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Obedience to superiors. Christ our example. that ye should shew forth the 19 For this is thank-worthy, praises of him who hath called if a man for conscience toward you out of darkness into his mar-God endure grief, suffering vellous light: wrongfully.

10 Which in time past were not 20 For what glory is it, if, a people, but are now the people when ye be buffeted for your of God: which had not obtained faults, ye shall take it patiently? mercy, but now have obtained but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently,


11 Dearly beloved, I beseech this is acceptable with God. you, as strangers and pilgrims, 21 For even hereunto were abstain from fleshly lusts, which ye called: because Christ also war against the soul; suffered for us, leaving us an 12 Having your conversation example, that ye should follow honest among the Gentiles: that, his steps:

whereas they speak against you 22 Who did no sin, neither as evil-doers, they may by your was guile found in his mouth: good works, which they shall 23 Who, when he was reviled, behold, glorify God in the day of reviled not again; when he sufvisitation. fered, he threatened not; but 13 Submit yourselves to every committed himself to him that ordinance of man for the Lord's judgeth righteously: sake: whether it be to the king, 24 Who his own self bare our as supreme; sins in his own body on the tree,

14 Or unto governors, as unto that we, being dead to sins, them that are sent by him for should live unto righteousness: the punishment of evil-doers, by whose stripes ye were healed. and for the praise of them that 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop your souls.

do well.

15 For so is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may put of to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of malicious


Duty of wives and husbands. IKEWISE, ye wives, be in subjection to your own

ness, but as the servants of God. husbands; that, if any obey not 17 Honour all men. Love the the word, they also may without brotherhood. Fear God. Ho- the word be won by the convernour the king. sation of the wives;

18 Servants, be subject to your 2 While they behold your masters with all fear; not only chaste conversation coupled with to the good and gentle, but also fear.

to the froward.

3 Whose adorning let it not

Exhortation to unity, holiness,

CHAP. III. and to suffer patiently. be that outward adorning of 12 For the eyes of the Lord plaiting the hair, and of wearing are over the righteous, and his of gold, or of putting on of ap- ears are open unto their prayers: parel; but the face of the Lord is

4 But let it be the hidden man against them that do evil. of the heart, in that which is not 13 And who is he that will corruptible, even the ornament of harm you if ye be followers of a meek and quiet spirit, which that which is good?

is in the sight of God of great 14 But and if ye suffer for price. righteousness' sake, happy are

5 For after this manner in the ye; and be not afraid of their old time the holy women also, terror, neither be troubled; who trusted in God, adorned 15 But sanctify the Lord God themselves, being in subjection in your hearts: and be ready alunto their own husbands: ways to give an answer to every 6 Even as Sarah obeyed Abra- man that asketh you a reason of ham, calling him lord: whose the hope that is in you, with daughters ye are, as long as ye meekness and fear. do well, and are not afraid with 16 Having a good conscience; any amazement. that, whereas they speak evil

7 Likewise, ye husbands, of you, as of evil-doers, they may dwell with them according to be ashamed that falsely accuse knowledge, giving honour unto your good conversation in Christ. the wife, as unto the weaker ves- 17 For it is better, if the will sel, and as being heirs together of God be so, that ye suffer of the grace of life; that your for well-doing, than for evilprayers be not hindered.. doing.

8 Finally, be ye all of one 18 For Christ also hath once mind, having compassion one of suffered for sins, the just for the another; love as brethren, be unjust, that he might bring us pitiful, be courteous : to God, being put to death in 9 Not rendering evil for evil, the flesh, but quickened by the or railing for railing: but con- Spirit: trariwise, blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;

10 For he that will love life, 20 Which sometime were disand see good days, let him re- obedient, when once the longfrain his tongue from evil, and suffering of God waited in the his lips that they speak no guile: days of Noah, while the ark 11 Let him eschew evil, and was a preparing, wherein few, do good: let him seek peace, that is, eight souls, were saved and ensue it.

by water.

Exhortation to sobriety, &c.

I. PETER, Comfort under persecution.

21 The like figure whereunto, the flesh, but live according to even baptism, doth also now save God in the spirit.

us, (not the putting away of the 7 But the end of all things is filth of the flesh, but the answer at hand: be ye therefore sober, of a good conscience toward and watch unto prayer. God,) by the resurrection of 8 And above all things have Jesus Christ: fervent charity among your

22 Who is gone into heaven, selves: for charity shall cover and is on the right hand of the multitude of sins. God; angels, and authorities, 9 Use hospitality one to anand powers being made subject other without grudging.

unto him.


10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good then as stewards of the manifold grace

Of ceasing from sin.


Christ hath suffered for us of God.

in the flesh, arm yourselves 11 If any man speak, let him likewise with the same mind: speak as the oracles of God; if for he that hath suffered in any man minister, let him do it the flesh hath ceased from as of the ability which God sin; giveth: that God in all things

2 That he no longer should may be glorified through Jesus live the rest of his time in the Christ; to whom be praise and flesh to the lusts of men, but to dominion for ever and ever. the will of God. Amen.


3 For the time past of our life 12 Beloved, think it not may suffice us to have wrought strange, concerning the fiery the will of the Gentiles, when trial which is to try you, as we walked in lasciviousness, though some strange thing haplusts, excess of wine, revellings. pened unto you: banquetings, and abominable 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's suf4 Wherein they think it ferings; that, when his glory strange that ye run not with shall be revealed, ye may be them to the same excess of riot, glad also with exceeding joy. speaking evil of you: 14 If ye be reproached for the 5 Who shall give account to name of Christ, happy are ye; him that is ready to judge the for the Spirit of glory and of quick and the dead. God resteth upon you. On their 6 For, for this cause was the part he is evil spoken of, but on gospel preached also to them your part he is glorified. that are dead, that they might 15 But let none of you suffer be judged according to men in as a murderer, or as a thief, or

Sundry duties enjoined.

CHAP. V. The concluding benediction. as an evil-doer, or as a busy-Yea, all of you be subject one body in other men's matters. to another, and be clothed with

16 Yet if any man suffer humility: for God resisteth the as a Christian, let him not be proud, and giveth grace to the ashamed; but let him glorify humble.

God on this behalf.

6 Humble yourselves there17 For the time is come that fore under the mighty hand of judgment must begin at the God, that he may exalt you in house of God: and if it first due time:

begin at us, what shall the end 7 Casting all your care upon be of them that obey not the him; for he careth for you. gospel of God? 8 Be sober, be vigilant; be

18 And if the righteous cause your adversary the devil, scarcely be saved, where shall as a roaring lion, walketh about, the ungodly and the sinner seeking whom he may devour: appear? 9 Whom resist steadfast in 19 Wherefore, let them that the faith, knowing that the suffer according to the will of same afflictions are accomplishGod, commit the keeping of ed in your brethren that are in their souls to him in well-doing, the world. as unto a faithful Creator.



10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus,

The duty of elders, &c. HE elders which are among after that ye have suffered a you I exhort, who am also while, make you perfect, estaan elder, and a witness of the blish, strengthen, settle you. sufferings of Christ, and also a 11 To him be glory and partaker of the glory that shall dominion for ever and ever. be revealed: Amen.

2 Feed the flock of God which 12 By Silvanus, a faithful is among you, taking the over- brother unto you, as I suppose, sight thereof, not by constraint, I have written briefly, exhorting, but willingly; not for filthy lu- and testifying that this is the cre, but of a ready mind; true grace of God wherein ye

3 Neither as being lords over stand. God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you, 4 And when the chief Shep- saluteth you; and so doth Marherd shall appear, ye shall re-cus my son. ceive a crown of glory that fa

deth not away.

14 Greet ye one another with

a kiss of charity. Peace be with

5 Likewise, ye younger, sub- you all that are in Christ Jesus, mit yourselves unto the elder. Amen.

The Second Epistle general of PETER.


Exhortation to several duties.

IMON Peter, a servant and

afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. 10 Wherefore the rather,

an apostle of Jesus Christ, brethren, give diligence to make to them that have obtained like your calling and election sure: precious faith with us through for if ye do these things, ye shall the righteousness of God and never fall:

our Saviour Jesus Christ:

11 For so an entrance shall

2 Grace and peace be mul- be ministered unto you abun-, tiplied unto you through the dantly into the everlasting kingknowledge of God, and of Jesus dom of our Lord and Saviour our Lord, Jesus Christ.

3 According as his divine pow- 12 Wherefore I will not be er hath given unto us all things negligent to put you always in that pertain unto life and godli- remembrance of these things, ness, through the knowledge of though ye know them, and be him that hath called us to glory established in the present truth. and virtue : 13 Yea, I think it meet, as

4 Whereby are given unto us long as I am in this tabernacle, exceeding great and precious to stir you up by putting you in promises; that by these ye might remembrance;

be partakers of the divine nature, 14 Knowing that shortly I having escaped the corruption must put off this my tabernacle, that is in the world through lust. even as our Lord Jesus Christ 5 And besides this, giving all hath shewed me.

diligence, add to your faith, vir- 15 Moreover, I will endeavour tue; and to virtue, knowledge; that ye may be able, after my 6 And to knowledge, temper-decease, to have these things ance; and to temperance, pa- always in remembrance. tience; and to patience, god- 16 For we have not followed liness; cunningly devised fables, when 7 And to godliness, brotherly we made known unto you the kindness; and to brotherly kind-power and coming of our Lord ness, charity. Jesus Christ, but were eyewit

8 For if these things be in nesses of his majesty. you, and abound, they make you 17 For he received from God that ye shall neither be barren the Father honour and glory, nor unfruitful in the knowledge when there came such a voice to of our Lord Jesus Christ. him from the excellent glory,


9 But he that lacketh these This is my beloved Son, in things is blind, and cannot see whom I am well pleased.

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