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sacrifices, acceptable to God by take it patiently, this is acceptable Christ the corner-stone. CHAP. II. Obedience to superiors from your vain conversation re 9 But ye are a chosen generaceived by tradition from your tion, a royal priesthood, a holy fathers ;

nation, a peculiar people; that yo 19 But with the precious blood should shew forth the praises of him of Christ, as of a lamb without who hath called you out of darkblemish and without spot:

ness into his marvellous light: 20 Who verily was fore-ordained 10 Which in time past were not before the foundation of the world, a people, but are now the people but was manifest in these last times of God: which had not obtained for you,

mercy, but now have obtained 21 Who by him do believe in mercy. God. that raised him up from the 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech lead, and gave him glory; that you, as strangers and pilgrims, abyour faith and hope might be in stain from fleshly lusts, which war Jod.

against the soul; 22 Seeing ye have purified your 12 Having your conversation souls in obeying the truth through honest among the Gentiles: that, he Spirit unto unfeigned love of whereas they speak against you as he brethren, see that ye love one evil-doers, they may by your good another with a pure heart fer- works, which they shall behold, rently :

glorify God in the day of visita23 Being born again, not of cor- tion. uptible seed, but of incorruptible, 13 Submit yourselves to every by the word of God, which liveth ordinance of man for the Lord's and abideth for ever.


whether it be to the king, as 24 For all flesh is as grass, and supreme ; ull the glory of man as the flower 14 Or unto governors, as unto f grass. The grass withereth, and them that are sent by him for the he flower thereof falleth away: punishment of evil-doers, and for

25 But the word of the Lord the praise of them that do well. Sandureth for ever. And this is the 15 For so is the will of God,

word which by the gospel is preach- that with well-doing ye may put id unto you.

to silence the ignorance of foolish CHAP. II.

men: To avoid Uncharitableness. 16 As free, and not using your al! malice, and all guile,

and ness, but as the servants of God. wypocrisies, and envies, and all 17 Honour all men. Love the vil-speakings,

brotherhood. Fear God. Honour 2 As new-born babes, desire the the king. incere milk of the word, that ye 18 Servants, be subject to your nay grow thereby :

masters with all fear; not only to 3 If so be ye have tasted that the the good and gentle, but also to the Lord is gracious :

froward. 4 To whom coming as unto a 19 For this is thank-worthy, if a iving stone, disallowed indeed of man for conscience toward God men, but chosen of God, and pre- endure grief, suffering wrongfully. cious,

20 For what glory is it, if, when 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are ye be buffeted for your faults, ye built

up a spiritual house, a holy shall take it patiently? but if, when Jesus Christ.

with God. 6 Wherefore also it is contained 21 For even hereunto were yo in the scripture, Behold, I lay in called : because Christ also suffered Sion a chief corner-stone, elect, for us, leaving us an example, that precious: and he that believeth on ye should follow his steps: him shall not be confounded. 22 Who did no sin, neither was

7 Unto you therefore which be-guile found in his mouth: liove, he is precious: but unto them 23 Who, when he was reviled, which be disobedient, the stone reviled not again ; when he suffered, which the builders disallowed, the he threatened not; but committed game is made the head of the himself to him that judgeth rightecorner,


: 8 And a stone of stumbling, and 24 Who his own self bare our a rock of offence, even to them sins in his own body on the tree, which stumble at the word, being that we, being dead to sins, should disobedient: whereunto also they live unto righteousness: by whose were appointed.

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Relative duties.

I. PETER, To suffer patiently 25 For ye were as sheep going in your hearts: and be ready astray; but are now returned unto always to give an answer to every the Shepherd and Bishop of your inan that asketh you a reason of souls.

the hope that is in you, with meek CHAP. III.

ness and fear. Duty of Wives and Husbands. 16 Having a good conscience;

, jection to your own husbands; you, as of evil-doers, they may be that, if any obey not the word, ashamed that falsely accuse you they also may without the word good conversation in Christ. be won by the conversation of the 17 For it is better, if the will of wives :

God be so, that ye suffer for wel 2 While they behold your chaste doing, than for evil-doing. conversation coupled with fear. 18 For Christ also hath once

3 Whose adorning let it not be suffered for sins, the just for the that outward adorning of plaiting unjust, that he might bring us to the hair, and of wearing of gold, God, being put to death in this or of putting on of apparel ; flesh, but quickened by the Spirit

4 But let it be the hidden man 19 By which also he went ani of the heart, in that which is not preached unto the

spirits in prison, corruptible, even the ornament of a 20 Which sometime were disc meek and

quiet spirit, which is in bedient, when once the long-suffer the sight of God of great price. ing of God waited in the days of

5 For after this manner in the Noah, while the ark was a pre old time the holy women also, paring, wherein few, that is, eigs who trusted in God, adorned them- souls, were saved by water. selyes, being in subjection unto 21 The like figure whereunto their own husbands :

even baptism, doth also now are 6 Even as Sarah obeyed Abra- us, (not the putting away of the ham, calling him lord: whose filth of the flesh, but the answer of daughters ye are, as long as ye do a good conscience toward God) well, and are not afraid with any by the resurrection of Jesus amazement.

Christ: 7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell 22 Who is gone into hearer with them according to knowledge, and is on the right hand of God giving, honour unto

the wife, as angels, and authorities, and powe unto the weaker vessel, and as being made subject unto him. being heirs together of the grace

CHAP. IV. of life; that your prayers be not of ceasing from Sin. hindered. 8 Finally, be ye all of one mind,

suffered for us in to having compassion one of another; flesh, arm yourselves likewise with love as brethren, be pitiful, be the same mind for he that has courteous :

suffered in the flesh hath cesser 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or from sin; railing for railing: but contrari 2 That he no longer should le wise, blessing; knowing that ye the rest of his time in the flesh are thereunto called, that ye should the lusts of men, but to the wild inherit a blessing.

God. 10 For he that will love life, and 3 For the time past of our see good days, let him refrain his may suffice us to have wrought the longue from evil, and his lips that will of the Gentiles, when they speak no guile :

walked in lasciviousness, les 11 Let him eschew evil, and do excess of wine, revellings, bene good: let him seek peace, and en- quetings, and abominable idok

tries: 12 For the eyes of the Lord are 4 Wherein they think it strane over the righteous, and his ears that ye run not with them to t are open unto their prayers: but same excess of riot, speaking ev. the face of the Lord is against of you: them that do evil.

5 Who shall give account to E 13 And who is he that will harm that is ready to judge the quick 22 you if ye be followers of that which the dead. is good ?

6 For, for this cause was by 14 But and if ye suffer for righte- gospel preached also to them to pusness' sake, happy are ye; and are dead, that they might be not afraid of their terror, neither judged according to men in be troubled; 15 But sanctify the Lord God the spirit.

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Comfort in persecution. CHAP. V. Humility commended 7 But the end of all things is at

CHAP. V. hand: be ye therefore sober, and The Duty of Elders, &c.

& And above all things have fer-THE elders which are among vent charity among yourselves; for elder, and a witness of the sufferings charity shall cover

the multitude of of Christ, and also a partaker of the sins.

glory that shall be revealed : 9 Use hospitality one to another 2 Feed the flock of God which is without grudging. 10 As every man hath received thereof, not by constraint, but wil

among, you, taking the oversight the gift, even so minister the same lingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a one to another, as good stewards of ready mind; the manifold grace of God.

3 Neither as being lords over 11 If any man speak, let him God's heritage, but being ensamspeak as the oracles of God; if any ples to the flock. man minister, let him do it as of 4 And when the chief Shepherd the ability which God giveth: that shall appear, ye shall receive a God in all things may be glorified crown of glory that fadeth not through Jesus Christ; to whom be away. praise and dominion for ever and 5 Likewise, ye younger, submit ever. Amen.

yourselves unto the elder.

Yea, 12 Beloved, think it not strange, all of you be subject one

to another, concerning the fiery trial which is and be clothed with humility: for to try you, as though some strange God resisteth the proud, and giveth thing happened unto you:

grace to the humble. 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye 6 Hamble yourselves therefore are partakers of Christ's sufferings; under the mighty hand of God, that that, when his glory, shall be re- he may exalt

you in due time: vealed, ye may be glad also with 7 Casting all your care upon exceeding joy.

him ; for he careth for you. 14 If ye be reproached for the 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because name of Christ, happy are ye; for your adversary the devil, as a roarthe Spirit of glory and of God rest- ing lion, walketh about, seeking eth upon you.. On their part he is whom he may devour: evil spoken of, but on your part he 9 Whom resist steadfast in the is glorified.

faith, knowing that the same afflic15 But let none of you suffer as tions are accomplished in your brea murderer, or as a thief, or as anthren that are in the world. evil-doer, or as a busy-body in 10 But the God of all grace, who other men's matters.

hath called us unto his eternal 16 Yet if any man suffer as a glory by Christ Jesus, after that yo Christian, let him not be ashamed; have suffered a while, make you but let him glorify God on this perfect, establish, strengthen, settle behalf.

you. 17 For the time is come that judg 11 To him be glory and dominion ment must begin at the house of for ever and ever. Amen. God: and if it first begin at us, 12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother what shall the end be of them that unto you, as I suppose, I have ubey not the gospel of God? written briefly, exhorting, and testi

18 And if the righteous scarcely fying that this is the true grace of be saved, where shall the ungodly God wherein ye stand. and the sinner appear?

13 The church that is at Babylon, 19 Wherefore, let

them that suf- elected together with you, saluteth fer according to the will of God, you; and 80 doth Marcus my son. commit the keeping of their souls 14 Greet ye one another with a to him in well-doing, as unto a faith-kiss of charity. Peace be with you ful Creator.

all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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1 The Second Epistle general of PETER.

2 Grace and peace be multiplied Exhortation to several Duties. unto you through the knowledge STAPON Petresca servant anthem of Gadcard of Le suis clir ihord, that have obtained like precious hath given unto us all things that faith with us through the righteous- pertain unto life and godliness, ness of God and our Saviour Jesus through the knowledge of him that Christ :

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18 And this voice which came they are not afraid to speak enld word of prophecy; whereunto ye not railing accusation against the The apostle's charge. 11. PETER,

A description of 4 Whereby are given unto us ex- until the day dawn, and the dayceeding great and precious pro- star arise in your hearts: mises; that by these ye might be 20 Knowing this first, that no partakers of the divine nature, hav- prophecy of the scripture is of any ing escaped the corruption that is private interpretation: in the world through lust.

21 For the prophecy came not in 5 And besides this, giving all di- old time by the will of man: but ligence, add to your faith, virtue; holy men of God spake as they and to virtue, knowledge;

were moved by the Holy Ghost. 6 And to knowledge, temperance;

CHAP. II. and to temperance, patience; and False Teachers foretold. to , godliness;

UT there were false prophet kindness; and to brotherly kindness, there shall be false teachers anong charity.

you, who privily shall bring in 8 For if these things be in you, damnable heresies, even design and abound, they make you that ye the Lord that bought them, see shall neither be barren nor unfruit bring

upon themselves swift de ful in the knowledge of our Lord struction. Jesus Christ.

2 And many shall follow the 9 But he that lacketh these things pernicious

ways ; by reason of is blind, and cannot see afar off, whom the way of truth shall be and hath forgotten that he was pur-evil spoken of. ged from his old sins.

3 And through covetousness shell 10 Wherefore the rather, bre- they with feigned words make thren, give diligence to make your merchandise of you: whose je calling and election sure: for if ye ment now of a long time lingeri do these things, ye shall never not, and their damnation slumber fall :

eth not. 11 For so an entrance shall be 4 For if Çod spared not the e ministered unto you abundantly gels that sinned, but cast the into the everlasting kingdom of our down to hell, and delivered tim Lord and Saviour

Jesus Christ. into chains of darkness, to beat 12 Wherefore I will not be negli- served unto judgment; gent to put you always in remem 5 And spared not the old world brance of these things, though ye but saved Noah the eighth perint know them, and be established in a preacher of righteousness, brige, the present truth.

ing in the flood upon the world 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long the ungodly ; as I am in this tabernacle, to stir 6 And turning the cities of you up by putting you in remem- dom and Gomorrah into asta brance ;

condemned them with an oper 14 Knowing that shortly I must throw, making them an enssample put off this my tabernacle, even as unto those that after should it our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed ungodly;

7 And' delivered just Lot, vered 15 Moreover, I will endeavour with the filthy conversation of the that ye may be able, after my de- wicked: cease, to have these things always 8 (For that righteous man dwes in remembrance. 16 For we have not followed cun- hearing, vexed his righteous,

ing among them, in seeing ningly, devised fables, when we from day to day with their undir made known unto you the powerful deeds :) and coming of our Lord Jesus 9 The Lord knoweth how ! Christ, but were eye-witnesses of deliver the godly out of teraz

17 For he received from God the unto the day of judgment to be pe Father honour and glory, when nished: there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is after the flesh in the lust of unclesi my beloved Son, in whom I am ness, well pleased.

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11 Whereas angels, which in do well that ye take heed, as unto before the Lord. a light that shineth in a dark place,

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CHAP. III. of the last judgment beasts made to be taken and de-commandment of us the apostles of stroyed, speak evil of the things the Lord and Saviour: that they understand not; and shall

3 Knowing thiş first, that there utterly perish in their own corrup- shall come in the last days scoffers, tion:

walking after their own lusts, 13 And shall receive the reward 4 And saying, Where is the proof unrighteousness, as they that mise of his coming? for since the

count it pleasure to riot in the day-fathers fell asleep, all things contiE time. Spots they are and blemishes, nue as they were from the beginning sporting themselves with their own of

the creation. deceivings while they feast with 5 For this they willingly are ig; you;

norant of, that by the word of God 14 Having eyes full of adultery, the heavens were of old, and the and that cannot cease from sin; earth standing out of the water and beguiling unstable souls: a heart in the water : they have exercised with covetous 6 Whereby the world that then practices; cursed children: was, being overflowed with water,

15 Which have forsaken the right perished way, and are gone astray, follow 7 But the heavens and the earth, ing the way of Balaam the son of which are now, by the same word Bosor, who loved the wages of un- are kept in store, reserved unto fire righteousness;

against the day of judgment and 16 But was rebuked for his ini-perdition of ungodly men. # quity: the dumb ass, speaking with 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant

man's voice, forbade the madness of this one thing, that one day is of the prophet.

with the Lord as a thousand years, 17 These are wells without water, and a thousand years as one day. clouds that are carried with a tem 9 The Lord is not slack concern pest;

to whom the mist of darknessing his promise, as some men count is reserved for ever.

slackness; but is long-suffering to 18 For when they speak great us-ward, not willing that swelling words of vanity, they should perish, but that all should allure through the lusts of the flesh, come to repentance. through much wantonness, those 10 But the day of the Lord will that were clean escaped from them come as a thief in the night; in the who live in error.

which the heavens shall pass away 19 While they promise them li- with a great noise, and the elements berty, they themselves are the ser- shall melt with fervent heat, the vants of corruption : for of whom earth also and the works that are a man is overcome, of the same is therein shall be burned up. he brought in bondage.

11 Seeing then that all these 20 For if after they have escaped things shall be dissolved, what the pollutions of the world through manner of persons ought ye to be the knowledge of the Lord and Sa- in all holy conversation and godliviour Jesus Christ, they are again ness, entangled therein, and overcome, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the latter end is worse with them the coming of the day of God, than the beginning;

wherein the heavens being on fire 21 For it had been better for shall be dissolved, and the elements them not to have known the way shall melt with fervent heat ? of righteousness, than, after they 13 Nevertheless we, according to have known it, to turn from the his promise, look for new heavens holy commandment delivered unto and a new earth, wherein dwelleth them.

righteousness. 22 But it is happened unto them 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing according to tho true proverb, The that ye look for such things, be dog, is turned to his own vomit diligent that ye may be found of him again;, and,, The sow. that was in peace, without spot, and blamewashed, to her wallowing in the less. mire.

15 And account that the longCHAP. III.

suffering of our Lord is salvation Certainty of the Last Day. even as our beloved brother Paul THUS second epistle, beloved, I also, according to the wisdom given which I stir up your pure minds by 16 As also in all his epistles, way of remembrance :

speaking in them of these things; 2 That ye may be mindful of the in which are some things hard tu words which were spoken before be understood, which they that are by the holy prophets, and of thel unlearned and unstable wrest, as

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