIV. 1-22. THUS the heavens, and the earth I WILL bless the Lord at all times:
his praise of them. And on the seventh day in my mouth. My soul shall make God ended his work which he had her boast in the LORD: the humble made; and he rested on the seventh shall hear thereof, and be glad. O day from all his work which he had magnify the LORD with me, and let made. And God blessed the seventh us exalt his name together. I sought day, and sanctified it: because that in the LORD, and he heard me, and deit he had rested from all his work livered me from all my fears. They which God created and made.
looked unto him, and were lightened : These are the generations of the and their faces were not ashamed. heavens and of the earth when they This poor man cried, and the LORD were created, in the day that the heard him, and saved him out of LORD God made the earth and the all his troubles. The angel of the heavens, And every plant of the LORD encampeth round about them field before it was in the earth, and that fear him, and delivereth them. every herb of the field before it grew : O taste and see that the LORD is for the LORD God had not caused it good: blessed is the man that trusteth to rain upon the earth, and there in him. O fear the LORD, ye his was not a man to till the ground. But saints: for there is no want to them there went up a mist from the earth, that fear him. The young lions do and watered the whole face of the lack, and suffer hunger : but they ground. And the LORD God formed that seek the LORD shall not want man of the dust of the ground, and any good thing. breathed into his nostrils the breath Come, ye children, hearken unto of life; and man became a living me: I will teach you the fear of the soul.
LORD. What man is he that desireth And the LORD God planted a garden life, and loveth many days, that he eastward in Eden; and there he put see good? Keep thy tongue the man whom he had formed. And from evil, and thy lips from speaking out of the ground made the LORD God guile. Depart from evil, and do good; to grow every tree that is pleasant seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes to the sight, and good for food; the of the LORD are upon the righteous, tree of life also in the midst of the and his ears are open unto their cry. garden, and the tree of knowledge of The face of the LORD is against them good and evil. And a river went out that do evil, to cut off the rememof Eden to water the garden; and from brance of them from the earth. The thence it was parted, and became into righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, four heads.
and delivereth them out of all their And the LORD God took the man, troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them and put him into the garden of Eden that are of a broken heart; and saveth to dress it and to keep it. And the such as be of a contrite spirit. Many LORD God commanded the man, say- are the afflictions of the righteous: ing, Of every tree of the garden thou but the LORD delivereth him out of mayest freely eat: But of the tree them all. He keepeth all his bones: of the knowledge of good and evil, not one of them is broken. Evil shall thou shalt not eat of it: for in the slay the wicked: and they that hate day that thou eatest thereof thoui the righteous shall be desolate. The shalt surely die.
LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.
Genesis III. 1-19. NOW (OW the serpent was more subtile
than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden.
And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gavę me of the tree, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above
every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the
he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field: In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
Psalm XIV. 1-7. THE fool hath said in his heart, rupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. The LORD looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy: there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD. There were they in great fear: for God is in the generation of the righteous. Ye have shamed the counsel of the poor, because the LORD is his refuge. Oh that the salvation of Israel
come out of Zion! when the LORD bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall be glad.