Love for Brothers
1Let the charity of the brotherhood abide in you. 2And hospitality do not forget; for by this some, being not aware of it, have entertained angels. 3Remember them that are in bands, as if you were bound with them; and them that labour, as being yourselves also in the body. 4Marriage honourable in all, and the bed undefiled. For fornicators and adulterers God will judge.
Christ's Love is Unchanging
5Let 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.
6So that we may confidently say: The Lord is my helper: I will not fear what man shall do to me.
7Remember your prelates who have spoken the word of God to you; whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation, 8Jesus Christ, yesterday, and to day; and the same for ever. 9Be not led away with various and strange doctrines. For it is best that the heart be established with grace, not with meats; which have not profited those that walk in them. 10We have an altar, whereof they have no power to eat who serve the tabernacle. 11For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the holies by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. 12Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people by his own blood, suffered without the gate. 13Let us go forth therefore to him without the camp, bearing his reproach. 14For we have not here a lasting city, but we seek one that is to come.
Sacrifices and Prayer
15By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise always to God, that is to say, the fruit of lips confessing to his name. 16And do not forget to do good, and to impart; for by such sacrifices God's favour is obtained.
17Obey 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.
18Pray for us. For we trust we have a good conscience, being willing to behave ourselves well in all things. 19And I beseech you the more to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
Benediction and Final Greetings
20And 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, 21Fit you in all goodness, that you may do his will; doing in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom is glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22And I beseech you, brethren, that you suffer this word of consolation. For I have written to you in a few words. 23Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty: with whom (if he come shortly) I will see you. 24Salute all your prelates, and all the saints. The brethren from Italy salute you.
25Grace be with you all. Amen.