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Of Christ's
CHAPTER III.

second coming.
both which I stir up your pure

10 But the day of the Lord minds by way of remembrance: will come as a thief in the

2 That ye may be mindful of night; in the which the hea-
the words which were spoken vens shall pass away with a
before by the holy prophets, great noise, and the elements
and of the commandment of shall melt with fervent heat,
as the apostles of the Lord the earth also and the works
and Saviour:

that are therein shall be burn-
3 Knowing this first, that ed up.
there shall come in the last 11 Seeing then that all these
days scoffers, walking after things shall be dissolved, what
their own lusts,

manner of persons ought ye to
4 And saying, Where is the be in all holy conversation and
promise of his coming ? for godliness,
since the fathers fell asleep, 12 Looking for and hasting
all things continue as they unto the coming of the day of
were from the beginning of God, wherein the heavens be-
the creation.

ing on fire shall be dissolved,
5 For this they willingly are and the elements shall melt
ignorant of, that by the word with fervent heat?
of God the heavens were of 13 Nevertheless we, according
ald, and the earth standing out to his promise, look for new
of the water and in the water: heavens and a new earth,where-

6 Whereby the world that in dwelleth righteousness.
then was, being overflowed 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing
with water, perished :

that ye look for such things, be
7 But the heavens and the diligent that ye may be found
earth, which are now, by the of him in peace, without spot,
same word are kept in store, and blameless.
reserved unto fire against the 15 And account that the long-
day of judgment and perdition suffering of our Lord is salva-
af ungodly men.

tion; even as our beloved bro-
8 But, beloved, be not ignother Paul also according to
rant of this one thing, that the wisdom given unto him
one day is with the Lord as hath written unto you;
a thousand years, and a thou- 16 As also in all his epistles,
sand years as one day.

. speaking in them of these
9 The Lord is not slack con- things; in which are some
cerning his promise, as some things hard to be understood,
inen count slackness ; but is which they that are unlearned
longsuffering to us-ward, not and unstable wrest, as they do
willing that any should perish, also the other Scriptures, unto
but that all should come to their own destruction.
repentance.

17 Ye therefore, beloved, see

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The blood of Christ

I. JOHN, cleanseth from all sin. ing ye know these things before, 18 But grow in grace, and in beware lest ye also, being led the knowledge of our Lord and away with the error of the Saviour Jesus Christ. To hiin wicked, fall from your own be glory both now and for ever. steadfastness.

Amen.

THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL

OF

JOHN.

THAT which

was from the

life;

CHAPTER I.

God is light, and in him is no 1 John describeth the person of Christ, in whom

darkness at all. we have eternal life, by a communion with God: 5 to which we must adjoin holiness of

6 If we say that we have life

, to testify the truth of that communion fellowship with him, and walk and profession of faith, as also to assure us

in darkness, we lie, and do not of the forgiveness of our sins by Christ's death.

the truth: WHAT which was from the 7. But if we walk in the

beginning, which we have light, as he is in the light, we heard, which we have seen have fellowship one with anwith our eyes, which we have other, and the blood of Jesus looked upon, and our hands Christ his Son cleanseth us have handled, of the Word of from all sin.

8 If we say that we have no 2 For the life was manifested, sin, we deceive ourselves, and and we have seen it, and bear the truth is not in us. witness, and shew unto you 9 If we confess our sins, he that eternal life, which was is faithful and just to forgive with the Father, and was ma- us our sins, and to cleanse us nifested unto us :

from all unrighteousness. 3 That which we have seen

10 If we say that we have and heard declare we unto not sinned, we make him a you, that ye also may have liar, and his word is not in us. fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the

CHAPTER II. Father, and with his Son Jesus 1 He comforteth them against the sins of infin Christ.

ity. 3 Rightly to know God is to keep kis

commandments, 9 to love our brethren, 15 and 4 And these things write we not to love the world. 18 We must beware of unto you, that your joy may

seducers : 20 from whose deceits the godly are

safe, preserved by perseverance in faith, and be full.

holiness of life. 5 This then is the message Y little children, these which we have heard of him, things write I unto you, and declare unto you, that | that ye sin not. . And if any

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Christ our advocate. CHAPTER II.

Of false teachers. man sin, we have an advocate not whither he goeth, because with the Father, Jesus Christ that darkness hath blinded his the righteous :

eyes. 2 And he is the propitiation 12 I write unto you, little for our sins: and not for ours children, because your sins are anly, but also for the sins of the forgiven you for his name's whole world.

sake. 3 And hereby we do know 13 I write unto you, fathers, that we know him, if we keep because ye have known him his commandments.

that is from the beginning. I 4 He that saith, I know him, write unto you, young men, and keepeth not his command because ye have overcome the ments, is a liar, and the truth wicked one. I write unto you, is not in him.

little children, because ye have 5 But whoso keepeth his known the Father. word, in him verily is the love 14 I have written unto you, af God perfected: hereby know fathers, because ye have known we that we are in him.

him that is from the beginning. 6 He that saith he abideth in I have written unto you, young him ought himself also so to men, because ye are strong, and walk, even as he walked. the word of God abideth in

you, 7 Brethren, I write no new and ye have overcome the wickcommandment unto you, but ed one. an old commandment which 15 Love not the world, nei. ye had from the beginning. ther the things that are in the The old commandment is the world. If any man love the word which ye have heard world, the love of the Father from the beginning.

is not in him. 8 Again, a new command- 16 For all that is in the ment I write unto you, which world, the lust of the flesh, , thing is true in him and in and the lust of the eyes, and you: because the darkness is the pride of life, is not of the past, and the true light now Father, but is of the world. shineth.

17 And the world passeth 9 He that saith he is in the away, and the lust thereof: light, and hateth his brother, is but he that doeth the will of in darkness even until now. God abideth for ever.

10 He that loveth his brother 18 Little children, it is the last abideth in the light, and there time: and as ye have heard is none occasion of stumbling that antichrist shall come, ev. in him.

en now are there many anti11 But he that hateth his bro-christs; whereby we know ther is in darkness, and walk- that it is the last time. eth in darkness, and knoweth 19 They went out from us,

Who antichrist is.

I. JOHN,

God's love ioward us but they were not of us; for if | taught you, ye shall abide in they had been of us, they him. would no doubt have conti. 28 And now, little children, nued with us: but they went abide in him; that, when he out, that they might be made shall appear, we may have manifest that they were not confidence, and not be asham. all of us.

ed before him at his coming. 20 But ye have an unction 29 If ye know that he is from the Holy One, and ye righteous, ye know that every know all things.

one that doeth righteousness 21 I have not written unto is born of him. you because ye know not the

CHAPTER III. truth, but because ye know it, 1 He declareth the singular love of God toward and that no lie is of the truth. us, in making us his sons: 3 who therefore

ought obediently to keep his commandments, 22 Who is a liar but he that

11 and also to love ono another as brethren. denieth that Jesus is the EHOLD, what manner of Christ? He is antichrist, that love the Father hath bedenieth the Father and the stowed upon us, that we should Son.

be called the sons of God: 23 Whosoever denieth the therefore the world knoweth Son, the same hath not the us not, because it knew him Father: but he that acknow. not. ledgeth the Son hath the 2 Beloved, now are we the Father also.

sons of God, and it doth not 24 Let that therefore abide in yet appear what we shall be: you, which ye have heard from but we know that, when he the beginning. If that which shall appear, we shall be like ye have heard from the begin hinz; for we shall see him as ning shall remain in you, ye he is. also shall continue in the Son, 3 And every man that hath and in the Father.

this hope in him purifieth him. 25 And this is the promise self, even as he is pure. that he hath promised us, even 4 Whosoever committeth sin eternal life.

transgresseth also the law: 26 These things have I writ- for sin is the transgression of ten unto you concerning them the law. that seduce you.

5 And ye know that he was 27 But the anointing which manifested to take away our ye

have received of him abideth sins; and in him is no sin. in you, and ye need not that

need not that 6 Whosoever abideth in him any man teach you: but as the sinneth not: whosoever sinneth same anointing teacheth you hath not seen him, neither of all things, and is truth, and known him. is no lie, and even as it hath 7 Little children, let no man

destroy the works of the devil. 7

The duty of loving
CHAPTER IV.

one another. deceive you: he that doeth | ought to lay down our lives for righteousness is righteous, even the brethren. as he is righteous.

17 But whoso hath this world's 8 He that committeth sin is good, and seeth his brother of the devil; for the devil sin- have need, and shutteth up his neth from the beginning. For bowels of compassion from him, this purpose the Son of God how dwelleth the love of God was manifested, that he might | in him?

18 My little children, let us 9 Whosoever is born of God not love in word, neither in doth not commit sin; for his tongue; but in deed and in seed remaineth in him: and truth. he cannot sin, because he is 19 And hereby we know that born of God.

we ure of the truth, and shall 10 In this the children of assure our hearts before him. God are manifest, and the 20 For if our heart condemn children of the devil: whoso. | us, God is greater than our ever doeth not righteousness is heart, and knoweth all things. not of God, neither he that 21 Beloved, if our heart conloveth not his brother.

demn us not, then have we 11 For this is the message confidence toward God. that ye heard from the begin- 22 And whatsoever we ask, ning, that we should love one we receive of him, because we another.

keep his commandments, and 12 Not as Cain, who was of do those things that are pleasthat wicked one, and slew his ing in his sight. brother. And wherefore slew 23 And this is his command. he him? Because his own ment, That we should believe works were evil, and his bro- on the name of his Son Jesus ther's righteous.

Christ, and love one another, 13 Marvel not, my brethren, as he gave us commandment. if the world hate you.

24 And he that keepeth his 14 We know that we have commandments dwelleth in passed from death unto life, him, and he in him. And here. because we love the brethren. | by we know that he abideth in He that loveth not his brother us, by the Spirit which he hath a bideth in death.

given us. 15 Whosoever hateth his

CHAPTER IV. brother is a murderer: and ye 1 He warneth them not to believe all teachers, know that no murderer hath who boast of the Spirit, but to try them by

the rules of the catholic faith: 7 and by eternal life abiding in him.

many reasons exhorteth to brotherly love. 16 Hereby perceive we the ELOVED, believe not evelove of God, because he laid ry spirit, but try the spirits down his life for us: and we whether they are of God: be

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