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Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect who are sojourners of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cap+2 padocia, Asia, and Bithynia, "according to the foreknowl

edge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ : Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy begat us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, "unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

"who by the power of God are guarded through faith unto 6 a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. "Where

in ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if

need be, ye have been put to grief in manifold 'tempta(7) tions, "that the proof of your faith, being more precious

than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire,

might be found unto praise and glory and honour at the 8) revelation of Jesus Christ : "whom not having seen ye

love ; on whom, though now ye see him not, yet believ

ing, ye rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and 2 full of 9 glory : "receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation 10 of your souls. "Concerning which salvation the prophets

sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the 11 grace that should come unto you : Isearching what time

or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did point unto, when it testified beforehand the sufferings 'of Christ, and the glories that should follow them.

. Gr. glori fied. A. V.-CH. I. 1 strangers scattered throughout ; 2 through.. unto ; 3 which..abundant.. hath begotten..lively; 4 To ; 5 kept ; 6 season..are in heaviness through ; 7 trial..(much).. (of).. be tried with.. appearing ; 8 in ; 10 Of..have enquired ; 11 signify ..glory.

"Or, trials

3 Gr. unto.


call on

him as

(12) "To whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but

unto you, did they minister these things, which now have been announced unto you through them that preached the gospel unto you 'by the ? Holy Ghost sent forth from heaven ; which things angels desire to look into.

Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be sober and set your hope perfectly on the grace that 'is to be 14 brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ ; "as

children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves accord

ing to your former lusts in the time of your ignorance : (15

"but like as he which called you is holy, be ye yourselves 16) also holy in all manner of living; "because it is written, (17 Ye shall be holy; for I am holy. "And if ye

Father, who without respect of persons judgeth accord

ing to each man's work, pass the time of your sojourning (18) in fear: 'knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corrupt

ible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of (19)

life handed down from your fathers; "but with precious

blood, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, 20 even the blood of Christ : "who was foreknown indeed be

fore the foundation of the world, but was manifested at (21 the end of the times for your sake, "who through him are

believers in God, which raised him from the dead, and

gave him glory; so that your faith and hope might (22 be in God. "Seeing ye have purified your souls in your

obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the breth(23 ren, love one another from the heart fervently : 'having

been begotten again, not of corruptible seed, but of in

corruptible, through the word of God, which liveth and (24 abideth. "For,

? Or, Holy Spirit 3 Gr. is being brought. Holy One which called you Many ancient authorities read from a clean heart. 6 Or, God who liveth

1 Gr. in.

4 Or, like the


A.V.-12 Unto.. I us 1 ..the..are.. reported.. by..(have)..with.. down..(the); 13 gird the end for ; 14 obedient.. the ; 15 (hath); 17 (the). .every..(here) ; 18 (Forasmuch as ye) know..(as). .and..conversation received by tradition ; 19 (the) ; 20 verily..foreordained..manifest in these | last 1 ; 21 by.. I do believe )..that..(up); 22 obeying.. [through the Spirit].. (see that ye)..with a (pure); 23 Being [for ever].

All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory thereof as the flower of grass.
The grass withereth, and the flower falleth :

"But the word of the Lord abideth for ever.
And this is the word of good tidings which was preached


unto you.



21 Putting away therefore all ? wickedness, and all guile,

and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, "as

newborn babes, long for the spiritual milk which is with(3 out guile, that ye may grow thereby unto salvation ; "if (4 ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious : "unto whom

coming, a living stone, rejected indeed of men, but with God elect, * precious, 'ye also, as living stones, are built up 5a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up

spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus (6 Christ. "Because it is contained in scripture,

Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, “pre

cious: And he that believeth on him shall not be put to

shame. (7

18 For you therefore which believe is the preciousness :
but for such as disbelieve,

The stone which the builders rejected,
The same was made the head of the corner;

(8 'and,

A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence; 10 for they "stumble at the word, being disobedient : ( whereunto also they were appointed. "But ye are an

elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that ye may shew forth the excel1 Gr. saying: . Or, malice 3 Gr. reasonable. 4 Or, honourable

5 Or, a spiritual house for a holy priesthood 6 Or, a scripture

Or, it

8 Or, In 9 Or, honour 10 Gr. who. 11 Or, stumble, being disobedient to the word

your sight


A. V.-24 / of man ... [thereof).. (away); 25 endureth.. by the gospel is. 1 Wherefore laying aside.. | malice || ; 2 desire..sincere.. of the word; 3 (so be); 4 To.. (as unto)..disallowed..chosen of..(and); 5 by ; 6 | Wherefore | (also]..[the] ..Sion..confounded ; 7 Unto..(he).. precious.. unto them which | be disobedient ... ; 8 (even to them) which; 9 a chosen peculiar. . should.


lencies of him who called you out of darkness into his 10) marvellous light : "which in time past were no people,

but now are the people of God: which had not obtained

mercy, but now have obtained mercy. (11

Beloved, I beseech you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; (12 "having your behaviour seemly among the Gentiles; that,

wherein they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Be subject to every 'ordinance of man for the Lord's (14 sake : whether it be to the king, as supreme ; 'or unto

governors, as sent ? by him for vengeance on evil-doers 15 and for praise to them that do well. "For so is the will

of God, that by well-doing ye should put to silence the (16 ignorance of foolish men : "as free, and not 'using your

freedom for a cloke of 4 wickedness, but as bondservants 17 of God. 'Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

5 Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the 19) froward. "For this is acceptable, if for conscience 'to

ward God a man endureth griefs, suffering wrongfully. "For what glory is it, if, when ye sin, and are buffeted for it, ye shall take it patiently ? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye shall take it patiently, this is Racceptable with God. "For hereunto were ye called : because

Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that 22 ye should follow his steps : "who did no sin, neither was (23 guile found in his mouth : "who, when he was reviled, re

viled not again ; when he suffered, threatened not; but (24 committed himself to him that judgeth righteously : "who Gr. through. 3 Gr. having.




8 Or, his cause

4 Or, malice

5 Gr. House

1 Gr. creation.


6 Gr. grace.

7 Gr. of.

A. V.-praises.. (hath); 10 not a ; 11 (Dearly)..strangers ; 12 conversation honest.. whereas.. shall | ; 13 Submit yourselves ; 14 (unto them that are)..(the) punishment of..(the)..of ; 15 with..may ; 16 liberty.. maliciousness .. (the) servants; 18 subject ; 19 thankworthy..endure grief ; 20 be..for your faults ; 21 (even). . I us |../ us | ; 23 (he). * Or, manner of life 5 Or, husbands (as Sarah ..... ye are become), doing well, and not being afraid 6 Or, afraid with ? Gr. unto the female vessel, as weaker. & Gr. sympathetic.

his own self ' bare our sins in his body upon the tree,

that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteous25) ness; by whose ? stripes ye were healed.

"For ye were going astray like sheep; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and · Bishop of


souls. 3 (1 In like manner, ye wives, be in subjection to your own

husbands; that, even if any obey not the word, they may

without the word be gained by the 4 behaviour of their (2 wives; 'beholding your chaste behaviour coupled with (3 fear. "Whose adorning let it not be the outward adorn

ing of plaiting the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, (4 or of putting on apparel ; 'but let it be the hidden man of

the heart, in the incorruptible apparel of a meek and quiet 5 spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. "For

after this manner aforetime the holy women also, who

hoped in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection (6 to their own husbands : "as Sarah obeyed Abraham, call

ing him lord: whose children ye now are, if ye do well,

and are not put in fear by any terror. 7 Ye husbands, in like manner, dwell with your wives

according to knowledge, giving honour 'unto the woman, as unto the weaker vessel, as being also joint-heirs of the grace of life ; to the end that your prayers be not

hindered. (8 Finally, be ye all likeminded,

all likeminded, 8 compassionate, loving ( as brethren, tenderhearted, humbleminded : "not render

ing evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but contrariwise blessing ; for hereunto were ye called, that ye

should in10 herit a blessing. "For, 1 Or, carried up

... to the tree

? Gr. bruise.

3 Or, Overseer

A. V.-24 (own)..on.. being dead to..should ; 25 as. -CH. III. I Likewise..(also).. | won ...conversation..the : 2 (While they) behold..conversation ; 3 that.. (of); 4 that which is not corruptible, (even the orna

nament); 5 in the old time. . trusted. .unto ; 6 (Even) long as..

. | afraid with ...amazement ; 7 Likewise..them.. wife.. and..heirs together ; 8 of one mind, having compassion (one of another), love..(be) pitiful, (be) | courteous 1 ; 9 railing..railing..[knowing] that..are thereunto.

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