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superiors. of God : which had not obtained i ple, that ye should follow his mercy, but now have obtained

steps : mercy:

22 Who did no sin, neither was 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech guile found in his mouth : you, as strangers and pilgrims, 23 Who, when he was reviled, abstain from Aeshly lusts, which reviled not again ; when he sufwar against the soul ;

fered, he threatened not; but 12 Having your conversation committed himself to him that honest among the Gentiles : that, judgeth righteously : whereas they speak against you 24 Who his own self bare our as evil-doers, they may by your sins in his own body on the tree, good works, which they shall be that we, being dead to sins, should hold, glorify God in the day of live unto righteousness : by whose visitation.

stripes ye were healed. i3 Submit yourselves to every 25 For ye were as sheep going ordinance of man for the Lord's astray; but are now returned unto sake: whether it be to the king, the Shepherd and Bishop of your as supreme;

souls. 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for

CHAP. III. the punishment of evil-doers, and 1 He teacheth the duty of wives and

husbands to each other, 8 exhorting for the praise of them that do

all men to unity and love, 14 and to well.

suffer persecution. 19 He declar. 15 For so is the will of God, eth also the benefits of Christ toward

the old world. that with well-doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of fool- LIKEWISE, ye wives, be in ish men :

subjection to your own hus16 As free, and not using your bands; that, if any obey not the liberty for a cloak of malicious- word, they also may without the ness, but as the servants of God.

word be won by the conversation 17 Honour all men. Love the of the wives ; brotherhood. Fear God. Hon 2 While they behold your chaste our the king.

conversation coupled with fear. 18 Servants, be subject to your 3 Whose adorning let it not be masters with all fear; not only that outward adorning of plaitto the good and gentle, but also ing the hair, and of wearing of to the froward.

gold, or of putting on of apparel ; 19 For this is thank-worthy, 4 But let it be the hidden man if a man for conscience toward of the heart, in that which is not God endure grief, suffering wrong. corruptible, even the ornament of fully.

a meek and quiet spirit, which is 20 For what glory is it, if, when in the sight of God of great price. ye be buffeted for your faults, ye

5 For after this manner in the shall take it patiently? but if, old time the holy women also, when ye do well, and suffer for who trusted in God, adorned it, ye take it patiently, this is ac themselves, being in subjection ceptable with God.

unto their own husbands : 21 For even hereunto were ye 6 Even as Sarah obeyed Abracalled : because Christ also suf ham, calling him lord: whose fered for us, leaving us an exam. daughters ye are, as long as ye

Comfort in

persecutions. do well, and are not afraid with, God be so, that ye suffer for wellany amazement.

doing, than for evil-doing. 7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell 18 For Christ also hath once with them according to know- suffered for sins, the just for the ledge, giving honour unto the unjust, that he might bring us to wife, as unto the weaker vessel, God, being put to death in the and as being heirs together of the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit : grace of life; that your prayers 19 By which also he went and be not hindered.

preached unto the spirits in pris8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, on; having compassion one of an 20 Which sometime were disother; love as brethren, be pitiful, obedient, when once the longbe courteous :

suffering of God waited in the 9 Not rendering evil for evil, days of Noah, while the ark was or railing for railing: but con a preparing, wherein few, that is, trariwise, blessing ; knowing that eight souls, were saved by water. ye are thereunto called, that ye 21 The like figure whereunto, should inherit a blessing.

even baptism, doth also now save 10 For he that will love life, us, (not the putting away of the and see good days, let him refrain filth of the flesh, but the answer of his tongue from evil, and his lips a good conscience toward God,) that they speak no guile : by the resurrection of Jesus

11 Let him eschew evil, and Christ : do good : let him seek peace, and 22 Who is gone into heaven, ensue it.

and is on the right hand of God; 12 For the eyes of the Lord are angels, and authorities, and powover the righteous, and his ears ers being made subject unto him are open unto their prayers : but the face of the Lord is against | 1 He exhorteth them to cease from

CHAP. IV. them that do evil.

sin by the example of Christ, and 13 And who is he that will the consideration of the general

end that now approacheth: 12 and harm you, if ye be followers of

comforteth them against persecu. that which is good ? 14 But and if ye suffer for FORASMUCH then as Christ righteousness' sake, happy are hath suffered for us in the ye; and be not afraid of their ter- flesh, arm yourselves likewise ror, neither be troubled ;

with the same mind : for he that 15 But sanctify the Lord God hath suffered in the flesh hath in your hearts : and be ready al- ceased from sin; ways to give an answer to every 2 That he no longer should man that asketh you a reason of live the rest of his time in the the hope that is in you, with flesh to the lusts of men, but to meekness and fear.

the will of God. 16 Having a good conscience ; 3 For the time past of our life that, whereas they speak evil of may suffice us to have wrought you, as of evil-doers, they may the will of the Gentiles, when we be ashamed that falsely ac walked in lasciviousness, lusts, cuse your good conversation in excess of wine, revellings, banChrist.

quetings, and abominable idole17 For it is better, if the will of I tries :



evil of you :

Of ceasing from sin. I. PETER.

Duty of elders. 4 Wherein they think it strange a murderer, or as a thief, or as an that ye run not with them to the evil-doer, or as a busybody in other excess of riot, speaking men's matters.

16 Yet if any man suffer as a 5 Who shall give account to Christian, let him not be ashamhim that is ready to judge the ed; but let him glorify God on quick and the dead.

this behalf. 6 For for this cause was the 17 For the time is come that gospel preached also to them that judgment must begin at the house are dead, that they might be of God: and if it first begin at judged according to men in the us, what shall the end be of them fesh, but live according to God that obey not the gospel of God? in the spirit.

18 And if the righteous scarce. 7 But the end of all things is ly be saved, where shall the unat hand : be ye therefore sober, godly and the sinner appear? and watch unto prayer:

19 Wherefore, let them that 8 And above all things have suffer according to the will of fervent charity among yourselves : God, commit the keeping of their for charity shall cover the multi-souls to him in well-doing, as tude of sins.

unto a faithful Creator. 9 Use hospitality one to another

CHAP. V. without grudging.

1 He exhorteth the elders to feed their 10 As every man hath received flocks, 5 the younger to obey, 8 and the gift, even so minister the same

all to be sober, watchful, and con.

stant in the faith: 9 to resist the one to another, as good stewards cruel adversary the devil. of the manifold grace of God. THE elders which are among

11 If any man speak, let him you I exhort, who am also speak as the oracles of God; if any an elder, and a witness of the man minister, let him do it, as of sufferings of Christ, and also a the ability which God giveth : partaker of the glory that shall that God in all things may be

be revealed : glorified through Jesus Christ; to 2 Feed the flock of God which whom be praise and dominion for is among you, taking the overever and ever. Amen.

sight thereof, not by constraint, 12 Beloved, think it not strange, but willingly; not for filthy luiconcerning the fiery trial which is cre, but of a ready mind; to try you, as though some strange 3 Neither as being lords over thing happened unto you: God's heritage, but being ensam

13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye ples to the flock. are partakers of Christ's suffer 4 And when the chief Shepherd ings; that, when his glory shall shall appear, ye shall receive a be revealed, ye may be glad also crown of glory that fadeth not with exceeding joy.

14 If ye be reproached for the 5 Likewise, ye younger, submit name of Christ, happy are ye;

for yourselves unto the elder. Yea, the Spirit of glory and of God all of you be subject one to anresteth upon you. On their part other, and be clothed with huhe is evil spoken of, but on your mility : God resisteth the part he is glorified.

proud, and giveth grace to the 15 But let none of you suffer as 1 humble.


Exhortation to


several duties. 6 Humble yourselves therefore | while, make you perfect, stablish, under the mighty hand of God, strengthen, settle you. that he may exalt you in due 11 To him be glory and domintime :

ion for ever and ever. Amen. 7 Casting all your care upon 12 By Sylvanus, a faithful him; for he careth for you.

brother unto you, as I


I 8 Be sober, be vigilant; be- have written briefly, exhorting, cause your adversary the devil, and testifying that this is the as a roaring lion, walketh about, true grace of God wherein ye seeking whom he may devour: stand.

9 Whom resist steadfast in the 13 The church that is at Babyfaith, knowing that the same af- lon, elected together with you, Aictions are accomplished in your saluteth you; and so doth Marbrethren that are in the world. cus my son.

10 But the God of all grace, 14 Greet ye one another with a who hath called unto his kiss of charity. Peace be with eternal glory by Christ Jesus, you all that are in Christ Jesus. after that ye have suffered a Amen.


ness ;

T The Second Epistle General of PETER.

that is in the world through i Confirming them in hope of the lust. increase of God's graces, 5 he ex. horteth them, by faith, and curred diligence, add to your faith, vir

5 And besides this, giving all 12 whereof he is careful to remem tue; and to virtue, knowledge ; ber them, knowing that his death is

6 And to knowledge, tempeat hand: 16 and warneth them to be constant in the faith of Christ,

rance; and to temperance; pawho is the true Son of God, by the tience; and to patience, godli-: eye-witness of the apostles beholding his majesty, and by the testimony of the Father, and the prophets.

7 And to godliness, brotherly SIMON Peter, a servant and an kindness; and to brotherly kind

apostle of Jesus Christ, to ness, charity. them that have obtained like pre

8 For if these things be in you, cious faith with us through the and abound, they make you that righteousness of God and our ye shall neither be barren nor unSaviour Jesus Christ :

fruitful in the knowledge of our 2 Grace and peace be multiplied Lord Jesus Christ. unto you through the knowledge 9 But he that lacketh these of God, and of Jesus our Lord, things is blind, and cannot see

3 According as his divine power afar off, and hath forgotten that hath given unto us all things that he was purged from his old sins. pertain unto life and godliness, 10 Wherefore the rather, breththrough the knowledge of him that ren, give diligence to make your hath called us to glory and virtue: calling and election sure : for if

4 Whereby are given unto us ye do these things, ye shall never exceeding great and precious fall : promises; that by these ye might 11 For so an entrance shall be be partakers of the divine nature, ministered unto you abundantly, having escaped the corruption ! into the everlasting kingdom of

False teachers

foretold. our Lord and Saviour Jesus ers, shewing the impiety and pun. Christ.

ishment both of them and their fol.

lowers: 7 from which the godly 12 Wherefore I will not be neg shall be delivered, as Lot ras out ligent to put you always in of Sodom : 10 and more fully de.

scribeth the manners of those proremembrance of these things,

fane and blasphemous seducers, though ye know them, and be es

whereby they may be the better tablished in the present truth. known, and avoided.

13 Yea, I think it meet, as long BUT there were false prophets as I am in this tabernacle, to stir also among the people, even you up by putting you in remem as there shall be false teachers brance;

among you, who privily shall 14 Knowing that shortly I must bring in damnable heresies, even put off this my tabernacle, even denying the Lord that bought as our Lord Jesus Christ hath them, and bring upon themselves shewed me.

swift destruction. 15 Moreover I will endeavour 2 And many shall follow their that ye may be able, after my de- pernicious ways; by reason of ccase, to have these things al whom the way of truth shall be ways in remembrance.

evil spoken of., 16 For we have not followed 3 And through covetousness cunningly devised fables, when shall they with feigned words we made known unto you the make merchandise of you : whose power and coming of our Lord judgment now of a long time Jesus Christ, but were eye-wit- lingereth not, and their damnanesses of his majesty.

tion slumbereth not. 17 For he received from God 4 For if God spared not the the Father honour and glory, angels that sinned, but cast them when there came such a voice down to hell, and delivered them to him from the excellent glory, into chains of darkness, to be reThis is my beloved Son, in whom served unto judgment; I am well pleased.

5 And spared not the old world, 18 And this voice which came

but saved Noah the eighth perfrom heaven we heard, when we son, a preacher of righteousness, were with him in the holy mount. bringing in the flood upon the

19 We have also a more sure world of the ungodly ; word of prophecy; whereunto ye 6 And turning the cities of Soddo well that ye take heed, as un om and Gomorrah into ashes, to a light that shineth in a dark condemned them with an overplace, until the day dawn, and the throw, making them an ensample day-star arise in your hearts : unto those that after should live

20 Knowing this first, that no ungodly; prophecy of the scripture is of And delivered just Lot, vexany private interpretation. ed with the filthy conversation of 21 For the prophecy came not

the wicked : in old time by the will of man: 8 (For that righteous man dwel. hut holy men of God spake as ling among them, in seeing and they were moved by the Holy hearing, vexed his righteous soul Ghost.

from day to day with their unCHAP. II.

lawful deeds ;) 1 He foretelleth them of fulse teach.

9 The Lord knoweth how to


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