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The admission of the Gentiles
into the church of Christ. seeketh for; but the election
17 And if some of the branches hath obtained it, and the rest be broken off, and thou, being were blinded
a wild olive-tree, wert graffed in 8 (According as it is written, amongst them, and with them God hath given them the spirit partakest of the root and fatness of slumber, eyes that they should of the olive-tree; not see, and ears that they should 18 Boast not against the not hear) unto this day.
branches. But if thou boast, 9 And David saith, Let their thou bearest not the root, but table be made a snare, and a trap, the root thee. and a stumbling-block, and a re- 19 Thou wilt say then, The compence unto them:
branches were broken off, that 10 Let their eyes be darkened, I might be graffed in. that they may not see, and bow 20 Well, because of unbelief down their back alway.
they were broken off; and thou 11 I say then, Have they standest by faith. Be not highstumbled that they should fall? minded, but fear: God forbid: but rather through 21 For if God spared not the their fall salvation is come unto natural branches, take heed lest the Gentiles, for to provoke he also spare not thee. them to jealousy.
22 Behold therefore the good12 Now if the fall of them be ness and severity of God: on the riches of the world, and the them which fell, severity; but diminishing of them the riches towards thee, goodness; if thou of the Gentiles, how much more continue in his goodness: othertheir fulness?
wise thou also shalt be cut off. 13 For I speak to you Gen- 23 And they also, if they tiles, inasmuch as † am the abide not still in unbelief, shall apostle of the Gentiles, I mag- be graffed in: for God is able nify mine office;
to graff them in again. 14 If by any means I may 24 For if thou wert cut out of provoke to emulation them which the olive-tree which is wild by are my flesh, and might save, nature, and wert graffed consome of them.
trary to nature into a good olive15 For if the casting away of tree; how much more shall these, them be the reconciling of the which be the natural branches, world, what shall the receiving be graffed into their own oliveof them be, but life from the tree? dead?
25 For I would not, brethren, 16 For if the first-fruit be that ye should be ignorant of holy, the lump is also holy: and this
should be if the root be holy, so are the wise in your own conceits; that branches.
blindness in part is happened to
God's goodness unsearchable. ROMANS,
The gifts of gract. Israel, until the fulness of the
CHAP. XII. Gentiles be come in.
Pride forbidden. 26 And so all Israel shall be T BESEECH you therefore, saved: as it is written, There brethren, by the mercies of shall come out of Sion the De- God, that ye present your bodies liverer, and shall turn away un- a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable godliness from Jacob:
unto God, which is your reason27 For this is my covenant able service. unto them, when I shall take 2 And be not conformed to away their sins.
this world: but be ye trans28 As concerning the gospel, formed by the renewing of your they are enemies for your sake: mind, that ye may prove what but as touching the election, is that good, and acceptable, they are beloved for the fathers and perfect will of God. sakes.
3 For I say, through the 29 For the gifts and calling of grace given unto me, to every God are without repentance. man that is among you, not to
30 For as ye in times past think of himself more highly have not believed God, yet have than he ought to think; but to now obtained mercy through think soberly, according as God their unbelief;
hath dealt to every man the 31 Even so have these also measure of faith. now not believed, that through 4 For as we have many your mercy they also may ob- members in one body, and all
members have not the same 32 For God hath concluded office; them all in .unbelief, that he 5 So we, being many, are one might have mercy upon all. body in Christ, and every one
33 O the depth of the riches members one of another. both of the wisdom and know- 6 Having then gifts differing ledge of God! how unsearchable according to the grace that is are his judgements, and his ways given to us, whether prophecy, past finding out!
let us prophesy according to the 34 For who hath known the proportion of faith; mind of the Lord? or who hath 7 Or ministry, let us wait been his counsellor?
on our ministering; or he that 35 Or who hath first given to teacheth, on teaching; him, and it shall be recompensed 8 Or he that exhorteth, on unto him again?
exhortation: he that giveth, let 36 For of him, and through him do it with simplicity; he him, and to him, are all things: that ruleth, with diligence; he to whom be glory for ever. that sheweth mercy, with cheerAmen.
The apostle exhorteth
to sundry practical duties. 9 Let love be without dis- 21 Be not overcome of evil, simulation. Abhor that which but overcome evil with good. is evil; cleave to that which is
CHAP. XIII. good.
Obedience to magistrates. 10 Be kindly affectioned one ET every soul be subject to another with brotherly love;
unto the higher powers. in honour preferring one an- For there is no power but of other;
God: the powers that be are 11 Not slothful in business; ordained of God. fervent in spirit; serving the 2 Whosoever therefore resistLord;
eth the power, resisteth the 12 Rejoicing in hope; patient ordinance of God: and they that in tribulation; continuing instant resist shall receive to themselves in prayer;
damnation. 13 Distributing to the neces- 3 For rulers are not a terror sity of saints; given to hospita- to good works, but to the evil. lity.
Wilt thou then not be afraid of 14 Bless them which persecute the power? do that which is you: bless, and curse not. good, and thou shalt have praise
15 Rejoice with them that of the same: do rejoice, and weep with them 4 For he is the minister of God
to thee for good. But if thou 16 Be of the same mind one do that which is evil, be afraid; toward another. Mind not high for he beareth not the sword in things, but condescend to men vain: for he is the minister of of low estate. Be not wise in God, a revenger to execute wrath your own conceits.
him that doeth evil. 17 Recompense to no man 5 Wherefore ye must needs evil for evil. Provide things be subject, not only for wrath, honest in the sight of all men. but also for conscience sake. 18 If it be possible, as much
6 For, for this cause pay ye as lieth in you, live peaceably tribute also: for they are God's with all men.
ministers, attending continually 19 Dearly beloved, avenge not upon this very thing. yourselves; but rather give place 7 Render therefore to all their unto wrath: for it is written, dues; tribute to whom tribute is Vengeance is mine; I will repay, due; custom to whom custom; saith the Lord.
fear to whom fear; honour to 20 Therefore if thine enemy whom honour. hunger, feed him; if he thirst, 8 Owe no man any thing, but give him drink: for in so doing to love one another for he that thou shalt heap coals of fire on loveth another hath fulfilled the his head.
Love is the fulfilling of the law. ROMANS,
Not to censure others 9 For this, Thou shalt not judge him that eateth: for God commit adultery, Thou shalt hath received him. not kill, Thou shalt not steal, 4 Who art thou that judgest Thou shalt not bear false witness, another man's servant? to his Thou shalt not covet; and if own master he standeth or there be any other command- falleth. Yea, he shall be holden ment, it is briefly comprehended up: for God is able to make in this saying, namely, Thou him stand. shalt love thy neighbour as thy- 5 One man esteemeth one day self.
above another: another esteem10 Love worketh no ill to his eth every day alike. Let every neighbour: therefore love is the man be fully persuaded in his fulfilling of the law.
own mind. 11 And that, knowing the 6 He that regardeth a day, time, that now it is high time regardeth it unto the Lord; and to awake out of sleep: for now he that regardeth not the day, išdur salvation nearer than when to the Lord he doth not regard we believed.
it. He that eateth, eateth to 12 The night is far spent, the the Lord; for he giveth God day is at hand: let us therefore thanks: and he that eateth not, cast off the works of darkness, to the Lord he eateth not; and and let us put on the armour of giveth God thanks. light.
7 For none of us liveth to 13 Let us walk honestly, as himself, and no man dieth to in the day; not in rioting and himself. drunkenness, not in chambering 8 For whether we live, we and wantonness, not in strife live unto the Lord; and whether and envying.
we die, we die unto the Lord : 14 But put ye on the Lord whether we live therefore, or die, Jesus Christ, and make not pro- we are the Lord's. vision for the flesh, to fulfil the 9 For to this end Christ both lusts thereof.
died, and rose, and revived, that CHAP. XIV.
he might be Lord both of the Days and meats indifferent. dead and living * IM that is weak in the 10 But why dost thou judge
faith receive ye, but not thy brother? or why dost thou to doubtful disputations. set at nought thy brother for
2 For one believeth that he we shall all stand before the may eat all things: another, judgement-seat of Christ. who is weak, eateth herbs.
11 For it is written, As I live, 3 Let not him that eateth saith the Lord, every knee shall despise him that eateth not; and bow to me, and every tongue let not him which eateth not shall confess to God.
for things indifferent.
The intent of the Scriptures. * 12 So then every one of us to thyself before God. Happy is shall give account of himself to he that condemneth not himself God.
in that thing which he alloweth. 13 Let us not therefore judge 23. And he that doubteth is
another any more: but damned if he eat, because he judge this rather, that no maneateth not of faith : for whatsoput a stumbling-block or an occa- ever is not of faith is sin. sion to fall in his brother's way.
CHAP. XV. 14 I know, and am per- The receiving of the Gentiles, suaded by the Lord Jesus, that
E then are strong there is nothing unclean of ought to bear the infiritself: but to him that esteemeth mities of the weak, and not to any thing to be unclean, to him please ourselves. it is unclean.
2 Let every one of us please 15 But if thy brother be his neighbour for his good to grieved with thy meat, now edification. walkest thou not charitably. 3 For even Christ pleased not Destroy not him with thy meat, himself; but, as it is written, for whom Christ died.
The reproaches of them that 16 Let not then your good reproached thee fell on me. be evil spoken of.
4 For whatsoever things were 17 For the kingdom of God written aforetime were written is not meat and drink; but for our learning, that we through righteousness and peace, and joy patience and comfort of the in the Holy Ghost.
Scriptures might have hope. 18 For he that in these 5 Now the God of patience things serveth Christ, is accept- and consolation grant you to be able to God and approved of like-minded one towards ano
ther, according to Christ Jesus ; 19 Let us therefore follow 6 That ye may with one after the things which make for mind and one mouth glorify peace, and things wherewith one God, even the Father of our may edify another.
Lord Jesus Christ. 20 For meat destroy not the 7 Wherefore receive ye one work of God. All things indeed another, as Christ also received are pure; but it is evil for that us, to the glory of God. man who eateth with offence. 8 Now I say that Jesus
21 It is good neither to eat Christ was a minister of the cirflesh, nor to drink wine, nor cumcision for the truth of God, any thing whereby thy brother to confirm the promises made stumbleth, or is offended, or is unto the fathers; made weak.
9 And that the Gentiles 22 Hast thou faith? have it might glorify God for his mercy;