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First Epistle to the Corinthians

Translated by Charles H. Hoole, 1885.


20:1 The heavens, being put in motion by his appointment, are subject to him in peace;

20:2 night and day accomplish the course ordered by him, in nothing hindering one another.

20:3 The sun and the moon and the dances of the stars according to his appointment, in harmony and without any violation of order, roll on the courses appointed to them.

20:4 The fruitful earth bringeth forth in due season, according to his will, abundant nourishment for men and beasts; nothing doubting, nor changing in anything from the things that are decreed by him.

20:5 The unsearchable things of the abyss, and the secret ordinances of the lower parts of the earth, are held together by the same command.

20:6 The hollow of the vast sea, gathered together by his hand into its reservoirs, transgresseth not the bounds placed around it; but even as he hath appointed to it, so it doeth;

20:7 for he said, Thus far shalt thou come, and thy waves shall be broken within thee.

20:8 The ocean, impassable to men, and the worlds that are beyond it, are governed by the same commandments of their Master.

20:9 The seasons of spring and summer, autumn and winter, in peace succeed one another.

20:10 The fixed stations of the winds, each in their due time, perform their services without offence. The ever-flowing fountains, made for enjoyment and health, offer their breasts without fail to sustain the lives of men. Even the smallest of animals come together in peace and harmony.

20:11 All these things the great Maker and Master of all things hath appointed to be in peace and harmony, doing good unto all things, but more especially unto us, who have fled for refuge to his mercies, through our Lord Jesus Christ,

20:12 to whom be glory and majesty for ever and ever. Amen.

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