Divers admonitions and exhortations.
1 Let fraternal charity abide in you.
2 *And hospitality do not forget, for by this some, **being not aware of
it, have entertained Angels.
3 Remember them that are in bands, as if you were bound with them: and
them that are afflicted, as being yourselves also in the body.
4 Marriage honourable in all, and the bed undefiled. For God will judge
fornicators and adulterers.
5 Let your manners be without covetousness, contented with such things
as you have: for he hath said: *I will not leave thee, neither will I forsake thee.
6 So that we may confidently say: *The Lord is my helper: I will not fear
what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember your prelates, who have spoken to you the word of God: reflecting
on the end of their conversation, imitate their faith.
8 Jesus Christ yesterday, and to-day; and the same for ever.
9 Be not led away with various and strange doctrines. For it is best to
establish the heart with grace, not with meats: which have not profited those that walk in them.
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no power to eat who serve the tabernacle.
11 *For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary
for sin by the high priest, are burned without the camp.
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood,
suffered without the gate.
13 Let us go forth, therefore, to him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
14 [*?]For we have not here a permanent city, but we seek one to come.
15 By him, therefore, let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,
that is the fruit of lips glorifying his name.
16 And do not forget to do good, and to impart: for by such sacrifices
God's favour is obtained.
17 Obey your prelates, and be subject to them. For they watch, as being
to render an account of your souls, that they may do this with joy, and not with grief: for this is not expedient for you.
18 Pray for us: for we trust that we have a good conscience, being willing
to behave ourselves well in all things.
19 And I beseech you the more to do this, that I may be restored to you
20 And may the God of peace, who brought again from the dead the great
pastor of the sheep, our Lord Jesus Christ, in the blood of the everlasting testament,
21 Make you perfect in every good work, that you may do his will: working
in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ: to whom is glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22 And I beseech you, brethren, that you suffer the word of consolation.
For I have written to you in few words.
23 Know ye that our brother, Timothy, is set at liberty: with whom (if
he come shortly) I will see you.
24 Salute all your prelates, and all the saints. The brethren of Italy
25 Grace be with you all. Amen.
2: Romans xii. 13.; 1 Peter iv. 9. --- ** Genesis xviii. 3. and xix. 2.
5: Josue ii. 5.
6: Psalm cxvii. 6.
11: Leviticus xvi. 27.
[14:?] Micheas ii. 10.