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4 He rejoiceth to hear of the faith and love of Philemon, 9 whom he desireth to forgive | A. M. 4066. his servant Onesimus, and lovingly to receive him again.

AUL, a prisoner


of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellow labourer,


2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archip-a pus our fellow soldier, and to the church din thy house:


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5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou2.7.12 hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ


7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient, 9 Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.

k 1 Th.26.

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q Ge.45.5.8. r Mat.23.8. 1 Ti.6.2.

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u ver.7.

v 2 Co.7 16.

10 I beseech thee for my son 1 Onesimus, whom I have begotten" in my bonds: 11 Which in time past was to thee unprofit-x able, but now profitable to thee and to me:


12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:

w Phi 24. 2Co.1.11.

y Col 1.7.

Ac 12.12,


a Ac.19.29.

13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered b 2 T.4.11 unto me in the bonds of the gospel:

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17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee aught, put that on mine account;

19 I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.

20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh" my bowels in the Lord. 21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.

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2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and up-P110.1. holding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sati down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more ex-1 cellent name than they.

5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?

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anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thy hands:

11 They shall perish; but thou remainest : and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; 12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.

13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, a Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?

14 Are they not all ministering

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and gifts of the Holy Gnost, according to his A. M. cir. own will?

5 For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak. 6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? 7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:

8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But i now we see not yet all things put under him.

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9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned m with glory and honour; that P.18.2 he" by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

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10 For it became him, for P whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.

13 And again," I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which w God hath given me.

14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;


15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

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7 Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice,

8 Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, in the day of temptation in the wilderness: 9 When your fathers tempted me, proved me, and saw my works forty years.

10 Wherefore I was grieved with that generation, and said, They do alway err in their heart; and they have not known my ways. 11 So I sware in my wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.)

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17 Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in Je.2.13 things pertaining to God, to make reconcilia-c.10.24. tion for the sins of the people.

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17 But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcasses fell in the wilderness?

18 And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not?

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1 The rest of Christians is attained by faith. 12 The power of God's word. 14 By our high priest Jesus the Son of God, subject to infirmities, but not sin, 16 we mast and may go boldly to the throne of grace.

ET us therefore fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.

2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.

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4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise, And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.

5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.

6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

7 (Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To-day, after so long a time; as it is said, To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.

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8 For if Jesus had given them rest, then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.

9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.

10 For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.)

11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

12 For the word m of God is quick, and powa Rel.16erful, and sharper than any two-edged "sword,


Of Christ s priesthood.


piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul | and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked P and opened unto the eyes of him with whom - we have to do.


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14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus 1 Pe 222 the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

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15 For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infir-bor, req mities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

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16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, e 20h.26.18. and find grace to help in time of need.


1 The authority and honour of our Saviour's priesthood. 11 Negligence in the knowledge thereof is reproved.

OR every high priest taken from


f Ex. 29.1.
Nu. 16.40.

g Jn.9.54.

h Ps.2.7.


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The danger of apostacy.

' of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.

3 And this will we do, if God permit.

4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,

5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,

6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed,

receiveth blessing from God:
8 But that which beareth thorns and briers
is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose
end is to be burned.

9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany sal

men is ordained for men in things per- Mac 26.39 vation, though we thus speak. taining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

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5 So also Christ glorified not himself to be made a high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to-day have I begotten thee. 6 As he saith also in another place, Thou i art a priest for ever after the order of Mel-bor, chisedec.

7 Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was abled * to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared; .

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10 Called of God a high priest after the order of Melchisedec.

11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to be uttered, seeing ye are dull of hearing.

12 For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of P milk, and not of strong meat. 13 For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.


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m Is.5.6.

n Mat. 25.40

p Pr. 15.19.

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q Ge 22.16,

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14 But strong meat belongeth to them that R17 are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

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10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have showed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,

14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.

15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.

16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.

17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, "confirmed it by an

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Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;

2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;

3 Without father, without mother, without b descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.

4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the

2 of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying b pedigree. tenth of the spoils.

Christ's priesthood more


5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abra-a


6 But he whose & descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.

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c Nu. 18.21 ..26.


e Ge. 14.20.


g c.5.6. Re. 1.18.

7 And without all contradiction the less is Ga.2 21. blessed of the better.

8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.

9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. 10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.

11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what farther need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?

12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.

14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.

15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,

16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.

17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.

19 For the law made nothing perfect, but m the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest:

21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec :)

22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.

23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:


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26 For such a high priest became us, who ise Ex. 25.30. holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sin-for, holy. ners, and made higher than the heavens; 27 Who needeth not daily, as those high | priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.

28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is ' consecrated for evermore.

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5 Who serve unto the example and shadow ' of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern showed to thee in the mount.

6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent h ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.

7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.

8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah :

9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord.

10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and "I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.

13 In that he saith, A new P covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away.


1 The description of the rites and bloody sacrifices of the law, 11 far inferior to the dig uity and perfection of the blood and sacrifice of Christ.


THEN verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary.

2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shew-bread; which is called f the sanctuary.


3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all;

4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the 1 tables of the covenant;

5 And over it the cherubims " of glory shadowing the mercy-seat; of which we cannot now speak particularly.

6 Now when these things were thus ordained,

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8 The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the Jn.14.6. way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing:

9 Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience;


10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers " washings, and carnal nances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.

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12 Neither by the blood of a goats and calves, a but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh :


14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

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OR the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.

3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.

4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

6 In burnt-offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God. 8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt-offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;

establish the second.

9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O 15 And for this cause he is the mediator of or, purple God. He taketh away the first, that he may the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called Le 17.11. might receive the promise of eternal inherit

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10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.

11 And every priest standeth daily minister ing and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices which can never take away sins:

12 But this man, after he had offered one sa crifice for sins, for ever sat down on the right hand of God;

13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies 1 be made his footstool.

14 For by one offering he hath " perfected for ever them that are sanctified.

15 Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us for after that he had said before,

16 This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them;

17 And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more.

18 Now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.

19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which he hath ⚫ consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

21 And having a high priest over the house of God;

22 Let us draw near with a true heart in " full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.


23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised ;)

24 And let us consider one another to provoke w1 Th.5.24. unto love and to good works:

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