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8 To bind their kings in chains, and their nobles with links of iron.

9 That they may be avenged of them; as it is written, Such honour have all his saints.

Psalm cl. Laudate Dominum. O

PRAISE God in his holiness: praise him in the

firmament of his power. 2 Praise him in his noble acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness.

3 Praise him in the sound of the trumpet : praise him upon

the lute and harp. 4 Praise him in the cymbals and dances: praise him upon the strings and pipe.

5 Praise him upon the well-tuned cymbals : praise him upon the loud cymbals.

6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord.




ARTICLE I. Of Faith in the Holy Trinity. TH

HERE is but one living and true God, everlasting, without

body, parts, or passions; of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness; the Maker, and Preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in unity of this Godhead there be three Persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. ART. II. Of the Word or Son of God, which was made very Man. THE

HE Son, which is the Word of the Father, begotten from

everlasting of the Father, the very and eternal God, and of one substance with the Father, took Man's nature in the womb of the blessed Virgin, of her substance: so that two whole and perfect Natures, that is to say, the Godhead and Manhood, were joined together in one Person, never to be divided, whereof is one Christ, very God, and very Man; who truly suffered, was crucified, dead, and buried, to reconcile his Father to us, and to be a sacrifice, not only for original guilt, but also for actual sins of men.

Art. III. Of the going down of Christ into Hell. S Christ died for us, and was buried; so also is it to be believed, that he went down into Hell.

Art. IV. Of the Resurrection of Christ. C YHRIST did truly rise again from death, and took again

his body, with flesh, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfection of Man's nature; wherewith he ascended into Heaven, and there sitteth, until he return to judge all Men at the last day.

Art. V. Of the Holy Ghost. TH

HE Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Son,

is of one substance, majesty, and glory, with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.

Art. VI. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation. HOLY

TOLY Scripture containeth all things necessary to salva

tion: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church.




The First Book of Chronicles, Exodus,

The Second Book of Chronicles, Leviticus,

The First Book of Esdras, Numbers,

The Second Book of Esdras, Deuteronomy,

The Book of Esther, Joshua,

The Book of Job, Judges,

The Psalms, Ruth,

The Proverbs, The First Book of Samuel,

Ecclesiastes or Preacher, The Second Book of Samuel, Cantica, or Songs of Solomon, The First Book of Kings, Four Prophets the greater, The Second Book of Kings, Twelve Prophets the less.

And the other Books (as Hierome saith) the Church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners; but yet doth it not apply them to establish any doctrine ; such are these following: The Third Book of Esdras, Baruch the Prophet, The Fourth Book of Esdras, The Song of the Three Children, The Book of Tobias,

The Story of Susanna, The Book of Judith,

Of Bel and the Dragon, The rest of the Book of Esther, The Prayer of Manasses, The Book of Wisdom, The First Book of Maccabees, Jesus the Son of Sirach, The Second Book of Maccabees.

All the Books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive, and account them Canonical.



Art. VII. Of the Old Testament. TH

HE Old Testament is not contrary to the New: for both

in the Old and New Testament everlasting life is offered to Mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and Man, being both God and Man. Wherefore they are not to be heard, which feign that the old Fathers did look only for transitory promises. Although the Law given from God by Moses, as touching Ceremonies and Rites, do not bind Christian men, nor the Civil precepts thereof ought of necessity to be received in any commonwealth; yet notwithstanding, no Christian man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the Commandments which are called Moral.

Art. VIII. Of the Creeds. TH HE Nicene Creed, and that which is commonly called the

Apostles' Creed, ought thoroughly to be received and believed: for they may be proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture.

Art. IX. Of Original or Birth-Sin. ORIGINAL sin standeth not in the following of Adam, (as

the Pelagians do vainly talk ;) but it is the fault and corruption of the Nature of every man, that naturally is engendered of the offspring of Adam ; whereby man is very far gone from original righteousness, and is of his own nature inclined to evil, so that the flesh lusteth always contrary to the Spirit; and therefore in every person born into this world, it deserveth God's wrath and damnation. And this infection of nature doth remain, yea in them that are regenerated; whereby the lust of the flesh, called in Greek, ogóvnua dagxòs, (which some do expound the wisdom, some sensuality, some the affection, some the desire, of the flesh,) is not subject to the Law of God. And although there is no condemnation for them that believe and are baptized; yet the Apostle doth confess, that concupiscence and lust hath of itself the nature of sin.

Art. X. Of Free-Will. THI THE condition of Man after the fall of Adam is such, that

he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and good works, to faith, and calling upon God. Wherefore we have no power to do good works pleasant and acceptable to God, without the grace of God by Christ preventing us, that we may have a good will, and working with us, when we have that good will.

Art. XI. Of the Justification of Man. W!

E are accounted righteous before God, only for the

merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith, and not for our own works or deservings. Wherefore, that we are justified by Faith only, is a most wholesome Doctrine, and very full of comfort, as more largely is expressed in the Homily of Justification.

Art. XII. Of Good Works. ALBEIT that Good Works, which are the fruits of Faith,

and follow after Justification, cannot put away our sins, and endure the severity of God's judgment; yet are they pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ, and do spring out necessarily of a true and lively Faith; insomuch that by them a lively Faith may be as evidently known as a tree discerned by the fruit.

Art. XIII. Of Works before Justification.
ORKS done before the grace of Christ, and the Inspira-

tion of his Spirit, are not pleasant to God, forasmuch as they spring not of faith in Jesus Christ; neither do they make men meet to receive grace, or (as the School-authors say) deserve

grace of congruity : yea rather, for that they are not done as God hath willed and commanded them to be done, we doubt not but they have the nature of sin.

Art. XIV. Of Works of Supererogation. VOLT

OLUNTARY Works besides, over and above, God's Com

mandments, which they call Works of Supererogation, cannot be taught without arrogancy and impiety: for by them men do declare, that they do not only render unto God as much as they are bound to do, but that they do more for his sake, than of bounden duty is required: whereas Christ saith plainly, When ye have done all that are commanded to you, say, We are unprofitable servants.


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