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ting off the fleshly body through the circumcision of Christ; 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which ye were

raised also with him, through faith in the mighty working 13 of God, who raised him from the dead. And to you, being

dead in the sins, and in the uncircumcision of your flesh,

even to you hath God given life together with him, having 14 freely pardoned all our 3 trespasses; having blotted out the

hand-writing of ordinances which was against us, which was

contrary to us 4, and taken it out of the way, and nailed it 15 to the cross: and, having spoiled principalities and powers *,

he made a show of them openly, and triumphed over them

by himself". 16 Let no man therefore condemn you for your use of meats

or drinks, or in respect of a feast, or new-moon, or sab17 bath: which are a shadow of things to come; but the body 18 is of Christ. Let no man defraud you of your prize, in a

voluntary humility of mind and worship of angels, intruding

into those things which he hath (not) seen, rashly puffed 19 up by his fleshly mind And not holding fast the head,

from whom all the body, supplied and connected by joints

and bands, increaseth with the increase of God. 20

If8 ye have died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to 21 ordinances; (such as, “Do not touch things, nor taste, nor 22 handle ;" all which things are to be consumed by the use of

them;) according to the commandments and doctrines of 23 men? Which ordinances have indeed a show of wisdom in

will-worship, and humility of mind, and not sparing the i the body of the sins of the flesh, R.T. ? being dead in your sins, and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath God given life together with Christ, N. R. T. omits the words " even to you.” 3 all your trespasses, R.T. * * These words have much the appearance of a marginal gloss," N. n. s by it, R.T. by the cross, N. Gr. the mind of lis flesh; q.d. self-conceited,

7 0r, 66 with a great increase." N. m. 8 If therefore, R. T.

* By his death he put an end to the Mosaic Institution, and superseded the Levitical priesthood and all the splendid offices and rites of the temple service, See Schleusner in verb, Agzn, and Rosenmuller in loc.


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body: yet are not in any honour, but serve to the satisfying

of the flesh. Ch. ut. If then ye have been raised with Christ, seek those

things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right 2 hand of God. Mind the things above, not the things on 3 the earth. For ye have died, and your life is hidden with 4 Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, shall be ma

nifested, then ye also will be manifested with him in glory. 5 Deaden therefore your members, as to the things on

earth: as to fornication, uncleanness, passion, wicked lusts, 6 and inordinate desire, which is idolatry'; for which things 7 the anger of God cometh on the sons of disobedience : in 8 which ye also walked formerly, when ye lived in them. But

now do ye also put away all these ; anger, wrath, mali

ciousness, evil-speaking, filthy talking, out of your mouth. 9 Lie not one to another, since ye have put off the old man 10 with his deeds; and have put on the new man, that is re

newed in knowledge, according to the image of Him who 11 created him : where there is neither gentile? nor Jew, cir

cumcision nor uncircumcision; barbarian nor Scythian;

slave nor free: but Christ is all things, and that among all. 12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy, and beloved,

bowels of pity, kindness, humility of mind, meekness, long13 suffering; (forbearing one another, and freely forgiving one

another, if any one have a cause of complaint against an

other: even as Christ freely forgave you, so do ye also :) 14 and, besides all these things, put on love, which is the bond 15 of perfection. And let the peace of Christ * preside in your

hearts, to which ye have been called also in one body; and

be ye thankful. 16 Let the doctrine of Christ dwell in you richly in all wis.

dom: while ye teach and admonish: one another with psalms,

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· See Wakefield. “evil desire and covetousness," N. 2 Gr. Grcek. 3 ye teaching and admonishing, N.

* “ the peace of God," R.T. “ peace with Christ,” N. The peace of Christ is that peace which Christ introduced between Jewsand gentiles. See Eph. ii.14.

and hymns, and spiritual songs; singing with thankfulness, 17 and with your hearts to God'. And whatsoever ye do in

word or deed, do all in the name of [the Lord] Jesus, gir.

ing thanks to God, even the Father, through him. 18 Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as it is fit 19 in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter 20 toward them. Children, obey your parents in all things; 21 for this is well-pleasing in the Lord?. Fathers, provoke 22 not your children, lest they be discouraged“. Servants,

obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not

with eye-service, as men-pleasers, but in singleness of beart, 23 fearing the Lord 6: and every thing? whatsoever ye do, 24 perform it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men; know.

ing that from the Lord ye will receive the reward of the in25 heritance: (for) ye serve Christ as your Lord. But be

that doeth wrong, will be punished for the wrong which he Ca. iv. hath done : and there is no respect of persons. Mas.

ters, give to your servants that which is just and equal;

knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven. 2 Persevere in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving; 3 praying at the same time for us also, that God would open

to us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for 4 which I am even in bonds: that I may make it manifest, as 5 I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward those that are 6 without, redeeming the time. Let your discourse be always

well-pleasing, seasoned with salt, so that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

All things concerning me Tychicus will declare to you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellow8 servant in the Lord; whom I have sent to you for this pur

pose, that he may know your affairs, and comfort your 9 hearts; together with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved

brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you


" to the Lord, R.T. 2 to your own husbands, R. T. 3 to the Lord, R.T. 4 despair, N. 5 Or, slaves. So ch. iv. l. 6 fearing God, R.T. 7 and whatsoeyer, N, and Mss. 8 For he, Mss. 9" that ye may know our affain," Mas

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10 all things which are done here. Aristarchus my fellow-pri

soner, and Mark son to the sister of Barnabas, concerning

whom ye have received commandments, (if he come unto 11 you, receive him,) and Jesus called Justus, that are of the

circumcision, salute you. These have been my only fellow

labourers as to the kingdom of God; and they have been a 12 comfort unto me. Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant

of Christ, saluteth you, always earnestly striving for you in

that ye may stand perfect and complete in all 13 the will of God. For I bear him witness that he hath a

great concern' for you, and for those at Laodicea, and for 14 those at Hierapolis. Luke, the beloved physician, and 15 Demas, salute you. Salute the brethren, that are at Lao

dicea; and Nymphas, and the church which assembleth in 16 his house. And when this epistle hath been read among

you, cause that it be read in the church of the Laodiceans

also; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. 17 And say to Archippus; “ Take heed to the ministry which

thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fully discharge it.” 18

The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Favour be with you. *

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great zeal, R.T.

? i. e. congregation, N.m. So ver. 16.

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i Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the

Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ; favour be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ.

We give thanks to God always for you all, making men. 3 tion of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing

your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope

in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our God and Father; 4 knowing, brethren beloved of God, your election * by him. 5 For the gospel preached by uso came not to you in words

only, but in power also, and in the holy spirit, and in full

confirmation; as ye know what manner of men we were 6 among you for your sake; and ye became imitators of us,

and of the Lord, having received the word amidst much af7 fliction, with joy in the holy spirit : so that ye have been

examples: to all in Macedonia and Achaia, who believe. 8 For from you the word of the Lord hath sounded forth, not

only in Macedonia and Achaia ; but in every place (also]

your faith toward God hath spread abroad, so that we need 9 not to speak any thing concerning it. For they themselves

declare of us, what kind of entering in among you
and how ye turned to God from idols, to serve the living

we had,


mentioning, N. 2 Gr. our gospel.

3 Or, an example, Mss. * “ that God hath chosen you gentiles to be his peculiar people. 2 Thess. ii. 13." Newcome.

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