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gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, through the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart: 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to the working of all uncleanness with greediness.

20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 since ye have heard concerning him, and have been instructed in him, even as the truth is in Jesus; 22 to put off, according to your form-for an odour of a sweet smell.

CH. V. 1 Be ye therefore imitators of God, as beloved children; 2 and walk in love, as Christ also loved us, and gave himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God

er behaviour, the old man, 3 NOW let not fornication, who was corrupt according to or any uncleanness, or covetousdeceitful desires; 23 and to be ness, be even named among you, renewed in the spirit of your (as becometh saints;) 4 or filthimind; 24 and to put on theness, or foolish talking, or scurnew man, who is created, ac-rilous jesting, which are not fit; cording to God, in righteous- but rather the giving of thanks, ness and true holiness. 5 For this ye know, that no fornicator, or unclean person, or covetousness man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

25 WHEREFORE put away lying, and speak every one truth to his neighbour; for we are members one of another. 26 Though ye be angry, yet do not sin let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 and give no advantage to the impostor. 28 Let him who stole, steal no more: but let him rather labour, acquiring by his hands what is good, that he may be able to bestow on him who needeth. 29 Let no corrupt discourse proceed out of your mouth; but that which is good to the edification of the faith, that it may minister benefit to the hearers: 30 and offend not the holy spirit of God, in which ye have been

sealed to the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness, and anger, and wrath, and clamourous evil-speaking, be put away from you, and all malice: 32 and be ye kind one to another, tenderly affectioned, forgiving one another, as God in Christ, hath also forgiven you.

6 Let no one deceive you with vain words: for because of these things the anger of God cometh on the sons of disobedience. 7 Be not therefore joint-partakers with them. 8 For ye were formerly darkness, but now ye are light in the Lord: walk as children of light: 9 (for the fruit of light is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth;) 10 searching out what is well-pleasing to the Lord: 11 and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness; but rather even

reprove them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are discovered, are made manifest by the light: (for it is the light which maketh every thing manifest.) 14 Wherefore the spirit saith; "Awake, thou who sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give thee light."

15 See then that ye walk exactly; not as unwise, but as wise: 16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil. 17 Wherefore be not senseless, but understand what is the will of the Lord. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is dissoluteness; but be filled with the spirit; 19 speaking to onc another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs; singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 giving thanks always for all things to God even the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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for it; 26 that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water, through the word; 27 that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having blemish, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it might be holy and spotless. 28 Husbands ought so to love their wives, as their own bodies. He who loveth his wife, loveth himself: 29 for no one ever hated his own flesh; but every one nourisheth and cherisheth it, as Christ also doth the church: 30 for we are members of his body; [of his flesh, and of his bones.] 31 "Because of this, a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh."

32 This mystery is great; but I speak concerning Christ, and concerning the church. 33 However, let every one of you likewise so love his wife himself; and let the wife take care that she reverence her husband.


CH. VI. 1 Children, obey your parents [in the Lord]: for this is right. 2 "Honour thy father and mother," (which is the first commandment with promise,) 3" that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long in the land.” 4 And, fathers, provoke not your children to anger; but nourish them in the instruction and discipline of the Lord.

5 Servants, obey your masters according to the flesh, with

i. e. the church.

fear and trembling, in singleness | having your feet shod with a of your heart, as ye obey Christ: readiness for preaching the gos6 not with eye-service, as men-pel of peace; 16 besides all, 1 pleasers; but as the servants having taken up the shield of of Christ, doing the will of God faith, with which ye will be from the heart; 7 doing ser- able to quench all the fiery vice with cheerfulness, as to the darts of the enemy 17 [take] Lord, and not to men: 8 know- also the helmet of salvation; ing that whatever good thing and the sword of the spirit, any one doth, he will receive which is the word of God: 18 it from the Lord, whether he praying in spirit, at all times, be a servant or free-man. with all prayer and supplication; and, to [this] end, watching with all manner of readi-ness and supplication on behalf of all the saints; 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, in opening my mouth with freedom, to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in a chain; that therein I may speak freely, as I ought to speak.

9 And, masters, do the same to them, forbearing threats: knowing that yourselves also have a Master in heaven, with whom there is no respect of 或 persons.

21 BUT that ye also may know the things concerning me, what I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make known to you all things; 22 whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

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10 FINALLY, [my brethren,] strengthen yourselves in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the impostor: 12 for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in heavenly places.


13 Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and to stand, having conquered every thing. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth; and having put on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 and

23 PEACE be to the brethren, and love and faith, from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Favour be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.

"Flesh and blood is a Hebraism denoting mankind in general." Macknight.


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3 I THANK my God upon every remembrance of you; 4 always, in every supplication of mine for you all, making my supplication with joy, 5 for your kind contribution to the gospel, from its first day until now; 6 being confident of this very thing, that he, who hath begun a good work in you, will continue completing it until the day of Jesus Christ: 7 as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, both in my bonds, and in my defence of myself, and my confirmation of the gospel, even all of you as being joint-contributors to the gift which I have received.

8 For God [is] my witness, how greatly I long after you all with the tender affection of Jesus Christ. 9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge, and in all judgment; 10 to the end that ye may put to the

proof the things which differ; and that ye may be sincere, and without offence, till the day of Christ; 11 being filled with the fruit of righteousness, which is through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

12 NOW I wish you to understand, brethren, that the things concerning me have fallen out rather to the furtherance of the gospel; 13 so that in all the palace, and in all other places, my bonds are wellknown to be on account of Christ; 14 and that many of the brethren in the Lord, growing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear.

15 Some indeed, even through envy and strife, and some also through good-will, preach Christ. 17 Those who preach Christ from love, preach him knowing that I am appointed for the defence of the gospel : 16 but those who preach from contention, preach Christ not sincerely, thinking to add affliction to my bonds.

18 What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and herein I rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. 19 For I know that this will end in my

"To all who are holy by means of admission into the Christian covenant." See 1 Cor. i. 2. Newcome.

+ Gr. EXIOXOT015 (literally)" overseers." See Clarke.

deliverance, through your prayer, and through the supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ; 20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that I shall be put to shame in nothing; but that, with all freedom of speech in me, Christ, as always, so now also, will be magnified in my body, whether it be through life or through death.

21 For as concerning me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.* 22 But if it be given me to live in the flesh, this preaching of Christ is the fruit of my labour yet what I should choose I know not: 23 but I am in a strait between the two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; [for] this would be very far better: 24 nevertheless to remain still [in] the flesh is more needful for you. 25 And, confident of this, I know that I shall remain, and shall even remain with you all, for your furtherance and joy in the faith: 26 that your boasting in Christ Jesus may abound through me, by my presence with you again.

27 ONLY let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ: that, whether I come and see you, or be absent, I may learn concerning you, that ye stand

firmly in one spirit, striving together, with one mind, for the faith of the gospel; 28 and in nothing terrified by those who oppose it: which is to them a declaration of destruction, but to you of salvation, and that from God: 29 for to you it hath been graciously given, as concerning Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him; 30 having the same contest which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.t

CH. II. 1 If therefore there be any comfort in Christ, if any consolation from love, if any mutual affection, if any compassion and mercies; 2 fill up my joy, that ye be of the same mind, having the same love, joined together in soul, of one mind: 3 doing nothing through contention, or vain-glory; but in humility of mind, esteeming others better than yourselves : 4 not regarding every one his own things only, but every one the things also of others.

5 [For] let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: 6 who, being in the form of God, did not eagerly grasp at this resemblance to God: 7 but divested himself, taking the form of a servant, was made

"The apostle probably thought that the advent of Christ to raise the dead was very near. See 1 Thess. iv. 13-18, and therefore judged that a quiet rest in the grave till that event, would be to himself preferrable to a life of suffering and persecution though he was content to continue in his present suffering state for the benefit of the church. At any rate he could not mean to express an expectation of an intermediate state of enjoyment between death and the resurrection: for he hints at no such topic of consolation to the bereaved Thessalonians in the passage above cited. And if he had expected that a state of felicity would have immediately succeeded the dissolution of the body, it would have been impossible for him to have declared to the Corinthians, 1 Cor. xv. 17, 18, that if the dead rise not, their faith would be vain, and that all who had fallen asleep in Christ had perished." Im. Ver. note.

+ Some think that ver. 30 is misplaced, and that it ought to be inserted immediately after

ver. 27.

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