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man, and able also to bridle the whole body. 3 Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. 4 Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. 5. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth ! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind : 8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and there with curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. ll Doth a fountain send forth at the same place, sweet water and bitter : V O L. IV.

12 Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear olive-berries? either a vine, figs 3 so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you : let him shew, out of a good conversation, his works with meekness of wisdom. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. 16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. 17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. r 18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

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war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not : 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss; that ye may consume it upon your lusts. 4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God whosoever, therefore, will be a friend of the world, is the enemy of God. 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy 6 But he giveth more grace: wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. 7 Submit yourselves, therefore, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners ; and purify your hearts, ye doubleminded. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. 11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law; but if thou judge the law, thou art

not a doer of the law, but a judge. 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy : who art thou that judgest another ? 13 Go to now, ye that say, Today, or to-morrow, we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy, and sell, and get gain : 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life 2 It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this or that. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

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4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth; and the cries of them which have reaped, are entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts as in a day of slaughter. 6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth not resist you. 7 Be patient, therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 8 Beye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth migh. 9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned : behold, the judge standeth before the door.

neither by any other oath: but let your yea, be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. 13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry 2 let him sing psalms. 14 Is any sick among you ? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth

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17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly, that it might not rain; and it rained not on the earth by the space of three

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THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF PETER.

CHAP. I. of GOD’s SPIRITUAL G R A C E S.

PETER, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace be multiplied. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which, according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4. To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time: 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season (if need be) ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations; 7 That the trial of your faith,

being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour, and glory, at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love: in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory : 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your Souls. 10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired, and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11 Searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should fol. low. 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us, they did minister the things which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven: which things the angels desire to look into.

13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end, for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ: 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your igIn Oran Ce: 15 But as he, which hath called you, is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation ; 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 17And if ye call on the Father, who, without respect of persons, judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear : 18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from ‘your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish, and without spot: 20 Whoverily was fore-ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 21 Who by him do believe in God that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. 22 Seeing ye have purified

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through the Spirit, unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see

that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away : 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

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WHEREFORE, laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil-speakings, 2. As new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby; 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious: 4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious ; 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious; and he

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