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(William Wake and Solomon Caesar Malan version)

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I EXHORT you therefore, or rather not I, but the love of Jesus Christ; that ye use none but Christian nourishment; abstaining from pasture which is of another kind, I mean heresy.
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[*177:2] For they that are heretics, confound together the doctrine of Jesus Christ, with their own poison: [*177:3] whilst they seem worthy of belief:
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As men give a deadly potion mixed with sweet wine; which he who drinks of, does with the treacherous pleasure sweetly drink in his own death.
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Wherefore guard yourselves against such persons. And that you will do if you are not puffed up; but continue inseparable from Jesus Christ our God, and from your bishop, and from the commands of the Apostles.
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[*177:4] He that is within the altar is pure; but he that is without, that is, that does anything without the bishop, the presbyters, and deacons, is not pure in his conscience.
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Not that I know there is any thing of this nature among you; but I fore-arm you, as being greatly beloved by me, foreseeing the snares of the devil.
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Wherefore putting on meekness, renew yourselves in faith, that is, the flesh of the Lord; and in charity, that is, the blood of Jesus Christ.
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Let no man have any [*177:5] grudge against his neighbour. Give no occasion to the Gentiles; lest by means of a few foolish men, the whole congregation of God be evil spoken of.
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For woe to that man [*177:6] through whose vanity my name is blasphemed by any.
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Stop your ears therefore, as often as any one shall [*177:7] speak contrary to Jesus Christ; who was of the race of David, of the Virgin Mary.
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Who was truly born and did eat and drink; was truly persecuted under Pontius Pilate; was truly crucified and dead; both those in heaven and on earth, [*177:8] being spectators of it.
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Who was also truly raised from the dead [*177:9] by his Father. after the same manner as [*10] he will also raise up us who believe in him by Christ Jesus; without whom we have no true life.
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But if, as some who are Atheists, that is to say infidels, pretend, that he only seemed to suffer: (they themselves only seeming to exist) why then am I bound?--Why do I desire to fight with beasts?--Therefore do I die in vain: therefore I will not speak falsely against the Lord.
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Flee therefore these evil sprouts which bring forth deadly fruit; of which if any one taste, he shall presently die.
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For these are not the plants of the Father; seeing if they were, they would appear to be the branches of the cross, and their fruit would be incorruptible; by which he invites you through his passion, who are members of him.
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For the head cannot be without its members, God having promised a union, that is himself.

^177:2 Vid. de hoc loco conjecturas Vossii, Cotelerii, et Junii spud Usserium. Comp. Epist. Intercol. in loc. et Voss. Annot. in Epist. ad Phil. p. 281. ^177:3 Being believed for their dignity. ^177:4 Vid. Usserii Obs. Marg. Comp Coteler. ib. ^177:5 Any thing. ^177:6 Through whom in vanity: Isaiah lii. 5. ^177:7 Without. ^177:8 Seeing, or looking on. ^177:9 His Father raising him. ^177:10 The Father.

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