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pheme and persecute that known truth: I do not give you allos, ance to pray for the pardon of this sin.
V. 17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not out death, Any of our injurious carriages towards God, whether in our worüs deeds, or thoughts, is sin; and therefore of itself guilty of deara. but, such is the mercy of God, that he takes pot advantage of 6 infirmities; but, by his gracious pardon, so remits them, ast all our sins are not, in their event, deadly.
V. 18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; : See chap, iii, verse 9,
THE SECOND EPISTLE OF JOHN, 1 The elder unto the elect lady and her children, whom I love in the truth. John, the Apostle, known and acknowledged the overseer of te churches of God which are in Asia, to the faithful and holy tron, elect of God to be a vessel of honour, and to her childre. whom I love, in and for the truth of the Gospel, which they de zealously profess.
10 If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, ceive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: If there come any unto you, and make stubborn opposition to tas doctrine, and broach the contrary errors to seduce you, give no entertainment to such an one, neither hold any familiarity wid him:
11 For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his eoul deed, For, whosoever, after knowledge of his wilful heresy, shall mais tain familiar conversation with him, makes himself partaker of da wickedness, both of judgment and practice,
THE THIRD EPISTLE OF JOHN.
2 That thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy Soldo prospereth. As thy soul is in a good and comfortable condition, so I wish tha. thy body and estate may be also.
7 Because that for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles, Because, for the setting forth of the glory of Christ, and the pre mulgation of his Gospel, they went forth to preach the word God among the Gentiles, and took no recompence from them their labour and charge.
9 I wrote unto the church : but Diotrephes, who loveth to have preeminence among them, receiveth us not.
( wrote unto the Church, for this purpose : but Diotrephes, who affects to bear a sway amongst your people, and is prejudiced against us, is not willing to give way to this just and holy motion,
THE GENERAL EPISTLE OF JUDE. 4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness. For there are, secretly and underband, crept in certain false teachers, who, by the just and holy counsel of God, were, from eternity, set out and given up to this fearful damnation, which they have run into, by their wickedness ; graceless and ungodly men, who have abused the grace and mercy of our God, as an inducement to their prostitution of themselves to all manner of licentiousness.
6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. And the angels, which, not contented with that estate wherein they were first created, but rebelling against God and proudly affecting a higher glory, were thereupon cast down from their heavenly habitations ; he hath reserved, under his everlasting and unchangeable decree, in the dreadful darkness of hell, to the full consummation of their torment, at the great day of final judg, ment, when they shall receive their utmost doom of their fore. appointed damnation,
*7 And going after strange flesh, And being carried with filthy and unnatural lust towards those of their own sex.
8 Likewise also these filthy dreamers defile the flesh, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Likewise also these beastly and wicked miscreants, which are car. ried away with their own giddy fancies and idle dreams, defile themselves with abominable lusts, despise authority, and speak scornfully and disgracefully of all those that are in dignity and eminence above them.
9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil, he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. Yet Michael the Archangel, when conflicting and striving with the Devil, he contested with that Evil Spirit about the body of Moses (which, being secretly hidden by God, was sought for, and attempted to be brought forth by Satan) durst not, as of himself, pronounce against that Wicked Spirit the sentence and judgment of that his blasphemy; nor cast upon him any railing accusation, but only said, The Lord rebuke thee. * 10 But these speak evil of those things which they know not : but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, in those things thai corrupt themselves. But these men are brutish and grossly ignorant in their under standing, not knowing how to value the worth of any thing ta is good, and yet have their mouths open, to disgrace and rail : that which they know not; and those things, which they cans but naturally know, as brute beasts, which are led and carried y their senses, those they abuse in a sinful and sensual immode tion, and make them occasions of their sin and destruction.
11 Woe unto them ! for they have gone in the way of le and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and peristes in the gainsaying of Core. Certainly, the curse of God bangs over the hearts of these ma : for they have, in respect of envy and murder, followed the courses of Cain ; and, in respect of corrupting the truth for filthy luctes sake, they have greedily run on in the wicked steps of Baluaa, and, in respect of opposing themselves to authority, they ber. imitated the rebellion and mutiny of Corah, and shall perish a that damnable presumption.
12 These are spots in your feasts of charity, when they fees with you, feeding themselves without fear : clouds they are withou water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, with fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots. These are blemishes to your holy profession ; and, when ye mee? together at your love-feasts, bring shame and dishonour upon your assemblies; in a gluttonous fashion, pampering and crammin. themselves at your public banquets : such as would willingly par for Christians, and yet have no soundness and truth of religion their hearts: they would seem clouds therefore, but have no rana in them : they would seem trees, but they are sear and withereu twice dead; once, while they stand, dry and sapless ; and once yet more, while they lie, as plucked up and rotting
14, 15 And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesus of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that e ungodly among them &c. Of these, amongst other wicked men, is that ancient prophec Enoch, who was the seventh in descent from Adam, fulanic wherein he foretels, that the Lord shall come to judgment, tended with many thousands of his holy and glorious angels, execute his final vengeance upon all the ungodly, &c.
16 Having men's persons in admiration because of advantage. In a flattering manner, making shew of admiring the persons parts of some great men, for their own advantage.
19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having *** the spirit. These be they, who make sides and divisions in the Church God; severing themselves from the communion of other CD tians, both in opinion and conversation : men, secretly given
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to their own sensuality ; having, howsoever they pretend, no share at all in the Spirit of God.
I. 22 And of some have compassion, making a difference. And of some, who are through simplicity seduced, have compassion ; making a difference, betwixt those spirits which are stubborn and turbulent, and those which are meek and gentle.
I. 23 And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. And others, that are stiff and perverse, save, if ye may, with ve. hement urging unto them the terrors of judgment; as it were riolently pulling them out of the fire of God's wrath, wherein they lie; hating and avoiding all occasions of pollution from these wicked men, and abhorring every thing that may carry a savour or suspicion of uncleanness.
THE REVELATION OF ST. JOHN.
· I. 1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass ; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John. This, which followeth, is the Revelation, which Jesus Christ, the Son of God, made unto John ; which Revelation God the Father gave to his Son Jesus, as the Mediator of his Church, that he might, according to that holy office of his, shew unto his servants those things which must, in the ensuing times, come to pass : and the same. Jesus sent his angels, and, by their ministry, signified these future things to his servant John.
1. 3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear &c. See chapter xxii. verse 7.
I. Ibid. For the time is at hand. For the time is near at hand, wherein divers of these following predictions shall be accomplished; and wherein an entrance shall be made to those, which shall afterwards succeed.
I. 4 John to the seven churches which are in Asia : Grace be unto you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to come ; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne ; John, to those Seven famous Churches, which are in the Lesser Asia ; and, under their name, to all other over the whole world : Grace be unto you, and peace from that Almighty and Glorious God, who only hath an absolute and infinite being in and of himself; who was from all eternity, and shall be the same without all change everlastingly; who is the author of all blessings to his Church : and from those seven principal ministering spirits, which stand ready before his throne, to receive his commands for the be. hoof of his Church, and to convey his blessings unto it ; accord ing to the number of those chief and eminent Churches, whereto I write: . I. 5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and VOL. IV.
the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of to earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in c own blood, And, as from these merely-spiritual natures, so also from Hia that is God and Man, Jesus Christ the Righteous; who is ta only faithful and true witness, that hath declared the will of be Father to his Church; who both raised himself from the dead, and diffuseth the power and virtue of his resurrection to all bis; b whom all kings reign, as having received all power and domina from God his Father over all the world : Unto that blessed ax gracious Saviour of ours, that hath loved us from all eternity, ax hath cleansed and purged us from the guilt of our sins, by bis ori most precious blood;
I. 6 And hath made us kings and priests. unto God and his Fatke to him be glory &c. And hath made us, who were before the sons of wrath and his ess mies, to become Kings and Priests unto God even the Fatke. Kings, in ruling over ourselves, and subduing of our corruption, and Priests, in offering up our bodies and souls unto him, toge ther with the sacrifices of our praises and thanksgiving: to him glory &c.
I. 7 Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see kus, and they also which pierced him : and all kindreds of the earth stos wail because of him. Even so, Amen. Behold, he shall come to judgment with glory and majesty, in tre clouds of heaven ; and all men shall be witnesses of that dira state and magnificence of his; even those his enemies, which usel him contemptuously upon earth, and pierced his hands, and fetis and side, in an insolent cruelty : and all the wicked througho the world shall tremble and be confounded with fear and angus, because of his coming to take full vengeance of them : eren Amen.
I. 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, Almighty. I am the only True and Eternal God, who so was before things, as that I gave being unto all things; and, whats should become of all things which have their being from me, everlasting ; and have my being of myself, infinite and in pendent; and therefore am he, from whom all things rec their beginning, and in whom they end ; saith the Lord, wb not capable of any variation of time, who is, and was, and ever be, even the Almighty.
I. 10 I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day. I was, by the correption of the Spirit, in a holy ecstasy, o firstday of the week ; which, upon the occasion of Christ's rection, was called the Lord's Day. .
I. 12 And I turned to see the voice that spake with me. being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks ; And I turned to see him, whose voice spake unto me; and,
ke with me. And