Galatians Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 1

1-2 Paul, an apostle (not of men, neither by man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised him from the dead), and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia:

3-5 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.

6-9 I marvel that you are so soon removed from him who called you in the grace of Christ to another gospel, which is not another, but some trouble you and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we or an angel from heaven preach any other gospel to you than that which we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so now I say again, If any man preaches any other gospel to you than that which you have received, let him be accursed.

10 For do I now persuade men or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be the servant of Christ.

11-12 But I certify to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

13-14 For you have heard of my conduct in times past in the Jews' religion, how that I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. And I profited in the Jews' religion above many of my equals in my own nation, being exceedingly more zealous of the traditions of my fathers.

15-17 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace to reveal his Son in me that I might preach him among the heathen, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, neither did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me. Still, I went to Arabia and returned again to Damascus.

18 Then, after three years, I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter and stayed with him for fifteen days.

19-20 But I saw none of the other apostles except James the Lord's brother. (Now the things which I write to you, behold, before God I lie not.)

21-24 Afterwards, I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia, and was unknown by face to the churches of Judaea, which were in Christ. But they had heard only, That he who persecuted us in times past now preaches the faith he once tried to destroy. And they glorified God in me.

Galatians Chapter 2

Galatians Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 2

1-5 Then fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me. And I went up by revelation and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. But not even Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. And because of false brethren brought in unaware (who came in secretly to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), to whom we did not give place to submission, not even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.

6-10 But of these who seemed to be something, (whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God is no respecter of persons), for they who seemed to be in communication added nothing to me. But contrariwise, when they saw that the gospel of the uncircumcision was committed to me, as the gospel of the circumcision was to Peter (for he who worked effectually in Peter for the apostleship of the circumcision, the same worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles), and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that was given to me, they gave Barnabas and me the right hands of fellowship, that we should go to the heathen and they to the circumcision. They only desired that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was glad to do.

11-13 But when Peter came to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed. For before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles: but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. And other Jews likewise played the hypocrite with him, insomuch that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy.

14-16 But when I saw that they did not walk uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles, and not as the Jews, why do you compel the Gentiles to live like the Jews? We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we who have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified.

17-21 But if we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves are also found sinners, is Christ therefore the minister of sin? God forbid. For if I build again the things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live to God. I was crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. I do not set aside the grace of God, for if righteousness came by the law, then Christ died in vain.

Galatians Chapter 3

Galatians Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 3

1-4 O foolish Galatians, who has bewitched you, that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now made perfect by the flesh? Have you suffered so many things in vain? If indeed it was in vain.

5-9 Therefore, he who ministers the Spirit to you, and works miracles among you, does he do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know you therefore that they who are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, In you shall all nations be blessed. So then those who are of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.

10-12 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for the just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith, but the man who does them shall live by them.

13-14 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us (for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree), that the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

15-18 Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is a man's covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no man annuls or adds to it. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He did not say, And to seeds, as of many, but as of one, And to your seed, who is Christ. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before by God in Christ, and the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant and make the promise of no effect. If the inheritance is of the law, it is no more of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.

19-20 Therefore, then what purpose does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions till the seed should come to whom the promise was made, and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one.

21-25 Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid. If there had been a law given which could have given life, surely righteousness would have been by the law. But the scripture has concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, kept for the faith which should afterward be revealed. Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

26-29 For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as having been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Galatians Chapter 4

Galatians Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 4

1-5 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he is lord of all, but is under tutors and guardians until the time appointed by the father. Even so, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

6-7 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Therefore you are no longer a servant, but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

8-11 Nevertheless, then, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. But now, after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how do you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, in which you desire again to be in bondage? You observe days and months and times and years. I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain.

12-16 Brethren, I urge you, be as I am, for I am as you are. You have not injured me at all. You know that through infirmity of the flesh, I preached the gospel to you at first. And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise nor reject, but received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. Where then is the blessedness of which you speak of? For I bear you witness that, if it had been possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and have given them to me. Have I, therefore, become your enemy because I tell you the truth?

17-20 They zealously court you, but not well; yea, they would exclude you, that you might be affect them. But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing, not only when I am present with you. My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ is formed in you, I desire to be present with you now, and to change my tone; for I am in doubt about you.

21-27 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh, but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are allegory: For these are the two covenants; the one from Mount Sinai, which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar. For this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to Jerusalem, which now is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written, Rejoice, you barren who do not bear, break forth and shout, you who do not travail, for the desolate has many more children than she who has a husband.

28-31 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise. But as then, he who was born after the flesh persecuted him who was born after the Spirit, even so, it is now. Nevertheless, what says the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.

Galatians Chapter 5

Galatians Chapter 5

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 5

1-6 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Behold, I Paul say to you, that if you get circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing. For I testify again to every man, who is circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. Christ has become of no effect to you, whosoever of you who attempt to be justified by the law; you have fallen from grace. For we, through the Spirit, wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ, neither circumcision avails anything nor uncircumcision; but faith that works by love.

7-10 You did run well. Who did hinder you that you should not obey the truth? This persuasion comes not from him, who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. I have confidence in you through the Lord, that you will not be otherwise minded, but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he is.

11-12 And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. I would that those who trouble you were even cut off.

13-15 For, brethren, you have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but in love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, beware that you do not consume one another.

16-18 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things you should. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, contentions, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance; against such, there is no law. And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not desire vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

Galatians Chapter 6

Galatians Chapter 6

New Testament / Epistle to the Galatians / Chapter 6

1-5 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in a fault, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness, considering yourself, lest you also be tempted. Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if a man thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let every man examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every one shall bear his own burden.

6 Let him who is taught the word share all good things with him who teaches.

7-10 Be not deceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a man sows, that shall he also reap. For he who sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well-doing, for in due season we shall reap if we do not faint. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, especially to those who are of the household of faith.

11-15 You see how large a letter I have written to you with mine own hand. As many as desire to make a fair showing in the flesh, they compel you to be circumcised, only that they should not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. But God forbid that I should glory, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified to me, and I to the world. For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision avails anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation.

16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

17 From henceforth let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus.

18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

Ephesians Chapter 1

Ephesians Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 1

1-2 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints who are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-6 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ, according as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love, having predestinated us to the adoption as children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he has made us accepted in the beloved.

7-12 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace, in which he has abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he has purposed in himself, that in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him. In whom we have also obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his own will, that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.

13-14 In whom you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also after that you believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of his glory.

15-21 Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love for all the saints, cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion and every name that is named, not only in this world but also in that which is to come.

22-23 And he has put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that fills all in all.

Ephesians Chapter 2

Ephesians Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 2

1-3 And you, he has made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, which in times past you walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the children of disobedience, among whom also we once conducted ourselves in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

4-10 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love whereby he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, has made us alive together with Christ, (for by grace you have been saved), and has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

11-13 Therefore remember, that youbeing in times past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands, that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus, you who sometimes were far off are brought near by the blood of Christ.

14-18 For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us, having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances, to make in himself one new man from the two, so making peace, and that he might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, therefby having slain the enmity. And he came and preached peace to you who were afar off, and to those who were near. For through him, we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

19-22 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, and are built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone, in whom all the building fitly framed together grows into a holy temple in the Lord, in whom you also are built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit.

Ephesians Chapter 3

Ephesians Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 3

1-7 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given me for you, how that by revelation he made known to me the mystery; (as I wrote before in few words, whereby, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel, of which I was made a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of his power.

8-13 To me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world has been hidden in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ; to the intent that the manifold wisdom of God would now be known by the church to the principalities and powers in heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith in him. Therefore I desire that you not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

14-19 For this cause I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the width and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ, which passes knowledge, that you might be filled with all the fulness of God.

20-21 Now to him who is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all the ages, world without end. Amen.

Ephesians Chapter 4

Ephesians Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 4

1-6 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you that you walk worthy of the vocation which you were called, with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, even as you are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

7-10 But to every one of us grace is given according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Therefore he says, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive and gave gifts to men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the one who ascended up far above all heavens to fill all things.)

11-16 And he gave some apostles and some prophets and some evangelists and some pastors and teachers, for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ; that we henceforth be no longer children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive but speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplies, according to the effective working of every part doing it share, causing an increase of the body to the edifying of itself in love.

17-19 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you no longer walk as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; who being past feeling have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.

20-24 But you have not so learned Christ if indeed you have heard him and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off concerning your former conduct the old man which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man, which God has created in righteousness and true holiness.

25-33 Therefore, put away lying, let every man speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry, and sin not, and do not let the sun go down on your wrath, neither give place to the devil. Let him who stole steal no more, but rather let him labor, working with his hands that which is good, that he may have something to give to him who has need. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good for the use of edifying, that it may minister grace to the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby you are sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice: And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake has forgiven you.

Ephesians Chapter 5

Ephesians Chapter 5

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 5

1-2 Therefore be followers of God, as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and has given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

3-7 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this, you know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with vain words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the children of disobedience. Therefore, do not be partakers with them.

8-14 For you were once in darkness, but now are you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth), proving what is acceptable to the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather rebuke them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light, for whatsoever makes manifest is light. Therefore he says, Awake you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.

15-16 See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

17-21 Therefore, do not be unwise but understand what the will of the Lord is. And do not be drunk with wine, wherein is excess, but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, submitting yourselves to one another in the fear of God.

22-24 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church, and he is the savior of the body. Therefore as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.

25-33 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it, that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord does the church. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless, let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Ephesians Chapter 6

Ephesians Chapter 6

New Testament / Epistle to the Ephesians / Chapter 6

1-3 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother, (which is the first commandment with promise;) that it may be well with you, that you may live long on the earth.

4 And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

5-8 Servants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as to Christ; not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that whatsoever good thing any man does, the samre shall be received from the Lor, whether he be bound or free.

9 And, you masters, do the same things to them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is their respect of persons with him.

10-13 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Therefore take unto you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14-20 Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, whereby you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all saints, and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

21-22 But that you also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things, whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.

23-24 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.

Philippians Chapter 1

Philippians Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 1

1-2 Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: Grace be to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-8 I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that he who has begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ; even as it is right for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, you all are partakers with me of grace. For God is my witness, how greatly I long after you all in the affection of Jesus Christ.

9-11 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment, that you may approve things that are excellent, that you may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ. Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

12-14 But I would have you understand, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that my bonds in Christ are manifest in all the palace, and in all other places. And many of the brethren in the Lord, having become confident by my chains, are much bolder to speak the word without fear.

15-18 Some indeed preach Christ even from envy and strife, and some also from goodwill: The former preach Christ in contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my bonds; but the latter out of love, knowing that I am appointed for the defense of the gospel. What then? Notwithstanding, in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is preached, and therein I do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice.

19-26 For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, according to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. But if I live in the flesh, this is the fruit of my labor; yet what I shall choose I do not know. For I am in a strait between the two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better. Nevertheless, to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. And having this confidence, I know that I shall abide and continue with you all for your furtherance and joy of faith, that your rejoicing may be more abundant in Jesus Christ for me by my coming to you again.

27-29 Only let your conversation be as it is becoming of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel, and in nothing terrified by your adversaries, which is to them the evidence tken of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. For to you it has been given on behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for his sake, having the same conflict which you saw in me, and now hear is in me.

Philippians Chapter 2

Philippians Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 2

1-4 Therefore, if there be any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy, that you be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind, let each esteem others better than themselves. Each man should look out not only for his own things but also for the things of others.

5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, and took upon himself the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted him and given him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, those on the earth, and those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not only in my presence but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure.

14-16 Do all things without murmuring and disputing, that you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life, that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither labored in vain.

17-18 Yes, and if I am offered as an offering on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am happy and rejoice with you all. For the same reason, you also be happy and rejoice with me.

19-24 But I trust in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, that I may also be encouraged when I know your state. For I have no man likeminded, who will naturally care for your state. For all seek their own, not the things which are of Jesus Christ. But you know the proof of him, that, as a son with the father, he has served with me in the gospel. Therefore I hope to send him at once, as soon as I see how it goes with me. But I trust in the Lord that I myself shall also come shortly.

25-30 Yet I supposed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother, and companion in labor, and fellow soldier, but your messenger, and he who ministered to my needs. For he longed for you all and was full of heaviness because you had heard that he had been sick. For indeed he was sick close to death, but God had mercy on him, and not only on him but on me also, lest I should have sorrow upon sorrow. Therefore, I sent him the more earnestly, that when you see him again, you may rejoice and that I may be less sorrowful. Receive him therefore in the Lord with all gladness, and hold such men in honor, because for the work of Christ he was near to death, not regarding his life, to supply what was lacking in service toward me.

Philippians Chapter 3

Philippians Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 3

1 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me, to write the same things to you indeed is not grievous, but for you, it is safe.

2-6 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the mutilation. For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinks he might have trust in the flesh, I more so: circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

7-11 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yet indeed I count all things loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them as dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having my own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith; that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being conformed to his death if by any means I might attain to the resurrection of the dead.

12-14 Not as though I have already attained, or that I have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may latch on to that for which Christ Jesus also has latched on for me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but this one thing I do, forgetting those things that are behind, and reaching forward to those things are ahead, I press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

15-16 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, be thus minded, and if in anything you think otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this to you. Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing.

17-21 Brethren, be followers together of me, and note those who walk so walk as you have us for an example. (For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their mind earthly things.) For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall change our wretched body, that it may be conformed to his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is even able to subdue all things to himself.

Philippians Chapter 4

Philippians Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Philippians / Chapter 4

1 Therefore, my dearly beloved and longed for brethren, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.

2-3 I urge Euodias and urge Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I entreat you also, true companion, help the women who labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other fellow-laborers, whose names are in the Book of Life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, rejoice.

5 Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.

6-7 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

8-9 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things you have both learned and received and heard and seen in me, do, and the God of peace will be with you.

10-13 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at last your care for me has flourished again, wherein you were also careful, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want, for I have learned to be content in whatsoever state I am. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things, I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

14-20 Nevertheless you have done well, that you shared in my affliction. Now you Philippians know also that at the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but you only. For even in Thessalonica, you sent once and again for my necessities. Not because I desire a gift, but I desire fruit that may abound to your account. But I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things that were sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.

21-22 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. All the saints greet you, especially those who are of Caesar's household.

23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

Colossians Chapter 1

Colossians Chapter 1

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 1

1-2 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy, our brother, To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ who are at Colosse: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-8 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, always praying for you since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which you have for all the saints, for the hope which is laid up for you in heaven, of which you heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel, which has come to you, as it has in all the world, and brings forth fruit, as it does also in you, since the day you heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth; as you also learned of Epaphras our dear fellow-servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ for you, who also declared to us your love in the Spirit.

9-14 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you and desire that you might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; that you might walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness, giving thanks to the Father, who has made us able to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light, who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son, in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.

15-18 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. By him were all things created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created by him and for him. And he is before all things, and by him, all things consist. And he is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things he might have the preeminence.

19-20 For it pleased the Father that in him all fullness should dwell, and having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things to himself, by him, I say, whether they be things on earth or things in heaven.

21-23 And you, who were once alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight, if you continue in the faith grounded and steadfast, and have not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which you have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven, of which I Paul was made a minister.

24-29 I now rejoice in my sufferings for you and fill up that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh, for the sake of his body, which is the church, of which I was made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, even the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints. To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus, unto what purpose I also labor, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.

Colossians Chapter 2

Colossians Chapter 2

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 2

1-3 For I would think that you knew what great conflict I have for you, and for those in Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh, that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and receiving of all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ, in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

4-5 And this I say, lest any man should deceive you with enticing words. For though I am absent in the flesh, yet I am with you in the spirit, rejoicing and beholding your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.

6-7 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

8-10 Beware lest any man cheats you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And you are complete in him, who is the head of all principality and power.

11-15 In whom you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ, buried with him in baptism, in which you have also risen with him through the faith in the working of God, who has raised him from the dead. And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, he has made alive together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses, blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to the cross. Having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

16-19 Let no man therefore judge you in food, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days, which are a shadow of things to come, but the body is of Christ. Let no man cheat you of your reward, taking delight in false humility and worship of angels, intruding into those things which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, and not holding fast the Head, from whom all the body nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments, increases with the increase from God.

20-23 Therefore if you died with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are you subject to ordinances, (Touch not, taste not, and handle not, which all are things that perish with the using,) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things indeed have an appearance of wisdom in worship, and humility, and neglecting the body, not of any value to the satisfying of the flesh.

Colossians Chapter 3

Colossians Chapter 3

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 3

1-4 If you then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits at the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For you are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, you shall also appear with him in glory.

5-7 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil sexual desires, and covetousness, which is idolatry. For the wrath of God is coming on the children of disobedience, in which you also walked in times past when you lived in them.

8-11 But now you also are to put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, and filthy communication out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him, where there is neither Jew nor Greek, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

12-17 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility of mind, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a quarrel against another, even as Christ forgave you, so you also do. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you are called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

18 Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.

19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.

20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.

21 Fathers do not provoke your children to anger, lest they become discouraged.

22-25 Servants, in all things, obey your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in the sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatsoever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong shall reap for the wrong he has done, and there is no respecter of persons.

Colossians Chapter 4

Colossians Chapter 4

New Testament / Epistle to the Colossians / Chapter 4

1 Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven.

2-4 Continue in prayer, and be vigilant with thanksgiving; also, pray for us, that God would open to us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.

5-6 Walk in wisdom toward those who are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

7-9 Tychicus, a beloved brother, a faithful minister and fellow-servant will declare to you all my works in the Lord; whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts, with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known to you all things which are done here.

10-11 Aristarchus, my fellow-prisoner, greets you, and Mark, the nephew of Barnabas, (by whom you received commandments, and if he comes to you, receive him), and Jesus, who is called Justus, who are of the circumcision. These are my only fellow-workers for the kingdom of God, who have been a comfort to me.

12-15 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, greets you, always laboring fervently for you in prayers, that you may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God. For I bear him witness, that he has a great zeal for you, and those who are in Laodicea, and those in Hierapolis. Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas greet you. Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.

16-17 And when this epistle is read among you, also cause it to be read in the church of the Laodiceans; and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you fulfill it.

18 The salutation by the hand of me, Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 1

1 Thessalonians Chapter 1

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 1

1 Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2-5 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers, remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of our God and Father, knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God. For our gospel came not to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance, as you know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.

6-10 And you became followers of the Lord, and of us, having received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the Holy Ghost, so that you were examples to all who believe in Macedonia and Achaia. For from you, the word of the Lord sounded out not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith toward God has spread abroad so that we do not need to say anything. For they themselves show to us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, who delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 2

1 Thessalonians Chapter 2

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 2

1-3 For you yourselves know, brethren, that our coming to you was not in vain. But even after we had suffered before and were shamefully treated, as you know, at Philippi, we were bold in our God to speak to you the gospel of God with many conflicts. For our exhortation was not of deceit, nor of uncleanness, nor in trickery.

4-9 But as we were allowed by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so, we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts. For neither at any time did we use flattering words, as you know, nor a cloak of covetousness, God is witness. Nor did we seek glory from men, neither from you nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ. But we were gentle among you, even as a nursing mother cherishes her children. So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to impart to you not only the gospel of God but also our own souls, because you were dear to us. For you remember, brethren, our labor and toil; for laboring night and day, because we would not be burdensome to any of you, we preached to you the gospel of God.

10-12 You are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and justly and blamelessly we behaved ourselves among you who believe, as you know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father does his children, that you would walk worthy of God, who has called you to his kingdom and glory.

13-16 For this cause we also thank God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works also in you who believe. For you, brethren became followers of the churches of God, which are in Judaea in Christ Jesus. For you also have suffered the same things by your own countrymen, even as they did from the Jews, who both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets and have persecuted us; and they did not please God, and are contrary to all men, forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their measure of continuous sins, for wrath has come upon them to the uttermost.

17-20 But we, brethren, being taken from you for a short time in presence, not in heart, endeavored more eagerly to see your face with great desire. Therefore we would have come to you, even I Paul, once and again, but Satan hindered us. For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming? For you are our glory and joy.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 3

1 Thessalonians Chapter 3

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 3

1-5 Therefore when we could no longer endure, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone and sent Timothy, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow-laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith, that no man should be moved by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this. For truly, when we were with you we told you before that we would suffer tribulation, just as it came to pass, as you know. For this reason, when I could no longer endure, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter had tempted you, and our labor be in vain.

6-8 But now that Timothy from you came to us, and brought us the good news of your faith and charity, and that you always have good remembrance of us, desiring greatly to see us, as we are to see you. Therefore, brethren, we were comforted in all our affliction and distress by your faith. For we now live if you stand fast in the Lord.

9-10 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy with which we rejoice for your sakes before our God, night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

11-13 Now our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love toward one another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you, to the end that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 4

1 Thessalonians Chapter 4

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 4

1-2 Furthermore we urge you then brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as you have received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, so you would abound more and more. For you know what commandments we gave you by the Lord Jesus.

3-8 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that you should abstain from fornication, that every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor, not in the lust of strong sexual desire, like the Gentiles who know not God; that no man should take advantage of or defraud his brother in any matter, because the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness. Therefore, he that despises this does not despise man, but God, who has also given to us his Holy Spirit.

9-12 But concerning brotherly love, you have no need that I write to you, for you yourselves are taught of God to love one another, and indeed you do it toward all the brethren who are in all Macedonia. But we urge you, brethren, that you increase more and more; and that you learn to be quiet, and to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk honestly toward those who are without, and that you may lack nothing.

13-14 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who are asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so those who also sleepin Jesus God will also bring with him.

15-18 For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will not precede those who are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall ever be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians Chapter 5

1 Thessalonians Chapter 5

New Testament / First Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 5

1-10 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. When they shall say, Peace and safety: then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a woman with child, and they shall not escape. But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day should overtake you as a thief. You are all children of light and the children of the day. We are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others, but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep, sleep in the night, and those who are drunk are drunk in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and for a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.

11 Therefore comfort one another, and edify one another, just as you also do.

12-13 And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

14-15 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, and be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil to any man, but always follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.

16-18 Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything, give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

19-22 Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good. Abstain from all appearances of evil.

23-24 And may the very God of peace sanctify you completely, and I pray that your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is faithful who called you, who also will do it.

25 Brethren, pray for us.

26 Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.

27 I charge you by the Lord that this epistle is read to all the holy brethren.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

2 Thessalonians Chapter 1

2 Thessalonians Chapter 1

New Testament / Second Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 1

1 Paul and Silvanus and Timothy, to the church of the Thessalonians in God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3-10 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other abounds; so that we ourselves glory in you among the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that you endure, which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer, seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to those who trouble you, and to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them who know not God, and that do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; when he comes to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired on that day by all those who believe (because our testimony among you was believed).

11-12 Therefore we also pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of his goodness and the work of faith with power, that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Thessalonians Chapter 2

2 Thessalonians Chapter 2

New Testament / Second Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 2

1-4 Now we urge you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together to him, that you be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by a letter from us, as though the day of Christ is at hand. Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, unless there comes a falling away first, and the man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God, or that is worshiped, so that he as God sits in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

5-12 Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he is taken out of the way. And then shall the wicked one be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming. Even he, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception in those who perish; because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie, that they all might be damned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

13-15 But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God has from the beginning chosen you for salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which you have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.

16-17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, who has loved us, and has given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

2 Thessalonians Chapter 3

2 Thessalonians Chapter 3

New Testament / Second Epistle to the Thessalonians / Chapter 3

1-2 Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men, for not all men have faith.

3-4 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and keep you from evil. And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that you both do and will do the things which we command you.

5 And may the Lord direct your hearts in the love of God, and in the patient waiting for Christ.

6-9 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you withdraw yourselves from every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us. For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; neither did we eat another man's bread for nothing, but with labor and toil we worked night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, not because we have no power, but to show ourselves an example for you to follow us.

10-12 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat. For we hear that there are some who walk among you disorderly, not working at all, but are busybodies. Now those who are such we command and exhort by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and eat their own bread.

13-15 But you, brethren, be not weary in well-doing. And if any man does not obey our word in this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

16 Now the Lord of peace himself will always give you peace by all means. The Lord be with you all.

17 This salutation of Paul with my own hand, which is a sign in every epistle, so I write.

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

1 Timothy Chapter 1

1 Timothy Chapter 1

New Testament / First Epistle to Timothy / Chapter 1

1-2 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our hope, to Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace and mercy and peace from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

3-7 As I urged you to remain in Ephesus when I went to Macedonia, that you may charge some that they teach no other doctrine, neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which causes confusion, rather than godly edification which is in faith: so do. Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of sincere faith, from which some having strayed have turned aside to vain babblings, desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say, nor the things they affirm.

8-11 But we know that the law is good if a man uses it lawfully, knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for whoremongers, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine, according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which was committed to my trust.

12-17 And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has enabled me, for he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry, although I was formally a blasphemer, a persecutor, and a dangerous man. But I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. However, for this reason, I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who should hereafter believe in him for everlasting life. Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

18-20 This charge I commit to you, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which were made concerning you, that by them you may wage a good warfare, having faith, and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning faith have become shipwreck, of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered to Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

1 Timothy Chapter 2

1 Timothy Chapter 2

New Testament / First Epistle to Timothy / Chapter 2

1-7 Therefore I exhort, that first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men, for kings and for all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and humility. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time, for which I was ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ and do not lie;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

8-15 I desire therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or doubting. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with propriety and moderation, not with braided hair, or gold, or pearls, or expensive clothing, but proper for women professing godliness with good works. Let the woman learn in silence with all submission, as I do not allow a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve. And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived fell into transgression. Nevertheless, she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with steadiness.

1 Timothy Chapter 3

1 Timothy Chapter 3

New Testament / First Epistle to Timothy / Chapter 3

1-7 This is a true saying, If a man desires the office of a bishop, he desires a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, able to teach, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in subjection with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?) Not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he falls into the condemnation of the devil. Moreover, he must have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he falls into reproach and the snare of the devil.

8-13 Likewise, the deacons must be reverent, not double-tongued, not given too much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre, holding the mystery of the faith with a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them serve in the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be reverent, not slanderers, sober, and faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For those who have served the office of a deacon well obtain for themselves a good standing and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.

14-16 These things I write to you, hoping to come to you shortly; but if I am delayed, I write so you may know how you ought to conduct yourself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

1 Timothy Chapter 4

1 Timothy Chapter 4

New Testament / First Epistle to Timothy / Chapter 4

1-5 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their conscience seared with a hot iron, forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from foods which God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

6-11 If you put the brethren in remembrance of these things, you shall be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished in the words of faith and the good doctrine you have acquired. But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise yourself rather to godliness. For bodily exercise profits little, but godliness is profitable to all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. Therefore we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially those who believe. These things command and teach.

12-16 Let no man despise your youth, but you be an example to the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, and in purity. Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, and to doctrine. Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery. Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may appear to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this you shall save both yourself and those who hear you.

1 Timothy Chapter 5

1 Timothy Chapter 5

New Testament / First Epistle to Timothy / Chapter 5

1-2 Do not rebuke an elder, but exhort him as a father, and the younger men as brethren; the older women as mothers, the younger women as sisters, with all purity.

3-8 Honor widows who are indeed widows. But if any widow has children or grandchildren, let them learn first to show piety at home and repay their parents, for that is good and acceptable before God. Now she who is indeed a widow, and desolate, trusts in God, continues in prayers and supplications night and day. But she who lives in pleasure is dead while she lives. And these things command that they may be blameless. But if anyone does not provide for his own, especially for those of his own house, he has denied the faith and is worse than an infidel.

9-10 Do not let a widow under sixty years old be taken into the number, having been the wife of one man, well reported of for good works; if she has brought up children, if she has lodged strangers, if she has washed the saints' feet, if she has relieved the afflicted, if she has diligently followed every good work.

11-16 But the younger widows refuse; for when they have begun to grow wanton against Christ, they will marry, having condemnation because they have cast off their first faith. And besides, they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house, and not only idle, but also gossips and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. Therefore, I wish that the younger women marry, bear children, manage the house, and give the adversary no occasion to speak reproachfully. For some have already turned aside after Satan. If any man or woman who believes has widows, let them relieve them, and do not let the church be burdened, that it may relieve those who truly are widows.

17-20 Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine. For the scripture says, You shall not muzzle the ox that treads out the corn, and, The laborer is worthy of his wages. Do not receive an accusation against an elder without two or three witnesses. Those who sin rebuke before all that others may also fear.

21-22 I charge you before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that you observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins; keep yourself pure.

23 No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for your stomach's sake and your frequent infirmities.

24-25 Some men's sins are clearly evident, preceding some to judgment, and some men they follow after. Likewise also the good works of some are manifest now, and they that are otherwise cannot be hidden.

1 Timothy Chapter 6

1 Timothy Chapter 6

New Testament / First Epistle to Timothy / Chapter 6

1-2 Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, that the name of God and his doctrine not be blasphemed. And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather serve them, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

3-5 If any man teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, whereby comes envy, strife, railings, evil suspicions, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that godliness is a means of gain, from such withdraw yourself.

6-10 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, let us be content. But those who are rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil, which some coveted after and have strayed from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

11-16 But you, O man of God, flee these things and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you are also called, and have professed a good confession before many witnesses. I give you charge in the sight of God, who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which in his own time he shall manifest, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, who only has immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach; whom no man has seen, nor can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen.

17-19 Charge those who are rich in this world that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they become rich in good works, ready to share, willing to give, laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.

20-21 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to your trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and contradictions of what is falsely called science, which some professing have strayed concerning the faith. Grace be with you. Amen.

2 Timothy Chapter 1

2 Timothy Chapter 1

New Testament / Second Epistle to Timothy / Chapter 1

1-2 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.

3-7 I thank God, whom I serve as my forefathers did with a pure conscience, that without ceasing I remember you in my prayers night and day, greatly desiring to see you, being mindful of your tears, that I may be filled with joy; when I call to remembrance the authentic faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that is in you also. Therefore I put you in remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which is in you by the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

8-12 Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but be a partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but has now been made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death, and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel, whereby I was appointed a preacher, an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For this reason I also suffer these things; nevertheless, I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him until that day.

13-14 Holdfast the form of sound words, which you have heard from me, in faith and love which are in Christ Jesus. That good thing which was committed to you kept by the Holy Ghost which dwells in us.

15-18 This you know, that those in Asia all turned away from me, of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes. The Lord grant mercy to the house of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chain, but when he was in Rome, he very diligently sought me out, and found me. The Lord grant to him that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day, and you know very well how many ways he ministered to me at Ephesus.

2 Timothy Chapter 2