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Of faith and works. Chap. iii. iv. Not to judge rasbly.
12 Can the fig-tree, my breOf prudence in reproving. thren, bear olive-berries ? either
masters, knowing that we both yield salt water and fresh. shall receive the greater condem- 13 Who is a wise man and ennation.
Idued with knowledge among 2 For in many things we of-you ? let him shew, out of a good fend all. If any man offend not conversation, his works with in word, the same is a perfectmeekness of wisdom. man, and able also to bridle thel 14 But if ye have bitter envywhole body.
ing and strife in your hearts, 3 Behold, we put bits in the glory not, and lie not against thé horses' mouths, that they may truth. obey us; and we turn about their 15 This wisdom descendeth whole body.
not from above, but is earthly, 4 Behold also the ships, which sensual, devilish. though they be so great, and are. 16 For where envying and strife driven of fierce winds, yet are is, there is confusion and every they turned about with a very evil work. small helm, whithersoever the 17 But the wisdom that is from governor listeth.
above, is first pure, then peacea5 Even so the tongue is a little ble, gentle, and easy to be entreamember, and boasteth great/ted, full of mercy and good fruits, things. Behold, how great awithout partiality, and without matter a little fire kindleth! hypocrisy:
6 And the tongue is a fire, a 18 And the fruit of righteousworld of iniquity : so is the ness is sown in peace of them tongue among our members, that make peace. that it defileth the whole body,
CHAP. IV. and setteth on fire the course of Against covetousness. nature; and it is seton fire of hell. L ROM whence come wars and
fightings among you ? come and of birds, and of serpents, and they not hence, even of your lusts, of things in the sea, is tamed, and that war in your members ? hath been tamed of mankind : 2 Ye lust, and have not: ye
8 But the tongue can no man kill, and desire to have, and cantame; it is an unruly evil, full of not obtain : ye fight and war, yet deadly poison.
ye have not, because ye ask not: 9 Therewith bless we God, 3 Ye ask, and receive not, beeven the Father; and therewith cause ye ask amiss, that ye may curse we men, which are made consume it upon your lusts. after the similitude of God. 4 Ye adulterers, and adulter
10 Out of the same mouth pro-lesses, know ye not that the friendceedeth blessing and cursing.ship of the world is enmity with My brethren, these things ought God? whosoever, therefore, will not so to be.
be a friend of the world, is the 11 Doth a fountain send forthlenemy of God. at the same place sweet water 5 Do ye think that the scripand bitter:
ture saith in vain, The spirit that
Against covetousness. James. The vanity of riches. dwelleth in us lusteth to envy?
CHAP. V. · 6 But he giveth more grace: Be patient, and forbear swearing. wherefore he saith, God resisteth O to now, ye rich the proud, but giveth grace unto weep and howl, for your the humble.
miseries that shall come upon 7 Submit yourselves there-you. fore, to God. Resist the devil, 2 Your riches are corrupted, and he will flee from you. and your garments are moth
8 Draw nigh to God, and he eaten. will draw nigh to you. Cleanse 3 Your gold and silver is cankyour hands, ye sinners; and pu-ered; and the rust of them shall rify your hearts, ye double-min-be a witness against you, and ded.
shall eat your flesh as it were fire: 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and ye have heaped treasure together weep; let your laughter he turn- for the last days. ed to mourning, and your joy to Behold, the hire of the labourheaviness.
ers, which have reaped down 10 Humble yourselves in the your fields, which is of you kept sight of the Lord, and he shall back by fraud, crieth; and the lift you up:
cries of them which have reaped, 11 Speak not evil one of an are entered into the ears of the other, brethren, He that speaketh Lord of.Sabaoth. evil of his brother, and judgeth 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on his brother, speaketh evil of the the earth, and been wanton ; ye law, and judgeth the law : but if have nourished your hearts, as in thou judge the law, thou art not a day of slaughter. a doer of the law, but a judge. 6 Ye have condemned and kill
12 There is one law-giver, wholed the just; and he doth not reis able to save, and to destroy ; sist you. who art thou that judgest ano- 7 Be patient, therefore, brether?
thren, unto the coming of the 13 Go to now, ye that say, To-Lord. Behold, the husbandman dlay, or to-morrow, we will go waiteth for the precious fruit of into such a city, and continue the earth, and hath long patience there a year, and buy, and sell, for it, until he receive the early and get gain :
and latter rain. 14 Whereas ye know not what 8 Be ye also patient; stablish shall be on the morrow. For what your hearts: for the coming of is your life? It is even a vapour, the Lord draweth nigh. that appeareth for a little time, 9 Grudge not one against anoand then vanisheth away. ther, brethren, lest ye be con
15 For that ye ought to say, If demned: behold, thejudge standthe Lord will, we shall live, and eth before the door. do this, or that.
10 Take, my brethren, the 16 But now ye rejoice in your prophets, who have spoken in boastings : all such rejoicing is the name of the Lord, for an exevil.
ample of suffering affliction, and 17 Therefore to him that know- of patience. eth to do good, and doeth it not, 11 Behold, we count them hapto him it is sin,
py which endure. Ye have heard
Of wicked rich men. Chap. i. The apostle blesseth God. of the patience of Job, and have given him. seen the end of the Lord; that| 16 Confess your faults one to the Lord is very pitiful, and of another, and pray one for another, tender mercy,
that ye may be healed. The ef12 But, above all things, my fectual fervent prayer of a rightebrethren, swear not; neither by ous man availeth much. heaven, neither by the earth, nei- 17 Elias was a man subject to ther by any other oath: but let|like passions as we are, and he your yea, be yea; and your nay, prayed earnestly that it might not nay ; lest ye fall into condem-rain; and it rained not on the nation.
earth by the space of three years 13 Is any among you afficted and six months. let him pray. Is any merry ? let 18 And he prayed again, and him sing psalms.
the heaven gave rain, and the 14 Is any sick among you ? letsearth brought forth her fruit. him call for the elders of the 19 Brethren, if any of you do church; and let them pray overlerr from the truth, and one conhim, anointing him with oil in the vert him; name of the Lord :
20 Lethimknow, that he which 15 And the prayer of faith shall converteth the sinner from the save the sick, and the Lord shall error of his way, shall save a soul raise him up; and if he have from death, and shall hide a mulcommitted sins, they shall be for- titude of sins. I THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF PETER. CHAP. I.
5 Who are kept by the power Of God'smanifold spiritualgraces.of God through faith unto salva. ETER, an apostle of Jesus tion, ready to be revealed in the
, to time : tered throughout Pontus, Galatia, 6. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, though now for a season (if need
2 Elect according to the fore-be) ye are in heaviness through knowledge of God the Father, manifold temptations ; through sanctification of the Spi- 7 That the trial of your faith, rit, unto obedience, and sprink-being much more precious than ling of the blood of Jesus Christ : of gold that perisheth, though it Grace unto you, and peace bebe tried with fire, might be found multiplied.
unto praise, and honour, and 3 Blessed be the God and Fa-glory, at the appearing of Jesus ther of our Lord Jesus Christ, Christ : which, according to his abundant 8 Whom having not seen, ye mercy, hath begotten us again love; in whom, though now ye unto a lively hope, by the resur-see bim not, yet believing, ye rerection of Jesus Christ from the joice with joy unspeakable, and dead,
full of glory: 4 To an inheritance incorrup- 9 Receiving the end of your tible, and undefiled, and that faith, even the salvation of your fadeth not away, reserved in souls. heaven for you,
10 Of which salvation the proOf God's manifold I. Peter. spiritual graces. phets have enquired, and search- these last times for you; ed diligently, who prophesied of 21 Who by him do believe in the grace that should come unto God that raised him up from the you :
dead, and gave him fory; that 11 Searching what, or what your faith and hope might be in manner of time, the spirit of God. Christ which was in them did 22 Seeing ye have purified signify, when it testified before your souls in obeying the truth hand the sufferings of Christ, through the Spirit, unto unfeignand the glory that should follow. ed love of the brethren, see that
12 Unto whom it was revealed, ye love one another with a pure that not unto themselves, but heart fervently : unto us, they did minister the 23 Being born again, not of things which are now reported corruptible seed, but of incorunto you, by them that have ruptible, by the word of God, preached the gospel unto you, which liveth and abideth for ever. with the Holy Ghost sent down 24 For all flesh is as grass, and from heaven : which things the all the glory of man as the flower angels desire to look into. ofgrass. The grass withereth, and
13 Wherefore gird up the loins the flower thereof falleth away : of your mind, be sober, and hope 25 But the word of the Lord to the end, for the grace that is tolendureth for ever. And this is be brought unto you at the reve-the word which by the gospel is lation of Jesus Christ:
preached unto you. 14 As obedient children, not
CHAP. II: fashioning yourselves according Abstain from fleshly lusts.
HEREFORE, laying aside rance ;
15 But as he, which have call- hypocrisies, and envies, and all ed you, is holy, so be ye holy in evil speakings, all manner of conversation ; 2 As new-born babes, desire
16 Because it is written, Beye the sincere milk of the word, that holy; for I am holy.
ye may grow thereby; 17 And if ye call on the Father, 3 If so be ye have tasted that who, without respect of persons, the Lord is gracious : judgeth according to every man's 4 To whom coming, as unto a work, pass the time of your so- living stone, disallowed indeed journing here in fear :
of men, but chosen of God, and 18 Forasmuch as ye know that precious; ye were not redeemed with cor- 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are ruptible things, as silver and gold, built up a spiritual house, an holy from your vain conversation re-priesthood, to offer up spiritual ceived by tradition from your fa- sacrifices, acceptable to God by thers;
Jesus Christ. 19 But with the precious blood 6 Wherefore also it is containof Christ, as of a lamb without ed in the scripture, Behold, I lay blemish and without spot: in Sion, a chief corner-stone,
20 Who verily was fore-or-elect, precious; and he that bedained before the foundation of lieveth on him, shall not be conthe world, but was manifest in founded.
to the former lusts, in your igno- W all malice,
and all guile, and
Of obedience to magistrates. Chap. iii. Duty of wives and husbands.
7 Unto you, therefore, which| 17 Honour all men. Love the believe, he is precious : but unto brotherhood. Fear God. Honour them which be disobedient, the the king. stone which the builders disal. 18 Servants, be subject to your lowed, the same is made the head masters with all fear, not only to of the corner,
the good and gentle, but also to 8 And a stone of stumbling, the froward. and a rock of offence, even to 19 For this is thank-worthy, if them which stumble at the word, a man for conscience towards being disobedient; whereunto Godenduregrief, suffering wrongalso they were appointed.
fully. 9 But ye are a chosen genera- 20 For what glory is it, if, when tion, a royal priesthood, an holy ye be buffeted for your faults, ye nation, a peculiar people ; that shall take it patiently? But if, ye should shew forth the praises when ye do well, and suffer for it, of him who hath called you outye take it patiently; this is acof darkness into his marvellous ceptable with God. light:
21 For even hereunto were ye 10 Which in time past were called ; because Christ also sufnot a people, but are now the fered for us, leaving us an exam. people of God: which had not ple, that ye should follow his obtained mercy, but now have steps: obtained mercy,
22 Who did no sin, neither 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech was guile found in his mouth : you, as strangers and pilgrims, 23 Who when he was reviled, abstain from feshly 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 sin, should hold, glorify God in the day of live unto righteousness; by visitation.
whose stripes ye were healed. 13 Submit yourselves to every 25 For ye were as sheep going ordinance of man for the Lord's astray; but are now returned sake; whether it be to the king, unto the Shepherd and Bishop of as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto
CHAP. III. them that are sent by him for the Duty of wives and busbands. punishment of evil doers, and for L KEWISE, ye wives, be in
15 For so is the will of God, bands; that if any obey not the that with well-doing ye may put word, they also may, without to silence the ignorance of foolish the word, be won by the conver
sation of the wives; 16 As free, and not using your 2 While they behold your liberty for a cloak of malicious-chaste conversation coupled with ness, but as the servants of God. fear :