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The Epistle of St Paul
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Chapter 3

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      If ye be then risen again with Christ seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things that are above, and not on things which are on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ which is our life, shall show himself, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
      Mortify therefore your members which are on the earth, fornication, uncleanness, unnatural lust, evil *concupiscence, and covetousness which is worshipping of idols: for which things sakes the wrath of God cometh on the children of unbelief. In which things ye walked once, when ye lived in them.
      But now put ye also away from you all things: wrath, fierceness, maliciousness, cursed speaking, filthy speaking out of your mouths. Lie not one to another that the old man with his works be put off, and the new put on, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that made him, where is neither Gentile nor Jewe, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarous or Scythian, bond or free: but Christ is all in all things.
      Now therefore as elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercy, kindness, humbleness of minds, meekness, long suffering, forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel to another: even as Christ forgave you, even so do ye. Above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness. And the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which peace ye are called in one body. And see that ye be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you plenteously in all wisdom. Teach and exhort your own selves, in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs which have favour with them, singing in your hearts to the Lord. And all things (whatsoever ye do in word or deed) do in the name of the Lord Jesu, giving thanks to God the father by him.
      Wives, submit your own selves unto your own husbands, as it is comely in the Lord. Husbands love your wives and be not bitter unto them. Children obey your fathers and mothers in all things, for that is well pleasing unto the Lord. Fathers rate not your children, lest they be of a desperate mind. Servants be obedient unto your bodily masters in all things: not with eye service as men pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God. And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as though ye did it to the Lord, and not unto men, for as much as ye know that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of inheritance, for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doth wrong shall receive for the wrong that he hath done: for there is no respect of persons with God. Ye masters do unto your servants that which is just and equal, seeing ye know that ye also have a master in heaven.


*concupiscence: strong desire; lust of the flesh, lust of the eye, pride of goods.

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