1 Timothy

Chapter 1 - 6

1:1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope; 1:2Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

1:3As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine, 1:4Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do. 1:5Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: 1:6From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; 1:7Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. 1:8But we know that the law is good, if a man use it lawfully; 1:9Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, 1:10For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; 1:11According to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust. 1:12And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; 1:13Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 1:14And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. 1:15This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. 1:16Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting. 1:17Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. 1:18This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare; 1:19Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck: 1:20Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

2:1I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 2:2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 2:3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 2:4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 2:5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 2:6Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. 2:7Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. 2:8I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 2:9In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 2:10But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 2:11Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 2:12But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 2:13For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 2:14And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 2:15Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.

3:1This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 3:2A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3:3Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 3:4One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 3:5(For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 3:6Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 3:7Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 3:8Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; 3:9Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 3:10And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. 3:11Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. 3:12Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. 3:13For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus. 3:14These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: 3:15But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 3:16And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

4:1Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; 4:2Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; 4:3Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. 4:4For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: 4:5For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. 4:6If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. 4:7But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. 4:8For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. 4:9This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation. 4:10For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.

4:11These things command and teach.4:12Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. 4:13Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine. 4:14Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. 4:15Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all. 4:16Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine; continue in them: for in doing this thou shalt both save thyself, and them that hear thee.

5:1Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren; 5:2The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity. 5:3Honour widows that are widows indeed. 5:4But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home, and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God. 5:5Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusteth in God, and continueth in supplications and prayers night and day. 5:6But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. 5:7And these things give in charge, that they may be blameless. 5:8But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. 5:9Let not a widow be taken into the number under threescore years old, having been the wife of one man, 5:10Well reported of for good works; if she have brought up children, if she have lodged strangers, if she have washed the saints' feet, if she have relieved the afflicted, if she have diligently followed every good work. 5:11But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry; 5:12Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith. 5:13And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 5:14I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. 5:15For some are already turned aside after Satan. 5:16If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed. 5:17Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine. 5:18For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward. 5:19Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before two or three witnesses. 5:20Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. 5:21I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. 5:22Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure. 5:23Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities. 5:24Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after. 5:25Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.

6:1Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed. 6:2And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

6:3If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; 6:4He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, 6:5Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. 6:6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 6:7For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 6:8And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. 6:9But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 6:10For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 6:11But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. 6:12Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. 6:13I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; 6:14That thou keepthis commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: 6:15Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; 6:16Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.6:17Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; 6:18That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; 6:19Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. 6:20O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called: 6:21Which some professing have erred concerning the faith. Grace be with thee. Amen.

2 Thessalonians

Chapter 1 - 3

1:1Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: 1:2Grace unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

1:3We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; 1:4So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: 1:5Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: 1:6Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; 1:7And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 1:8In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 1:9Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; 1:10When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day. 1:11Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: 1:12That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2:1Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him, 2:2That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. 2:3Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 2:4Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. 2:5Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? 2:6And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. 2:7For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. 2:8And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: 2:9Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, 2:10And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. 2:11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 2:12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

2:13But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth: 2:14Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2:15Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 2:16Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, 2:17Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.

3:1Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: 3:2And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith. 3:3But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil. 3:4And we have confidence in the Lord touching you, that ye both do and will do the things which we command you. 3:5And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God, and into the patient waiting for Christ.

3:6Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. 3:7For yourselves know how ye ought to follow us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you; 3:8Neither did we eat any man's bread for nought; but wrought with labour and travail night and day, that we might not be chargeable to any of you: 3:9Not because we have not power, but to make ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. 3:10For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.3:11For we hear that there are some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, but are busybodies.3:12Now them that are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread. 3:13But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. 3:14And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 3:15Yet count himnot as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother. 3:16Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.

3:17The salutation of Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write. 3:18The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

1 Thessalonians

Chapter 1 - 5

1:1Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1:2We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 1:3Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 1:4Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God. 1:5For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 1:6And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 1:7So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 1:8For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 1:9For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 1:10And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

2:1For yourselves, brethren, know our entrance in unto you, that it was not in vain: 2:2But even after that we had suffered before, and were shamefully entreated, as ye know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak unto you the gospel of God with much contention. 2:3For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile: 2:4But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts. 2:5For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness: 2:6Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. 2:7But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children: 2:8So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us. 2:9For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God. 2:10Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe: 2:11As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children, 2:12That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.

2:13For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe. 2:14For ye, brethren, became followers of the churches of God which in Judaea are in Christ Jesus: for ye also have suffered like things of your own countrymen, even as they have of the Jews: 2:15Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and they please not God, and are contrary to all men: 2:16Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

2:17But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavoured the more abundantly to see your face with great desire. 2:18Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us. 2:19For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? 2:20For ye are our glory and joy.

3:1Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; 3:2And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: 3:3That no man should be moved by these afflictions: for yourselves know that we are appointed thereunto. 3:4For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. 3:5For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you, and our labour be in vain. 3:6But now when Timotheus came from you unto us, and brought us good tidings of your faith and charity, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, desiring greatly to see us, as we also to see you: 3:7Therefore, brethren, we were comforted over you in all our affliction and distress by your faith: 3:8For now we live, if ye stand fast in the Lord. 3:9For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; 3:10Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith? 3:11Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. 3:12And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: 3:13To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

4:1Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, soye would abound more and more. 4:2For ye know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus. 4:3For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication:4:4That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 4:5Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God: 4:6That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. 4:7For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. 4:8He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.4:9But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another. 4:10And indeed ye do it toward all the brethren which are in all Macedonia: but we beseech you, brethren, that ye increase more and more; 4:11And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you; 4:12That ye may walk honestly toward them that are without, and that ye may have lack of nothing.

4:13But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 4:14For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 4:15For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 4:16For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 4:17Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 4:18Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

5:1But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. 5:2For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 5:3For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. 5:4But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5:5Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. 5:6Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. 5:7For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. 5:8But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. 5:9For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 5:10Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 5:11Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

5:12And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; 5:13And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.5:14Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. 5:15See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. 5:16Rejoice evermore. 5:17Pray without ceasing. 5:18In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 5:19Quench not the Spirit. 5:20Despise not prophesyings. 5:21Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 5:22Abstain from all appearance of evil. 5:23And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 5:24Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.

5:25Brethren, pray for us.

5:26Greet all the brethren with an holy kiss. 5:27I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the holy brethren.

5:28The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

Colossians

Chapter 1 - 4

1:1Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timotheus our brother, 1:2To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ which are at Colosse: Gracebe unto you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 1:3We give thanks to God and the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 1:4Since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have to all the saints, 1:5For the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel; 1:6Which is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth: 1:7As ye also learned of Epaphras our dear fellowservant, who is for you a faithful minister of Christ; 1:8Who also declared unto us your love in the Spirit. 1:9For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 1:10That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 1:11Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 1:12Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 1:13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 1:14In whom we have redemption through his blood,even the forgiveness of sins: 1:15Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 1:16For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 1:17And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 1:18And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 1:19For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; 1:20And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. 1:21And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled 1:22In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:1:23If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven; whereof I Paul am made a minister; 1:24Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the church: 1:25Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; 1:26Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: 1:27To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: 1:28Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 1:29Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

2:1For I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh; 2:2That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; 2:3In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 2:4And this I say, lest any man should beguile you with enticing words. 2:5For though I be absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, joying and beholding your order, and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.

2:6As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: 2:7Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. 2:8Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. 2:9For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. 2:10And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: 2:11In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ: 2:12Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. 2:13And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 2:14Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 2:15And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 2:16Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: 2:17Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. 2:18Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, 2:19And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

2:20Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 2:21(Touch not; taste not; handle not; 2:22Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? 2:23Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.

3:1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 3:2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3:3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 3:4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

3:5Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 3:6For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 3:7In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 3:8But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 3:9Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 3:10And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: 3:11Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. 3:12Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 3:13Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 3:14And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.3:15And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 3:16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 3:17And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

3:18Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 3:19Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 3:20Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 3:21Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 3:22Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 3:23And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 3:24Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. 3:25But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

4:1Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.

4:2Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving; 4:3Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: 4:4That I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. 4:5Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 4:6Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

4:7All my state shall Tychicus declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellowservant in the Lord: 4:8Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts; 4:9With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.

4:10Aristarchus my fellowprisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;) 4:11And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These only are my fellow workers unto the kingdom of God, which have been a comfort unto me. 4:12Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.4:13For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis. 4:14Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you. 4:15Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house. 4:16And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. 4:17And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.

4:18The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

Philippians

Chapter 1 - 4

1:1Paul and Timotheus, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus which are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: 1:2Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 1:3I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, 1:4Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, 1:5For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now; 1:6Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: 1:7Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. 1:8For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. 1:9And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 1:10That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; 1:11Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.

1:12But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel; 1:13So that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places; 1:14And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. 1:15Some indeed preach Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will: 1:16The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds: 1:17But the other of love, knowing that I am set for the defence of the gospel. 1:18What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretence, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. 1:19For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, 1:20According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. 1:21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. 1:22But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labour: yet what I shall choose I wot not. 1:23For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: 1:24Nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. 1:25And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith; 1:26That your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again. 1:27Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel; 1:28And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. 1:29For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake; 1:30Having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.

2:1If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, 2:2Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 2:3Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. 2:4Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. 2:5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: 2:6Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 2:7But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 2:8And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. 2:9Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 2:10That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; 2:11And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

2:12Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 2:13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 2:14Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 2:15That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; 2:16Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain. 2:17Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all. 2:18For the same cause also do ye joy, and rejoice with me.

2:19But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timotheus shortly unto you, that I also may be of good comfort, when I know your state. 2:20For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. 2:21For all seek their own, not the things which are Jesus Christ's. 2:22But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he hath served with me in the gospel. 2:23Him therefore I hope to send presently, so soon as I shall see how it will go with me. 2:24But I trust in the Lord that I also myself shall come shortly. 2:25Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labour, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he that ministered to my wants. 2:26For he longed after you all, and was full of heaviness, because that ye had heard that he had been sick. 2:27For indeed he was sick nigh unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. 2:28I sent him therefore the more carefully, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the less sorrowful. 2:29Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness; and hold such in reputation: 2:30Because for the work of Christ he was nigh unto death, not regarding his life, to supply your lack of service toward me.

3:1Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.

3:2Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision. 3:3For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. 3:4Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 3:5Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 3:6Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 3:7But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 3:8Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,3:9And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 3:10That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; 3:11If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. 3:12Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 3:13Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 3:14I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 3:15Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. 3:16Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing. 3:17Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample. 3:18(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: 3:19Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.) 3:20For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:3:21Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

4:1Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. 4:2I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. 4:3And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life. 4:4Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. 4:5Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. 4:6Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 4:7And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 4:8Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. 4:9Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.

4:10But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 4:11Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 4:12I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 4:13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. 4:14Notwithstanding ye have well done, that ye did communicate with my affliction. 4:15Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only. 4:16For even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my necessity. 4:17Not because I desire a gift: but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. 4:18But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God. 4:19But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 4:20Now unto God and our Fatherbe glory for ever and ever. Amen.

4:21Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren which are with me greet you. 4:22All the saints salute you, chiefly they that are of Caesar's household.

4:23The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.