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a careful proceeding in Chap, iii. the way of salvation. midst of a crooked and per- because that ye had heard, verse nation, among whom ye that he had been sick. shine as lights in the world; 27 For indeed he was sick
16 Holding forth the word nigh unto death ; but God had of life ; that I may rejoice in mercy on him; and not on him the day of Christ, that I have only, but on me also, lest I pot run in vain, neither labour- should have sorrow upon sored in vain.
17 Yea, and if I be offered 28 I sent him, therefore, upon the sacrifice and service the more carefully, that, when of your faith, I joy and rejoice ye see him again, ye may rewith you all.
joice, and that I may be the 18 For the same cause al. less sorrowful. so do ye joy & rejoice with me. 29 Receive him, therefore,
19 But I trust in the Lord in the Lord with all gladness, Jesus to send Timotheus short- and hold such in reputation : ly unto you, that I also may 30 Because for the work of be of good comfort when s Christ he was nigh unto death, know your state.
not regarding his life, to sup20 For I have no man like- ply your lack of service tominded, who will naturally ward me. care for your state. 21 For all seek their own,
CHAP. III. not the things which are Jesus 1 He warneth them of false Christ's.
teachers, 18 and to decline 22 But ye know the proof the ways of carnal Chrisof him, that, as a son with the tians. father, he hath served with FINALLY, my brethren, me in the Gospel.
rejoice in the Lord. To write 23 Him, therefore, I hope the same things to you, to me to send presently, so soon as I indeed is not grievous, but for shall see how it will go with you it is safe.
2 Beware of dogs, beware 24 But I trust in the Lord, of evil workers, beware of the that I also myself shall.come concision.a shortly.
3 For we are the circum25 Yet I suppose it neces- cision,b which worship God in sary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and
a Concision, a name given to the ion in labour, and fellow-sol- unbelieving Jews, who went about dier, but your messenger and inculcating the law, and introducing
dissension into the Christian church he that ministered to my wants.
26 For he longed after you b Circumcision here denotes the all, and was full of heaviness, true disciples of Jesus Christ.
Paul warneth them Philippians. of false teachers. the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ attain unto the resurrection of Jesus, and have no confidence the dead. in the flesh :
12 Not as though I had al4 Though I might also have ready attained, either were confidence in the flesh. If any already perfect'; but I follow other man thinketh that he after, if that I may apprehend hath whereof he might trust that, for which also I am apin the flesh, I more:
prehended of Christ Jesus. 5 Circumcised the eighth day 13 Brethren, I count not of the stock of Israel, of the myself to have apprehended; tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew but this one thing I do, for of the Hebrews ; 'as touching getting those things which are the law, a Pharisee;
behind,d and reaching forth 6 Concerning zeal, perse- unto those things which are cuting the church ; touching before, the righteousness which is in
14 I press toward the mark,e the law,c blameless.
for the prize of the high call7 But what things were
ing of God in Christ Jesus. gain to me, those I counted
15 Let us, therefore, as maloss for Christ.
ny as be perfect, be thus mind8 Yea, doubtless, and I ed, and if in any thing ye be count all things but loss for otherwise minded, God shall the excellency of the knowl. reveal even this unto you. edge of Christ Jesus my Lord;
16 Nevertheless, whereto for whom I have suffered the we have already attained, let loss of all things, and do count us walk by the same rule, let them but dung, that I may win us mind the same thing: Christ,
17 Brethren, be followers 9 And be found in him, not together of me, and mark them having mine own righteous- which walk so, as ye have as ness, which is of the law, but for an ensample, that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteous- whom I have told you often
18 (For many walk, of ness which is of God by faith; and now tell you even weeping
10 That I may know him, that they are the enemies of the and the power of his resur- cross of Christ; rection, and the fellowship of
19 Whose end is destruchis sufferings, being made conformable unto his death ;
d The things which are bebind, the 11 If by any means I might progress I have already made.
e ! press toward the mark; Si.
Paul here alludes to the Grecian races, c The righteousness which is by the in which
those who run exerted every law was the observance of its cere
nerve, and persevered to the end of monies.
the race in order to obtain the prize:
Admonitions and Chap. iv.
instructions. tion, whose god is their belly, giving, let your requests be and whose glory is in their made known unto God. shame, who mind earthly hy And the peace of God, things.)
which passeth all understand20 For our conversation is ing, shall keep your hearts and in heaven;f from whence also minds through Christ Jesus. we look for the Saviour, the 8 Finally, brethren, whatLord Jesus Christ;
soever things are true, what21. Who shall change our soever things are honest, whatvile body, that it may be fash- soever things are just, whatsoioned like unto his glorious ever things are pure, whatsobody, according to the working ever things are lovely, whatwhereby he is able even to sub- soever things are of good redue all things unto himself. port; if there be any virtue, CHAP. IV.
and if there be any praise, think 1 General exhortations : 10 on these things.
his joy for their liberality 9 Those things which ye toward him, and God's grace have both learned and receivin them: 20 he concludeth ed, and heard and seen in me, with prayer and salutations. do; and the God of peace shall
THEREFORE, my breth- be with you. ren, dearly beloved and long- 10 But I rejoiced in the ed for, my joy and crown, so Lord greatly, that now at the stand fast in the Lord, my last your care of me hath floudearly beloved.
rished again; wherein ye were 2 I beseech Euodias, and also careful, but ye lacked opbeseech Syntyche, that they be portunity. of the same mind in the Lord. 11 Not that I speak in re
3 And I intreat thee also, spect of want; for I have true yoke-fellow, help those learned, in whatsoever state I women which laboured with am, therewith to be content. me in the Gospel, with Cle- 12 I know both how to be ment also, and with other my abased, and I know how to afellow-labourers, whose names bound; every where, and in are in the book of life.
all things, I am instructed, 4 Rejoice in the Lord al- both to be full and to be hunway; and again I say, Rejoice. gry, both to abound and to suf
5 Let your moderation be fer need. known unto all men. The 13 I can do all things through Lord is at hand.
Christ, which strengtheneth 6 Be careful for nothing; me. but in every thing by prayer 14 Notwithstanding, ye have and supplication, with thanks, well done, that ye did comof But our conversation is for beaven, municate with
He concludeth with Philippians. prayer and salutations.
15 Now ye Philippians, 19 But my God shall supknow also, that in the begin- ply all your need, according ning of the Gospel, when I de. to his riches in glory, by Christ parted from Macedonia, no Jesus. church communicated with me, 20 Now, unto God and our as concerning giving and re- Father be glory forever and ceiving, but ye only.
Amen. 16 Foreven in Thessalonica 21 Salute every saint in ye sent once and again unto Christ Jesus. The brethren my necessity.
which are with me greet you. 17 Not because I desire a 22 All the saints salute you, gift; but I desire fruit, that chiefly they that are of Cesar's may abound to your account. household.
18 But I have all, and a- 23 The grace of our Lord bound; I am full, having re- Jesus Christ be with you all, ceived of Epaphroditus the Amen. things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, It was written to the Phia sacrifice acceptable, well- lippians from Rome, by pleasing to God.
TO THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE COLOSSIANS.
Colosse was an ancient, rich, and populous city of Phrygia in Asia Minor, in the vicinity of Hierapolis and Laodicea. Grecian philosophy was early introduced into this country, and the precepts of Pythagoras concerning abstinence from animal food, the doctrines of Plato concerning
and worship of angels, and the impure rites of Bacchus and Cybele, were prevalent and much admired. But notwithstanding the prevalence of this idolatry and superstition, the apostles preached among them with success, and established several churches. Soon
however false teachers appeared among them, and by accommodating their doctrines to the former prejudices of the people; some inculcating the precepts of Grecian philosophy; others, teaching the abrogated ceremonies of the Jewish law, they threw the churches into a state of disquietude and danger. Under these circumstances Epaphras, who superintended these churches, repaired to Rome to consult Paul, who at this time was in prison for the sake of the Gos
Faith in Christ Chap. i.
recommended. pel. Paul therefore, ever attentive to the cause of his Master, wrote this Epistle to guard the Christians at Colosse against the errors of false teachers. He also exhorts them to persevere in the doctrines of the Gospel, and to place all their hope of salvation in Christ alone.
This Epistle is supposed to have been written A. D. 61, about the same time with that to the Ephesians; and there is so great a similarity between the two, that they serve to illustrate each other.
THE EPISTLE OF PAUL, THE APOSTLE, TO
also in you, since the day ye 1 He thanketh God for their heard of it, and knew the
faith, 6 prayeth for their in- grace of God in truth: crease in grace, 15 and de- a As ye also learned of scribeth the true Christ. Epaphras, our dear fellowPAS AUL, an apostle of Je- servant, who is for you a faith
Christ by the will of ful minister of Christ : God, and Timotheus our bro- 8 Who also declared unto ther,
us your love in the Spirit. 2 To the saints and faith- ġ For this cause we also, ful brethren in Christ which since the day we heard it, do are at Colosse; Grace be unto not cease to pray for
from God our to desire that ye might be fillFather, and the Lord Jesus ed with the knowledge of his Christ.
will, in all wisdom and spirit3 We give thanks to God ual understanding; and the Father of our Lord 10 That ye might walk Jesus Christ, praying always worthy of the Lord unto all
pleasing, being fruitful in ev4 Since we heard of your ery good work, and increasing faith in Christ Jesus, and of in the knowledge of God; the love which ye have to all 11 Strengthened with all the saints,
might, according to his glori5 For the hope which is ous power, unto all patience & laid up for you in heaven, long-suffering with joyfulness; whereof ye heard before in the 12 Giving thanks unto the word of the truth of the Gos- Father which hath made us pel;
meet to be partakers of the in6 Which is come unto you, heritance of the saints in light; as it is in all the world; and 13 Who hath delivered us bringeth forth fruit, as it doth from the power of darkness,