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ourselves. damned if he eat, because he 8 Now I say, That Jesus eateth not of faith ; for what. Christ was a minister of the soever is not of faith is sin. circumcision for the truth of

Gud, to confirm the promises

made unto the fathers;
1 The strong must bear with 9And that the Gentiles might

the weak. 2 We may not glorify God for his mercy; as please ourselves, 7 but receive it is written,d For this cause one another, as Christ did I will confess to thee among

the Gentiles, and sing unto thy WE then that are strong a ought to bear the infirmities of 10 And again he saith, e Re. the weak,b and not to please joice, ye Gentiles, with his peoourselves.

ple. 2 Let every one of us please 11 And again, f Praise the his neighbour for his good to Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud edification :

him, all ye people. 3 For even Christ pleased 12 And again, Esaias saith,. not himself; but, as it is writ. There shall be a root of Jesse, ten,c The reproaches of them and he that shall rise to reign that reproached thee fell on me. over the Gentiles, in him shall

4 For whatsoever things the Gentiles trust. were written aforetime were 13 Now the God of hope fill written for our learning; that you with all joy and peace in we, through patience and com- believing, that ye may abound fort of the scriptures, might in hope, through the power of have hope.

the Holy Ghost. 5 Now the God of patience 14 And I myself also am perand consolation grant you to suaded of you, my brethren, be like-minded one toward an that


also are full of goodother, according to Christ ness, filled with all knowledge, Jesus;

able also to admonish one an6 That ye may with one other. mind and one mouth glorify 15 Nevertheless, brethren, I God, even the Father of our have written the more boldly Lord Jesus Christ.

d As it is written, Ps. xviii. 49. Wherefore receive

e Deut. xxxii. 43. another, as Christ also receiy.

of Ps. cxvii. 1. ed us, to the glory of God. Isaiah xi. 10. The design of the

apostles in this place is to persuade a That are strong, or more fully in the Jewish and Gentile converts to structed in the doctrine of Christ. a cordial union in the worship of

b Infirmities of the weak, the prejudi God; and to shew the Jews, that ces or prepossessions of the ignorant. this union of the Gentiles with them,

c As it is written, Ps. lxix. 9. was foretold in their own scriptures.

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Paul excuseth

Chap. xv. his writing, Sve. unto you in some sort, as put 23 But now, having no more ting you in mind, because of place in these parts, and havthe grace, that is given to me ing a great desire these many of God,

years to come unto you; 16 That I should be the min 24 Whensoever I take my ister of Jesus Christ to the journey into Spain I will come Gentiles, ministering the Gos- to you : for I trust to see you pel of God, that the offering on my journey, & to be brought op of the Gentiles might be ac on my way thitherward by you, ceptable, being sanctified by if first I be somewhat filled the Holy Ghost.


your company. 17 I have, therefore, where 25 But now I go unto Jerusaof I may glory through Jesus lem to minister unto the saints.j Christ in those things which 26 For it hath pleased them pertain to God.

of Macedonia and Achaia to 18 For I will not dare to make a certain contribution speak of any of those things, for the poor sair+s, which are which Christ hath not wrought at Jerusalem. by me, to make the Gentiles 27 It hath pleased them obedient by word and deed, verily, and their debtors they

19 Through mighty signs & are. For if the Gentiles have wonders, by the power of the been made partakers of their Spirit of God; so that from spiritual things, their duty is Jérusalem, and round about also to minister unto them in unto Illyricum,h I have fully carnal things. Ic preached the Gospel of Christ. 28 When, therefore, I have

20 Yea, so have I strived to performed this, and have sealpreach the Gospel, not where ed to them this fruit, I will Christ was named, lest I come by you into Spain. should build upon another 29 And I am sure that, man's foundation :

when I come unto you, I shall 21 But, as it is written,i come in the fulness of the blessTo whom he was not spoken ing of the Gospel of Christ. of, they shall see; and they 30 Now I bescech you, breththat have not heard shall un ren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's derstand.

sake, and for the luve of the 22 For which cause also I Spirit, that ye strive together have been much hindered from with me in your prayers to coming to you.

God for me ;

b Illyricum was a country in Eu ; To minister unto the saints, to carrope, lying between Pannonia and ry the money I have collected for the the Adriatic sea. It is now called brethren in Judea. Sclavonia.

& Carnal things, comforts and der i Ar it is written, Isaiah lii, 15. cessaries of life.

with you




salutations. 31 That I may be delivered who is the first-fruits of A. from them that do not believe chaia unto Christ.b in Judea; and that my scr 6 Greet Mary, who bestowvice which I have for Jerusa-, ed much labour on us. lem may be accepted of the ġ Salute Andronicus and saints;

Junia my kinsmen and my

fel32 That I may come unto low-prisoners, who are of note you with joy by the will of among the apostles, who also God, and may

be re

were in Christ before me. freshed.

8 Greet Amplias, my be33 Now the God of peace loved in the Lord. be with you all. Amen. 9 Salute Urbane, our help

er in Christ, and Stachys my CHAP. XVI.

beloved. 1 Paul sendeth greetings to

10 Salute Apelles approvmany, 25 and endeth with. ed in Christ. Salute them praise and thanks to God. which of Aristobulus' I COMMEND unto you

household. Phebe our sister, which is a 11 Salute Herodion my servant of the church which is kinsman. Greet them that be at Cenchrea;

of the household of Narcissus, 2 That ye receive her in which are in the Lord. the Lord, as becometh saints,

12 Salute Tryphena and and that ye assist her in what. Tryphosa, who labour in the soever business she hath need Lord. Salute the beloved Per. of you ; for she hath been a sis, which laboured much in succourer of many ,and of my

the Lord. self also.

13 Salute Rufus chosen in 3 Greet a Priscilla and A. the Lord, and his mother and quila, my heipers in Christ mine.

14 Salute Asyncritus, Phle4 Who have for my life gon, Hermas, Patrobas, Herlaid down their own necks; mes, and the brethren which unto whom not only I give are with them. thanks, but also all the church 15 Salute Philologus and es of the Gentiles.

Julia, Nereus and his sister, 5 Likewise greet the church and Olympas, and all the that is in their house. Salute saints which are with them. my well-beloved Epenetus, 16 Salute one another with

an holy kiss. The churches e Greet and Salute are woras of

of Christ salute you. civility and respect, which imply the

17 Now I beseech you, same, as to wish well, or to give our bFirst-fruits of Achaia, the first perleve, or regard.

son I converted in Achaia:


Of dissension

Chap. xvi.

and offences. brethren, mark them which of the whole church, saluteth cause divisions and offences con- you. Erastus, the chambertrary to the doctrine which ye lain of the city, saluteth you, have learned, and avoid them. and Quartus a brother.

18 For they that are such, 24 The grace of our Lord serve not our Lord Jesus Jesus Christ be with you all. Christ, but their own belly; Amen. and by good words and fair 25 Now, to him that is of speeches deceive the hearts of power to stablish you accordthe simple.

ing to my gospel, and the 19 For your obedience is preaching of Jesus Christ, (accome abroad unto all men. I cording to the revelation of am glad, therefore, on your be- the mystery which was kept half'; but yet I would have you secret since the world began, wise unto that which is good, 26 But now is inade mani. and simple concerning evil. fest, and by the scriptures of

20 And the God of peace the prophets, according to the shall bruise Satan under your commandment of the everlastfeet_shortly. The grace of ing God, made known to all our Lord Jesus Christ be with nations for the obedience of

faith ;) 21 Timotheus my work 27 To God only wise, be fellow, and Lucius, and Jason, Glory through Jesus Christ and Sosipater, my kinsmen, for ever. Amen.

you. Amen.

salute you.

22 I 'Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.

23 Gaius mine host,c and

c Gaius mine host, Gaius or Caius, with whom I lodge.

Written to the Romans from Corinthus, and sent by Phebe, servant of the church at Cenchrea.



CORINTH was a rich and luxurious city in Achaia, situated upon the isthmus, which connected the Peloponnesus, now Morea, with the northern part of Greece. It was favourably situated for commerce ; and at the time this Epistle was written, about A. D. 57, it was one of the most celebrated cities in Greece for its learning and magnificence, and no less for the profligacy and wickedness of its inhabitants.

St. Paul first visited Corinth about A. D. 51, apd establish

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Salutations and I. Corinthians. thanksgivings.
ed a flourishing church, in which were some Jews of note, but
the greater part were idolatrous Gentiles. After several years
absence a false teacher appeared among them, and introduced
division and disorder. In this situation of the church some
of the members wrote to Paul for advice and direction, and
not being able to visit them again so early as he intended,
about A. D. 57, he wrote this first Epistle, in which he re-
proves the false teacher and his adherents; and because they
had ridiculed him as rude in speech, he informed them, that
in preaching the Gospel, Christ had ordered him to avoid the
enticing words of man's wisdom. He told them, their luxu-
rious manner of living was inconsistent with the purity of the
Gospel, and sharply reproved them for referring their disputes
to Heathen courts of justice for settlement.

The apostle then answers certain questions concerning mar-
riage, celibacy, and divorce. He proves his apostleship,
which the false teacher had presumed to question, declares it
sinful to sit down with Heathens in an idol's temple to par.
take of the sacrifices,-gives rules for the behaviour of both
sexes in the public assemblies, rebukes the whole church for
the indecent manner, in which they had celebrated the Lord's
Supper,--proves against the opinion of the Greek philoso-
phers and Jewish Sadducees, not only the possibility, but the
certainty of the resurrection of the dead, and exhorts the Co-
rinthians to make collections for the saints at Jerusalem, who
were reduced to great distress.


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Jesus, called to be saints, with 1 After salutation and thanks- all that in every place call up.

giving, 10 he exhorteth to on the name of Jesus Christ unity, 12 and reproveth their our Lord, both theirs & ours: dissensions. 18 God des 3 Grace be unto you, and troyeth the wisdom of the peace, from God our Father, & wise.

from the Lord Jesus Christ. PAUL, called to be an a 4 I thank my God always on postle of Jesus Christ through your behalf, for the grace of the will of God, and Sosthenes God which is given you by Jeour brother,

sus Christ; 2 Unto the church of God 5 That in every thing ye which is at Corinth, to them are enriched by him, in all that are sanctified in Christ utterance, & in all knowledge;

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