Read The Companion Bible Online

The Companion Bible is a KJV study Bible with extensive notes written by E.W. Bullinger from 1908 until his death in 1913. It has notes on Hebrew and Greek, 198 Appendixes, and lots more. The online Companion Bible can be searched or printed. I find it to be a fascinating study Bible. You can read here:

The Companion Bible

 

35 Comments

  1. Dear Sir how do I download a copy to my ipad? Thank you, Agnes

  2. Hi Agnes. I don’t know anything about the ipad, so I’m not able to help you. You can read it online, so I’m guessing you can read it with your web browser. Sorry I don’t have more information.

  3. I’m trying to find out 2 things 1 what is a companion bible ? and 2 where int he bible does it say i have to have a piece of paper to be married to the man i pledge my love and life to when we said our vows in fort of god ?

  4. I am studing God Word for Clarity

  5. I have used the Companion bible for over ten years, It is without equal,however not without error, such as the rapture , and denying
    that western culture is Israel. It would be desired to know what books were finished after E. Bullinger

  6. To Melody,
    No where in the Bible does it state a license or a ceremony is necessary. In biblical times a man would cover a woman with his skirt,(that meant to lay with her)men wore skirts as do the Scots even to this day.That being said, its a good idea for the children
    social security, alimony etc.So why not! All the best to you.
    The other question The companion Bible is a K.J.V.with a companion column from a true Bible scholar. However E.W. Bullinger died before it was finished,it was published in 12 volumes now reduced to one very condensed volume.
    All the best.

  7. Click on the picture above to access the book online version.

  8. Studying Lord Word. Tom

  9. I will try to answer your Bible Q’s, my pledge to you is Truth to the best of my ability having been a Bible student for over 25 yrs. I’m old and slow to respond at times.Pressing Q’s only please.
    Knowledge of the Bible is something you can take with you into the eternity, His word never changes it’s the same Yesterday, Today,and Forever. Evan

  10. This is the time of year most church goers insult our savior Jesus Christ by celebrating Easter (Ishtar) the goddess of fertility and thus the rabbit and the eggs both signs or fertility referred to as grove worship, and is forbidden. The name is mentioned one time in our Bibles and is a terrible translation The Strong”s and other concordances see it is Passover, and Passover is written over seventy times in our Bibles and we are told that Jesus Christ became our Passover. Traditions of man will get us in a lot of trouble. Truth any thing less is not Truth.

  11. What does The Bible say about homosexuality? Start at Romans 1:26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
    27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another * ; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet .
    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient ;
    29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
    30 Backbiters, haters of God, spiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
    31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
    32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. Where are the churches? If they don’t teach this Get Out.

  12. Their Messiah is not the Christian’s Messiah (Jesus Christ) As the Islamic threat mounts ever higher against Israel, Orthodox priests believe even more strongly that these threats are a major sign that their Messiah is very close to intervening on behalf of the Jews. Time and time again in the Old Testament, God foretells that the coming Jewish Messiah will conquer Israel’s armies for her. Most Jews look upon God’s promised deliverance of Israel in Zechariah 12 to be the work of the prophesied Jewish Messiah, whom the Bible identifies as the Antic-Christ.

  13. Who is antichrist?

    1 John 2:18 KJV

    18 Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come , even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.
    1 John 2:22 KJV

    22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son.
    1 John 4:3 KJV

    3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come ; and even now already is it in the world.
    2 John 1:7 KJV

    7 For many deceivers are entered into the world, who confess not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh. This is a deceiver and an antichrist.

  14. GOD Bles you on the comments using God word.

  15. Great job on using God word in the commonts

  16. Gerald, Thanks for your blessing!
    Any Bible questions?

  17. Moses was not a Jew,Abraham was not a Jew,Issac was not a Jew,Jacob(God changed his name to Israel) was not a Jew,
    his twelve sons (The Patriarchs)were not Jews.The twelve tribes of Israel were split, the ten northern tribes were called Israel, the two southern tribes were called Judah because Benjamin was very small. The ten(lost tribes) northern tribes were taken captive
    and when they fled bondage they passed thru the Caucasus Mountains when they emerged on the other side they were called Caucasians and went on to settle Europe and later on Canada and the New Jer U.S A. lem. They are The Adamic peoples of the world today are GOD’S true chosen people. If this is not what you’ve been taught you have been lied to, Your Birth rite has been stolen. If you don’t believe this read your Bibles. Will answer Bible Q’s
    It’s time to reclaim it.

  18. HOW EACH APOSTLE DIED (copied from Christian index

    All of the apostles were insulted by the enemies of the Master. They were called to seal their doctrines with their blood and nobly did they bear the trial.

    Matthew suffered martyrdom by being slain with a sword at a distant city of Ethiopia.

    Mark expired at Alexandria, after being cruelly dragged through the streets of that city.

    Luke was hanged upon an olive tree in the classic land of Greece.

    John was put in a caldron of boiling oil, but escaped death in a miraculous manner, and was afterward banished to Patmos.

    Peter was crucified at Rome with his head downward.

    James, the Greater, was beheaded at Jerusalem.

    James, the Less, was thrown from a lofty pinnacle of the temple, and then beaten to death with a fuller’s club.

    Bartholomew was flayed alive.

    Andrew was bound to a cross, whence he preached to his persecutors until he died.

    Thomas was run through the body with a lance at Coromandel in the East Indies.

    Jude was shot to death with arrows.

    Matthias was first stoned and then beheaded.

    Barnabas of the Gentiles was stoned to death at Salonica.

    Paul, after various tortures and persecutions, was at length beheaded at Rome by the Emperor Nero.

    Such was the fate of the apostles, according to traditional statement.

    –Christian Index

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Read the above again! Dare we think we have it hard in serving the Lord today? God help us in our lack of faith and courage to preach Jesus as Lord, and faithfully serve Him on a daily basis. How long has it been since you talked to someone about Jesus Christ, the Saviour and Lord? Have you taught your children about Jesus and the necessity to obey Him and live for Him? (cf. 2Tim. 3:14-15.)

  19. How many million babies has this country killed since (Roe V Wade)
    Life begins at conception Read Luke K.J.V. Recent revelation (selling of body parts)it is my understanding some of these organs have to be taken from live fetus’s
    Perversion (homosexuality)is taught at early grade school levels,as an alternative life style,has no one read about Sodom and Gomorrah? Look for legislation to be relaxed for rape,incest, child molestation and any other insidious evil forbidden by The Christian God even Jesus the Christ.

  20. I am so in love with Jesus, everyday is exciting, even though I am homeless I am still so much in love with my Lord.

  21. BY
    A 15-year-old SCHOOL KID who got an A+ for this entry
    (TOTALLY AWESOME)!
    The Lord’s Prayer Is not allowed in most US Public schools any more.
    A kid in Minnesota, wrote the following

    NEW
    School Prayer:
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Now
    I sit me down in school
    Where
    praying is against the rule
    For
    this great nation under God
    Finds
    mention of Him very odd.

    If
    scripture now the class recites,
    It
    violates the Bill of Rights.
    And
    anytime my head I bow
    Becomes
    a Federal matter now.

    Our
    hair can be purple, orange or green,
    That’s
    no offense; it’s a freedom scene..
    The
    law is specific, the law is precise.
    Prayers
    spoken aloud are a serious vice.

    For
    praying in a public hall
    Might
    offend someone with no faith at all..
    In
    silence alone we must meditate,
    God’s
    name is prohibited by the State…

    We’re
    allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
    And
    pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks…
    They’ve
    outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
    To
    quote the Good Book makes me liable.

    We
    can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
    And
    the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
    It’s
    ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong,
    We’re
    taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong..

    We
    can get our condoms and birth controls,
    Study
    witchcraft, vampires and totem poles…
    But
    the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
    No
    word of God must reach this crowd.

    It’s
    scary here I must confess,
    When
    chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
    So,
    Lord, this silent plea I make:
    Should
    I be shot; My soul please take!
    Amen

    If
    you aren’t ashamed to do this, Please pass this on..
    Jesus
    said, ‘If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my
    Father.’

    ~~~~~~~~~AWESOME~~~~~~~~~~
    Not
    ashamed. Passing this on.

    BY
    A 15-year-old SCHOOL KID who got an A+ for this entry
    (TOTALLY AWESOME)!
    The Lord’s Prayer Is not allowed in most US Public schools any more.
    A kid in Minnesota, wrote the following

    NEW
    School Prayer:
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Now
    I sit me down in school
    Where
    praying is against the rule
    For
    this great nation under God
    Finds
    mention of Him very odd.

    If
    scripture now the class recites,
    It
    violates the Bill of Rights.
    And
    anytime my head I bow
    Becomes
    a Federal matter now.

    Our
    hair can be purple, orange or green,
    That’s
    no offense; it’s a freedom scene..
    The
    law is specific, the law is precise.
    Prayers
    spoken aloud are a serious vice.

    For
    praying in a public hall
    Might
    offend someone with no faith at all..
    In
    silence alone we must meditate,
    God’s
    name is prohibited by the State…

    We’re
    allowed to cuss and dress like freaks,
    And
    pierce our noses, tongues and cheeks…
    They’ve
    outlawed guns, but FIRST the Bible.
    To
    quote the Good Book makes me liable.

    We
    can elect a pregnant Senior Queen,
    And
    the ‘unwed daddy,’ our Senior King.
    It’s
    ‘inappropriate’ to teach right from wrong,
    We’re
    taught that such ‘judgments’ do not belong..

    We
    can get our condoms and birth controls,
    Study
    witchcraft, vampires and totem poles…
    But
    the Ten Commandments are not allowed,
    No
    word of God must reach this crowd.

    It’s
    scary here I must confess,
    When
    chaos reigns the school’s a mess.
    So,
    Lord, this silent plea I make:
    Should
    I be shot; My soul please take!
    Amen

    If
    you aren’t ashamed to do this, Please pass this on..
    Jesus
    said, ‘If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my
    Father.’

    ~~~~~~~~~AWESOME~~~~~~~~~~
    Not
    ashamed. Passing this on.

  22. Remember B.O’s (The Niger-ian president) Announcement”We are not a Christian nation”

    Judge Reeves, who was appointed to the bench by President Obama, came down hard on the school district — ordering them to pay thousands of dollars in fines. He also warned the district that future violations would cost them Yazoo City.
    Notice to the Antichrist’s
    Jesus Christ is cumming back!
    And you can take that to the bank!

  23. Copied from Liberty Council

    Our First Amendment rights are being subverted because five lawyers seated on the U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling that imposes their will, is not a legal judgment, is not based on the Constitution, and is not based on the Court’s precedents.

    As Thomas Jefferson wrote, “To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy.”

    The five lawyers who affirmed same-sex “marriage” released an opinion they thought would wipe away millennia of human history and end the marriage debate in America. They were wrong. The opinion is as delusional as it is devoid of logic and legal precedent.

  24. Copied in part from cutting edge news. Our government took a page directly from the Communist playbook. You see, Lenin and his leadership cadre realized very early in the implementation of Communist rule in Russia that troops could not be expected to be cruel and merciless to their own people. However, they would be cruel and merciless to people who were not their own. Therefore, Lenin rearranged his army so that Muslim troops patrolled non-Muslim areas, while non-Muslim troops patrolled Muslim areas. This change in tactics served Lenin very well, as millions of Russians were either killed or jailed as Communism was brutally installed.
    This explains Muslims and Chinese invading the White Christian nations.

  25. Addendum to the above.
    Make no mistake this is the locust army of Joel:2 K.J.V.Read the chapter in it’s entirety.
    That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.
    Only Jesus Christ is the answer not your church or your political party.Fervent prayer is needed.

  26. True Israel’s Fingerprints

    by Rev. Bertrand L. Comparet, A.B., J.D.

    The Bible is written to God’s people ISRAEL. The common misconception that “the Jews are all that remains of Israel” makes the Bible seem false to those who hold this mistaken view, just as if you took a good history of the United States, and wherever it said “United States” you wrote in its place “China”; as a history of China, it is clearly false, but applied to the right nation it is true.

    When the police have the fingerprints of a wanted man, they know the man whose prints match those they have is the one they. seek. Likewise, when we find the people to whom all of God’s promises to Israel have been fulfilled, we have found ISRAEL. TODAY, THE WHITE EUROPEANS HAVE ISRAEL’S FINGERPRINTS IN EVERY DETAIL.

    God first made His great promises to Abraham, and repeated them to Abraham’s son, Isaac, and grandson, Jacob (whose name God changed to ISRAEL–a Prince, Ruling With God.”) ISRAEL had 12 sons. The descendants of each son became a tribe, so that all the descendants of Dan became the Tribe of Dan, the descendants of Judah the Tribe Judah, and so on. After their long captivity in Egypt, they became one nation of 12 Tribes (like the one United States of 50 States), which continued until Solomon’s death. Then the ten northern Tribes revolted and set up their own kingdom, keeping the name ISRAEL, while the old, southern two tribed nation was called JUDAH. Thereafter, their histories are recorded separately, in the Books of Kings and of Chronicles, which-like the prophets carefully distinguish between them.

    About 715 B.C., ISRAEL was captured by Assyria and deported to the lands around the south end of the Caspian Sea, and they never returned to Palestine. The Authorized Version of the Bible doesn’t record, their further history, but the prophets continued for several centuries to give further prophecies of ISRAEL’S great future. In the Apocrypha, Esdras 13:3946 records their migration as far as the River Sereth, a northern tributary of the Danube, in Rumania; and other historians of the time record their migration into Northern and Western Europe and the British Isles.

    Over a century later, JUDAH was deported to Babylon, not Assyria for 70 years, as Jeremiah had prophesied; afterward, some of them came back to Palestine, where their descendants (who had never been called “Jews” until their Babylonian conquerors gave them their name) lived until the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in A.D. 70, after which they ceased to be a nation and became wanderers in all lands.

    Neither Bible nor secular history records any destruction of ISRAEL: to the contrary, it was well-known in Christ’s time that they existed in great numbers elsewhere; and Jesus Christ spoke of their continued existence, separate from the Jews, in Matthew 10:5-6, 23.

    The complete destruction of the Jewish nation by the Romans, and their subsequent troubles as outcasts in every nation, are not A failure of the prophecies and promises to ISRAEL, but very accurate fulfillment of the prophecies about the nation of JUDAH and the Jews. With this history in mind, let us examine the prophecies and promises to ISRAEL.

    GOD’S PROMISES TO ABRAHAM WERE UNCONDITIONAL-GOD MUST FULFILL THEM OR BREAK HIS WORD, for he said “I will make of thee a great nation. . . Thou shalt be a father of many nations … And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee, and thy seed after thee in their generations, for an EVERLASTING COVENANT.. Thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies.” God did not say He would do this “IF” or “Perhaps”–they were UNCONDITIONAL promises, and had nothing to do with obeying the law. They were repeated, UNCONDITIONALLY, to Isaac, in Genesis 26.

    They were repeated, UNCONDITIONAL promises to ISRAEL, to whom God also said: “Thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south; and in thee and thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee”. Genesis 28:13-15 and 35:11.

    There can be no evasion of these promises, and God always honored them, even when the Children of Israel worshipped the golden calf. In many places the New Testament recognizes these promises as still in force for example: In Romans, Paul says: “I say, then, hath God cast away His people? God forbid! God hath not cast, nay His people which He foreknew.. who are ISRAELITES: to whom pertaineth the ADOPTION and the GLORY and the COVENANTS and the Giving of the Law and the Services of God and the PROMISES: whose are THE FATHERS. Now I say that Jesus Chirst was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, TO CONFIRM THE PROMISES MADE UNTO THE FATHERS. ”

    IF THESE PROMISES ARE FALSE, THEN THE BIBLE IS FALSE: BUT IF THEY HAVE BEEN FULFILLED, THEN THE PEOPLE TO WHOM THEY WERE FULFILLED ARE IDENTIFIED AS ISRAEL.

    In Hosea 1:10, God revealed that ISRAEL would become “the Sons of God–that is, accept Christianity, saying: “Yet the number of the Children of ISRAEL shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered; and it shall come to pass that, in the place where it was said unto ,them, “Ye are not My people (the Gentiles), there it shall be said unto them, “Ye are the Sons of the Living God.”

    Of this, Galatians 4:4-5 tells us, “But when the fullness of time has come, God sent forth His Son, made of a woman, made under the Law, to redeem THEM THAT WERE UNDER THE LAW, that we might receive THE ADOPTION OF NATIONS. But these cannot be Gentiles, for Romans 2:14 says that the Gentiles were never under the law; and Romans 9:4 tells us that the ADOPTION pertains to the ISRAELITES. THEREFORE, WE MUST LOOK FOR ISRAELITES AMONG THE CHRISTIANS.

    THE PROPHECIES AND PROMISES TO ISRAEL HAVE BEEN FULFILLED TO THOSE OF THE WHITE EUROPEAN NATIONS: FIRST-They are Christian, and have been from early times.

    SECOND-THEY ARE A GREAT NATION AND A COMPANY OF NATIONS: The United States is the largest civilized nation in the world; the British Commonwealth of Nations is legally “a company of nations.” The Scandinavian nations, also of the same blood, can be identified by their history and their heraldry as the Tribes of Dan, Benjamin and Issachar.

    THIRD-THEY ARE VERY, NUMEROUS: In the last two centuries, the United States increased from a mere handful to about 250,000,000 people; in the last 3 centuries, the British Empire increased from 5,000,000 to over 70,000,000.

    FOURTH-THEY EXPANDED IN COLONIES IN ALL DIRECTIONS, as God Prophesied in Gen. 28:14, Deut. 32:8, Isaiah 54:2-3 etc. Their lands are on every continent and in every sea. No other nation had such colonies.

    FIFTH-THEY “POSSESS THE DESOLATE HERITAGES” OF THE EARTH, AS GOD PROPHESIED in Isaiah 49:8 “Thus saith the Lord: in an acceptable time have I heard thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, to establish the earth, to cause to inherit the desolate heritages. Who else has so successfully developed the waste places which were desolate when they first occupied them? Compare our own Southwestern States-with what any other nation has done with similar deserts; compare the British colonies with those of nations of other races.

    SIXTH-THEY ARE A SEAGOING PEOPLE: God said of Israel, “His seed shall be in many waters.” Numbers 24:7 and “I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. ” Psalm 89:25. The two greatest navies belong to the United States and Great Britain; the three greatest Merchant Marines, to these two and Norway.

    SEVENTH-THEY “POSSESS THE GATES OF THEIR ENEMIES” Clearly, Gen 22:17 refers to the “gateways” of hostile nations, the great waterways of the world. The two great Anglo-Saxon nations alone, have power to close every important “gate” in the world and have done it in two World Wars.

    EIGHTH-THEY MAINTAINED THE CONTINUITY OF THE THRONE OF DAVID: It-has been proved that all the kings of England, Ireland and Scotland are descendants of King David of ISRAEL, fulfilling the prophecy that “David shall never lack a man to reign over the House of Israel.”

    Time allows me to give only a very few of the many prophecies about ISRAEL which have been fulfilled by the WHITE EUROPEAN PEOPLE and by no others: at least 100 of them have been found. When you consider that there are more than 100 recognized nations, the mathematical odds against all of these being fulfilled by just one small group of nations, all of the same blood, is billions to one. Do you think this happened by mere accident?

    IF WE ARE NOT ISRAEL, THEN WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO ALL OF GOD’S PROPHECIES? THE BIBLE UNMISTAKABLY IDENTIFIES THE WHITE ARYAN EUROPEAN DESCENDED PEOPLE AS ISRAEL FOR THEY ALONE HAVE ISRAEL’S FINGERPRINTS.

  27. I am noticing that good fellow Christians. Know about the anti christ. Revelation ch.12:7-9 KJV or companion bible. anti christ is Satan himself. He comes in peace..Daniel 8:23-25 Daniel ch.11:21. He is supernatural God allows him to come as the false messiah. That’s why beloved it is important that we study so he can’t deceive us. The sealing is the Truth. Ephesians ch.6:11we need the whole armour of God we will bring Satan down with truth. God Bless

  28. Written by Paul to the
    Ephesians 6:

    11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

    13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

    14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

    15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

    16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

    17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

    18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

    19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,

    20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

  29. The Truth About The Rapture. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant , brethren, concerning them which are asleep , (Dead in Christ)that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
    14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again , even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
    15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep .
    16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
    17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
    18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
    More To Come Soon!

  30. 1 Thessalonians:15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep .
    16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
    17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds,(crowds) to meet the Lord in the air:(breath of life spirit) and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
    18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
    More To Come Soon!

  31. In regards to the rapture,Lets let the Bible interpret the Bible. K.J.V.2Thessalonians 2:1 Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by our gathering together unto him,
    2 That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled , neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand .
    3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed , the son of perdition;
    4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
    5 Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
    6 And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
    7 For the mystery of iniquity doth already work : only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way.
    8 And then shall that Wicked be revealed , whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
    9 Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
    10 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish ; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved .
    11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
    12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.
    13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
    14 Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    15 Therefore *, brethren, stand fast , and hold the traditions which ye have been taught , whether by word, or * our epistle.
    16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,
    17 Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work

  32. How is it that the law enforcer itself does not have to keep the law? How is it that the law permits the state to lawfully engage in actions which, if undertaken by individuals, would land them in jail?

    These are among the most intriguing issues in political and economic philosophy. More specifically, the problem of law that itself violates law is an insurmountable conundrum of all statist philosophies.

    The problem has never been discussed so profoundly and passionately as in this essay by Frederic Bastiat from 1850. The essay might have been written today. It applies in ever way to our own time, which is precisely why so many people credit this one essay for showing them the light of liberty.

    Bastiat’s essay here is timeless because applies whenever and wherever the state assumes unto itself different rules and different laws from that by which it expects other people to live.

    And so we have this legendary essay, written in a white heat against the leaders of 19th century France, the reading of which has shocked millions out of their toleration of despotism. This new edition from the Mises Institute revives a glorious translation that has been out of print for a hundred years, one that circulated in Britain in the generation that followed Bastiat’s death.

    This newly available translation provides new insight into Bastiat’s argument. It is a more sophisticated, more subsantial, and more precise rendering than any in print.

    The question that Bastiat deals with: how to tell when a law is unjust or when the law maker has become a source of law breaking? When the law becomes a means of plunder it has lost its character of genuine law. When the law enforcer is permitted to do with others’ lives and property what would be illegal if the citizens did them, the law becomes perverted.

    Bastiat doesn’t avoid the difficult issues, such as why should we think that a democratic mandate can convert injustice to justice. He deals directly with the issue of the expanse of legislation:

    It is not true that the mission of the law is to regulate our consciences, our ideas, our will, our education, our sentiments, our sentiments, our exchanges, our gifts, our enjoyments. Its mission is to prevent the rights of one from interfering with those of another, in any one of these things. Law, because it has force for its necessary sanction, can only have the domain of force, which is justice.

    More from Bastiat’s The Law:

    Socialism, like the old policy from which it emanates, confounds Government and society. And so, every time we object to a thing being done by Government, it concludes that we object to its being done at all. We disapprove of education by the State — then we are against education altogether. We object to a State religion — then we would have no religion at all. We object to an equality which is brought about by the State then we are against equality, etc., etc. They might as well accuse us of wishing men not to eat, because we object to the cultivation of corn by the State.

    How is it that the strange idea of making the law produce what it does not contain — prosperity, in a positive sense, wealth, science, religion — should ever have gained ground in the political world? The modern politicians, particularly those of the Socialist school, found their different theories upon one common hypothesis; and surely a more strange, a more presumptuous notion, could never have entered a human brain.

    They divide mankind into two parts. Men in general, except one, form the first; the politician himself forms the second, which is by far the most important.

    Bastiat concludes his penetrating analysis with this:

    The social organs are constituted so as to enable them to develop harmoniously in the grand air of liberty. Away, then, with quacks and organizers! Away with their rings, and their chains, and their hooks, and their pincers! Away with their artificial methods! Away with their social laboratories, their governmental whims, their centralization, their tariffs, their universities, their State religions, their inflationary or monopolizing banks, their limitations, their restrictions, their moralizations, and their equalization by taxation! And now, after having vainly inflicted upon the social body so many systems, let them end where they ought to have begun — reject all systems, and try of liberty — liberty, which is an act of faith in God and in His work.

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