THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE GALATIANS
Transcription 144 A.D.
The Galatians are Greeks. They at first accepted the word of truth from the apostle, but after his departure they were tempted by false apostles to be converted to the law and circumcision. The apostle calls them back to the faith of truth, writing to them from Ephesus.
1 Paul, an apostle, not of men, nor by man, but by Jesus Christ, who raised himself from the dead;
2 Unto the churches of Galatia.
3 Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I marvel that ye are so quickly changed, from him that called you in the grace unto a different gospel:
5 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.
6 But though we or an angel should announce to you a gospel contrary to what ye have received, let him be accursed.
7 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.
8 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man.
9 For I neither received it of man, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
10 But when He was pleased, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me unto his grace,
11 To reveal his Son in me, that I should announce him among the nations; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:
12 Neither went I up to Jerusalem to them which were apostles before me; but I went into Arabia, and returned again unto Damascus.
13 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Cephas, and abode with him fifteen days.
14 But other of the apostles saw I none, save James the Lord's brother.
15 Now the things which I write unto you, behold, before God, I lie not.
16 Afterwards I came into the regions of Syria and Cilicia;
17 And was unknown by face unto the churches of Judaea which were in Christ.
1 Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also.
2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that gospel which I preach among the nations.
3 But neither Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised:
4 And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage.
5 Not for an hour did we yield in subjection, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you.
6 From those reputed to be something; whatsoever they were, not to me makes a difference. A person God does not accept. For to me they conferred nothing. But to the contrary, having seen that I was entrusted the gospel of the uncircumcision, and having perceived the grace that was given me,
7 James and Cephas and John, those reputed to be pillars, the right hands of fellowship they gave to me and Barnabas; that we should go unto the nations, but they unto the circumcision.
8 But when Cephas came unto Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
9 For before that came James, with the nations he was eating. But when he came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
10 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.
11 But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Cephas before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?
12 We who are Jews by nature, and not of the Gentiles.
13 For if what I cast-down I build again, I constitute myself a transgressor.
14 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God.
15 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. And the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the God and Christ who loved me and gave himself up for me.
16 I do not frustrate the grace. For if righteousness come by the law, then Christ died for nothing.
1 O senseless Galatians, who hath bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ has been openly portrayed?
2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3 Are ye so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? If it be yet in vain.
5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you.
6 Learn that the righteous by faith shall live.
7 For as many as are under the law are under the curse: that accursed is every one that continues not in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.
8 In the law no one is being justified.
9 But the law is not of faith: but the one that does these things shall live in them.
10 Christ has ransomed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: as it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree,
11 That we might receive the blessing of the Spirit through faith.
12 For all of you are children of the faith, yet as a man I speak.
1 When we were infants, we were held under the elements of the cosmos.
2 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth his Son,
3 To ransom them that were under the law, that we might receive sonship.
4 And because ye are sons, he hath sent forth his Spirit into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
5 Since indeed then ye were in bondage to those who not by nature are gods.
6 But now, having known God, or rather being known by God, how do ye turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which again anew ye desire to be in bondage?
7 Days ye observe, and months and times and years and sabbaths, so I suppose, meagre suppers, and fasts and high days.
8 I am afraid of you, lest somehow in vain I have labored unto you.
9 Brethren, I beseech you, be as I am; for I am as ye are: ye have not injured me at all.
10 Ye know how through weakness of the flesh I preached the gospel unto you at the first.
11 And your temptation which was in my flesh, ye despised not nor rejected with contempt; but as an angel of God ye received me, even as Christ Jesus.
12 Where then is your blessedness? For I bear witness to you, that, if possible, ye would have plucked out your own eyes, and have given them to me.
13 So your enemy have I become, speaking truth to you?
14 They are zealous of you, not rightly, but to exclude you they desire,
15 who, zealous at all times, and not only when I am present with you.
16 My little children, of whom I travail again until Christ be formed in you,
17 But I was desiring to be present with you now, and to change my voice; for I am perplexed in you.
18 Tell me, ye who under the law desire to be, the law do ye not hear?
19 For as it is written, that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondmaid and one by the freewoman.
20 But he from the bondwoman after the flesh was born; and he from the freewoman was through the promise.
21 Which things are allegorized: for these are two covenants; one indeed from mount Sinai unto the synagogue of the Jews, according to the law, generates unto bondage;
22 But the other generates above all powers power, lordship, and every name that is named not only in this eon, but also in that to come, which is the mother of us.
23 So then, brethren, not of the bondwoman are we children, but of the free.
1 In the freedom wherewith Christ made us free, stand fast and be not entangled again in the yoke of bondage.
2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that, if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
3 But I testify again that a man that is circumcised, a debtor he is to do the whole law.
4 Exempt is he with the brand-mark of bondage. Whosoever in law are justified, from grace ye have fallen.
5 For we of the Spirit by faith await the hope of righteousness.
7 Ye did run well; who hindered you that the truth ye should not obey?
8 This persuasion comes not from him that calls you.
9 A little leaven corrupts the whole loaf.
10 I have confidence in you, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubles you shall bear the judgment, whoever he is.
11 But I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why yet am I persecuted? Then has been abolished the scandal of the cross.
12 I would even that they castrate themselves which throw you into confusion!
13 For you, unto freedom were called, brethren; only use not freedom for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve ye one another.
14 For the whole law in you is fulfilled: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
15 But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.
16 But I say, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall in no wise fulfill the lust of the flesh.
17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: for these things are opposed to one another: that not whatsoever ye wish, ye should do.
18 But if of the Spirit ye are led, ye are not under law.
19 Now manifest are the works of the flesh, which are fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness,
20 Idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strifes, jealousies, indignations, contentions, divisions, sects,
21 Envyings, drunkenness, revels, and such like: of which I previously tell you even as also before, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
23 meekness, self-control: against such there is no law.
24 And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
25 If we live in the Spirit, in the Spirit we should also walk.
26 Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.
1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
3 For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
4 But the work of himself let him prove and then unto himself alone shall he have boasting, and not in another.
5 For each shall bear their own burden.
6 But let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teaches.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that sows unto the flesh from the flesh shall reap corruption; but he that sows unto the Spirit from the Spirit shall reap life eonian.
9 But in well doing we should not lose heart.
10 And as we have opportunity, let us do good, for in due time we shall reap.
11 Ye see how in large letters I have written unto you with mine own hand.
12 As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised;
13 For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh.
14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
15 For the rest let no one give to me troubles: for I bear the marks of Christ in my body.
16 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen.
THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE ROMANS
AS TRANSCRIBED BY MARCION
The Romans are in the regions of Italy. They had been reached by false apostles and under the name of our Lord Jesus Christ they were led away into the law and the prophets. The apostle calls them back to the true evangelical faith, writing to them from Corinth.
1 Paul, a slave of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, set apart for the Gospel of God;
2 to all who are in Rome, beloved ones of God, called to be saints: grace to you and peace from God our father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ on account of all of you, because your faith is celebrated throughout the whole world.
4 For God is my witness, whom I serve in my spirit in the Gospel of his son, that unceasingly I make mention of you,
5 always in my prayers, asking if somehow now, sometime I may succeed, by the will of God, in coming to you.
6 For I long to see you, that I may share some spiritual gift with you, for you to be strengthened.
7 That is that we may be comforted together, among you, through the faith that is in each other, both yours and mine.
8 Now I do not want you to remain ignorant brethren, that often I intended to come to you, and was hindered until the present, that I might have some fruit among you too, as also among the other Gentiles.
9 I am a debtor both to Greeks, and to barbarians, to both the wise and the simple.
10 So then, what is preferable for me is to preach the Gospel to you, the ones in Rome, also.
11 For I am not ashamed of the Gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to all the faithful, to both Jew and Greek.
12 For the righteousness of God is revealed in it, from faith to faith.
13 Wrath from heaven is also revealed, upon the irreverence and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth,
1 Thus we see that the judgment of God is on the basis of truth.
2 For there is no favoritism with God. Whoever transgressed without the law shall also perish without the law, and whoever transgressed with the law shall be judged through the law.
3 For it's not the hearers of the law that are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who shall be justified,
4 For when Gentiles those without the law by nature may do the things of the law, these ones without the law are a law to themselves.
5 They show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience testifying with them, their thoughts accusing or even defending them.
6 on the day when God shall judge people's secrets, through Christ, according to my Gospel.
7 Yet if you are called a Jew, and rely on the law, and are boasting in God,
8 and know God's will, and discern the important things, being taught out of the law,
9 if you also have confidence that you are a guide to the blind, a light to those in darkness,
10 an instructor of the ignorant, a teacher of babes, having the appearance of knowledge and of the truth of the law,
11 the one then teaching another, are you not teaching yourself? The one preaching not to steal, are you stealing?
12 The one saying not to be committing adultery; are you committing adultery? The one detesting idols; do you commit sacrilege?
13 Who boasts in the law; do you dishonor God through the violation of the law?
14 For the name of God is blasphemed because of you, even as it has been written.
15 For circumcision is indeed beneficial, if you keep the law; but if you may be a breaker of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.
16 For the one merely outwardly appearing to be a Jew is not truly a Jew, nor is true circumcision in outward appearance in the flesh.
17 But the one truly a Jew is so inwardly, and true circumcision is of the heart, in the spirit not the letter, whose praise is not from men, but from God.
1 Now we know that what the law says, it speaks to those under law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become liable.
2 Therefore by the works of the law all flesh will not be justified; for through law comes an acknowledgment of transgression.
1 Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;
2 through whom we also have our access by faith into this grace in which we stand. We rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
3 Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering works perseverance;
4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope:
5 and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
6 For while we were yet weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man. Yet perhaps for a righteous person someone would even dare to die.
8 But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we will be saved from God’s wrath through him.
10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we will be saved by his life.
11 Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
12 Therefore as sin entered into the world through one man, and death through sin; and so death passed to all men, because all sinned.
13 For until the law, sin was in the world; but sin is not charged when there is no law.
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those whose sins were not like Adam’s disobedience, who is a foreshadowing of him who was to come.
15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if by the trespass of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God, and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.
16 The gift is not as through one who sinned: for the judgment came by one to condemnation, but the free gift came of many trespasses to justification.
17 For if by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; so much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ.
18 So then as through one trespass, all men were condemned; even so through one act of righteousness, all men were justified to life.
19 For as through the one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one, many will be made righteous.
20 The law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace abounded more exceedingly;
21 that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 May it never be! We who died to sin, how could we live in it any longer?
3 Or do you not know that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism to death, that just like Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will also be part of his resurrection;
6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be in bondage to sin.
7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.
8 But if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him;
9 knowing that Christ, being raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no more has dominion over him!
10 For the death that he died, he died to sin one time; but the life that he lives, he lives to God.
11 Thus consider yourselves also to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
13 Neither present your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God, as alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
14 For sin will not have dominion over you. For you are not under law, but under grace.
15 What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under grace? May it never be!
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves as servants to obedience, his servants you are whom you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?
17 But thanks be to God, that, whereas you were bond-servants of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching where unto you were delivered.
18 Being made free from sin, you became bond-servants of righteousness.
19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh, for as you presented your members as servants to uncleanness and to wickedness upon wickedness, even so now present your members as servants to righteousness for sanctification.
20 For when you were servants of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
21 What fruit then did you have at that time in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
22 But now, being made free from sin, and having become servants of God, you have your fruit of sanctification, and the result of eternal life.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Or do you not know, brothers, for I speak to men who know the law, that the law has dominion over a man for as long as he lives?
2 For the woman that has a husband is bound by law to the husband while he lives, but if the husband dies, she is discharged from the law of the husband.
3 So then if, while the husband lives, she is joined to another man, she would be called an adulteress. But if the husband dies, she is free from the law, so that she is no adulteress, though she is joined to another man.
4 Therefore, my brothers, you also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you would be joined to another, to him who was raised from the dead, that we might bring forth fruit to God.
5 For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions which were through the law, worked in our members to bring forth fruit to death.
6 But now we have been discharged from the law, having died to that in which we were held; so that we serve in newness of the spirit, and not in oldness of the letter.
7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? May it never be! However, I would not have known sin, except through the law. For I would not have known coveting, unless the law had said, You shall not covet.
8 But sin, finding occasion through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of coveting. For apart from the law, sin is dead.
9 I was alive apart from the law once, but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.
10 The commandment, which was for life, this I found to be for death;
11 for sin, finding occasion through the commandment, deceived me, and through it killed me.
12 Therefore the law indeed is holy, and the commandment holy, and righteous, and good.
13 Did then that which is good become death to me? May it never be! But sin, that it might be shown to be sin, by working death to me through that which is good; that through the commandment sin might become exceeding sinful.
14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am fleshly, sold under sin.
15 For I do not know what I am doing. For I do not practice what I desire to do; but what I hate, that I do.
16 But if what I do not desire, that I do, I consent to the law that it is good.
17 So now it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me.
18 For I know that in me, that is, in my flesh, dwells no good thing. For desire is present with me, but I do not find it doing that which is good.
19 For the good which I desire, I do not do; but the evil which I do not desire, that I practice.
20 But if what I do not desire, that I do, it is no more I that do it, but sin which dwells in me.
21 I find then the law, that, to me, while I desire to do good, evil is present.
22 For I delight in God’s law after the inward man,
23 but I see a different law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity under the law of sin which is in my members.
24 What a wretched man I am! Who will deliver me out of the body of this death?
25 I thank God through Jesus Christ, our Lord! So then with the mind, I myself serve God’s law, but with the flesh, the sin’s law.
1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus made me free from the law of sin and of death.
3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God did, sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh;
4 that the ordinance of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace;
7 because the mind of the flesh is hostile towards God; for it is not subject to God’s law, neither indeed can it be.
8 Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if it is so that the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if any man does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not his.
10 If Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
11 But if the Spirit of him who raised up Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised up Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
12 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if you live after the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are children of God.
15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, Abba! Father!
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God;
17 and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ; if indeed we suffer with him, that we may also be glorified with him.
18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which will be revealed toward us.
19 For the creation waits with eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
20 For the creation was subjected to vanity, not of its own will, but because of him who subjected it, in hope
21 that the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of decay into the liberty of the glory of the children of God.
22 For we know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now.
23 Not only so, but ourselves also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for adoption, the redemption of our body.
24 For we were saved in hope, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for that which he sees?
25 But if we hope for that which we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
26 In the same way, the Spirit also helps our weaknesses, for we do not know how to pray as we ought. But the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 He who searches the hearts knows what is on the Spirit’s mind, because he makes intercession for the saints according to God.
28 We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.
29 For whom he fore-knew, he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.
30 Whom he predestined, those he also called. Whom he called, those he also justified. Whom he justified, those he also glorified.
31 What then shall we say about these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?
32 He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how would he not also with him freely give us all things?
33 Who could bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who justifies.
34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes rather, who was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Could oppression, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 Even as it is written, For your sake we are killed all day long. We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
1 Brothers, my heart’s desire and my prayer to God is for Israel, that they may be saved.
2 For I testify about them that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.
3 For being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God.
4 For Christ is the fulfillment of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.
1 Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out!
2 For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?
3 Or who has first given to him, and it will be repaid to him again?
4 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
1 Therefore I urge you, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service.
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what is the good, well-pleasing, and perfect will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace that was given me, to every man who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think reasonably, as God has apportioned to each person a measure of faith.
4 For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members do not have the same function,
5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
6 Having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us, if prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of our faith;
7 or service, let us give ourselves to service; or he who teaches, to his teaching;
8 or he who exhorts, to his exhorting: he who gives, let him do it with liberality; he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor that which is evil. Cling to that which is good.
10 In love of the brothers be tenderly affectionate one to another; in honor preferring one another;
11 not lagging in diligence; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
12 rejoicing in hope; enduring in troubles; continuing steadfastly in prayer;
13 contributing to the needs of the saints; given to hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless, and do not curse.
15 Rejoice with those who rejoice. Weep with those who weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own conceits.
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Respect what is honorable in the sight of all men.
18 If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men.
19 Do not seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath. For it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.
20 Therefore If your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink; for in doing so, you will heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
1 Let every soul be in subjection to the higher authorities, for there is no authority except from God, and those who exist are ordained by God.
2 Therefore he who resists the authority, withstands the ordinance of God; and those who withstand will receive to themselves judgment.
3 For rulers are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil. Do you desire to have no fear of the authority? Do that which is good, and you will have praise from the same,
4 for he is a servant of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is a servant of God, an avenger for wrath to him who does evil.
5 Therefore you need to be in subjection, not only because of the wrath, but also for conscience’ sake.
6 For this reason you also pay taxes, for they are servants of God’s service, attending continually on this very thing.
7 Give therefore to everyone what you owe: taxes to whom taxes are due; customs to whom customs; respect to whom respect; honor to whom honor.
8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law.
9 For the commandments, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not give false testimony, You shall not covet, and whatever other commandments there are, are all summed up in this saying, namely, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
10 Love does not harm a neighbor. Love therefore is the fulfillment of the law.
11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already time for you to awaken out of sleep, for salvation is now nearer to us than when we first believed.
12 The night is far gone, and the day is near. Let us therefore throw off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
13 Let us walk properly, as in the day; not in reveling and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and lustful acts, and not in strife and jealousy.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, for its lusts.
1 Now accept one who is weak in faith, but not for disputes over opinions.
2 One man has faith to eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables.
3 Do not let him who eats despise him who does not eat. Do not let him who does not eat judge him who eats, for God has accepted him.
4 Who are you who judge another’s servant? To his own lord he stands or falls. Yes, he will be made to stand, for God has power to make him stand.
5 One man esteems one day as more important. Another esteems every day alike. Let each man be fully assured in his own mind.
6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks. He who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.
7 For none of us lives to himself, and none dies to himself.
8 For if we live, we live to the Lord. Or if we die, we die to the Lord. If therefore we live or die, we are the Lord’s.
9 For to this end Christ died, rose, and lived again, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.
10 But you, why do you judge your brother? Or you again, why do you despise your brother? For we will all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.
11 For it is written, ‘As I live,’ says the Lord, ‘to me every knee will bow. Every tongue will confess to God.’
12 So then each one of us will give account of himself to God.
13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block in his brother’s way, or an occasion for falling.
14 I know, and am persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean of itself; except that to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
15 Yet if because of food your brother is grieved, you walk no longer in love. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died.
16 Then do not let your good be slandered,
17 for the Kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.
18 For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.
19 So then, let us follow after things which make for peace, and things by which we may build one another up.
20 Do not overthrow God’s work for food’s sake. All things indeed are clean, however it is evil for that man who creates a stumbling block by eating.
21 It is good to not eat meat, drink wine, nor do anything by which your brother stumbles, is offended, or is made weak.
22 Do you have faith? Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not judge himself in that which he approves.
23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because it is not of faith; and whatever is not of faith is sin.
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE CORINTHIANS
AS TRANSCRIBED BY MARCION
The Corinthians are Achaeans. And they similarly heard from the apostles the word of truth and then were subverted in many ways by false apostles, some led away by the verbose eloquence of philosophy, others by a sect of the Old Testament law. He calls them back to the true and evangelical wisdom, writing to them from Ephesus through Timothy.
1 Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Timothy our brother,
2 Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are called to be saints, with all that are throughout Achaia:
3 Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;
5 That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
6 Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:
7 So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ:
8 Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
12 Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas.
13 Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
14 I thank God that I baptized none of you;
15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
16 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
17 For the preaching of the cross is foolishness to them that are perishing; but unto us which are being saved it is the power of God.
18 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.
19 Where is the wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?
20 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.
21 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:
22 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;
23 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
24 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
25 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are:
26 That no flesh should glory in his presence.
27 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
1 And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.
2 For I determined not to know anything among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.
4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:
5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
6 Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to naught:
7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:
8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
9 But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
10 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
11 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
12 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
13 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
14 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
15 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.
1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.
2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
4 For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?
5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?
6 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.
7 So then neither is he that planteth anything, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
8 Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labor.
9 For we are laborers together with God: ye are God's care takers, ye are God's building.
10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
13 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
14 Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.
15 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
16 And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
17 Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;
18 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;
19 And ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's.
1 Who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
2 For we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.
3 I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.
4 For in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.
5 Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.
6 Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.
7 But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.
8 For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.
9 What will ye? Shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?
1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife.
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 To deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
1 Now the body is not for fornication, but for the Lord; and the Lord for the body.
2 And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power.
3 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
4 What? Know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body? For two, saith he, shall be one flesh.
5 But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
6 Flee fornication.Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
7 What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
8 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2 Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.
3 Let the husband render unto the wife due compassion: and likewise also the wife unto the husband.
4 The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife.
5 Restrict ye not one the other, except it be with consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your lack of self-control.
6 But I speak this by permission, and not of commandment.
7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
8 I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I.
9 But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn with desire.
10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife separate from her husband:
11 But and if she does separate, let her remain unmarried to any other man or be reconciled to her current husband: and let not the husband discard his wife.
12 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give my judgment, as one that hath obtained mercy of the Lord to be faithful.
13 I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.
14 Art thou bound unto a wife? Seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? Seek not a wife.
15 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.
16 But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth, that both they that have wives be as though they had none;
17 And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not;
18 And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away.
19 But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
20 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
21 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.
22 And this I speak for your own profit; not that I may cast a snare upon you, but for that which is comely, and that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction.
23 But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomely toward his virgin, if she pass the flower of her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he sinneth not: let them marry.
24 Nevertheless he that standeth steadfast in his heart, having no necessity, but hath power over his own will, and hath so decreed in his heart that he will keep his virgin, doeth well.
25 So then he that giveth her in marriage doeth well; but he that giveth her not in marriage doeth better.
26 The wife is bound by the law as long as her husband liveth; but if her husband be dead, she is at liberty to be married to whom she will; only in the Lord.
27 But she is happier if she so abide, after my judgment: and I think also that I have the Spirit of God.
1 As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one.
2 For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, as there be gods many, and lords many,
3 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.
1 Who goetha warfare any time at his own charges? Who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? Or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock?
2 Say I these things as a man? Or saith not the law the same also?
3 For it is written in the law of Moses, thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen?
4 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope.
5 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?
6 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ.
7 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? And they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar?
8 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel.
9 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void.
10 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!
11 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.
12 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.
13 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
14 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law;
15 I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
16 And this I do for the gospel's sake.
17 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
18 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible one.
19 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
20 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
9 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
10 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
11 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
12 I speak as to wise men; judge ye what I say.
13 The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
14 For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread.
15 Behold Israel after the flesh: are not they which eat of the sacrifices partakers of the altar?
16 What say I then? That the idol is anything, or that which is offered in sacrifice to idols is anything?
17 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.
18 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
19 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
1 But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.
2 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoreth his head.
3 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoreth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
4 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
5 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
6 For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man.
7 Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
8 For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
9 Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse.
10 For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
11 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
12 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.
13 For in eating everyone taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.
14 What? Have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? Or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? Shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.
15 Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.
16 And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts.
2 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
3 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
4 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
5 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
6 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
7 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
8 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
9 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
10 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.
11 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
12 For the body is not one member, but many.
13 If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
14 And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?
15 If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?
16 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
17 And if they were all one member, where were the body?
18 But now are they many members, yet but one body.
19 And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you.
20 Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:
21 And those members of the body, which we think to be less honorable, upon these we bestow more abundant honor; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness.
22 For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honor to that part which lacked.
23 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.
24 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.
25 But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.
1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,
5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
1 Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts, but rather that ye may prophesy.
2 For he that speaketh in another language speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
3 But he that prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort.
4 He that speaketh in another language edifieth himself; but he that prophesieth edifieth the church.
5 I would that ye all spake with tongues but rather that ye prophesied: for greater is he that prophesieth than he that speaketh with tongues, except he interpret, that the church may receive edifying.
6 Now, brethren, if I come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, except I shall speak to you either by revelation, or by knowledge, or by prophesying, or by doctrine?
7 And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?
8 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?
9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? For ye shall speak into the air.
10 There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification.
11 Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.
12 Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church.
13 I thank my God, I speak with tongues more than ye all:
14 Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in another language.
15 In the law it is written, With men of other tongues and other lips will I speak unto this people; and yet for all that will they not hear me, saith the Lord.
16 How is it then, brethren? When ye come together, every one of you hath a psalm, hath a doctrine, hath another language, hath a revelation, hath an interpretation. Let all things be done unto edifying.
17 If any man speak in another language, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one interpret.
18 But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
19 Let the prophets speak two or three, and let the other judge.
20 If anything be revealed to another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace.
21 For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
22 And the spirits of the prophets are subject to the prophets.
23 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
24 What? Came the word of God out from you? Or came it unto you only?
25 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.
26 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
27 Wherefore, brethren, covet to prophesy, and forbid not to speak with tongues.
28 Let all things be done decently and in order.
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day.
5 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
6 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
7 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
8 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
9 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
10 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
11 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
12 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
13 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.
14 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
15 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
16 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
17 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
18 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the hope of the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the hope of the dead?
19 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?
20 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
21 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
22 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
23 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
24 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
25 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
26 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
27 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
28 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
29 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
30 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
31 The first man was from the dust of the earth; the second man is from heaven.
32 As the man of dust, such are they also that are of the dust: and as is the heavenly man, such are they also that are heavenly.
33 And as we have borne the image of the man of the dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly man.
34 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
35 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
36 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
37 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
38 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
39 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
40 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
41 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
42 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
43 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE CORINTHIANS
AS TRANSCRIBED BY MARCION
After penitence was made, he writes a consolatory letter to them from Troas, and in praising them he exhorts them on to better things.
1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, unto the church of God which is at Corinth, with all the saints which are in all Achaia:
2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;
4 Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.
5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.
6 And whether we be afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation, which is effectual in the enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer: or whether we be comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation.
7 And our hope of you is steadfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.
8 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.
9 Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God;
10 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.
1 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place.
2 For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:
3 To the one we are the savor of death unto death; and to the other the savor of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things?
1 Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men:
2 Forasmuch as ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ ministered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshy tables of the heart.
3 the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
4 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
5 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
6 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
7 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
8 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
9 Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech:
10 And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished:
11 But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
12 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.
13 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.
14 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
15 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
1 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
2 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
3 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
4 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
5 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
6 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
7 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
8 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
9 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
10 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
11 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
12 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
13 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
14 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
15 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
16 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
1 For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
3 If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.
4 For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.
5 Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight:
8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.
9 Wherefore we labor, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him.
10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that everyone may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.
11 Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.
12 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
1 Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
2 For I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his craftiness, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted;
5 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.
6 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
7 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.
1 Wherefore, lest I should be exalted above measure.
2 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
3 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee.
4 This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.
5 I told you before, and foretell you, as if I were present, the second time; and being absent now I write to them which heretofore have sinned, and to all other, that, if I come again, I will not spare:
6 Therefore I write these things being absent, lest being present I should use sharpness, according to the power which the Lord hath given.
7 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
AS TRANSCRIBED BY MARCION
He composes a familiar letter to Philemon on behalf of Onesimus his servant. He writes to him, however, from Rome, from prison.
1 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and brother Timothy, to Philemon our beloved and fellow worker,
2 and to sister Apphia, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
3 Grace to you and peace from GOD our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my GOD always, making mention of you in my prayers,
5 hearing of your love, and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints;
6 that the fellowship of your faith may become effectual, in the knowledge of every good thing coming through you, from Christ.
7 For I had much joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, brother.
8 Therefore, though I have all confidence in Christ to command you to do what is proper,
9 yet for love’s sake I rather make an appeal, being such a one as Paul the aged, and now a prisoner also of Christ Jesus:
10 I appeal to you for my child, whom I have begotten in my bonds, Onesimus,
11 who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable both to you and to me:
12 whom I have sent back to you in person, with my very heart:
13 whom I would wish to have kept with me, that on your behalf he might minister unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
14 but I don’t want to do anything without your consent; that your goodness should not be of necessity, but of free will.
15 For perhaps he was for this reason separated from you for a season, that you should have him forever more;
16 no longer as a slave, but more than a slave, a beloved brother, especially to me, yet more so to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
17 If then you regard me a partner, receive him as you would me.
18 But if he has in any way wronged you, or owes you anything, put that to my account;
19 I put it in writing with my own hand, ‘I Paul will repay it’, not mentioning how you even owe to me yourself as well.
20 Yes, brother, let me have joy of you in the Lord: refresh my heart in Christ.
21 Having confidence in your obedience I write unto you, knowing that you will do even beyond what I say.
22 But prepare me also lodging: for I hope that through your prayers I shall be given to you.
23 Epaphras, my fellow-prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you;
24 and so does Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow workers.
25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christbe with your spirit. Amen.
THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE THESSALONIANS
AS TRANSCRIBED BY MARCION
The Thessalonians are Macedonians in Christ Jesus who, after the word was accepted, still persisted in the faith in the persecution by their fellow citizens; furthermore, they did not receive those things which were said by the false apostles. The apostle praises them, writing to them from Athens.
1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy unto the church of the Thessalonians in GOD the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace.
2 We give thanks to GOD always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
3 remembering without ceasing your work of faith and labor of love and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, before our GOD and Father;
4 knowing, your election, brothers and sisters beloved of God,
5 seeing that the gospel came from us unto you not in word only, but also in power, and in Holy Spirit, and in much assurance; for ye know how we were among you, as examples for your sakes.
6 And ye became imitators of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of Holy Spirit;
7 so that ye became an example to all that believe in Macedonia and in Achaia.
8 For from you has sounded forth the word of the Lord, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but in every place your faith toward God is gone forth; so that we need not to speak anything.
9 For they themselves report concerning us what manner of entering in we had unto you; and how ye turned unto God from idols, to serve a living and true God,
10 and to wait for his son from the heavens, whom he raised out from among the dead, even Jesus, who delivered us from the wrath to come.
1 For you yourselves, brothers and sisters, know that our coming to you was not in vain:
2 but having suffered before and been shamefully treated, as ye know, at Philippi, we had the boldness in our GOD to speak unto you the gospel of GOD in the midst of much opposition.
3 For our exhortation is not of error, nor of uncleanness, nor in guile:
4 but even as we have been approved of GOD to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak; not as pleasing people, but God who proves our hearts.
5 For neither at any time were we found using words of flattery, as ye know, nor a cloak of covetousness, God is witness;
6 nor seeking glory of anyone, neither from you nor from others, when we might have claimed authority as apostles of Christ.
7 But we were gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherishes her own children:
8 even so, being affectionately desirous of you, we were well pleased to impart unto you, not the gospel of GOD only, but also our own souls, because ye had become very dear to us.
9 For ye remember, brothers and sisters, our labor and travail: working night and day, that we might not burden any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of GOD.
10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how devoutly and uprightly and blamelessly we behaved toward you who believe:
11 as ye know how we dealt with each one of you, as a father with his own children, exhorting you, and encouraging you, and testifying,
12 to the end that ye should walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
13 And for this cause we also thank God without ceasing, that, when ye received the word which you heard from us, even the word of GOD, ye accepted it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of GOD, which also works in you that believe.
14 For ye, brothers and sisters, imitated the churches of GOD in Christ Jesus which are at Judea, suffering like things of your own countrymen, even as they did under the Judeans;
15 who both killed the Lord Jesus and their own prophets, and drove us out. They displease God, and are hostile to all mankind;
16 hindering us in speaking to the Gentiles that they may be saved; to fill up their sins. But wrath is come upon them to the utmost.
17 But we, brothers and sisters, being bereaved of you for a short season, in presence not in heart, endeavored the more exceedingly to see your face with great desire:
18 because we wanted to come to you, I Paul especially once and again; and the adversary hindered me.
19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of glorying? Are not even ye, before our Lord Jesus at his appearing?
20 For ye are our glory and our joy.
1 Therefore when we could no longer endure, we thought it good to be left behind at Athens alone;
2 and sent Timothy, our brother and GOD’s minister in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith;
3 that no one be disturbed by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we have been appointed to this.
4 For indeed, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we are to suffer affliction; even as it came to pass, and ye know.
5 For because of this I could no longer wait, I sent to know your faith, lest by any means the tempter tempted you, and our labor be in vain.
6 But when Timothy came even now unto us from you, and brought us glad tidings of your faith and love, and that ye have good remembrance of us always, longing to see us, even as we also to see you;
7 for this cause, brothers and sisters, we were comforted over you in all our distress and affliction through your faith:
8 for now we live, if ye stand firm in the Lord.
9 For what thanksgiving can we render again unto God for you, for all the joy with which we joy for your sakes before our GOD;
10 night and day praying exceedingly that we may see your face, and may perfect that which is lacking in your faith?
11 Now may our same GOD and Father, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way unto you:
12 and the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all, even as we also do toward you;
13 to the end he may establish your hearts without blame in holiness before our GOD and Father, at the appearing of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.
1 Finally then, brothers and sisters, we beseech and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that, as ye received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, even as ye do walk, that ye abound yet more.
2 For ye know what instructions we gave you by the Lord Jesus.
3 For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye abstain from fornication;
4 that each one of you should know how to possess his vessel in honor,
5 not in the passion of lust, even as the Gentiles who know not God;
6 that no one transgresses, and wrongs his brother or sister in this matter: because the Lord God is an avenger in all these things, as also we forewarned you and testified.
7 For God called us not for uncleanness, but unto sanctification.
8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not a human being but God, who gives his holy spirit unto you.
9 But concerning love of the brothers and sisters ye have no need that one write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught by God to love one another;
10 for indeed ye do it toward all the brothers and sisters that are in all Macedonia. But we exhort you, brothers and sisters, that ye abound yet more;
11 and that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your hands, even as we instructed you;
12 that ye may walk respectably toward outsiders, and be dependent on no one.
13 But we would not have you ignorant, brothers and sisters, concerning them who fall asleep; that ye sorrow not, even as the rest, who have no hope.
14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so those also who are falling asleep through Jesus will God bring with him.
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the appearing of Christ, shall not precede them who are falling asleep.
16 For this same Lord shall descend from heaven, with a loud summons, with the voice of the prince of the angels, and with a trumpet call of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise up first;
17 then immediately thereafter we who remain alive, shall together with them be caught up in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and it is in this way that we shall be forever with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brothers and sisters, ye have no need that anything be written unto you.
2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night.
3 When they are saying, Peace and safety, then sudden destruction comes upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall in no wise escape.
4 But ye are not in darkness, brothers and sisters, that the day should overtake you as a thief:
5 for ye are all children of light, and children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness;
6 so then let us not sleep, as do the rest, but let us watch and be sober.
7 For they that sleep, sleep in the night: and they that are drunken are drunken in the night.
8 But let us, since we are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for a helmet, the hope of salvation.
9 For God appointed us not into wrath, but unto the obtaining of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
10 who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him.
11 Wherefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as also ye do.
12 But we beseech you, brothers and sisters, to know them that labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and give you instruction;
13 and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves.
14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, admonish the disorderly, encourage the fainthearted, support the weak, be patient with everyone.
15 See that none render unto any one evil for evil; but always follow after that which is good, one toward another, and toward all.
16 Rejoice always;
17 pray without ceasing;
18 in everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus toward you.
19 And this same GOD of peace ultimately sanctify you in every way, complete within all your members: may the spirit, the mind, and the body be preserved blameless unto the appearing of our Lord and savior the Christ.
20 Faithful is he that calls you, who will also do it.
21 Brothers and sisters, pray for us.
22 Salute all the brothers and sisters with a holy kiss.
23 I command you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all the brothers and sisters.
24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christbe with you.
THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE THESSALONIANS
AS TRANSCRIBED BY MARCION
To the Thessalonians he writes and makes note to them concerning the last times and of the detection of the adversary. He writes from Athens.
1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timothy, unto the church of the Thessalonians in GOD our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ;
2 Grace to you and peace from GOD the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 We are bound to give thanks to GOD always for you, brothers and sisters, even as it is fitting, because your faith grows exceedingly, and the love of every one of you for one another abounds;
4 so that we ourselves speak proudly of you in the churches of GOD for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and in the afflictions which ye endure;
5 which is a clear indication of the righteous judgment of God: so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer.
6 If indeed it is a righteous thing for God to recompense tribulation to those who afflict us: and, to us who are the afflicted, give rest, with whom it shall be revealed are in the Lord Jesus, when he shall appear as coming from heaven with;
7 God’s mighty angels, rendering out justice to those who know not GOD: and those likewise, who obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ;
8 who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the lord: and likewise, from the glory of his power
9 when God shall come to be glorified in his saints: and likewise, to be marveled at in all those who believed, because our testimony unto you was believed, in that day.
10 With this in mind, we pray always for you, that our GOD accordingly may count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire of goodness and every work of faith, with power;
11 that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our GOD and the Lord Jesus Christ.
12 Now, brothers and sisters, concerning the appearing of our Christ, and our gathering together unto him: for the day of Christ has dawned upon us!
13 Yet this may not be, except there come a repudiation of the law first; and the one who causes the sacrifice and oblation to come to an end be revealed: even the son of desolation;
14 for this one must be opposed to and be lifted above every so-called god or object of worship even so, in the place of the temple, this one must be seated like deity, thus attesting to the fact that this one is the firstborn of GOD.
1 Wherefore we must always give thanks to GOD for you, brothers and sisters, beloved of the Lord, for GOD chose you from the beginning unto salvation in sanctification of the spirits and belief of the truth:
2 for this purpose he called you through our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
3 So then, brothers and sisters, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye were taught, whether by word, or by our epistle.
4 Now our same Lord Jesus Christ, and GOD our Father who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace,
5 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.
1 Finally, brothers and sisters, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run and be glorified, even as also it is with you;
2 and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and evil men; for all have not faith.
3 But the Lord is faithful, who shall establish you, and guard you from the evil one.
4 And we have confidence in the Lord concerning you, that ye are doing and will continue to do what we command.
5 And the Lord direct your hearts into the love of GOD, and into the patience of Christ.
6 Now we command you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus,Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother or sister who walks disorderly, and not after the tradition which they received of us.
7 For you know how ye ought to imitate us: for we behaved not ourselves disorderly among you;
8 neither did we eat bread without paying for it, but in labor and travail, working night and day, that we might not burden any of you:
9 not because we have not the right, but to make ourselves and example unto you, that ye should imitate us.
10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you: if any will not work, neither let him eat.
11 For we hear of some who walk among you disorderly, that work not at all, but are busybodies.
12 Now such persons we command and encourage in the Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness they work, and earn their own living.
13 But ye, brothers and sisters, be not weary in well doing.
14 If anyone obey not our word by this epistle, take note of such, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed.
15 And yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
16 Now the same Lord of peace give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.
17 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand, which is the token in every epistle: so I write.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christbe with you all.
THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE LAODICEANS
AS TRANSCRIBED BY MARCION
The Laodiceans are Asians. They persisted in the faith after the word of truth was accepted. The apostle praises them, writing to them from the city of Rome, from prison, through Tychicus the deacon.
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of GOD, to the saints that are at Laodicea, and the faithful in Christ Jesus:
2 Grace to you and peace from GOD our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 Blessed be the GOD and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ:
4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love:
5 having foreordained us unto adoption as children through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,
6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved:
7 in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,
8 which he made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,
9 making known unto us the mystery of his will, according to that good pleasure, which GOD hath purposed in the mystery of his will,
10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might sum up all things in Christ, both which are in the heavens and which are on earth.
11 In him also we were made a heritage, having been foreordained according to the purpose of him who works all things after the counsel of his will;
12 to the end that we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ:
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel; in whom ye believed, and were sealed with the spirit of promise,
14 which is an earnest of our inheritance, unto the redemption of God’s own possession, unto the praise of his glory.
15 For this cause I also, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which is among you, and the love which ye show for all the saints,
16 cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;
17 that the GOD of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him;
18 The eyes of your understanding having been enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and the riches of his inheritance in the saints,
19 and what the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might
20 which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him out from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand,
21 putting all things in subjection under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church,
22 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.
1 And ye were dead in trespasses and sins,
2 wherein ye had walked in accord with the reality of the world system, the power of human-rule, the spirit now operating in the children of those in obstinate opposition to divine will;
3 among whom we also all once lived in the passions of our flesh, doing the will of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as the rest.
4 But GOD, being rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ,
6 and raised us up with him, and made us to sit with him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus:
7 that in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus:
8 for by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of GOD;
9 not of works, that no one should glory.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.
11 Wherefore remember, that ye were once the Gentiles, called uncircumcision by that which has the name of circumcision in the flesh made by hands;
12 that at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants and their promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.
13 But now in Christ, ye who were once afar off are made nigh by his blood.
14 For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and the middle wall has been broken down;
15 having nullified the enmity in the flesh, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; that he might create in himself of the two one new man, so making peace;
16 that He might reconcile both in one body unto God, having slain therein the enmity through the cross:
17 and he came and preached peace to them that were near and to them which were afar off:
18 for through him we both have our access unto the Father.
19 So then ye are now no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God,
20 built upon the foundation of the apostles, Christ Jesus himself being the chief corner stone;
21 in whom each several building, fitly framed together, is growing into a holy temple in the Lord;
22 in whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God in the spirit.
1 For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus on behalf of you Gentiles,
2 if indeed ye have heard of the dispensation of that grace of GOD which was given to for you;
3 how that by revelation was made known unto me the mystery, as I wrote before in few words,
4 whereby, when ye read, ye can perceive my understanding in the mystery of Christ;
5 which in other generations was not made known unto the sons of men, as it hath now been revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets in the spirit;
6 to wit, that the Gentiles are fellow-heirs, and fellow-members of the body, and fellow-partakers of the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel,
7 of which I was made a minister, according to the gift of that grace of GOD which was given me, according to the working of his power.
8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, was this grace given,
9 to enlighten all as to what was the fellowship of the mystery, which has been hidden from the ages; hidden from God, that is, the one who created all things;
10 in order that, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God might now be revealed unto the powers and spiritual- sovereigns, in the heavens,
11 according to the purpose of the ages which he carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord:
12 in whom we have boldness and access in confidence through our faith in him.
13 Wherefore I ask that ye be not despondent at my tribulations for you, which are your glory.
14 For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father,
15 from whom every family in the heavens and on earth is named,
16 that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his spirit in the inward being;
17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that ye, having been rooted and grounded in love,
18 may be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that ye may be filled unto all the fullness of God.
20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,
21 unto him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus unto all the generations of the age of the ages. Amen.
1 I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beseech you to walk worthily of the calling wherewith ye were called,
2 with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
3 giving diligence to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.
4 One body, one spirit, even as also ye were called in one hope of your calling;
5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6 one GOD and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in all.
7 But unto each one of us was the grace given according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
8 Wherefore the saying, When he ascended on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
9 Now this, ‘he ascended’, what is it but that he also ‘descended’ into the lower parts of the earth?
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.
11 And he gave some to be apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 for the perfecting of the saints, unto the work of ministering, unto the building up of the body of Christ:
13 till we all attain unto the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of GOD, unto a full grown man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
14 that we may be no longer children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, in craftiness, after the wiles of error;
15 but speaking truth in love, we may grow up in all things into him, who is the head, even Christ;
16 from whom all the body fitly framed and knit together through that which every joint supplies, according to the working in due measure of each several part, causes the growth of the body unto the building up of itself in love.
17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye no longer walk as the Gentiles also walk, in the vanity of their mind,
18 being darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardening of their heart;
19 who being past feeling gave themselves up to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But ye did not so learn of Christ;
21 if indeed ye heard him, and were taught in him, even as truth is in Jesus:
22 that ye put away, as concerning your former manner of life, the old man, that waxes corrupt after the lusts of deceit;
23 and that ye be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
24 and put on the new man, that after God hath been created in righteousness and holiness of truth.
25 Wherefore, putting away falsehood, speak ye truth each one with his neighbor: for we are members one of another.
26 Be ye angry and sin not, let not the sun go down upon your wrath,
27 nor give place to the adversary.
28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing that is good, that he may have something to give to him that hath need.
29 Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying as the need may be, that it may give grace to them that hear.
30 And grieve not the spirit, the holy one of God, in whom ye were sealed unto the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and railing, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 and be ye good one to another, tenderhearted, dealing graciously among each other, even as God also in Christ deals graciously with you.
1 Be ye therefore imitators of God in Christ, as beloved children;
2 and walk in love, even as Christ also loved you, and gave himself up for us, ‘an offering and a sacrifice’ to God for ‘an odor of a sweet smell’.
3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;
4 nor filthiness, nor foolish talking, or jesting, which are not befitting: but rather giving of thanks.
5 For this ye know of a surety, that no fornicator, nor unclean person, nor covetous person, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.
6 Let no one deceive you with empty words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon those in obstinate opposition to divine will.
7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them;
8 For ye were once darkness, but are now light in the Lord: walk as children of light,
9 for the fruit of the light is in all goodness and righteousness and truth,
10 proving what is well-pleasing unto the Lord;
11 and have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather even reprove them;
12 for the things which are done by them in secret it is a shame even to speak of.
13 But all things when they are reproved are made manifest by the light: for everything that is made manifest is light.
14 Wherefore the saying, Awake, you sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give you light.
15 Look therefore carefully how ye walk, not as unwise, but as wise;
16 redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
17 Wherefore be ye not foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunken with wine, wherein is riot, but be filled with the spirit;
19 speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;
20 giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to him who is GOD, even the Father.
21 Subject yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ.
22 Wives ought to be in subjection to their husbands, as unto the Lord.
23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church, being himself the savior of the body.
24 But as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives also be to their husbands in everything.
25 Husbands, love your wives, for he who loves his wife, loves his own flesh, even as Christ loved the church, and gave himself up for it;
26 that he might sanctify it, having cleansed it by the washing of water with the word,
27 that he might present the church to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
28 Even so ought husbands also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself:
29 for no one ever hated his own flesh; but nourishes and cherishes it, even as the Lord also does the church.
31 Corresponding to her shall a man leave his father and his mother, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This mystery is great: But I am speaking, of Christ and the church.
33 Nevertheless do ye also severally love each one his own wife even as himself; and let the wife see that she fear her husband.
1 Children should obey their parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honor thy father and mother,
3 that it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.
4 And, ye Parents, bring up your children in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
5 Servants, be obedient unto them that according to the flesh are your masters, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;
6 not in the way of eye service, as person-pleasers; but as servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart;
7 with good will doing service, as unto the Lord, and not unto men:
8 knowing that whatsoever good thing each one doeth, the same shall he receive again from the Lord, whether he be bond or free.
9 And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, and forbear threatening: knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in the heavens, and there is no respect of persons with him.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of his might.
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that we may be able to stand against the wiles of the adversary.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against the archons and spiritual-sovereigns, against the system-holders of the darkness of this age, against the wicked spiritual hosts in the heavens.
13 Wherefore take up the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and, having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 withal taking up the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the evil one.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God:
18 with all prayer and supplication praying at all seasons in the spirit, and watching thereunto in all perseverance and supplication for all the saints,
19 And on my behalf, that utterance may be given unto me in opening my mouth, making known the mystery of the gospel,
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
21 But that ye also may know my affairs, how I do, Tychicus, the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
22 whom I have sent unto you for this very purpose, that ye may know our state, and that he may comfort your hearts.
23 Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from GOD the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
24 Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ with a love incorruptible.
THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE COLOSSIANS
AS TRANSCRIBED BY MARCION
The Colossians, they too are Asians, just as the Laodiceans. And they themselves had been reached by pseudo-apostles, nor did the apostle himself approach them, but even them he corrects through an epistle. For they had heard the word from Archippus, who also accepted the ministry to them. The apostle therefore, already arrested, writes to them from Ephesus.
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus through the will of GOD, and Timothy our brother,
2 To the saints and faithful brethren in Christ that are at Colossae: Grace to you and peace from GOD our Father.
3 We give thanks to GOD the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you,
4 having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the love which ye have for all the saints,
5 because of the hope laid up for you in the heavens, which ye heard before in the word of the truth of the gospel,
6 which is come unto you; as it is also in all the world bearing fruit and increasing, as it has been doing in you also, since the day ye heard and understood the grace of GOD in truth;
7 even as ye were taught of Epaphras our beloved fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf,
8 who also declared unto us your love in the spirit.
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray and make request for you, that ye may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding,
10 to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, bearing fruit in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 strengthened with all power, according to the might of His glory, unto all patience and longsuffering with joy;
12 giving thanks unto the Father, who qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light;
13 who delivered us out of the jurisdiction of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the son of His love;
14 in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins:
15 who is the image of the invisible GOD. He came forth before every creation;
16 whether thrones or dominions or powers or spiritual sovereigns;
17 he is before all of these.
18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all he might have the preeminence.
19 For in him all the fullness was pleased to dwell;
20 and through him to reconcile all, by himself, having made peace through the blood of his cross;
21 And although you, who were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works,
22 yet now he has reconciled in his body through death, to present you holy and without blemish and beyond reproach before him:
23 if indeed ye continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the gospel which ye heard, which was preached in all creation under heaven; whereof I Paul was made a minister.
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, which fills up that which is lacking of the afflictions of Christ in his flesh for his body’s sake, which is the church;
25 whereof I was made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which was given me toward you, to complete the canon of the word of God,
26 even the mystery which has been hidden from the ages and the generations: but now has it been manifested to His saints,
27 to whom GOD was pleased to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
28 whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone in all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ;
29 for this purpose I labor also, striving according to his working, which works in me mightily.
1 For I would have you know how greatly I strive for you, and for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in the flesh;
2 that their hearts may be comforted, they having been knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, that they may know the mystery of GOD, even Christ,
3 in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge hidden.
4 This I say, that no one may delude you with persuasiveness of speech.
5 For though I am absent in the flesh, yet am I with you in the spirit, rejoicing to behold your order, and the steadfastness of your faith in Christ.
6 As therefore ye received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him,
7 rooted and built up in him, and established in your faith, even as ye were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
8 Take heed lest there shall be any one that takes you captive through subtle words and philosophy, even vain deceit, after the tradition of men, and the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ:
9 for in him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form,
10 and in him ye are made complete, who is the head of all powers and spiritual-sovereigns:
11 in whom ye were also circumcised with a circumcision not made with hands, in the stripping off of the whole body of the flesh, in the circumcision of Christ;
12 having been buried with him in baptism, wherein ye were also raised with him through faith in the working of God, who raised him out from among the dead.
13 And you, being dead through your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, did he make alive together with Christ, forgiving us our trespasses;
14 having blotted out the bond written in ordinances that where against us, which where contrary to us: and he has taken them out of the way, nailing them to the cross;
15 having despoiled the powers and spiritual-sovereigns, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
16 Let no one therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holy day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath,
17 which things are shadows of the things to come. But now the body is Christ’s.
18 Let no one rob you of your prize by voluntary asceticism and worshiping of the angels, presuming upon that which he has not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,
19 and not holding the head, from whom all the body, being supplied and knit together through the joints and bands, increasing with the increase of God.
20 If ye died with Christ from the rudiments of this worldly system, why, as though living in the world, do ye subject yourselves to ordinances?
21 Handle not, you must not touch, you must not taste,
22 all which things are to perish with the using, following the commandments and doctrines of men.
23 Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in self-made religion, and asceticism, and severity to the body; but are not of any value as a remedy for sensual indulgence of the flesh.
1 If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God.
2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth.
3 For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our life, shall be manifested, then shall ye also with him, be manifested in glory.
5 Put to death therefore your members which are upon the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry;
6 for which things’ sake come the wrath of God upon the children of those in obstinate opposition to divine will:
7 wherein ye also once walked, when ye lived in these things;
8 but now do ye also put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, railing, and shameful speaking out of your mouth:
9 lie not one to another; seeing that ye have put off the old man, with its doings,
10 and putting on the new, which is being renewed unto knowledge, after the image of the One creating it:
11 where there cannot be Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, bondman, freeman; but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, goodness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering;
13 forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if anyone has a complaint against any; even as the Lord forgave you, so also do ye:
14 And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness.
15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which also ye were called in one body; and be ye thankful.
16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts unto God.
17 And whatsoever ye do, in word or in deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to GOD the Father through him.
18 Wives, be in subjection to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
20 Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing in the Lord.
21 Fathers, provoke not your children, that they be not discouraged.
22 Servants, obey in all things them that are your masters according to the flesh; not with eye-service, as people-pleasers,
23 but in singleness of heart, fearing the Lord: whatsoever ye do, work heartily, as unto the Lord, and not unto men;
24 knowing that from the Lord ye shall receive the recompense of the inheritance: ye serve the Lord Christ.
25 For he that does wrong shall receive again for the wrong that he has done: and there is no respect of persons.
1 Masters, render unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a master in the heavens.
2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, watching therein with thanksgiving;
3 withal praying for us also, that God may open unto us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds;
4 that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak.
5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer each one.
7 All my affairs shall Tychicus make known unto you, the beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow-servant in the Lord:
8 whom I have sent you for this very purpose, that ye may know our state, and that he may comfort your hearts;
9 together with Onesimus, the faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things that are done here.
10 Aristarchus my fellow-prisoner sends you his greeting, and Mark, the cousin of Barnabas, touching whom ye received commandments; if he come unto you, receive him,
11 and Jesus, whom we call Justus, these only, out of the circumcision, are my fellow-workers unto the kingdom of God, men that have been a comfort unto me.
12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greeting, always striving for you in his prayers, that ye may stand perfect and fully assured in all the will of God.
13 For I bear him witness, that he has much labor for you, and for them in Laodicea, and for them in Hierapolis.
14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas salute you.
15 Salute the brethren that are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church that is in their house.
16 And when this epistle has been read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye also read the epistle from Laodicea.
17 And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.
18 The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you.
THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
TO THE PHILIPPIANS
AS TRANSCRIBED BY MARCION
The Philippians are Macedonians. They persisted in the faith after the word of truth was accepted, nor did they receive false apostles. The apostle praises them, writing to them from Rome, from prison, through Epaphroditus.
1 Paul and Timothy, servants of Christ Jesus, to all the saints in Christ Jesus that are at Philippi, with the bishops and deacons:
2 Grace to you and peace from GOD our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
3 I thank my GOD each time I remember you,
4 always making my supplication with joy, in every prayer for you all;
5 for your fellowship in furtherance of the gospel from the first day until now;
6 being confident of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you, will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ:
7 For it is right for me to feel this way about you, because I have you in my heart, inasmuch as, both in my bonds and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers with me of grace.
8 For God is my witness: how I long for you all in the compassions of Christ Jesus.
9 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all discernment;
10 so that ye may approve the things that are good; that ye may be sincere and without offence ’til the day of Christ;
11 having been filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are through Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of GOD.
12 Now I would have you know, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have turned out rather unto the progress of the gospel;
13 so that my bonds became manifest in Christ throughout the whole praetorian guard, and to all the rest;
14 that most of the brethren in the Lord, becoming confidant by my bonds, are more fearless in speaking the word.
15 Some indeed preach Christ even out of envy and strife; and again others out of the good reputation of the word:
16 the latter do it out of love, knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel;
17 but the former proclaim Christ out of contention, not sincerely, thinking to be my rival in my bonds.
18 What then? Only that in every way, whether it be in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed; and in this I am rejoicing, and shall rejoice.
19 For I know that this shall turn out to my salvation, through your prayers and the supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ,
20 according to my earnest expectation and hope, that in nothing shall I be put to shame, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether by life, or by death.
21 For to me to live in Christ and to die is joy.
22 But if to live in the flesh shall bear fruit from my work, then I do not know which to choose.
23 I am pushed in two directions, having the desire to depart and be with Christ; for this is far better for me:
24 yet to abide in the flesh is more needful for your sake.
25 And having this confidence, I know that I shall remain, and abide with you, for your progress and joy in the faith;
26 so that your confidence may abound in Christ Jesus in me through my presence with you again.
27 Only be ye citizens, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ: so that, whether I come to see you or remain absent, I may hear of your state, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mindset striving for the faith of the gospel.
28 And be not in any way terrified by your opponents: which is an evident token of destruction for them, but of you: salvation; and this from God.
29 For unto you it has been graciously granted for the sake of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him:
30 having the same conflict which ye saw in me, and now hear to be in me.
1 If there is therefore any encouragement in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the spirit, if any tender mercies and compassions,
2 make full my joy, that ye be of the same disposition, having the same love, being of one accord, of one disposition;
3 doing nothing through strife or vainglory, but in humility let each esteem the other to be better than one’s self;
4 looking out for nothing of your own, but each of you to that of others.
5 Let this disposition be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 who being inherently in the form of a god, considered being equal with god not something to hold unto,
7 but emptied himself, taking on the form of a slave, and was made in the likeness of human beings;
8 and being found in a fashion like a human, he became obedient to the point of death: even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God supremely exalted him, and gave him the supreme name which is above every name;
10 that in the name of ‘Jesus’ every knee should bow: all who are in the heavens and all who are on earth and all who are under the earth,
11 and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of GOD the Father.
12 So then, my beloved, just as ye have always obeyed, not in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, act out the salvation that is inherently yours with fear and trembling;
13 for it is god who acts through you both to will and to act, for his good pleasure.
14 Do all things without murmurings and questionings:
15 that ye may become blameless and harmless, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom ye are seen as lights in the world,
16 holding forth the word of life; that I may have something to glory in the day of Christ, that I did not run in vain neither labor in vain.
17 But even if I am poured out upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice, and rejoice with you all:
18 and in the same manner do ye also joy, and rejoice with me.
19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy shortly unto you, that I also may be encouraged, when I know your state.
20 For I have no one likeminded, who will truly care for your welfare.
21 For they all seek their own, not the things of Jesus Christ.
22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a child serves a father, so he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel.
23 Him therefore I hope to send right away, as soon as I shall see how it will go with me:
24 but I trust in the Lord that I myself also shall come shortly.
25 Yet I deemed it necessary to send to you Epaphroditus, my brother and fellow-worker and fellow-soldier, and your messenger and minister to my need;
26 since he longed after you all, and was sore troubled, because ye had heard that he was sick:
27 for indeed he was sick near unto death: but God had mercy on him; and not on him only, but on me also, that I might not have sorrow upon sorrow.
28 I have sent him therefore the more earnestly, that, when ye see him again, ye may rejoice, and that I may be the more free of sorrow.
29 Receive him therefore in the Lord with all joy; and hold such in honor:
30 because for the work of Christ he came close unto death, risking his life to supply that which was lacking in your service to me.
1 For the rest, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you, to me indeed is not a problem, but for you it is a safeguard.
2 Beware of the curs, beware of the evil workers, beware of those that mutilate with circumcision:
3 for we are the ones who cut off the passions, who offer divine service spiritually to God, and glory in Christ Jesus rather than placing confidence in the flesh:
4 though I myself might have confidence even in the flesh:
5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; a Pharisee;
6 But those things which I had once accounted gain, are to me loss.
7 and I do count them but shit for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ,
8 not having a righteousness of mine own, which is of the law, but that which is through him, the righteousness which is of God:
9 that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, becoming conformed unto his death;
10 if somehow I may attain unto the resurrection out from among the dead.
11 Not that I have already obtained, or have already been perfected: but I pursue and seek to hold on to what I also already do hold on to by Christ Jesus.
12 Brethren, I don’t count myself yet to have laid hold: but one thing I do, forgetting the things which are behind, and stretching forward to the things which are ahead,
13 I press on toward the goal unto the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
14 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye are otherwise minded, this also shall God reveal unto you:
15 only, unto what we have attained, by that same rule let us walk.
16 Brethren, be ye imitators together of me, and mark them that so walk even as ye have us for an example.
17 For many walk, of whom I told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:
18 whose end is destruction, whose god is the belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.
19 For our citizenship is in the heavens; whence also we wait for a savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:
20 who shall transfigure our humble body, to resemble his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subject all things unto himself.
1 Wherefore, my brethren beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my beloved.
2 I exhort Euodia, and I exhort Syntyche, to be of the same mind in the Lord.
3 And, I ask you also, true friend, help these women, for they labored with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice.
5 Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is near.
6 In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
8 For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good repute; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
9 The things which ye both learned and received and heard and saw in me, these things do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
10 But I rejoice in the Lord greatly, that now at length ye have revived your thought for me; wherein ye did indeed take thought, but ye lacked opportunity.
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therein to be content.
12 I know how to be abased, and I know also how to abound: in everything and in all things have I learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in want.
13 I can do all things in him who strengthens me.
14 Nevertheless ye did well that ye had fellowship with me in my affliction.
15 And ye yourselves also know, ye Philippians, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church had fellowship with me in the matter of giving and receiving but ye only;
16 for even in Thessalonica ye sent once and again unto my need.
17 Not that I seek for the gift; but I seek for the fruit that increases to your account.
18 But I have all things, and abound: I am filled, having received from Epaphroditus the things that came from you; an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God.
19 And my God shall supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
20 Now unto our GOD and Father be the glory for ever and ever. Amen.
21 Salute every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren that are with me salute you.
22 All the saints salute you, especially they that are of Caesar’s household.
23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
Here endeth the Apostolicon
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