CATHOLIC EPISTLE OF S. JAMES,
The benefit of tribulation. Prayer with faith. God is the author of all good, but not of evil. We must be slow to anger; and not hearers only, but doers of the word. Of bridling the tongue; and of pure religion.
1 James, a servant of God, and of our Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are dispersed, greeting.
2 My brethren, count it all joy, when you shall fall into divers temptations:
3 *Knowing that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 And patience hath a perfect work: that you may be perfect and entire, deficient in nothing.
5 But if any of you want wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all abundantly, and upbraideth not: and it shall be given him.
6 *But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering: for he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea, that is moved and carried about by the wind.
7 Therefore let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
8 A double-minded man is inconstant in all his ways.
9 But let the brother of low condition glory in his exaltation:
10 But the rich, in his being low, *because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away:
11 For the sun rose with a burning heat, and parched the grass, and the flower thereof fell off, and the beauty of the shape thereof perished: so also shall the rich man fade away in his ways.
12 *Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he hath been proved, he shall receive a crown of life, which God hath promised to them that love him.
13 Let no man, when he is tempted, say, that he is tempted by God: For God is not a tempter of evils: and he tempteth no man.
14 But every man is tempted, being drawn away by his own concupiscence, and allured.
15 Then when concupiscence hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: But sin, when it is completed, begetteth death.
16 Do not err, therefore, my dearest brethren.
17 Every best gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of vicissitude.
18 For of his own will hath he begotten us by the word of truth, that we might be some beginning of his creatures.
19 You know, my dearest brethren: *And let every man be swift to hear; but slow to speak, and slow to anger.
20 For the anger of man worketh not the justice of God.
21 Wherefore casting away all uncleanness, and abundance of malice, with meekness receive the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
22 *But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
23 For if a man be a hearer of the word, and not a doer; he shall be compared to a man beholding his natural countenance in a glass:
24 For he beheld himself, and went his way, and presently forgot what manner of man he was.
25 But he that shall look into the perfect law of liberty, and continue in it, not becoming a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work; this man shall be blessed in his deed.
26 But if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
27 Religion, pure and immaculate with God and the Father, is this: To visit the fatherless and widows in their tribulation, and to keep one's self immaculate from this world.
3: Rom. v. 3.
6: Mat. vii. 7. and xxi. 22.; Mark xi. 24.; Luke xi. 9.; John xiv. 13. and 16.
10: Eccli. xiv. 18.; Isai. xl. 6.; 1 Pet. i. 24.
12: Job v. 17.
19: Prov. xvii. 27.
22: Matt. vii. 21. and 24.; Rom. ii. 13.
Against respect of persons. The danger of transgressing one point of the law. Faith is dead without works.
1 My *brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ of glory with respect of persons.
2 For if there come into your assembly a man having a golden ring, in splendid attire, and there come in also a poor man in mean dress,
3 And you fix your eyes on him that is clothed with the splendid robe, and say to him: Sit thou here in a good place: and say to the poor man: Stand thou there, or sit under my footstool:
4 Do you not judge within yourselves, and are become judges of unjust thoughts?
5 Hearken, my dearest brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which God hath promised to them that love him?
6 But you have dishonoured the poor man. Do not the rich oppress you by might; and do not they draw you before the judgment-seats?
7 Do not they blaspheme the good name that is invoked upon you?
8 If then you fulfil the royal law, according to the Scriptures: *Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: you do well.
9 *But if you have respect to persons, you commit sin, being reproved by the law as transgressors.
10 *Now whosoever shall keep the whole law but offend in one point, is become guilty of all.
11 For he that said, Thou shalt not commit adultery, said also, Thou shalt not kill. Now if thou do not commit adultery, but shalt kill: thou art become a transgressor of the law.
12 So speak ye, and so do, as being to be judged by the law of liberty.
13 For judgment without mercy, to him that hath not done mercy: and mercy exalteth itself above judgment.
14 What shall it profit, my brethren, if a man say he hath faith, but hath not works? Shall faith be able to save him?
15 *And if a brother or sister be naked, and want daily food,
16 And one of you say to them: Go in peace, be you warmed and filled: yet give them not those things that are necessary for the body, what shall it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself.
18 But some men will say: Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without works; and I will shew thee my faith by works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God. Thou dost well: the devils also believe and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 *Was not Abraham, our father, justified by works, offering up Isaac, his son, upon the altar?
22 Seest thou that faith did co-operate with his works: and by works faith was made perfect?
23 And the Scripture was fulfilled, saying: *Abraham believed God, and it was reputed to him to justice, and he was called the friend of God.
24 Do you see that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only?
25 *And in like manner also Rahab, the harlot, was not she justified by works, receiving the messengers, and sending them out another way?
26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
1: Lev. xix. 15.; Deut. i. 17. and 16.; Prov. xxiv. 23.; Eccli. xlii. 1.
8: Lev. xix. 18.; Mat. xxii. 39.; Mark xii. 31.; Rom. xiii. 9.; Gal. v. 14.
9: Supra 1.; Lev. xix. 15.
10: Deut. i. 18.; Mat. v. 19.
15: 1 John iii. 17.
21: Gen. xxii. 9.
23: Gen. xv. 6.; Rom. iv. 3.; Gal. iii. 6.
25: Jos. ii. 4.; Heb. xi. 31.
The evils of the tongue. Of the difference between the earthly and heavenly wisdom.
1 Be *not many masters, my brethren, knowing that you receive the greater judgment.
2 For in many things we all offend. If any man offend not in word; the same is a perfect man. He is able also with a bridle to lead about the whole body.
3 For if we put bits into the mouths of horses that they may obey us, and we turn about their whole body.
4 Behold also ships, whereas they are great, and are driven by strong winds, yet are they turned about with a small helm, whithersoever the force of the governor willeth.
5 Even so the tongue is indeed a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold how small a fire kindleth a great wood.
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is placed among our members, which defileth the whole body, and inflameth the wheel of our nature, being set on fire by hell.
7 For every nature of beasts and of birds, and of serpents, and of the rest, is tamed, and hath been tamed by mankind:
8 But the tongue no man can tame: a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
9 By it we bless God and the Father; and by it we curse men, who are made after the likeness of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth through the same passage sweet and bitter water?
12 Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear grapes, or the vine, figs? So neither can the salt water yield sweet.
13 Who is a wise man, and endued with knowledge among you? Let him shew, by a good conversation, his work in the meekness of wisdom.
14 But if you have bitter zeal, and there be contentions in your hearts: glory not, and be not liars against the truth.
15 For this is not wisdom, descending from above: but earthly, sensual, diabolical.
16 For where envying and contention is, there is inconstancy, and every evil work.
17 But the wisdom which is from above, first indeed is chaste, then peaceable, modest, easy to be persuaded, consenting to the good, full of mercy, and good fruits, without judging, without dissimulation.
18 And the fruit of justice is sown in peace, to them that make peace.
1: Matt. xxiii. 8.
The evils that flow from yielding to concupiscence, and being friends to this world. Admonitions against pride, detraction, &c.
1 From whence are wars and contentions among you? Are they not hence? from your concupiscences, which war in your members?
2 You covet, and have not: you kill, and envy, and can not obtain; you contend and war, and you have not, because you ask not.
3 You ask, and receive not: because you ask amiss; that you may consume it on your concupiscences.
4 Adulterers, know you not that the friendship of this world is the enemy of God? Whosoever, therefore, will be a friend of this world, becometh an enemy of God.
5 Or do you think that the Scripture saith in vain: To envy doth the spirit covet, which dwelleth in you?
6 But he giveth greater grace. Wherefore he saith: *God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
7 Be subject, therefore, to God, but resist the devil, and he will fly from you.
8 Approach to God, and he will approach to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned into mourning, and your joy into sorrow.
10 Be humbled in the sight of the Lord, and he will exalt you.
11 Detract not one another, brethren. He that detracteth his brother, or he that judgeth his brother, detracteth the law, and judgeth the law. But if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
12 There is one law-giver, and judge, who is able to destroy and to deliver.
13 *But who art thou, who judgest thy neighbour? Behold, now you who say: To-day or to-morrow we will go into such a city, and there we will spend a year, and will traffic, and make gain:
14 Whereas, you know not what shall be on the morrow.
15 For what is your life? It is a vapour which appeareth for a little while, and afterwards shall vanish away. For that you should say: If the Lord will; and, if we shall live, we will do this or that.
16 But now you glory in your arrogancies. All such glorying is wicked.
17 To him, therefore, who knoweth to do good, and doth it not, to him it is sin.
6: Prov. iii. 34.; 1 Pet. v. 6.
13: Rom. xiv. 4.
A woe to the rich that oppress the poor. Exhortations to patience, and to avoid swearing. Of the anointing the sick, confession of sins, and fervour in prayer.
1 Go to now, ye rich men, weep and howl for your miseries, that shall come upon you.
2 Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth-eaten.
3 Your gold and silver is rusted: and the rust of them shall be for a testimony against you, and shall eat your flesh as fire. You have stored up to yourselves wrath against the last days.
4 Behold the hire of the labourers, who have reaped your fields, of which you have defrauded them, crieth out: and the cry of them hath entered into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.
5 You have feasted upon earth, and in luxuries you have nourished your hearts in the day of slaughter.
6 You have condemned and put to death the just one, and he resisted you not.
7 Be patient, therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, patiently bearing till he receive the early and the latter rain.
8 Be you, therefore, also patient, and strengthen your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth near.
9 Murmur not, brethren, one against another, that you may not be judged. Behold the judge standeth before the door.
10 Take, brethren, for an example of suffering evil, of labour and patience, the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord.
11 Behold we account them blessed, who have endured. You have heard of the patience of Job, and you have seen the end of the Lord, that the Lord is merciful and compassionate.
12 But above all things, my brethren, *swear not, neither by heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath. But let your speech be; yea, yea: no, no; that you fall not under judgment.
13 Is any of you sad? Let him pray. Is he cheerful in mind? Let him sing.
14 Is any man sick among you? Let him bring in the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil, in the name of the Lord:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick man: and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he be in sins, they shall be forgiven him.
16 Confess, therefore, your sins one to another; and pray one for another, that you may be saved: for the continual prayer of a just man availeth much.
17 *Elias was a man passible like unto us: and with prayer he prayed that it might not rain upon the earth, and it rained not for three years and six months.
18 And he prayed again: and the heaven gave rain, and the earth yielded her fruit.
19 My brethren, if any of you err from the truth, and any one convert him.
20 He must know, that he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins.
12: Matt. v. 34.
17: 3 Kings xvii. 1.; Luke iv. 25.
FIRST EPISTLE OF S. PETER,
1 PETER 1
He gives thanks to God for the benefit of our being called to the true faith, and to eternal life; into which we are to enter by many tribulations. He exhorts to holiness of life, considering the holiness of God, and our redemption by the blood of Christ.
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers dispersed through Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect,
2 According to the foreknowledge of God, the Father, unto the sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace be multiplied.
3 *Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy hath regenerated us unto a lively hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 Unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who by the power of God are kept by faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In which you shall greatly rejoice, now if ye must be for a little time, afflicted by divers temptations:
7 That the trial of your faith, much more precious than gold, (which is tried by the fire) may be found unto praise, and glory, and honour, at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
8 Whom having not seen you love: in whom also now, though you see him not, you believe: and believing, shall rejoice with an unspeakable and glorified joy:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning which salvation the prophets have inquired, and diligently searched, who prophesied of the grace to come in you:
11 Searching into what time, or manner of time, the Spirit of Christ should signify in them: foretelling those sufferings that are in Christ, and the glories that should follow:
12 To whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to you they ministered those things, which are now declared to you by those who have preached the gospel to you, the Holy Ghost being sent down from heaven, on whom the Angels desire to look.
13 Wherefore having the loins of your mind girded, being sober, hope perfectly for the grace which is offered you at the revelation of Jesus Christ:
14 As children of obedience, not conformed to the former desires of your ignorance:
15 But according to the holy one, who hath called you: be ye also holy in all conversation:
16 For it is written: *You shall be holy, because I am holy.
17 And if you call on the Father, who *without respect of persons, judgeth according to every one's work, converse in fear during the time of your sojourning here:
18 Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, gold or silver, from your vain conversation of the tradition of your fathers:
19 *But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled:
20 Foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but manifested in the last times for you,
21 Who through him are faithful in God, who raised him from the dead, and gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God:
22 Purifying your souls in the obedience of charity, with a brotherly love, from a sincere heart love one another earnestly:
23 Being born again not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible by the word of God, who liveth and remaineth for ever.
24 *For all flesh is as grass: and all the glory thereof as the flower of grass: the grass is withered, and the flower thereof is fallen away.
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever: and this is the word which hath been preached unto you.
3: 2 Cor. i. 3.; Ephes. i. 3.
16: Lev. xi. 44. xix. 2. and xx. 7.
17: Deut. x. 17.; Rom. ii. 11.; Gal. ii. 6.
19: 1 Cor. vi. 20. and vii. 23.; Heb. ix. 14.; 1 John i. 7.; Apoc. i. 5.
24: Eccli. xiv. 18.; Isai. xl. 6.; James i. 10.
1 PETER 2
We are to lay aside all guile, and go to Christ, the living stone: and as being now his people, walk worthy of him, with submission to superiors, and patience under sufferings.
1 Wherefore *laying away all malice, and all guile, and dissimulations, and envies, and all detractions,
2 As new-born infants, desire the rational milk without guile: that thereby you may grow unto salvation:
3 If yet you have tasted that the Lord is sweet.
4 To whom approaching the living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen and honoured of God:
5 Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore it is said in the Scripture: *Behold I lay in Sion a chief corner-stone, elect, precious: And he that shall believe in him, shall not be confounded.
7 To you, therefore, that believe honour: but to them that believe not, *the stone which the builders rejected, the same is made the head of the corner:
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of scandal, to them, who stumble at the word, neither do believe whereunto also they are set.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people, that you may declare his virtues, who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.
10 *Who in time past were not a people: but are now the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 *Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires, which war against the soul,
12 Having your conversation good among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evil doers, by your good works, they may glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 *Be ye subject, therefore, to every human creature for God's sake: whether it be to the king as excelling:
14 Or to governors, as sent by him for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of the good:
15 For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men: *love the brotherhood: fear God: honour the king:
18 *Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good, and gentle, but also to the froward.
19 For this is praiseworthy, if for conscience towards God, a man endure sorrows, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if sinning and being buffeted you suffer it: But if doing well you suffer patiently; this is praiseworthy before God.
21 For to this you have been called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow his steps.
22 *Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who when he was reviled, did not revile: when he suffered, he threatened not: but delivered himself to him that judged him unjustly:
24 *Who his ownself bore our sins in his body upon the tree: that we being dead to sins, should live to justice: by whose stripes you were healed.
25 For you were as sheep going astray: but you are now converted to the pastor and bishop of your souls.
1: Rom. vi. 4.; Ephes. iv. 22.; Colos. iii. 8.; Heb. xii. 1.
6: Isai. xxviii. 16.; Rom. ix. 33.
7: Ps. cxvii. 22.; Isai. viii. 14.; Mat. xxi. 42.; Acts iv. 11.
10: Osee ii. 24.; Rom. ix. 25.
11: Rom. xiii. 14.; Gal. v. 16.
13: Rom. xiii. 1.
17: Rom. xii. 10.
18: Ephes. vi. 5.; Colos. iii. 22.; Tit. ii. 9.
22: Isai. liii. 9.
24: Isai. liii. 5.
1 PETER 3
How wives are to behave to their husbands: what ornaments they are to seek. Exhortation to divers virtues.
1 In *like manner also, let wives be subject to their husbands: that if any believe not the word, they may be gained without the word, by the conversation of the wives,
2 Considering your chaste conversation with fear.
3 *Whose adorning let it not be the outward plaiting of the hair, or the wearing of gold, or the putting on of apparel:
4 But the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptibility of a quiet and a meek spirit, which is rich in the sight of God:
5 For after this manner heretofore also the holy women, hoping in God, adorned themselves, being subject to their own husbands.
6 *As Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters you are, doing well, and not fearing any trouble.
7 *Ye husbands, likewise dwelling with them according to knowledge, giving honour to the woman, as to the weaker vessel, and as to the coheirs of the grace of life: that your prayers be not hindered.
8 And finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, loving the brotherhood, merciful, modest, humble:
9 *Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing; but on the contrary, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing.
10 *For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.
11 *Let him decline from evil, and do good: let him seek peace, and pursue it:
12 Because the eyes of the Lord are upon the just, and his ears unto their prayers: but the countenance of the Lord against them that do evil things.
13 And who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good?
14 *But if also you suffer any thing for justice sake, blessed are ye. And be not afraid of their terror, and be not troubled.
15 But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being always ready to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you.
16 *But with modesty and fear, having a good conscience: that whereas they speak evil of you, they may be ashamed who falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
17 For it is better doing well (if such be the will of God) to suffer, than doing ill.
18 *Because Christ also died once for our sins, the just for the unjust, that he might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but brought to life by the spirit.
19 In which also coming, he preached to those spirits who were in prison:
20 Who in time past had been incredulous, *when they waited for the patience of God, in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.
21 Whereunto baptism being of the like form, now saveth you also: not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the examination of a good conscience towards God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
22 Who is on the right hand of God, swallowing up death, that we might be made heirs of eternal life: he being gone into heaven, the Angels and powers and virtues being made subject to him.
1: Ephes. v. 22.; Coloss. iii. 18
3: 1 Tim. ii. 9.
6: Gen. xviii. 12.
7: 1 Cor. vii. 3.
9: Prov. xvii. 13.; Rom. xii. 17.; 1 Thess. v. 15.
10: Psal. xxxiii. 13.
11: Isai. i. 16.
14: Mat. v. 10.
16: Supra ii. 12.
18: Rom. v. 6.; Heb. ix. 28.
20: Gen. vi. 14. and vii. 7.; Mat. xxiv. 37.; Luke xvii. 26.
1 PETER 4
Exhortation to cease from sin: to mutual charity; to do all for the glory of God; to be willing to suffer for Christ.
1 Christ, therefore, having suffered in the flesh, be you also armed with the same thought, for he that hath suffered in the flesh, hath ceased from sins:
2 *That now he may live the rest of his time in the flesh , not after the desires of men, but according to the will of God.
3 For the time past is sufficient to have fulfilled the will of the Gentiles, for them who have walked in riotousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and unlawful worshipping of idols.
4 Wherein they think it strange, that you run not with them into the same confusion of riotousness, blaspheming.
5 Who shall render an account to him, who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 For this cause was the gospel preached also to the dead: that they might be judged indeed, according to men in the flesh, but may live according to God in the Spirit.
7 But the end of all is at hand. Be prudent, therefore, and watch in prayers.
8 But before all things have constant mutual charity among yourselves: *for charity covereth a multitude of sins.
9 *Using hospitality towards one another, **without murmuring,
10 *As every man hath received grace, ministering the same one to another: as good **stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11 If any man speak, as the words of God: if any man minister, as by of the power which God supplieth: that in all things God may be honoured through Jesus Christ: to whom is glory and dominion, for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you:
13 But partaking of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that also in the revelation of his glory ye may rejoice with exultation.
14 If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be happy: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his spirit, resteth upon you.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or as coveting the goods of others..
16 But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed: but let him glorify God in that name.
17 For it is time that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first with us: what shall be the end of those who believe not the gospel of God?
18 *And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the wicked and the sinner appear?
19 Therefore let them who suffer according to the will of God, also commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.
2: Ephes. iv. 23.
8: Prov. x. 12.
9: Rom. xii. 13.; Heb. xiii. 2. --- ** Phil. ii. 14.
10: Rom. xii. 6. --- ** 1 Cor. iv. 1.
18: Prov. xi. 31.
1 PETER 5
He exhorts both priests and laity, to their respective duties, and recommends to all humility and watchfulness.
1 The ancients, therefore, that are among you, I beseech, who am myself also an ancient, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ: as also a partaker of that glory which is to be revealed in time to come:
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking care thereof not by constraint, but willingly, according to God: not for the sake of filthy lucre, but voluntarily:
3 Neither as domineering it over the clergy, but being made a pattern of the flock from the heart.
4 And when the Prince of pastors shall appear, you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory.
5 In like manner, ye young men, be subject to the ancients. *And do ye all insinuate humility one to another, **for God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.
6 *Be you humbled, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in the time of visitation:
7 *Casting all your solicitude upon him, for he hath care of you.
8 Be sober, and watch: because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist ye, strong in faith; knowing that the same affliction befalleth your brethren who are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory, in Christ Jesus, when you have suffered a little, will himself perfect, and confirm, and establish you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 By Sylvanus a faithful brother unto you, as I think, I have written briefly: beseeching and testifying that this is the true grace of God, wherein you stand.
13 The church, which is in Babylon, co-elected, saluteth you: and my son, Mark.
14 Salute one another with a holy kiss. Grace unto you all, who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
5: Rom. xii. 10. --- ** James iv. 6.
6: James iv. 10.
7: Psal. liv. 23.; Mat. vi. 25.; Luke xii. 22.
SECOND EPISTLE OF S. PETER,
2 PETER 1
He exhorts them to join all other virtues with their faith: in order to secure their salvation.
1 Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them who have obtained equal faith with us, in the justice of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ.
2 May grace and peace abound to you in the knowledge of God, and of Christ Jesus, our Lord.
3 According as all things of his divine power, which appertain to life and piety, are given to us, through the knowledge of him who hath called us by his own proper glory and virtue,
4 By whom he hath given us very great and precious promises: that by these you may be made partakers of the divine nature: flying the corruption of that concupiscence which is in the world.
5 And you, giving all diligence, join with your faith, virtue, and with virtue, knowledge,
6 And with knowledge, abstinence, and with abstinence, patience, with patience, piety,
7 And with piety, brotherly love, and with brotherly love, charity.
8 For if these things be with you, and abound, they will make you to be neither empty, nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 For he that hath not these things with him, is blind, and groping, forgetting his being purged from his old sins.
10 Wherefore, brethren, labour the more, that by good works you may make sure your vocation and election: for doing these things, you shall not sin at any time.
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 For which cause I will begin to put you always in remembrance of these things: though indeed you know them, and are confirmed in the present truth.
13 But I think it just as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by reminding you:
14 Being assured that the laying aside of this my tabernacle is at hand, even according as our Lord Jesus Christ hath *signified to me.
15 And I will endeavour, that you frequently have after my decease, whereby you may keep a memory of these things.
16 *For we have not by following artificial fables, made known to you the power, and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ; but we were eye-witnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory; this voice coming down to him from the excellent glory: *This is my beloved Son, in whom I am pleased; hear ye him.
18 And this voice we heard brought from heaven, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 And we have the surer word of prophecy: to which you do well to attend, as to a light shining in a dark place until the day dawn, and the morning star rise in your hearts:
20 *Understanding this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is made by private interpretation.
21 For prophecy came not by the will of man at any time; but the holy men of God spoke, inspired by the Holy Ghost.
14: John xxi. 19.
16: 1 Cor. i. 17.
17: Matt. xvii. 5.
20: 2 Tim. iii. 16.
2 PETER 2
He warns them against false teachers, and foretells their punishment.
1 But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there shall be lying teachers among you, who shall bring in sects of perdition, and deny the Lord who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their luxuries, through whom the way of truth shall be blasphemed:
3 And through covetousness with feigned words they shall make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time ceaseth not, and their perdition slumbereth not.
4 *For if God spared not the Angels that sinned, but delivered them, drawn down with infernal ropes into hell to be tormented, to be reserved unto judgment.
5 And spared not the original world, *but preserved Noe, the eighth person, a preacher of justice, bringing in the deluge upon the world of the impious.
6 *And reducing the cities of the Sodomites, and of the Gomorrhites into ashes, condemned them to be overthrown; making them an example to those that should after act wickedly:
7 And delivered just Lot, oppressed by the injustice and lewd conversation of the wicked:
8 For in sight and hearing he was just: dwelling among them, who from day to day tortured the just soul with wicked works.
9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation; but to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be tormented:
10 And especially them who walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise authority, audacious, self-willed, they fear not to bring in sects, blaspheming:
11 Whereas Angels, though they are greater in strength and power, bring not an execrable judgment against themselves.
12 But these men, as irrational beasts, naturally tending to the snare, and to destruction, blaspheming those things which they know not, shall perish in their corruption.
13 Receiving the reward of injustice, counting the delights of a day to be pleasure; stains and blemishes, flowing in delicacies, rioting in their feasts with you,
14 Having eyes full of adultery, and of never ceasing sin: alluring unstable souls, having their heart exercised with covetousness, children of malediction:
15 Forsaking the right way, they have gone astray, *having followed the way of Balaam, of Bosor, who loved the wages of iniquity:
16 But was rebuked for his insane folly: the dumb beast, subject to the yoke, *speaking with the voice of man, forbad the folly of the prophet.
17 *These are fountains without water, and clouds tossed with whirlwinds, to whom the mist of darkness is reserved.
18 For, speaking proud things of vanity, they allure in the desires of the flesh of lust, those who escape for a while such as live in error:
19 Promising them liberty, while they themselves are the slaves of corruption: *for by whom a man is overcome, of the same also he is the slave.
20 For if flying from the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, *being again entangled in them, they are overcome: *their latter state is become unto them worse than the former.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of justice, than after they have known it, to turn back from that holy commandment which was delivered to them.
22 For, that of the true proverb hath happened to them: *The dog is returned to his own vomit, and, the sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire.
4: Job iv. 18.; Jude i. 6.
5: Gen. vii. 1.
6: Gen. xix. 25.
15: Jude i. 11.
16: Num. xxii. 28.
17: Jude i. 12.
19: John viii. 34.; Rom. vi. 16. and 20.
20: Heb. vi. 4. --- ** Mat. xii. 45.
22: Prov. xxvi. 11.
2 PETER 3
Against scoffers, denying the second coming of Christ, he declares the sudden dissolution of this world; and exhorts to holiness of life.
1 This second epistle behold I write to you, dearly beloved, in which I excite by admonition your sincere mind:
2 That you may be mindful of those words which I told you before from the holy prophets, and of your apostles, of the precepts of the Lord and Saviour.
3 Knowing this first, *that in the last days there shall come scoffers with deceit, walking according to their own lusts,
4 Saying: *Where is his promise or his coming? For, since the fathers slept, all things continue so from the beginning of the creation.
5 For this they are wilfully ignorant of, that the heavens were before, and the earth, out of water and through water, consisting by the word of God:
6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished.
7 But the heavens which now are, and the earth, by the same word are kept in store, reserved for fire unto the day of judgment, and of the perdition of wicked men.
8 But be not ignorant, my beloved, of this one thing, that one day with the Lord is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
9 The Lord delayeth not his promise, as some imagine: but acts patiently for your sake, not willing that any should perish, but that all should return to penance.
10 *But the day of the Lord shall come as a thief, in which the heavens shall pass away with great violence, and the elements shall be melted with heat, and the earth, and the works that are in it, shall be burnt up.
11 Seeing then that all these things are to be dissolved, what manner of people ought you to be in holy conversation and godliness,
12 Expecting, and hastening unto the coming of the day of the Lord, by which the burning heavens shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with the heat of fire?
13 *But we look for new heavens and a new earth according to his promise, in which justice dwelleth.
14 Wherefore, dearly beloved, expecting these things, endeavour diligently, that you may be found before him spotless and blameless in peace,
15 *And account the long-suffering of our Lord, salvation: as also our most dear brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, hath written to you,
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things: in which are some things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as also the other Scriptures, to their own perdition.
17 You therefore, brethren, knowing these things before, beware; lest being led away by the error of the unwise, you fall from your own steadfastness.
18 But increase in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and unto the day of eternity. Amen.
3: 1 Tim. iv. 1.; 2 Tim. iii. 1.; Jude i. 18.
4: Ezec. xii. 27.
10: 1 Thess. v. 2.; Apoc. iii. 3. and xvi. 15.
13: Isai. lxv. 17. and lxvi. 22.; Apoc. xxii. 1.
15: Rom. ii. 4.
FIRST EPISTLE OF S. JOHN,
1 JOHN 1
He declares what he has seen and heard of Christ, (who is the life eternal) to the end that we may have fellowship with God, and all good through him: yet so if we confess our sins.
1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the word of life:
2 For the life was manifested: and we have seen, and do bear witness, and declare unto you the life eternal, which was with the Father, and hath appeared to us:
3 That which we have seen and have heard, we declare unto you, that you also may have fellowship with us, and our fellowship may be with the Father, and with his Son, Jesus Christ.
4 And these things we write to you, that you may rejoice, and your joy may be full.
5 And this is the declaration which we have heard from him, and declare unto you: *That God is light, and in him there is no darkness.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth.
7 But if we walk in the light, as he also is in the light, we have fellowship one with another; *and the blood of Jesus Christ, his Son, cleanseth us from all sin.
8 *If we say that we have no sin: we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins: he is faithful and just, to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all iniquity.
10 If we say that we have not sinned: we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
5: John viii. 12.
7: Heb. ix. 14.; 1 Pet. i. 19.; Apoc. i. 5.
8: 3 Kings viii. 46.
1 JOHN 2
Christ is our advocate: we must keep his commandments, and love one another. We must not love the world, nor give ear to new teachers, but abide by the Spirit of God in the Church.
1 My little children, these things I write to you, that you may not sin. But if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Just:
2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.
3 And in this we know that we have known him, if we keep his commandments.
4 He that saith he knoweth him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
5 But he that keepeth his word, in him the charity of God is truly perfect: and by this we know that we are in him.
6 He that saith he abideth in him, ought himself also to walk even as he walked.
7 Dearly beloved, I write not a new commandment to you, but an old commandment, which you had from the beginning: The old commandment is the word which you have heard.
8 *Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true both in him, and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth.
9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
10 *He that loveth his brother, abideth in the light, and there is no scandal in him.
11 But he that hateth his brother, is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth: because the darkness hath blinded his eyes.
12 I write to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake.
13 I write to you, fathers, because you have known him, who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because you have overcome the wicked one.
14 I write to you, infants, because you have known the Father. I write to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.
15 Love not the world, nor those things which are in the world. If any man love the world, the charity of the Father is not in him:
16 For all that is in the world, is the concupiscence of the flesh, and the concupiscence of the eyes, and the pride of life: which is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the concupiscence thereof. But he that doth the will of God, abideth for ever.
18 Little children, it is the last hour: and as you have heard that antichrist cometh, and now there are many antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last hour.
19 They went out from us, but they were not of us. For if they had been of us, they would certainly have remained with us: but that they may be manifest, that they are not all of us.
20 But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things.
21 I have not written to you as to those who know not the truth, but as to those who know it: and that no lie is of the truth.
22 Who is a liar, but he who denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, who denieth the Father, and the Son.
23 Every one that denieth the Son, hath not the Father either. He that confesseth the Son, hath the Father also.
24 Let that which you have heard from the beginning, abide in you: If what you have heard from the beginning abide in you, you also shall abide in the Son, and in the Father.
25 And this is the promise which he hath promised us, eternal life.
26 These things have I written to you concerning them that seduce you.
27 And let the unction, which you have received from him, abide in you. And you have no need that any one should teach you: but as his unction teacheth you concerning all things, and it is true, and is not a lie. And as it hath taught you: abide in him.
28 And now, little children, abide in him: that when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be confounded by him at his coming.
29 If you know that he is just, know ye that every one also who doth justice is born of him.
8: John xiii. 34. and xv. 12.
10: Infra iii. 14.
1 JOHN 3
Of the love of God to us: how we may distinguish the children of God, and those of the devil. Of loving one another, and of purity of conscience.
1 Behold what manner of charity the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called, and should be the sons of God. Therefore the world knoweth not us, because it hath not known him.
2 Dearly beloved, we are now the sons of God: and it hath not yet appeared what we shall be. We know, that, when he shall appear, we shall be like to him: because we shall see him as he is.
3 And every one that hath this hope in him, sanctifieth himself, as he also is holy.
4 Every one who committeth sin, committeth also iniquity: and sin is iniquity.
5 And you know that he appeared to take away our sins: *and in him there is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth not: and whosoever sinneth, hath not seen him, nor known him.
7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He that doth justice, is just, as he also is just.
8 *He that committeth sin is of the devil: for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God appeared, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Every one that is born of God, doth not commit sin: for his seed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil. Every one who is not just, is not of God, and he that loveth not his brother:
11 For this is the declaration, which you have heard from the beginning, *that you should love one another.
12 Not *as Cain, who was the wicked one, and killed his brother. And for what cause did he kill him? Because his own works were evil: and his brother's just.
13 Wonder not, brethren, if the world hate you.
14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. *He that loveth not abideth in death:
15 Whosoever hateth his brother, is a murderer. And you know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in himself.
16 *In this we have known the charity of God, because he hath laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
17 *He that hath the substance of this world, and shall see his brother in need, and shall shut up his bowels from him: how doth the charity of God abide in him?
18 My little children, let us not love in word, nor in tongue, but in deed, and in truth.
19 In this we know that we are of the truth: and in his sight we shall persuade our hearts.
20 For if our heart reprehend us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
21 Dearly beloved, if our heart do not reprehend us, we have confidence towards God:
22 *And whatsoever we shall ask, we shall receive of him: because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
23 *And this is his commandment: that we should believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ: and love one another, as he hath given commandment unto us.
24 *And he that keepeth his commandments, abideth in him, and he in him: and in this we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
5: Isai. liii. 9.; 1 Peter ii. 22.
8: John viii. 44.
11: John xiii. 34. and xv. 12.
12: Gen. iv. 8.
14: Lev. xix. 17.; Supra ii. 10.
16: John xv. 13.
17: Luke iii. 11.; James ii. 15.
22: Mat. xxi. 22.
23: John vi. 29. and xvii. 2.
24: John xiii. 34. and xv. 12.
1 JOHN 4
What spirits are of God, and what not. We must love one another, because God has loved us.
1 Dearly beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they be of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
2 By this is the spirit of God known: every spirit which confesseth Jesus Christ to have come in the flesh, is of God:
3 And every spirit, that dissolveth Jesus, is not of God, and this is antichrist, of whom you have heard that he cometh, and he is now already in the world.
4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome him, because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
5 *They are of the world: therefore of the world they speak, and the world heareth them.
6 We are of God. He that knoweth God, heareth us: He that is not of God, heareth us not: by this we know the Spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
7 Dearly beloved, let us love one another: for charity is of God. And every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God.
8 He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is charity.
9 *By this hath appeared the charity of God in us, because God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live by him.
10 In this is charity: not as if we had loved God, but because he hath first loved us, and sent his Son a propitiation for our sins.
11 Dearly beloved, if God hath so loved us, we ought also to love one another.
12 *No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abideth in us, and his charity is perfected in us.
13 By this we know that we abide in him, and he in us: because he hath given us of his Spirit.
14 And we have seen, and do testify, that the Father hath sent his Son, the Saviour of the world.
15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God abideth in him, and he in God.
16 And we have known, and have believed the charity, which God hath to us. God is charity: and he that abideth in charity, abideth in God, and God in him.
17 In this is the charity of God perfected with us, that we may have confidence in the day of judgment: because as he is, we also are in this world.
18 Fear is not in charity: but perfect charity casteth out fear; because fear hath pain: and he that feareth is not perfect in charity.
19 Let us, therefore, love God, because God first hath loved us.
20 If any man say, I love God, and hateth his brother; he is a liar. For he that loveth not his brother whom he seeth, how can he love God, whom he seeth not?
21 *And this commandment we have from God, that he who loveth God, love also his brother.
5: John viii. 47.
9: John iii. 16.
12: John i. 18.; 1 Tim. vi. 16.
21: John xiii. 34. and xv. 12.; Ephes. v. 2.
1 JOHN 5
Of them that are born of God, and of true charity. Faith overcomes the world. Three that bear witness to Christ. Of faith in his name, and of sin that is, and is not to death.
1 Every one who believeth that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God. And every one that loveth him that begot, loveth him also who was born of him.
2 In this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.
3 For this is the charity of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not heavy.
4 For whatsoever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory which overcometh the world, our faith.
5 *Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
6 This is he that came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not in water only, but in water and blood. And it is the spirit that testifieth, that Christ is the truth.
7 And there are three that give testimony in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
8 And there are three that give testimony on earth: the spirit, and water, and blood: and these three are one.
9 If we receive the testimony of men, the testimony of God is greater: for this is the testimony of God, which is greater, because he hath testified of his Son.
10 *He that believeth in the Son of God, hath the testimony of God in himself. He that believeth not the Son, maketh him a liar: because he believeth not in the testimony which God hath testified of his Son.
11 And this is the testimony, that God hath given to us eternal life: and this life is in his Son.
12 He that hath the Son, hath life: he that hath not the Son, hath not life.
13 These things I write to you, that you may know that you have eternal life, who believe in the name of the Son of God.
14 And this is the confidence which we have in him: that whatsoever we shall ask, according to his will, he heareth us.
15 And we know that he heareth us whatsoever we ask: we know that we have the petitions which we request of him.
16 He that knoweth his brother to sin a sin which is not unto death, let him ask, and life shall be given to him, that sinneth not to death. There is a sin unto death; I do not say that any one should ask for it.
17 All iniquity is sin: and there is a sin unto death.
18 We know that every one, who is born of God, sinneth not: but the generation of God preserveth him, and the wicked one toucheth him not.
19 We know that we are of God; and the whole world is seated in wickedness.
20 And we know that the Son of God is come, *and he hath given us understanding, that we may know the true God, and may be in his true Son. This is the true God, and life eternal.
21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.
5: 1 Cor. xv. 57.
10: John iii. 36.
20: Luke xxiv. 45.
SECOND EPISTLE OF S. JOHN,
2 JOHN 1
He recommends walking in truth, loving one another, and to beware of false teachers.
1 The ancient, to the lady Elect, and her children, whom I love in the truth, and not I only, but also all they who have known the truth,
2 For the sake of the truth, which abideth in us, and shall be with us for ever.
3 Grace, mercy, and peace be with you, from God the Father, and from Christ Jesus, the Son of the Father, in truth, and charity.
4 I was exceeding glad, that I found of thy children walking in truth, as we have received a commandment from the Father.
5 And now I beseech thee, lady, not as writing a new commandment to thee, but that which we have had from the beginning, *that we love one another.
6 And this is charity, that we walk according to his commandments. For this is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it:
7 For many seducers are gone out into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh: this is a seducer and an antichrist.
8 Look to yourselves, that you lose not the things which you have wrought: but that you may receive a full reward.
9 Every one who recedeth, and continueth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God: he that continueth in the doctrine, he hath both the Father and the Son.
10 If any man come to you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into the house, nor say to him, Hail.
11 For he that saith unto him, Hail, communicateth with his wicked works.
12 Having more things to write unto you, I would not by paper and ink: for I hope that I shall be with you, and speak face to face: that your joy may be full.
13 The children of thy sister Elect salute thee.
5: John xiii. 34. and xv. 12.
THIRD EPISTLE OF S. JOHN,
3 JOHN 1
He praises Gaius for his walking in truth, and for his charity: complains of the bad conduct of Diotrephes, and gives a good testimony to Demetrius.
1 The ancient to the dearly beloved Gaius, whom I love in truth.
2 Dearly beloved, concerning all things I make it my prayer that thou mayest prosper, and enjoy health, as thy soul doth prosperously.
3 I was exceedingly glad when the brethren came, and gave testimony to the truth in thee, even as thou walkest in truth.
4 I have no greater grace than this, to hear that my children walk in truth.
5 Dearly beloved, thou dost faithfully whatsoever thou dost for the brethren, and that for strangers,
6 Who have given testimony to thy charity in the sight of the church: whom thou shalt do well, to bring forward on their way in a manner worthy of God.
7 Because, for his name's sake they went forth, taking nothing of the Gentiles.
8 We, therefore, ought to receive such: that we may be fellow-helpers of the truth.
9 I had written perhaps to the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the pre-eminence among them, doth not receive us.
10 Wherefore, if I come, I will admonish his works which he doth, prating against us with malicious words: and as if these things were not enough for him, neither doth he himself receive the brethren: and those that do receive them he forbiddeth, and casteth out of the church.
11 Dearly beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doth good, is of God: he that doth evil, hath not seen God.
12 To Demetrius testimony is given by all, and by the truth itself, yea, and we also give testimony: and thou knowest that our testimony is true.
13 I had many things to write unto thee: but I would not by ink and pen write to thee.
14 But I hope speedily to see thee, and we will speak face to face. Peace be to thee. Our friends salute thee. Salute the friends by name.
CATHOLIC EPISTLE OF S. JUDE,
He exhorts them to stand to the faith first delivered to them; and to beware of heretics.
1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James: to them that are beloved in God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called.
2 Mercy unto you, and peace and charity be fulfilled.
3 Dearly beloved, taking all care to write to you concerning your common salvation, I was under a necessity to write to you: to beseech you to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints.
4 For there have crept in some men, (who were written of long ago unto this judgment) impious men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only sovereign Ruler, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
5 But I will admonish you, that once knew all these things, that Jesus, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt: *did afterwards destroy those, who believed not:
6 And the angels, who kept not their principality, but forsook their own habitation, *he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day.
7 As Sodom and Gomorrha, and the neighbouring cities, in like manner having given themselves over to fornication, and going after other flesh, were made an example, suffering the punishment of eternal fire.
8 In like manner these men also defile the flesh, and despise dominion, and blaspheme majesty.
9 *When Michael, the Archangel, disputing with the devil, contended about the body of Moses, he durst not bring a judgment of blasphemy: but said: The Lord command thee.
10 But these men blaspheme whatsoever things they know not: and what things soever they naturally know, like dumb beasts, in these they are corrupted.
11 Wo to them, for they have gone in the way of *Cain: and have poured out themselves after the **error of Balaam for a reward, ***and have perished in the contradiction of Core:
12 These are spots in their banquets, feasting together without fear, feeding themselves, *clouds without water which are carried about by winds, trees of the autumn, unfruitful, twice dead plucked up by the roots,
13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own confusion, wandering stars: to whom the storm of darkness is reserved for ever.
14 Now of these Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied, saying: *Behold, the Lord cometh with thousands of his saints,
15 To execute judgment upon all, and to reprove all the impious for all the works of their impiety, whereby they have done impiously, and of all the hard things which impious sinners have spoken against God.
16 These are murmurers full of complaints, walking according to their own desires, *and their mouth speaketh proud things, admiring persons for gain's sake.
17 But you, dearly beloved, be mindful of the words, *which have been spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ,
18 Who told you, that in the last time there should come mockers, walking according to their own desires in impieties.
19 These are they, who separate themselves, sensual men, having not the spirit.
20 But you, dearly beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost,
21 Keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, unto life everlasting.
22 And some indeed reprove, being judged.
23 But others save, snatching them out of the fire. And on others have compassion, in fear: hating also the spotted garment, which is carnal.
24 Now to him, who is able to preserve you without sin, and to present you spotless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy in the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:
25 To the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory and magnificence, dominion and power before all ages, both now and for ever and ever. Amen.
5: Num. xiv. 37.
6: 2 Pet. ii. 4.; Gen. xix. 20.
9: Zach. iii. 2.
11: Gen. iv. 8. --- ** Num. xxii. 23. --- *** Num. xvi. 32.
12: 2 Pet. ii. 17.
14: Apoc. i. 7.
16: Ps. xvi. 10.
17: 1 Tim. iv. 2.; 2 Tim. iii. 1.; 2 Pet. iii. 3.