GENEVA BIBLE 1599
The Bible of the Pilgrims who founded America and also the Bible of the Reformation.
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1 Let (*) (1) brotherly love continue.
(*) Romans 12:10 .
(1) He cometh to the second table, the sum whereof is charity, especially toward strangers and such as are afflicted.
2 (*) Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have (♣) received Angels into their houses unawares.
(*) 1 Peter 4:9 .
(♣) Genesis 18:3; Genesis 19:3 .
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as though ye were bound with them, and them that are in affliction, as (a) if ye were also afflicted in the body.
(a) Be so much touched, as if their misery were yours.
4 (2) Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
(2) He commendeth chaste matrimony in all sorts of men, and threateneth utter destruction from God, against whoremongers and adulterers.
5 (3) Let your conversation be without covetousness, and be content with those things that ye have, for (b) he hath said,
(3) Covetousness is condemned, against which is set a
contented mind with that which the Lord hath given.
(b) Even the Lord himself.
6 (*) I will not fail thee, neither forsake thee;
(*) Joshua 1:5 .
7 So that we may boldly say, (*) The Lord is mine helper, neither will I fear what (c) man can do unto me.
(*) Psalm 118:6 .
(c) He setteth man against God.
8 (4) Remember them which have the oversight of you, which have declared unto you the word of God; whose faith follow, considering what hath been the end of their conversation. (5) Jesus Christ yesterday, and today, the same also is forever.
(4) We have to set before us the examples of valiant Captains, whom we ought diligently to follow.
(5) He repeateth the sum of the doctrine, to wit, the only ground of all precepts of manners, and that is this: That we ought to quiet and content ourselves in Christ only; for there was yet never any man saved without the knowledge of him, neither is at this day saved, neither shall be saved hereafter.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines; (9) for it is a good thing that the heart be stablished with grace, and not with (d) meats, which have not profited them that have been (e) occupied therein.
(6) He toucheth them which mixed an external worship, and
especially the difference of meats, with the Gospel, which
doctrine he plainly condemneth as clean repugnant to the
benefit of Christ.
(d) By this one kind which concerneth the difference of clean and unclean meats, we have to understand all the ceremonial worship.
(e) Which observed the difference of them superstitiously.
10 (7) We have an (f) altar, whereof they have no authority to eat, which (g) serve in the Tabernacle.
(7) He refuteth their error by an apt and fit comparison.
They which in times past served the Tabernacle, did not eat
of the sacrifices whose blood was brought for sin into the
holy place by the high Priest. Moreover these sacrifices did
represent Christ our offering. Therefore they cannot be
partakers of him if they serve the Tabernacle, that is, such
as stand in the service of the Law; but let us not be
ashamed to follow him out of Jerusalem, from whence he was
cast out and suffered; for in this also Christ, who is the
truth, answereth that figure, in that he suffered without
(f) By the Altar, he meaneth the offerings.
(g) Whereof they cannot be partakers which stubbornly retain the rites of the Law.
11 (*) For the bodies of those beasts whose blood is brought into the holy place by the high Priest for sin, are burnt without the camp.
(*) Leviticus 4:11; Leviticus 6:30; Leviticus 16:27 .
12 Therefore even Jesus, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 (8) Let us go forth to him therefore out of the camp, bearing his reproach.
(8) He goeth on further in this comparison, and sheweth that this also signified unto us, that the godly followers of Christ must as it were go out of the world, bearing his cross.
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
15 (9) Let us therefore by him offer the sacrifice of praise always to God, that is, the (*) fruit of the lips, which confess his Name.
(9) Now that those corporal sacrifices are taken away, he teacheth us that the true sacrifices of confession remain, which consist partly in giving of thanks, and partly in liberality, with which sacrifices indeed God is now delighted.
(*) Hosea 14:3 .
16 (*) To do good, and to distribute forget not, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
(*) Thanksgiving and doing good are our only sacrifices which please God.
17 (10) Obey them that have the oversight of you, and submit yourselves, for they watch for your souls, as they that must give accounts, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief, for that is unprofitable for you.
(10) We must obey the warnings and admonitions of our Ministers and Elders, which watch for the salvation of the souls which are committed unto them.
18 (11) Pray for us, for we are assured that we have a good conscience in all things, desiring to live honestly.
(11) The last part of this Epistle, wherein he commendeth his ministry to the Hebrews, and wisheth them continuance and increase of graces from the Lord; and excuseth himself in that he hath used but few words to comfort them, having spent the Epistle in disputing; and saluteth certain brethren familiarly and friendly.
19 And I desire you somewhat the more earnestly, that ye so do, that I may be restored to you more quickly.
20 The God of peace that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting Covenant,
21 Make you (h) perfect in all good works, to do his will, (i) working in you that which is pleasant in his sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise forever and ever, Amen.
(h) Make you fit or meet.
(i) Hence cometh that saying of the Fathers, that God crowneth his work in us.
22 I beseech you also, brethren, suffer the words of exhortation, for I have written unto you in few words.
23 Know that our brother Timothy is delivered, with whom (if he come shortly) I will see you.
24 Salute all them that have the oversight of you, and all the Saints. They of Italy salute you.
25 Grace be with you all, Amen.
Written to the Hebrews from Italy, and sent by Timothy.
1 Corinthians 14:8
And also if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to battle?
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