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CHAP. in Christ Jesus concerning you. the coming of our Lord Jesus CHAP. Quench not the spirit. Under-Christ. He who called you may 20 value not prophesying. Prove all be relied upon for a performance 24 21 things; hold fast the best. Ab- of his promise. Brethren, pray for 22 stain from all appearance of evil. us. I charge you, by the Lord, that 27 23 Now, may the God of peace this letter be read to all the holy Apostolic make you altogether holy! and brethren. The favour of our Lord 28 benedic- may your spirit, and life, and body, Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. conclusion. be kept entire, and blameless unto
ST. PAUL'S SECOND EPISTLE TO THE THESSALONIANS.'
We ought to thank God always Their for- for you, brethren, as it is fit, betitude a cause your faith thriveth, and the subject of grateful re- love of every one of you towards each other encreaseth. So that we 4 ourselves glory in you among the churches of God, on account of your patience and trust, under all the wrongs and distresses which ye 5 endure; a proof of the just appointment of God, in vouchsafing unto you that kingdom of God, for which ye can even suffer.
Now God will be just in recompersecutors pensing affliction to those who afwill be se- flict you, and to you that are afflictverely pued, rest with us at the manifesta7 tion of our Lord Jesus Christ from heaven, with his mighty angels, in
flaming fire, executing vengeance
Now, we entreat you, brethren, CHAP
concerning this coming of our II.
ons them gainst be
CHAP your judgment, nor troubled by
And now ye know what hin- Finally, brethren! for pray he man dereth; so that he will display that the doctrine of the Lord may himself in his proper time; though have free course, and gain glory, He rere the indeed this mystery of wickedness even as with you; and that ye may ming of is showing itself already; but he be delivered from unstable and who now hindereth must be re-wicked men ; for all are not steady 8 moved, and then this 5 wicked to the faith. But the Lord may be 3 person will be displayed; whom relied on that he will establish you, the Lord Jesus will consume with and keep you from evil. the breath of his mouth, and will have this confidence in the Lord destroy with the manifestation of concerning you, that ye both do, 9 his presence: even him whose ap- and will do, the things which we pearance is according to the opera- command you. And may the 5 tion of Satan, with all imposture Lord direct your hearts unto the of miracles, and of signs and won-love of God, and unto an endu10 ders; and with all iniquitous de-rance of Christ.
And we 4
ceit among those that are prepared Now, we charge you, brethren ! 6 for destruction; because they re-in the name of our Lord Jesus Charges ceived not the love of the truth that Christ, to keep yourselves from the to 11 they might be saved. And for this every brother who walketh disorder- company cause, God will permit to prevail ly, and not according to the doc- of the idie, &c. among them a mighty working of trine which he received from us. 12 error; so that all will be con- For ye know that ye ought to imi-7 demned who believe not the truth, tate us; and we were not disorder- 8 but have pleasure in iniquity. ly among you, neither did we live at any man's cost, but worked with labour and weariness, night and
But we ought always to thank
Above magistrates, kings,and emperors.
4 He means the Roman empire
6 With fraud and delusion, such as might be expected from the greatest adversaries of Christ.
7 An endurance of such afflictions as your
The Bishop of Rome, and his suc- Christian profession exposes you to.
CHAP. day, that we might not be bur- And ye, brethren, be not weary CHAP, thensome to any of you: not be-in well-doing. And if any one disobey our orders in this letter, mark 13 that man, nor keep company with and tomark him that he may be ashamed. Yet disobeyed do not regard him as an enemy, his orders. but admonish him as a brother.
9 cause we have no authority, but to make ourselves a pattern to you 10 for your imitation. For indeed whilst we were with you, we gave you this charge, that if any one were not willing to work, neither Now, may the Lord of peace 16 11 should he eat. For we hear that give you his peace every way at all Concludes some among you walk disorderly, times! The Lord be with you all. doing no business of their own,The salutation of me Paul is with but prying into the business of my own hand; which is my mark 12 others. Now we charge such, and in every letter; so I write. The 18 entreat them by our Lord Jesus favour of our Lord Jesus Christ be Christ, that they labour, and cat with you all. Amen. their own bread in peace.
with his blessing.
Now, the end of this charge to CHAP. thee is love out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith Design of unfeigned: from all which some which he having erred, have turned aside to is going to vain talk, desiring to be teachers of give him the law, yet not understanding 7 what they say, nor concerning what they strongly affirm.
As I besought thee to remain at A former Ephesus, when I went into Mace- But we know that the law is 8 donia, that thou mightest charge good, if we use it suitably to its Use of the some not to teach other doctrines, purpose; knowing this, that the law. 4 nor give heed to fables and endless law is not made for a righteous 9 genealogies, which occasion dis-man, but for the lawless and disoputes, rather than that godly edify-bedient, for the ungodly and for ing which is by faith, so I now be- sinners, for the unholy and impure; seech thee. for murderers of fathers, and mur
1 It appears from the Acts of the Apostles, and several passages in the Epistles of Paul, that Timothy was a young man of most excellent qualities, and almost constantly the companion of the apostle. This first epistle to him was written, A. D. 56, from some place in Macedonia. The de sign of it was to instruct Timothy with respect to the superintendance and manage
ment of the church of Ephesus; what ought
2 Whom I converted to Christianity.
ander, whom I have delivered to CHAP. Satan, that they may be taught I. not to blaspheme.
ought to be
CHAP. derers of mothers, for murderers of
I exhort therefore, first of all, that CHAP.
For there is one God, the same 5 both of Jews and Gentiles, and one Gospel inmediator also between God and tended for men, the man Christ Jesus ; who gave himself a ransom for all, a 6 doctrine to be declared upon due
I will therefore that men pray in 8 every place, lifting up holy hands, How wowithout anger and disputing. In men ought like manner,that women also adorn themselves in decent apparel, with 9 modesty and sobermindedness; not so much with plaited hair,or gold or pearls, or costly array, as (what be- 10 This charge I commit unto thee, cometh women professing the worson of son Timothy, according to the ship of God) with good works. Let 11 prophecies which went before the woman learn in silence, with eeds to concerning thee, that by them thou all subjection; but I suffer not the 12 mightest war a good warfare, hold-woman to teach or to usurp authopter, ing faith and a good conscience, rity over the man, but command which some having put away have her to remain in silence: for Adam 13 520 made shipwreck as to their faith; was formed. first, and Eve afterof whom are Hymeneus and Alex-wards; and Adam was not deceiv- 14
6 A ransom is a price paid for the deliverance of a captive; and the great end ofChrist's life, and his dying in the cause of truth, was to persuade all men to renounce the slavery of sin and folly.
7 Unless she was under an immediate im pulse of the spirit. See 1 Cor. xi. 5.
CHAP. ed, but became a transgressor through the error of the woman. 15 Notwithstanding, their offspring will be saved, if they continue in faith and love, and sanctify with
I write these things unto thee, CHAP. hoping to come unto thee shortly: but if I delay, that thou mayest Reason of know how thou oughtest to behave writing thyself as a pillar and support of this episte
CHAP. sobermindedness. This is a doc- the truth in the house of God, which 15 III. trine worthy of belief.
Qualifica- If a man wish for the office of a tions of superintendant, he desireth an ministers honourable employment. A superand super intendant then must be blameless, intendants. a husband of one wife, sober, of
is the church of the living God. And the mystery of the true reli- 16 gion is confessedly great. He who was manifested in the flesh, was justified by the spirit, seen by aangels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, after he had been taken up into glory.
sound mind, orderly, hospitable, 3 ready to teach; not riotous, no striker, but mild; not contentious; 4 not covetous; ruling his own family well, and having his children in 5 subjection with all decorum; (for if a man know not how to rule his own family, how can he take care 6 of the church of God?) not a new convert, lest he be puffed up with vanity, and fall under the reproach 7 of the accuser. Moreover, he must have a good testimony from those who are yet unconverted; lest he fall into reproach, and the snare of the accuser.
In like manner, the deacons must Deacons. be grave, not double-tongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of 9 base gain; holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience; 10 and let these first be proved, then let them use the office of deacon, 11 being found irreproachable. In
like manner, the women, deaconesses, must be grave, not slanderers, 12 sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be husbands, each of one wife, ruling their children and 13 their own families well; for those who perform the office of a deacon well procure for themselves an honourable station, and acquire great freedom of speech in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.
Now, the spirit saith expressly, CHAP. that in latter times some will fall away from the faith, giving heed to Apostacy deceitful spirits, and doctrines, concerning demons, through the hypocrisy of those who speak falsehoods, 2 whose conscience is seared with an hot iron; giving commands about 3 abstinence from marriage, and from meats, which God created to be partaken of, with thanksgiving, by those who believe and know the truth; for every creature of God is 4 good, and nothing is to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving, for it is made clean, or fit for food, 5 by divine appointment, and by prayer.
'Lay these things before the bre-6 thren, and be a good minister of Timothy Jesus Christ, nourished up in the charged to doctrines of the faith, and those brethren good instructions with which thou of it. art acquainted. But reject profane 7 and old women's fables, and exercise thyself to godliness; for bodily 8 exercise is profitable for a short time only, but godliness is profitable for ever, having a promise not only of the present life, but of that also which is to come.
These are true words, and wor-9 thy to be received by all; for on 10
Or messengers, meaning his apostles after his resurrection.
5 Good men have reliance on God, peace of mind and conscience, hope of future hap