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Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified 4 by the law ; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait 5 for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither cir- 6 cumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision ; but faith which worketh by love. Ye did run well ; who did hinder you,

that ye should 7 not obey the truth? This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you. 8 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.

9 I HAVE confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none 10 otherwise minded : but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be. And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why 11 do I yet suffer persecution ? then is the offence of the cross ceased. I 12 would they were even cut off which trouble you !

For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty ; only 13 latians to brotherly love, and describes use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love to them unrenewed serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one 14

word, even in this, “ Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be 15 not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, 16 and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against 17 the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh : and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if 18 ye be led by the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of 19 the flesh are manifest, which are these, Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, ' idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, 20 wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 'envyings, murders, drunkenness, revel- 21 lings, and such like : of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long- 22 suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 'meekness, temperance; against 23 such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh, 24 with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk 25 in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain-glory, provoking one 26 another, envying one another.

BRETHREN, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which 6 Of gentleness to those who err, and are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meek

ness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. 'Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. · For if 2,3 a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have 4 rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall 5 bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the word, communicate : 6 unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived ; God is 7 not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

For 8 he that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And 9 let us not be weary in well-doing :. for in due season we shall reap, faint not.

As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all 10 men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Recapitulation, or

YE see how large a letter I have written unto you 11 summary of what with mine own hand. As many as desire to make a fair 12

show in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; Epistle.

only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; 13 but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus 14 Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world. 6 26

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For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncir- 15 cumcision, but a new creature. And as many as walk according to thiz 16 rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God! From 17 henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with 18 your spirit. Amen.

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PAUL, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints 1 which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus : grace be to 2 you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

BLESSED be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus 3 Praise to God, for

Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in

heavenly places in Christ : according as he hath chosen 4 us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love ; having predestinated us unto the 5 adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself

, according to the good pleasure of his will,' to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he 6 hath made us accepted in the Beloved : in whom we have redemption 7 through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,--(according to the riches of his grace, wherein he hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and pru- 8 dence, ' having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according 9 to his good pleasure, which he hath purposed in himself: that in the dis- 10 pensation of the fulness of times, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth ; even in him :) -in whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being 11 predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will : that we should be to the praise of his 12 glory, who first trusted in Christ :--in whom ye also trusted, after that 13 ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:--in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the pur- 14. chased possession, unto the praise of his glory. They who are saved, WHEREFORE I also, after I heard of your faith in the 15

Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 'cease not to 16 Gentiles, are heirs to eminent blessings. give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give 17 unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: the eyes

of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know 18 what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his 19 power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, 'which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, 20 and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, (far above all 21 principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come :) and 22 hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,' which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all 23 in all. And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and 2

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sins: wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this 2 world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: among whom also we all had 3 our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others: but God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love 4 wherewith he loved us, ' even when we were dead in sins; hath quickened 5 us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved !) and hath raised us up 6 together, and made us sit together in heavenly places, in Christ Jesus : that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace

7 in his kindness toward us, through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye 8 saved, through faith ; and that not of yourselves : it is the gift of God,

not of works, lest any man should boast. 'For we are his workmanship, 9 created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

WHEREFORE remember, that ye being in time past 11 equality with Jews Gentiles in the flesh, (who are called Uncircumcision by church, being of

that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh, made the same body.

by hands ;) that at that time ye were without Christ, 12 being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world : but now, in Christ Jesus, ye, who sometime were afar off, are made nigh 13 by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, 14 and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; having 15 abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances: to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; and that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the 16 cross, having slain the enmity reby: and came and preached peace 17 to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through 18 him we both have an access by one spirit unto the Father. Now 19 therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; and are built upon the 20 foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone : in whom all the building, fitly framed together, 21 groweth unto a holy temple in the Lord: in whom ye also are builded 22 together, for a habitation of God through the Spirit. For preaching this

For this cause, I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ 3 doctrine, formerly, for you Gentiles, if ye have heard of the dispensation of 2 little understood,

the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: how 3 hatred of the Jews. that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery, (as I wrote afore in few words; whereby, when ye read, ye may under- 4 stand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ ;) which in other ages 5 was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the Gospel; whereof I was made a minister according to the gift of 7 the

grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power : (unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given,) 8 that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ: and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, 9 which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ, to the intent that now unto the principalities 10 and powers in heavenly places, might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed 11 in Christ Jesus our Lord: in whom we have boldness and access with 12 confidence by the faith of him. Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at 13

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my tribulations for you, which is your glory. For this cause I bow my 14 knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole 15 family in heaven and earth is named,' that he would grant you, according 16 to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by bis Spirit in the inner man ; 'that Christ may dwell in your hearts-by faith ; that ye, 17 being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all 18 saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to 19 know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge; that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. Now unto him that is able to do 20 exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, unto him be glory in the church by Christ 21 Jesus throughout all ages, world without end! Amen.

I THEREFORE, the prisoner of the Lord, be- 4

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with ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, 2 stowed by Christ, being intended for with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love, 'en- 3 the church, should deavoring

to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye 4

are called in one hope of your calling : one Lord, one 5 faith, one baptism, 'one God and Father of all, who is above all, and 6 through all, and in you all. But unto every one of us is given grace ac- 7 cording to the measure of the gift of Christ.--Wherefore he saith, 8 “When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.”. Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended 9 first into the lower parts of the earth ? He that descended is the same 10 also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.-And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; 11 and some, pastors and teachers, ' for the perfecting of the saints, for the 12 work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 'till we all 13 come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: that we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and 14 carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive: but speaking the 15 truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted 16 by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

THIS I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye 17 meekness; and henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity kindness, after the example of God in of their mind, ' having the understanding darkened, being 18

alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who, being past 19 feeling, have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. But ye have not so learned Christ, 'if so be 20 that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus : that ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man,

22 which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts ; and be renewed in the 23 spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God 24 is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting 25 away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor : for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go 26 down

upon your wrath ; ' neither give place to the devil. Let him 27 that stole, steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that

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needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, 29 but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers; and grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye 30 are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, 31 and anger, and clamor, and evil-speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind one to another, tender-hearted, forgiving one 32 another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Be ye there- 5 fore followers of God as dear children ; and walk in love, as Christ also 2 hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor.

Obscenity and in- BUT fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, 3 temperance of every let it not be once named among you, (as becometh

saints,) i neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor 4 jesting, which are not convenient : but rather giving of thanks. For 5 this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because 6 of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. | For ye were7,8 sometime darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord : walk as children of light; (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteous- 9 ness, and truth ;) 'proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. 1 And 10 have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them: For it is a shame even to speak of those things which 12 are done of them in sceret. But all things that are reproved, are 13 made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, “Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the 14 dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” See then that ye walk circum- 15 spectly, not as fools, but as wise, 'redeeming the time, because the 16 days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what 17 the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is ex- 18 cess; but be filled with the Spirit, 'speaking to yourselves in psalms, 19 and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things unto God and 20 the Father, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

SUBMITTING yourselves one to another in the fear of 21 husbands and wives, God: Wives, submit yourselves unto your own hus- 22

of parents and children, and of bands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head 23 servants and masters. of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Saviour of the body. Therefore as the church is subject 24 unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing. Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and 25 gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the 26 washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a 27 glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their 28 wives, as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself, 'for 29 no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church. For we are members of his body, of his 30 flesh, and of his bones. " For this cause shall a man leave his father 31 and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and 32 the church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love 33 his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her hus, band. Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. 6 “Honor thy father and mother,” (which is the first commandment with 2

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