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Evil rejoicing.

CHAP. V.

Pray one for another. to save, and to destroy : who art thou | hearts : for the coming of the Lord that judgest another?

draweth nigh. 13 Go to now ye that say, To day or 9 Grudge not one against another, bre. to morrow we will go into such a city thren, lest ye be condemned: behold, and continue there a year, and buy, and the Judge standeth before the door. sell, and get gain :

10 Take, my brethren, the Prophets, 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be who have spoken in the name of the on the morrow: for what is your life ? Lord, for an example of suffering afflic. It is even a vapour that appeareth for a tion, and of patience. little time, and then vanisheth away. 11 Behold, we count them happy which

15 For that ye ought to say, if the Lord endure. Ye have heard of the patience will, we shall live, and do this, or that. of Job, and have seen the end of the

16 But now ye rejoice in your boast. Lord: that the Lord is very pitiful and ings: all such rejoicing is evil.

of tender mercy. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do 12 But above all things, my brethren, good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. swear not, neither by heaven, neither by CHAP. V.

the earth, neither by any other oath : but Wicked rich men are to fear God's let your yea, be yea, and your nay, nay: vengeance.

lest ye fall into condemnation.
O to now, ye rich men, weep and 13 Is any among you aftlicted ? let him

howl for your miseries that shall pray. Is any merry ? let him sing psalms. come upon you.

14 Is any sick among you ? let him 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your call for the Elders of the Church, and garments moth eaten :

let them pray over him, anointing him 3 Your gold and silver is cankered, with oil in the name of the Lord : and the rust of them shall be a witness 15 And the prayer of faith shall save against you, and shall eat your flesh as the sick, and the Lord shall raise him it were fire: ye have heaped treasure up: and if he have committed sins, they together for the last days.

shall be forgiven him. 4 Behold, the hire of the labourers 16 Confess your faults one to another, which have reaped down your fields, and pray one for another, that ye may which is of you kept back by fraud, be healed; the effectual fervent prayer crieth: and the cries of them which of a righteous man availeth much. have reaped, are entered into the ears 17 Elijah was a man subject to like of the Lord of Sabaoth.

passions as we are, and he prayed ear. 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, nestly that it might not rain: and it rain. and been wanton: ye have nourished ed not on the earth by the space of three your hearts, as in a day of slaughter: years and six months.

6 Ye have condemned, and killed the 18 And he prayed again, and the hea just, and he doth not resist you. ven gave rain, and the earth brought

7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unto forth her fruit. the coming of the Lord : behold, the 19 Brethren, if any of you do err from husbandman waiteth for the precious the truth, and one convert him, fruit of the earth, and hath long patience 20 Let him know, that he which con. for it, until he receive the early and lat. verteth the sinner from the error of his ter rain.

way, shall save a soul from death, and 8 Be ye also patient ; stablish your shall hide a multitude of sins.

PETER

9 The First Epistle general of PETER. CHAP. I.

sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ : Manifold spiritual graces. Grace unto you and peace be multi

an Apostle of Jesus Christ, plied. to the strangers scattered through-| 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our out Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, Lord Jesus Christ, which according to and Bithynia,

his abundant mercy, hath begotten us 2 Elect, according to the foreknowledge again unto a lively hope, by the resurof God the Father, through sanctifica. rection of Jesus Christ from the dead, Lion of the Spirit unto obedience, and 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and Y y 2

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Trial of faith

I. PETER.

The corner Stone undefiled, and that fadeth not away, re. 20 Wino verily was toreordained be servea in neaven for you,

fore the foundation of the world, but 5 Who are kept by the power of God was manifest in these last times for you, through faith unto salvation, ready to be 21 Who by him do believe in God that revealed in the last time.

raised him up from the dead, and gave 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though him glory, that your faith and hope might now for a season (if need be) yc are in be in God. heaviness through manifold temptations : 22 Seeing ye have purified your souls

7 That the trial of your faith, being much in obeying the truth through the Spirit, more precious than of gold that perisheth, unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see though it be tried with fire, might be that ye love one another with a pure found unto praise, and honour, and glo. heart fervently, ry, at the appearing of Jesus Christ : 23 Being born again, not of corruptible

8 Whom having not seen, ye love, in seed, but of incorruptible, by the word whom though now ye see him not, yet of God which liveth and abideth for ever. believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeak. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the able, and full of glory,

glory of man as the flower of grass: the 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even grass withereth, and the flower thereof the salvation of your souls :

falleth away. 10 Of which salvation the Prophets 25 But the word of the Lord endureth have inquired, and searched diligently, for ever: and this is the word which by who prophesied of the grace that should the Gospel is preached unto you. come unto you,

CHAP. II. 11 Searching what, or what manner Christ is the foundation. of time the Spirit of Christ which was

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HEREFORE laying aside all ma. in them did signify, when it testified be. lice, and all guile, and hypocrisics, forehand the sufferings of Christ, and and envies, and evil speakings, the glory that should follow.

2 As new born babes desire the sin. 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that cere milk of the word, that ye may grow not unto themselves, but unto us, they thereby, did minister the things which are now 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord reported unto you, by them that have is gracious. preached the Gospel unto you, with the 4 To wbom coming as unto a living holy Ghost sent down from heaven, which Stone, disallowed indeed of men, but things the Angels desire to look into. chosen of God, and precious,

13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your 5 Ye also ay lively stones, are built up mind, be sober, and hope to the end, for a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to the grace that is to be brought unto you offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to at the revelation of Jesus Christ: Gud by Jesus Christ.

14 As obedient children, not fashion. 6 Wherefore it is contained in the Scrip. ing yourselves according to the former ture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner lusts, in your ignorance :

stone, elect, precious, and he that believ. 15 But as he which hath called you eth on him, shall not be confounded. is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of 7 Unto you therefore which believe be conversation ;

is precious; but unto them which be dis. 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy, obedient, the stone which the builders for I am holy.

disallowed, the samne is made the head 17 And if ye call on the Father, who of the corner, without respect of persons judgeth ac. 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a cording to every man's work, pass the rock of offence, even to them which time of your sojourning here in fear: stumble at the word, being disobedient,

18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were whereunto also they were appointed. not redeemed with corruptible things, as 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a silver and gold, from your vain conver- royal priesthood, a holy nation, a pecu. sation received by tradition from your liar people, that ye should shew forth the fathers;

praises of him, who hath called you out 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, of darkness into his marvellous light: as of a Lamb without blemish and with. 10 Which in time past were not a

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Christ's example.
CHAP. III.

How to suffer
which had not obtained mercy, but now without the word be won by the con
have obtained mercy.

versation of the wives :
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as 2 While they behold your chaste con.
strangers and pilgrims, abstain from flesh. versation coupled with fear:
ly lusts, which war against the soul, 3 Whose adorning, let it not be that
'12 Having your conversation honest outward adorning, of plaiting the hair,
among the Gentiles, that whereas they and of wearing of gold, or of putting on
speak against you as evil doers, they of apparel.
may by your good works which they 4 But let it be the hidden man of the
shall behold, glorify God in the day of heart, in that which is not corruptible,
visitation.

even the ornament of a meek and quiet
13 Submit yourselves to every ordi- spirit, which is in the sight of God of
nance of man for the Lord's sake, whe. great price.
ther it be to the King, as supreme,

5 For after this manner in the old time,
14 Or unto governors, as unto them the holy women also who trusted in
that are sent by him, for the punishment God adorned themselves, being in sub-
of evil doers, and for the praise of them jection unto their own husbands.
that do well.

6 Even as Sarah obeyed Abraham,
15 For so is the will of God, that with calling him Lord, whose daughters ye
well doing ye may put to silence the ig- are as long as ye do well, and are not
norance of foolish men.

afraid with any amazement.
16 As free, and not using your liberty 7 Likewise ye husbands, dwell with
for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the them according to knowledge, giving
servants of God.

honour unto the wife as unto the weak.
17 Honour all men. Love the brother. er vessel, and as being heirs together of
bood. Fear God. Honour the King. the grace of life, that your prayers be

18 Servants, be subject to your mas not hindered.
ters with all fear, not only to the good 8 Finally be ye all of one mind, having
and gentle, but also to the froward. compassion one of another, love as bre.
19 For this is thank-worthy, if a man thren, be pitiful, be courteous,
for conscience toward God endure grief, 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing
suffering wrongfully.

for railing: but contrariwise blessing,
20 For what glory is it, if when ye be knowing that ye are thereunto called,
buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it that ye should inherit a blessing.
patiently : but if when ye do well, and 10 For he that will love life, and see
suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is good days, let him refrain his tongue
acceptable with God.

from evil, and his lips that they speak no 21 For even hereunto were ye called : guile : because Christ also suffered for us, leav. 11 Let him eschew evil and do good, ing us an example, that ye should follow let him seek peace and ensue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are over 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile the righteous, and his ears are open unto found in his mouth.

their prayers: but the face of the Lord 23 Who when he was reviled, reviled is against them that do evil. not again; when he suffered, he threat. 13 And who is he that will harm you, ened not, but committed himself to him if ye be followers of that which is good ? that judgeth righteously.

14 But and if ye suffer for righteous24 Who his own self bare our sins in ness' sake, happy are ye, and be not his own body on the tree, that we being afraid of their terror, neither be troubled : dead to sins, should live unto righteous- 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your ness, by whose stripes ye were healed. hearts, and be ready always to give an

25 For ye were as sheep going astray, answer to every man that asketh you a but are now returned unto the Shepherd reason of the hope that is in you, with and Bishop of your souls.

meekness and fear : CHAP. III.

16 Having a good conscience, tha Duty of wives and husbands. whereas they speak evil of you, as of ev L JKEWISE, ye wives, be in subjec. doers, they may be ashamed that falsel

tion to your own husbands, that if accuse your good conversation in Chris any obey not the word, they also may 17 For it is better, if the will of God

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Watch in prayer.

I. PETER.

Feed the flock. 80, that ye suffer for well doing, than for 11 If any man speak, let him speak as evil doing.

the oracles of God: if any man minis 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for ter, let him do it as of the ability which mins, the just for the unjust, that he might God giveth, that God in all things may . bring us to God, being put to death in be glorified through Jesus Christ, to the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit : whom be praise and dominion for ever

19 By which also he went and preach and ever. Amen. ed unto the spirits in prison,

12 Beloved, think it not strange con20 Which sometime were disobedient, cerning the fiery trial, which is to try when once the long-suffering of God you, as though some strange thing hap waited in the days of Noah, while the pened unto you. Ark was a preparing: wherein few, that 13 But rejoice inasmuch as ye are par. is, eight souls were saved by water. takers of Christ's sufferings; that when

21 The like figure whereunto, even his glory shall be revealed, ye may be baptism, doth also now save us, (not glad also with exceeding joy. the putting away of the filth of the flesh, 14 If ye be reproached for the Name but the answer of a good conscience to. of Christ, happy are ye, for the spirit of ward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus glory, and of God resteth upon you: on Christ.

their part he is evil spoken of, but on 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on your part he is glorified. the right hand of God, Angels, and au- 15 But let none of you suffer as a mur. thorities, and powers being inado subject derer, or as a thief, or as an evil doer, or unto him.

as a busy body in other men's matters. CHAP. IV.

16 Yet if any man suffer as a Chris. To cease from sin.

tian, let him not be ashamed, but let him TORASMUCH then as Christ hath glorify God on this behalf.

suffered for us in the flesh, arm 17 For the time is come that judgment yourselves likewise with the same mind : must begin at the house of God: and if for he that hath suffered in the flesh, it first begin at us, what shall the end be hath ceased from sin:

of them that obey not the Gospel of God? 2 That he no longer should live the 18 And if the righteous scarcely be rest of his time in the flesh, to the lusts saved, where shall the ungodly and the of men, but to the will of God.

sinner appear? 3 For the time past of our life may 19 Wherefore, let them that suffer ac. fuffice us to have wronght the will of the cording to the will of God, commit the Gentiles, when we walked in lascivious: keeping of their souls to him in well do. ness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, ing, as unto a faithful Creator. banquetings, and abominable idolatries.

CHAP. V. 4 Wherein they think it stranger that

He exhorteth the Elders. you run not with them to the same ex. THE cess of riot, speaking evil of you :

exhort, who am also an Elder, and 5 Who shall give account to him that a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and is ready to judge the quick and the dead. also a partaker of the glory that shall be

6 For, for this cause was the Gospel revealed, preached also to them that nre dead, 2 Feed the flock of God which is that they might be judged according to among you, taking the oversight thereof, men in the flesh, but live according to not by constraint, but willingly: not for God in the spirit.

filthy lucre, but of a ready mind : 7 But the end of all things is at hand: be 3 Neither as being lords over God's he. ye therefore sober and watch unto prayer. ritage : but being ensamples to the flock.

8 And above all things have fervent 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall charity among yourselves: for charity appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory shall cover the multitude of sins. that fadeth not away.

9 Use hospitality one to another with. 5 Likewise ye younger, submit your. out grudging.

selves unto the elder : yea, all of you be 10 As every man hath received the subject one to another, and be clothed gift, even so minister the same one to with humility: for God resisteth the another, as good stewards of the mani. proud, and giveth grace to the humble. fold grace of God.

6 Humble yourselves therefore under

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Precious faith

CHAP. I.

Inspired oracles.
the mighty hand of God, that he may | while, make you perfect, stablish,
exalt you in due time,

strengthen, settle you.
7 Casting all your care upon him, for 11 To him be glory and dominion for
he careth for you.

ever and ever. Amen.
8 Be sober, be vigilant: because your ad. 12 By Silvanus a faithful brother unto
versary the devil, as a roaring lion walk you, as I suppose, I have written briefly,
eth about, seeking whom he may devour. exhorting, and testifying, that this is the

9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, true grace of God wherein ye stand.
knowing that the same afilictions are 13 The Church that is at Babylon
accomplished in your brethren that are elected together with you, saluteth you,
in the world.

and so doth Marcus my son.
10 But the God of all grace who hath 14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of
called us into his eternal glory by Christ charity. Peace be with you all that are
Jesus, after that ye have suffered a lin Christ Jesus. Amen.

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1 The Second Epistle general of PETER.
CHAP. I.

everlasting kingdom of our Lord and To make their calling sure.

Saviour Jesus Christ.
VIMON Peter, a servant and an Apos. 12 Wherefore I will not be negligent

te of Jesus Christ, to them that have to put you always in remembrance obtained like precious faith with us, of these things, though ye know them, through the righteousness of God, and and be stablished in the present truth. our Saviour Jesus Christ :

13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto am in this tabernacle, lo stir you up, by you through the knowledge of God, and putting you in remembrance: of Jesus our Lord,

14 Knowing that shortly I must put 3 According as his divine power hath off this my tabernacle, even as our given unto us all things that pertain Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. unto life and godliness, through the 15 Moreover, I will endeavour, that knowledge of hiin that hath called us to you may be able after my decease, to glory and virtue.

have these things always in remem-
4 Whereby are given unto us exceed-brance.
ing great and precious promises, that by 16 For we have not followed cunningly
these you might be partakers of the divine devised fables, when we made known
nature, having escaped the corruption unto you the power and coming of our
that is in the world through lust. Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye wit.

5 And besides this, giving all diligence, nesses of his Majesty.
add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, 17 For he received from God the Fa.
knowledge ;

ther, honour and glory, when there came 6 And to knowledge, temperance; and such a voice to him from the excellent to temperance, patience; and to pa. glory, This is my beloved Son in whom · tience, godliness ;

I am well pleased.
7 And to godliness, brotherly kindness; 18 And this voice which came from
and to brotherly kindness, charity. heaven we heard, when we were with

8 For if these things be in you, and him in the holy mount.
abound, they make you that ye shall 19 We have also a more sure word of
neither be barren, nor unfruitful in the prophecy, whereunto ye do well that
knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. ye take heed, as unto a light that

9 But he that lacketh these things, is shineth in a dark place, until the day
blind, and cannot see far off, and hath dawn, and the day star arise in your
forgotten that he was purged from his hearts :
old sins.

20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy
10 Wherefore, the rather, brethren, of the Scripture is of any private inter-
give diligence to ake your calling and pretation :
election sure : for if ye do these things, 21 For the prophecy came not in old
ye shall never fall.

time by the will of man: but holy men 11 For so an entrance shall be minis. of God spake as they were moved by tered unto you abundantly, into the the holy Ghost. 20

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