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man, and able also to bridle the 12 Can the fig-tree, my brewhole body.

thren, bear olive-berries? either 3 Behold, we put bits in the a vine, figs ? so can no founhorses' mouths, that they may tain both yield salt water and obey us; and we turn about fresh. their whole body.

13 Who is a wise man and 4 Behold also the ships, which endued with knowledge among though they be so great, and you ? let him shew, out of a are driven of fierce winds, yet | good conversation, his works are they turned about with a with meekness of wisdom. very small helm, whithersoever 14 But if ye have bitter énvy. the governor listeth.

ing and strife in your hearts, 5 Even so the tongue is a lit. glory not, and lie not against the tle member, and boasteth great truth. things. Behold, how great a 15 This wisdom descendeth matter a little fire kindleth! not from above, but is earthly,

6 And the tongue is a fire, a sensual, devilish. world of iniquity : so is the 16 For where envying and tongue among our members, strife is, there is confusion and that it defileth the whole body, every evil work. and setteth on fire the course of 17 But the wisdom that is from nature; and it is set on fire of above is first


ble, gentle, and easy to be en7 For every kind of beasts, treated, full of mercy and good and of birds, and of serpents, fruits, without partiality, and and of things in the sea, is without hypocrisy. tamed, and hath been tamed of 18 And the fruit of righteousmankind :

ness is sown in peace of them 8 But the tongue can no man that make peace. tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

CHAP. IV. 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and there with

AGAINST COVETOUSNESS. curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.

FROM whence come wars 10 Out of the same mouth and fightings among you ? come proceedeth blessing and curs- they not hence, even of your ing. My brethren, these things lusts, that war in your `memought not so to be.

bers ? 11 Doth a fountain send forth 2 Ye lust, and have not : ye at the same place, sweet water kill, and desire to have, and and bitter?

cannot obtain : ye fight and

pure, then


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war, yet ye have not, because not a doer of the law, but a ye ask not:

judge. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, 12 There is one lawgiver, who because ye ask amiss; that ye is able to save and to destroy : may consume it upon your who art thou that judgest anolusts.

ther ? 4 Ye adulterers and adulte- 13 Go to now, ye that say, Toresses, know ye not that the day, or to-morrow, we will go friendship of the world is en- into such a city, and continue mity with God ? whosoever, there a year, and buy, and sell, therefore, will be a friend of and get gain : the world, is the enemy of 14 Whereas ye know not what God.

shall be on the morrow. For 5 Do ye think that the scrip- what is your life? It is even a ture saith in vain, The spirit vapour, that appeareth for a that dwelleth in us lusteth to little time, and then vanisheth envy ?

away. 6 But he giveth more grace:

15 For that ye ought to say, wherefore he saith, God resist. If the Lord will, we shall live, eth the proud, but giveth grace and do this or that. unto the humble.

16 But now ye rejoice in your 7 Submit yourselves, there- | boastings: all such rejoicing is fore, to God. Resist the devil, evil. and he will fee from you.

17 Therefore to him that know8 Draw nigh to God, and he eth to do good, and doeth it not, will draw nigh to you. Cleanse to him it is sin. your hands, ye sinners ; and purify your hearts, ye double

CHAP. V. minded.

THE TRIAL OF FAITH. 9 Be afficted, and mourn, and weep; let your laughter be GO to now, ye rich men, turned to mourning, and your weep and howl, for your misejoy to heaviness.

ries that shall come upon you. 10 Humble yourselves in the 2 Your riches are corrupted, sight of the Lord, and he shall and your garments are moth

eaten. 11 Speak not evil one of ano- 3 Your gold and silver is canther, brethren. He that speaketh kered; and the rust of them evil of his brother, and judgeth shall be a witness against you, his brother, speaketh evil of the and shall eat your flesh as it law, and judgeth the law; but were fire: ye have heaped treaif thou judge the law, thou art sure together for the last days.

lift you up.

yea; and

resist you.

4 Behold, the hire of the la- neither by any other oath: but bourers who have reaped down let your yea,


your your fields, which is of you kept | nay, nay; lest ye fall into conback by fraud, crieth; and the demnation. cries of them which have reap- 13 Is any among you afflicted? ed, are entered into the ears of let him pray. Is any merry ? the Lord of Sabaoth.

let him sing psalms. 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on 14 Is any sick among you ? let the earth, and been wanton; ye him call for the elders of the have nourished your hearts as church; and let them pray over in a day of slaughter.

him, anointing him with oil in 6 Ye have condemned and the name of the Lord: killed the just; and he doth not 15 And the prayer of faith

shall save the sick, and the Lord 7 Be patient, therefore, breth- shall raise him up; and if he ren, unto the coming of the have committed sins, they shall Lord. Behold, the husbandınan be forgiven him. waiteth for the precious fruit of 16 Confess your faults one to the earth, and hath long patience | another, and pray one for anofor it, until he receive the early ther, that ye may be healed. and latter rain.

The effectual fervent prayer 8 Be ye also patient; stablish of a righteous man availeth your hearts: for the coming of much. the Lord draweth nigli.

17 Elias was a man subject to 9 Grucige not one against ano- like passions as we are, and he ther, brethren, lest ye be con- prayed earnestly, that it might demned: behold, the judge not rain ; and it rained not on standeth before the door. the earth by the space of three

10 Take, my brethren, the pro- years and six months. phets, who have spoken in the 18 And he prayed again, and name of the Lord, for an exam. the heaven gave rain, and ple of suffering afliiction, and of the earth brought forth her patience.

fruit. 11 Behold, we count them 19 Brethren, if any of you do happy which endure. Ye have crr from the truth, and one conheard of the patience of Job, vert him; and have seen the end of the 20 Let him know, that he Lord; that the Lord is very which converteth the sinner pitiful, and of tender mercy.

from the error of his way, 12 But above all things, my shall save a soul from death, brethren, swear not; neither by and shall hide a multitude of heaven, neither by the earth, || sins.



being much more precious than

of gold that perisheth, though OF GOD'S SPIRITUAL GRACES.

it be tried with fire, might be PETER, an apostle of Jesus found unto praise and honour, Christ, to the strangers scat- and glory, at the appearing of tered throughout Pontus, Gala- | Jesus Christ: tia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bi. 8 Whom having not seen, ye thynia,

love: in whom, though now ye 2 Elect according to the fore- see him not, yet believing, ye knowledge of God the Father, || rejoice with joy unspeakable, through sanctification of the land full of glory : Spirit, unto obedience and 9 Receiving the end of your sprinkling of the blood of Jesus faith, even the salvation of your Christ: Grace unto you, and souls. peace be multiplied.

10 Of which salvation the pro3 Blessed be the God and phets have enquired, and searchFather of our Lord Jesus Christ, (ed diligently, who prophesied which, according to his abun-of the grace that should come dant mercy, hath begotten us unto you: again unto a lively hope, by the 11 Searching what, or what resurrection of Jesus Christ from manner of time, the Spirit of the dead,

Christ which was in them did 4 To an inheritance incorrup- signify, when it testified before. . tible, and undefiled, and that hand the sufferings of Christ, fadeth not away, reserved in and the glory that should folheaven for you,

low. 5 Who are kept by the power 12 Unto whom it was revealed, of God through faith unto sal. that not unto themselves, but vation, ready to be revealed in unto us, they did minister the the last time:

things which are now reported 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, unto you by them that have though now for a season (if preached the gospel unto you, need be) ye are in heaviness with the Holy Ghost sent down through manifold temptations ; | from heaven: which things the 7 That the trial of your faith, ll angels desire to look into.




13 Wherefore gird up the that ye love one another with a loins of your mind, be sober, pure heart fervently : and hope to the end, for the 23 Being born again, not of grace that is to be brought unto corruptible seed, but of incoryou at the revelation of Jesus ruptible, by the word of God, Christ:

which liveth and abideth for 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according 24 For all flesh is as grass, and to the former lusts in your ig. all the glory of man as the flow

er of grass. The grass wither15 But as he, which hath call- | eth, and the flower thereof falled you, is holy, so be ye holyeth away : in all manner of conversation ; 25 But the word of the Lord

16 Because it is written, Beendureth for ever. And this is ye holy; for I am holy. the word which by the gospel

17 And if ye call on the Father, is preached unto you. who, without respect of persons, judgeth according to every

CHAP. II. man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear :

18 Forasmuch as ye know that WHEREFORE, laying aside ye were not redeemed with cor- all malice, and all guile, and ruptible things, as silver and hypocrisies, and envies, and all gold, from your vain conversa-evil-speakings, tion received by tradition from 2 As new-born babes, desire 'your fathers;

the sincere milk of the word, 19 But with the precious blood that ye may grow thereby; of Christ, as of a lamb without 3 If so be ye have tasted that blemish, and without spot :

the Lord is gracious: 20 Who verily was fore-ordain- 4 To whom coming, as unto a ed before the foundation of the living stone, disallowed indeed world, but was manifest in these of men, but chosen of God, and last times for you,

precious ; 21 Who by him do believe in 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are God that raised him up from built up a spiritual house, an the dead, and gave him glory; holy priesthood, to offer up that your faith and hope might spiritual sacrifices, acceptable be in God.

to God by Jesus Christ. 22 Seeing ye have purified

6 Wherefore also it is conyour souls in obeying the truth | tained in the scripture, Behold, through the Spirit, unto un- I lay in Sion a chief cornerfeigned love of the brethren, see stone, elect, precious; and he

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