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written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. 10 The same Jesus is the God of
And again he saith, Re- the Gentiles. The Gentiles should joice, ye Gentiles, with his therefore rejoice together with Ispeople. And again, Praise rael. the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people. And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust. Now the God of
13 Such is now your minister's hope fill you with all joy and prayer for you. Believe, and be at peace in believing, that ye peace, and rejoice in hope. Heaven may abound in hope, through is before you. the power of the Holy Ghost. And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God, that I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God. For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God : so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ. 20 Yea,
20 How humble is the Apostle ! How so have I strived to preach cautiously does he abstain from inthe gospel, not where Christ truding, as a minister, upon another's was named, lest I should charge ! build upon another man's foundation : but as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see : and they that have not heard shall understand. For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you. But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you; whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you : for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company. But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints. For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem. It hath pleased them verily ; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles
have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things. When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain. And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ. "Now
30 If St. Paul found strength and I beseech you, brethren, for
comfort from the prayers of his peothe Lord Jesus Christ's sake, ple, you may for yourself judge that and for the love of the Spirit
, the ministers of the Gospel nou look that ye strive together with anxiously that your prayers be not
wanting for them. me in your prayers to God for me; that I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judæa ; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints; that I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed. 13 Now the God of peace be 33 So pray we, your ministers now. with you all. Amen. May the God of peace be with you !
Jan. 18, May 17, SEPT. 15. I COMMEnd unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea * : that ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also. Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus : who have for my life laid down their own necks : unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Ge
Epenetus was the first of Achaia * Likewise greet the church who embraced the faith of Christ. that is in their house. Salute my wellbeloved Epenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ. Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.
7 These salutations beautifully indiSalute Andronicus and Ju
cate that strong affection, and that nia, my kinsmen, and my marked courtesy in which St. Paul fellowprisoners, who are of never failed. note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me. Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord. Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved. Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus' houshold. Salute Herodian my kinsman. Greet them that be of the houshold of Narcissus, which are in the Lord. Sa
* Cenchrea was a sea-port, about nine miles from Corinth,
lute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord. Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine. Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them. Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them. Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.
17 So early did divisions spring up 17 Now I beseech you, breth- in the Church of Christ. Thra, as ren, mark them which cause now, the fruitful source of divisions divisions and offences con
was pride. (See I Cor. i. 11.) trary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly ; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.
I Tertius, who wrote this 22 Tertius wrote this Epistle from epistle, salute you in the the dictation of St. Paul. Lord. Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. ” Now
35 How nobly, how tenderly does to him that is of power to be commend to the care of the Alstablish you according to my mighty the souls of his people ! How gospel, and the preaching of unreservedly does he assign the glory Jesus Christ, according to the
to that all-wise God, through Jesus
Christ for ever ! revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith : to God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen,
Written to the Romans from Corinthus, and sent by
Phebe servant of the church at Cenchrea. Even so be it, mighty God ! for thine is the glory, as thine is the king. dom and the power for ever and ever! Hallelujah-hallelujah-amen
The first Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the
Jan. 19, May 18, Sept. 16. Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our
? We are all called to be of a holy brother, ? unto the church of life or saints. St. Paul wrote to God which is at Corinth, to the Corinthians ; but his instruction them that are sanctified in is “ for all,” in every place—for you
therefore and for me. Jesus Christ Christ Jesus, called to be
is our Lord, as He was "theirs and saints, with all that in every his *." place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their's and our's : Grace be unto you, and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you
5 All spiritual power is equally the by Jesus Christ; that in gift of God through Christ ; whether every thing ye are enriched the power of understanding to know by him, in all utterance, and the mysteries of the Gospel, or the in all knowledge; even as the
power of utterance to preach them.
7 That is indeed the wise expectatestimony of Christ was con- tion, which waiteth for the coming firmed in you : ? so that ye in glory of Him, who will give to come behind in no gift; wait- patience its reward. ing for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. 1° Now I beseech you, breth- 10 Unity, whether in a nation, in a ren, by the name of our Lord church, in a family—is strength and Jesus Christ, that ye all speak blessing. Division is disgrace and
ruin t. the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you ; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared
11 Well may the apostle be alarmed! unto me of you, my brethren, Want of unity is too often want of
* Corinth was the chief city of the Roman province of Achaia.
+ Let the separatist consider well, whether the ground of his separation from the Church be such as to justify him ; here, to his conscience ; hereafter, to his God. The Lord himself, how emphatically has He warned against divisions. (Matt. xii. 25.)
by them which are of the house charity; and “ without charity all of Chloe, that there are con
our doings are nothing worth *"
12 Some of the congregation, be. tentions among you.
cause they preferred one individual this I say, that every one of preacher to another, set up the you saith, I am of Paul; and one so preferred above the othersI of Apollos ; and I of Ce
not considering, that the doctrine phas; and I of Christ. 13 Is preached was the one thing needful
, not the manner of preaching it. Christ divided ?
13 The evil was evident ; for the crucified for you? or were ye honour of the Gospel was comprobaptized in the name of Paul? mised. ** I thank God that I baptized 14 St. Paul devoted himself rather
to the work of preaching. none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own
And I baptized also the houshold of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel : not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. 18 For the preach- 18 When men term religion folly, ing of the cross is to them who shall wonder that they perish that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the
For it is
19 No worldly wisdom saveth the written, I will destroy the soul : therefore it is as nothing worth, wisdom of the wise, and will if set in opposition to, or in com. bring to nothing the under- parison with, faith in the Lord Jesas
Christ. standing of the prudent. Where is the wise ? where is the scribe ? where is the disputer of this world ? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world ? For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom : but we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. 25 Because the foolishness of 25 That which unbelievers call fool God is wiser than men ; and ishness and weakness. the weakness of God is 26 Jesus chose as his apostles, stronger than men. 26 For chiefly, unlearned men t. ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men
power of God.
* Chap. xiii. l. See also the Collect for Quinquagesima Sunday.
+ This was to show, that human learning had no share in man's salvation. But God endued these poor illiterate apostles with miraculous gifts, both of power and learning, that their mission might evidently be of God; and " that no flesh should glory in his presence."