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bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth luis own heart, this man's religion is vain.
27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affiiction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
CHAP. III. 1 We are not rashly or arrogantly to reprove others, 5 but
rather to bridle the tongue. 13 The truly wise, be mild
and peaceable, without enzying and strife. MY
Y brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall
receive the greater condemnation. 2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.
9 Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us ; and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also the ships, which, though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm whithersoever the governor listeth.
5 | Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire; a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7 for every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind.
8 But the tongue.can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of. God.
10 Out of the same month proceedeth blessing and curs-, ing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. .
Il Doil a fountain send forth at the same place sweet wuter and bitter?
12 Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, tigs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
13 I Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth.
15 This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish.
16 For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
CHAP. V. i Of wicked rich men. 7 Of patience. 12 To forlear
swearing. 13 To pray in adversity, and sing in pros
perity. Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your mi
series that shall come upon you. 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are motheaten.
3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and the rust of them shall be a witness against you, and shall eat your flesh as it were fire, Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days.
4 Behold, the hire of the labourers who have reaped down your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth: and the cries of them which have reaped are entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the carth, and been wanton; ye have nourished your hearts as in a day of slaughter.
6 Ye have condemned and killed the just; and he doth pot resist you.
7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold the judge standeth before the door.
. 10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
12 I But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath; but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
13 Is any among you afflicted ? let him pray. Is any merry ? let him sing psalms.
ainong you ? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord :
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he hath committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess
faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
18 Aid he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one content m;
20. Let him know, that he which converteth a sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
The First Epistle general of PETER.
CHAP. I. i lle blesseth God for his manifold spiritual graces; 10
sheweth thut the salvation in Christ is no neu's, but u thing prophesied of old ; 13 and exhorteth them to a godly con
an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadosia, Asia, and Bythynia,
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the spirit, unto obedience, and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: grace unto you, and peace be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations :
7 That the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, thongh it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ :
8 Whom having not seen ye love; in whom,, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory :
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of
10 9 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you :
11 Searching what or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven, which things the angels desire to look into.
13 q Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance :
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy.
17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear :
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers ;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot :
20 Who verily was fore-ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 Who by him do believe in God that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of