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Duties of subjects, servants, I. PETER, 3.
wires, and husbands. offence, even to them which stumble at the not the word, they also may without the word word, being disobedient: whereunto also be won by the conversation of the wives; they were appointed.
2.While they behold your chaste conver9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal sation coupled with fear. priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar peo- 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward ple; that ye should shew forth the praises adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearof him who hath called you out of darkness ing of gold, or of putting on of apparel ; into his marvellous light:
4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, 10 Which in time past were not a people, in that which is not corruptible, even the but are now the people of God: which had ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which not obtained mercy, but now have obtained is in the sight of God of great price. mercy,
5 For after this manner in the old time 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as stran- the holy women also, who trusted in God, gers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto which war against the soul ;
their own husbands : 12 Having your conversation honest among 6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak a- him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long gainst you as evildoers, they may by your as ye do well, and are not afraid with any good works, which they shall behold, glorify amazement. God in the day of visitation.
7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them 13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance according to knowledge, giving honour unto of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as to the king, as supreme;
being heirs together of the grace of life; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are that your prayers be not hindered. sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, 8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having and for the praise of them that do well. compassion one of another, love as bre
15 For so is the will of God, that with well thren, be pitiful, be courteous : doing ye may put to silence the ignorance 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for of foolish men:
railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing 16 As free, and not using your liberty for that ye are thereunto called, that ye should a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants inherit a blessing. of God.
10 For he that will love life, and see good 17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, Fear God. Honour the king.
and his lips that they speak no guile: 18 Servants, be subject to your masters 11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let with all fear; not only to the good and him seek peace, and ensue it. gentle, but also to the froward.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the 19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for righteous, and his ears are open unto their conscience toward God endure grief, suffer- prayers : but the face of the Lord is against ing wrongfully.
them that do evil. 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be 13 And who is he that will harm you, if buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it pa- ye be followers of that which is good ? tiently? but if, when yé do well, and suffer 14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of with God.
their terror, neither be troubled ; 21 For even hereunto were ye called : be- 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your cause Christ also suffered for us, leaving us hearts: and be ready always to give an anan example, that ye should follow his steps: swer to every man that asketh you a reason
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found of the hope that is in you with meekness in his mouth:
and fear: 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not 16 Having a good conscience; that, whereagain; when he suffered, he threatened not; as they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, but committed himself to him that judgeth they may be ashamed that falsely accuse righteously:
your good conversation in Christ. 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his 17 For it is better, if the will of God be own body on the tree, that we, being dead 80, that ye suffer for well doing, than for to sins, should live unto righteousness: by
evil doing. whose stripes ye were healed.
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but sins, the just for the unjust, that he might are now returned unto the Shepherd and bring us to God, being put to death in the Bishop of your souls.
flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: CHAPTER 3.
19 By which also he went and preached 1 He teacheth the duty of wives and husbands
unto the spirits in prison; to each other, & exhorting all men to unity
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when and love, 14 and to suffer persecution. 19 He once the longsuffering of God waited in the declareth also the benefits of Christ toward days of Noah, while the ark was a preparthe old world.
ing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were
saved by water. your own husbands; that, if any obey 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism
I. PETER, 3.
The duty of elders. doth also now save us (not the putting away 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a let him not be ashamed; but let him glogood conscience toward God,) by the resur- rify God on this behalf. rection of Jesus Christ :
17 For the time is come that judgment 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the must begin at the house of God: and if it right hand of God; angels and authorities first begin at us, what shall the end be of and powers being made subject unto him. them that obey not the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, CHAPTER 4.
where shall the ungodly and the sinner 1 He exhorteth them to cease from sin by the appear?
example of Christ, and the consideration of the 19 Wherefore let them that suffer accordgeneral end that now approacheth: 12 and
ing to the will of God commit the keeping comforteth them against persecution.
of their souls to him in well doing, as unto VORASMUCH then as Christ hath suffer- a faithful Creator.
ed for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath
CHAPTER 5. suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 1 He exhorteth the elders to feed their focks,
2 That he no longer should live the rest 5 the younger to obey, 8 and all to be sober, of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men,
watchful, and constant in the faith: 9 to but to the will of God.
resist the cruel adversary the devil. 3 For the time past of our may suffice
elders which are you I exhort, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and of the glory that shall be revealed : abominable idolatries :
2 Feed the flock of God which is among 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye you, taking the oversight thereof, not by conrun not with them to the same excess of straint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, riot, speaking evil of you:
but of a ready mind; 5 Who shall give account to him that is 3 Neither as being lords over God's heri. ready to judge the quick and the dead. tage, but being ensamples to the flock.
6 For for this cause was the gospel preached 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall apalso to them that are dead, that they might pear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that be judged according to men in the flesh, but fadeth not away. live according to God in the spirit.
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves 7 But the end of all things is at hand: be unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. one to another, and be clothed with humi
8 And above all things have fervent cha- | lity: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth rity among yourselves : for charity shall
grace to the humble. cover the multitude of sins.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the 9 Use hospitality one to another without mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you grudging.
in due time: 10 As every man hath received the gift, even 7 Casting all your care upon him; for he so minister the same one to another, as good careth for you. stewards of the manifold grace of God.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your ad11 If any man speak, let him speak as the versary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh oracles of God; if any man minister, let him about, seeking whom he may devour: do it as of the ability which God giveth: 9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that God in all things may be glorified that the same afflictions are accomplished in through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise your brethren that are in the world. and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, the fiery trial which is to try you, as though after that ye have suffered a while, make you some strange thing happened unto you: perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are par- 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever takers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his and ever. Amen. glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also 12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto with exceeding joy.
you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, 14 If ye be reproached for the name of exhorting, and testifying that this is the Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory true grace of God wherein ye stand. and of God resteth upon you: on their part 13 The church that is at Babylon, elected he is evil spoken of, but on your part he together with you, saluteth you; and so is glorified.
doth Marcus my son. 15 But let none of you suffer as a mur- 14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of derer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as charity. Peace be with you all that are in a busybody in other men's matters.
Christ Jesus. Amen. 856
THE SECOND EPISTLE GENERAL OF
vised fables, when we made known unto you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus 1 Confirming them in hope of the increase of Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. God's graces, 5 he eschorteth them, by faith,
17 For he received from God the Father and good works, to make their calling sure : 12 whereof he is careful to remember them,
honour and glory, when there came such a knowing that his death is at hand: 16 and voice to him from the excellent glory, This is warneth them to be constant in the faith of
my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Christ, who is the true Son of God, by the 18 And this voice which came from hea. eyewitness of the apostles beholding his ma- ven we heard, when we were with him in jesty, and by the testimony of the Father, and the holy mount. the prophets.
19 We have also a more sure word of proIMON Peter, a servant and an apostle phecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take
heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark tained like precious faith with us through place, until the day dawn, and the day star the righteousness of God and our Saviour arise in your hearts: Jesus Christ:
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you of the scripture is of any private interprethrough the knowledge of God, and of Jesus tation. our Lord,
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by 3 According as his divine power hath given the will of man: but holy men of God spako unto us all things that pertain unto life and as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. godliness, through the knowledge of him
CHAPTER 2. that hath called us to glory and virtue:
1 He foretelleth them of false teachers, shewing 4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding
the impiety and punishment both of them and great and precious promises : that by these
their followers: 7 from which the godly shall ye might be partakers of the divine nature, be delivered, as Lot was out of Sodom: 10 and having escaped the corruption that is in more fully describeth the manners of those the world through lust
profane blasphemous seducers, whereby 5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add they may be the better known, and avoided.
6 And to knowledge temperance; and to teachers among you, who privily shall bring temperance patience; and to patience god- in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord liness;
that bought them, and bring upon them7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and selves swift destruction. to brotherly kindness charity.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious 8 For if these things be in you, and abound, ways; by reason of whom the way of truth they make you that ye shall neither be bar- shall be evil spoken of. ren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our 3 And through covetousness shall they with Lord Jesus Christ.
feigned words make merchandise of you: 9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, whose judgment now of a long time lingerand cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten eth not, and their damnation slumbereth that he was purged from his old sins.
not. 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give 4 For if God spared not the angels that diligence to aal your calling and election sinned, but cast them down to hell, and desure: for if ye do these things, ye shall livered them into chains of darkness, to be never fall :
reserved unto judgment; 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered 5 And spared not the old world, but saved unto you abundantly into the everlasting Noah the eighth person, a preacher of rightkingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus eousness, bringing in the flood upon the Christ.
world of the ungodly; 12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to 6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Goput you always in remembrance of these morrha into ashes condemned them with an things, though ye know them, and be esta- overthrow, making them an ensample unto blished in the present truth.
those that after should live ungodly; 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am 7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting Althy conversation of the wicked : you in remembrance ;
8 (For that righteous man dwelling among 14 Knowing that shortly I must put off them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus righteous soul from day to day with their Christ hath shewed me.
unlawful deeds ;) 15 Moreover I will endeavour that yo may 9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver tho be able after my decease to have these things godly out of temptations, and to reserve always in remembrance.
the unjust unto the day of judgment to be 16 For we have not followed cunningly de- punished:
Wicked seducers described. II. PETER, 2.
Christ's second coming. 10 But chiefly them that walk after the 2 That ye may be mindful of the words flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise which were spoken before by the holy progovernment. Presumptuous are they, self- phets, and of the commandment of us tho willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of apostles of the Lord and Saviour: dignitics.
3 Knowing this first, that there shall come 11 Whereas angels, which are greater in in the last days scoffers, walking after their power and night, bring not railing accusa- own lusts, tion against them before the Lord.
4 And saying, Where is the promise of his 12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the all things continue as they were from the things that they understand not; and shall beginning of the creation. utterly perish in their own corruption;
5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, 13 And shall receive the reward of un- that by the word of God the heavens were righteousness, as they that count it plea- of old, and the earth standing out of the sure to riot in the day time. Spots they water and in the water : are and blemishes, sporting themselves with 6 Whereby the world that then was, being their own deceivings while they feast with overflowed with water, perished: you;
7 But the heavens and the earth, which are 14 Having eyes full of adultery, and that now, by the same word are kept in store, recannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable served unto fire against the day of judgment souls: an heart they have exercised with and perdition of ungodly men. covetous practices; cursed children:
8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one 15 Which have forsaken the right way, and thing, that one day is with the Lord as a are gone astray, following the way of Ba- thousand years, and a thousand years as laam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages one day. of unrighteousness;
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his 16 But was rebuked for his iniquity: the promisc, as some men count slackness; but dumb ass speaking with man's voice forbad is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that the madness of the prophet.
any should perish, but that all should come 17 These are wells without water, clouds to repentance. that are carried with a tempest; to whom 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. thief in the night; in the which the heavens
18 For when they speak great swelling shall pass away with a great noise, and the words of vanity, they allure through the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, earth also and the works that are therein those that were clean escaped from them shall be burned up. who live in error.
11. Seeing then that all these things shall 19 While they promise them liberty, they be dissolved, what manner of persons ought themselves are the scrvants of corruption : ye to be in all holy conversation and godfor of whom a man is overcome, of the same liness, is he brought in bondage.
12 Looking for and hasting unto the com20 For if after they have escaped the pol- ing of the day of God, wherein the heavens lutions of the world through the knowlerige | being on fire shall be dissolved, and tho of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they elements shall melt with fervent heat ? are again entangled therein, and overcoine, 13 Nevertheless we, according to his prothe latter end is worse with them than the misc, look for new heavens and a new earth, beginning.
wherein dwelleth righteousness. 21 For it had been better for them not to 11 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look have known the way of righteousness, than, for such things, be diligent that ye may be after they have known it, to turn from the found of him in peace, without spot, and holy commandment delivered unto them. blanicless.
22 But it is happened unto them accord- 15 And account that the longsuffering of ing to the true proverb, The dog is turned our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved to his own vomit again; and the sow that brother Paul also according to the wisdom was washed to her wallowing in the mire. given unto him hath written unto you;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in CHAPTER 3.
them of these things'; in which are some 1 He assureth them of the certainty of Christ's things hard to be understood, which they
coming to judgment, against those scorners that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as who dispute against it: 8 warning the godly,
they do also the other scriptures, unto their for the long patience of God, to hasten their repentance. 10 He describeth also the man
own destruction. ner how the world shall be destroyed: 11 cx
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know horting them, from the expectation thereof, these things before, bcware lest ye also, being to all holiness of life: 15 and again, to think led away with the error of the wicked, fai the patience of God to tend to their salvation, from your own stedfastness. as Paul wrote to them in his epistles.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowTHIS second epistle, beloved, I now write ledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
unto you; in both which I stir up your To him be glory both now and for ever. pure minds by way of remembrance :
THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF
7 Brethren, I write no new commandment 1 He describeth the person of Christ, in whom
unto you, but an old commandment which we have eternal lije, by a communion with
ye had from the beginning. The old comGod: 5 to which we must adjoin holiness mandment is the word which ye have heard of life, to testify the truth of that our com- from the beginning. munion and profession of faith, as also to 8 Again, a new commandment I write assure us of the forgiveness of our sins by unto you, which thing is true in him and Christ's death.
in you : because the darkness is past, and
the true light now shineth. we have heard, which we have seen with 9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our his brother, is in darkness even until now. hands have handled, of the Word of life ; 10 He that loveth his brother abideth in
2 (For the life was manifested, and we the light, and there is none occasion of have seen it, and bear witness, and shew stumbling in him. unto you that eternal life, which was with 11 But he that hateth his brother is in the Father, and was manifested unto us ;) darkness, and walketh in darkness, and
3 That which we have seen and heard de- knoweth not whither he goeth, because that clare we unto you, that ye also may have darkness hath blinded his eyes. fellowship with us: and truly our fellow- 12 I write unto you, little children, because ship is with the Father, and with his Son your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. Jesus Christ.
13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye 4 And these things write we unto you, that have known him that is from the beginning. your joy may be full.
I write unto you, young men, because ye 5 This then is the message which we have have overcome the wicked one. I write unto heard of him, and declare unto you, that God you, little children, because ye have known is light, and in him is po darkness at all. the Father.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with 14 I have written unto you, fathers, behim, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do cause ye have known him that is from the not the truth :
beginning. I have written unto you, young 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in men, because ye are strong, and the word the light, we have fellowship one with an- of God abideth in you, and ye have overother, and the blood of Jesus Christ bis Son come the wicked one. cleanseth us from all sin.
15 Love not the world, neither the things 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive that are in the world. If any man love the ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
world, the love of the Father is not in him. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and 16 For all that is in the world, the lust just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and from all unrighteousness.
the pride of life, is not of the Father, but 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we is of the world. make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 17 And the world passeth away, and the CHAPTER 2.
lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of
God abideth for ever. 1 He comforteth them against the sins of infirmity. 3 Rightly to know God is to keep
18 Little children, it is the last time: and his commandmenis, 9 to love our brethren, as ye have heard that antichrist shall conie, 15 and not to love the world. 18 We must even now are there many antichrists; wherebeware of seducers: 20 from whose deceits by we know that it is the last time. the godly are safe, preserved by perseverance 19 They went out from us, but they were in faith, and holiness of life.
not of us; for if they had been of us, they Y little children, these things write I would no doubt have continued with us :
but they went out, that they might be made man sin, we have an advocate with the manifest that they were not all of us. Father, Jesus Christ the righteous :
20 But ye have an unction from the Holy 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins : One, and ye know all things. and not for our's only, but also for the sins 21 I have not written unto you because yo of the whole world.
know not the truth, but because yo know 3 And hereby we do know that we know it, and that no lie is of the truth. him, if we keep his commandments.
22 Who is a liar but he that denieth that 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that not his commandments, is a liar, and the denieth the Father and the Son. truth is not in him.
23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same 5 But whoso keepeth his word, in him hath not the Father: [but] he that acknowverily is the love of God perfected : hereby ledgeth the Son hath the Father also. know we that we are in him.
24 Let that therefore abide in you, which 6 He that saith he abideth in him ought ye have heard from the beginning. If that himself also so to walk, even as he walked. which ye have heard from the beginning