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Christ the chief I. PETER, 2.

corner stone. 3 If so be ye have tasted that 13 Submit yourselves to every the Lord is gracious.

ordinance of man for the Lord's 4 To whom coming, as unto a sake: whether it be to the living stone, disallowed indeed king, as supreme; of men, but chosen of God, and 14 Or unto governors, as unto precious,

them that are sent by him for 5 Ye also, as lively stones, the punishment of evildoers, are built up a spiritual house, and for the praise of them that an holy priesthood, to offer up do well. spiritual sacrifices, acceptable 15 For so is the will of God, to God by Jē'-sús Chrīst. that with well doing ye may put

6 Wherefore also it is con- to silence the ignorance of fooltained in the scripture, Behold, ish men: I lay in Si-on a chief corner 16 As free, and not using your stone, elect, precious: and he liberty for a cloke of maliciousthat believeth on him shall not ness, but as the servants of be confounded.

God. 7 Unto you therefore which 17 Honour all men. Love believe he is precious : but un- the brotherhood. Fear God. to them which be disobedient, Honour the king. the stone which the builders 18 Servants, be subject to your disallowed, the same is made masters with all fear; not only the head of the corner,

to the good and gentle, but also 8 And a stone of stumbling, to the froward. and a rock of offence, even to 19 For this is thankworthy, if them which stumble at the word, a man for conscience toward being disobedient : whereunto God endure grief, suffering also they were appointed. wrongfully.

9 But ye are a chosen genera- 20 For what glory is it, if, tion, a royal priesthood, an holy when ye be buffeted for your nation, a peculiar people ; that faults, ye shall take it patiently? ye should shew forth the praises but if, when ye do well, and of him who hath called you out suffer for it, ye take it paof darkness into his marvellous tiently, this is acceptable with light:

God. 10 Which in time past were 21 For even hereunto were not a people, but are now the ye called : because Chrīst also people of God: which had not suffered for us, leaving us an obtained mercy, but now have example, that ye should follow obtained mercy.

his steps: 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech 22 Who did no sin, neither you as strangers and pilgrims, was guile found in his mouth: abstain from fleshly lusts, 23 Who, when he was reviled, which war against the soul; reviled not again; when he

12 Having your conversation suffered, he threatened not ; honest among the Ġěn'-tīles : but committed himself to him that, whereas they speak a- that judgeth righteously: gainst you as evildoers, they 24 Who his own self bare our may by your good works, which sins in his own body on the they shall behold, glorify God tree, that we, being dead to in the day of visitation. sins, should live unto righteous


Duties of wives I: PETER, 3. and husbands. ness: by whose stripes ye were trariwise blessing ; knowing healed.

that ye are thereunto called, 25 For ye were as sheep going that ye should inherit a blessastray; but are now returned ing. unto the Shepherd and Bishop 10 For he that will love life, of your souls.

and see good days, let him

refrain his tongue from evil, CHAPTER 3.

and his lips that they speak no subjection to your own 11 Let him eschew evil, and husbands; that, if any obey do good; let him seek peace, not the word, they also may and ensue it. without the word be won by 12 For the eyes of the Lord the conversation of the wives ; are over, the righteous, and

2 While they behold your his ears are open unto their chaste conversation coupled prayers : but the face of the with fear.

Lord is against them that do 3 Whose adorning let it not evil. be that outward adorning of 13 And who is he that will plaiting the hair, and of wear- harm you, if ye be followers of ing of gold, or of putting on of that which is good ? apparel;

14 But and if ye suffer for 4 But let it be the hidden man righteousness' sake, happy are of the heart, in that which is ye: and be not afraid of their not corruptible, even the orna- terror, neither be troubled ; ment of a meek and quiet spirit, 15 But sanctify the Lord God which is in the sight of God of in your hearts and be ready great price.

always to give an answer to 5 For after this manner in the every man that asketh you a old time the holy women also, reason of the hope that is in who trusted in God, adorned you with meekness and fear: themselves, being in subjection 16 Having a good conscience; unto their own husbands : that, whereas they speak evil

6 Even as Sâr'-ě obeyed A'- of you, as of evildoers, they bră-hăm, calling him lord : may be ashamed that falsely whose daughters ye are, as long accuse your good conversation as ye do well, and are not afraid in Chrīst. with any amazement.

17 For it is better, if the will 7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell of God be so, that ye suffer with them according to know- for well doing, than for evil ledge, giving honour'unto the doing. wife, as unto the weaker vessel, 18 For Christ also hath once and as being heirs together of suffered for sins, the just for the grace of life; that your the unjust, that he might bring prayers be not hindered.

us to God, being put to death 8 Finally, be ye all of one in the flesh, but quickened by mind, having compassion one the Spirit: of another, love as brethren, be 19 By which also he went and pitiful, be courteous :

preached unto the spirits in 9 Not rendering evil for evil, prison; or railing for railing: but con- 20 Which sometime were dis

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An exhortation I. PETER, 4. to cease from sin. obedient, when once the long-| 7 But the end of all things is suffering of God waited in the at hand : be ye therefore sober, days of No’-dh, while the ark and watch unto prayer. was a preparing, wherein few, 8 And above all things have that is, eight souls were saved fervent charity among yourby water.

selves : for charity shall cover 21 The like figure whereunto the multitude of sins. even baptism doth i also now 9 Use hospitality one to ansave us (not the putting away other without grudging. of the filth of the flesh, but the 10 As every man hath received answer of a good conscience the gift, even so minister the toward God,) by the resurrec- same one to another, as good tion of Jē'-šūs Christ:

stewards of the manifold grace 22 Who is gone into heaven, of God. and is on the right hand of 11 If any man speak, let him God; angels and authorities speak as the oracles of God; and powers being made subject if any man minister, let him unto him.

it as of the ability which God

giveth : that God in all things CHAPTER 4.

may be glorified through Jē-sūs

Christ, to whom be praise and VORASMUCH then as Chrīst dominion for ever and ever. flesh, arm yourselves likewise 12 Beloved, think it not with the same mind : for he strange concerning the fiery that hath suffered in the flesh trial which is to try you, as hath ceased from sin;

though some strange thing 2 That he no longer should happened unto you : live the rest of his time in the 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as flesh to the lusts of men, but to ye are partakers of Chrīst's the will of God.

sufferings; that, when his glory 3 For the time past of our shall be revealed, ye may be life may suffice us to have glad also with exceeding joy. wrought the will of the Gěn'- 14 If ye be reproached for the tīles, when we walked in las- name of Christ, happy are ye; civiousness, lusts, excess of for the spirit of glory and of wine, revellings, banquetings, God resteth upon you: on their and abominable idolatries: part he is evil spoken of, but

4 Wherein they think it on your part he is glorified. strange that ye run not with 15 But let none of you suffer them to the same excess of riot, as a murderer, or as a thief, or speaking evil of you:

as an evildoer, or as a busy body 5 Who shall give account to in other men's matters. him that is ready to judge the 16 Yet if any man suffer as a quick and the dead.

Chrìs'-tiăn, let him not be 6 For for this cause was the ashamed; but let him glorify gospel preached also to them God on this behalf. that are dead, that they might 17 For the time is come that be judged according to men in judgment must begin at the the flesh, but live according to house of God: and if it first God in the spirit.

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The duty of

elders, fc. be of them that obey not the 6 Humble yourselves theregospel of God ?

fore under the mighty hand of 18 And if the righteous scarcely God, that he may exalt you in be saved, where shall the un- due time : godly and the sinner appear ? 7 Casting all your care upon 19 Wherefore let them that him; for he careth for you. suffer according to the will of 8 Be sober, be vigilant; beGod committhe keeping of their cause your adversary the devil, souls to him in well doing, as as a roaring lion, walketh about, unto a faithful Creator.

seeking whom he may devour:

9 Whom resist stedfast in the CHAPTER 5.

faith, kņowing that the same

afflictions are accomplished in THE elders which are among your brethren that are in the an elder, and a witness of the 10 But the God of all grace, sufferings of Christ, and also a who hath called us unto his partaker of the glory that shall eternal glory by Christ Jē'-šňs, be revealed :

after that ye have suffered a 2 Feed the flock of God which while, make you perfect, stais among you, taking the over- blish, strengthen, settle you. sight thereof, not by constraint, 11 To him be glory and but willingly; not for filthy dominion for ever and ever. lucre, but of a

A'-měn. 3 Neither as being lords over 12 By Syl-vā'-nús, a faithful God's heritage, but being en- brother unto you, as I suppose, samples to the flock.

I have written briefly, exhort4 And when thechief Shepherd ing, and testifying that this is shall appear, ye shall receive a the true grace of God wherein crown of glory that fadeth not ye stand. away.

13 The church that is at 5 Likewise, ye younger, sub- Băb'--lon, elected together mit yourselves unto the elder. with yont, saluteth you; and so Yea, all of you be subject one doth Mär'-củs my son. to another, and be clothed with 14 Greet ye one another with humility: for God resisteth the a kiss of charity. Peace be proud, and giveth grace to the with you all that are in Chrīst humble.

Jē'-sús. A'-měn.




ness of God and our Saviour CHAPTER 1.

Jē'-sús Christ : '-Pē'-těr, a servant 2 peace be Chrīst, to them that have knowledge of God, and of Jē-šūs obtained like precious faith our Lord, with us through the righteous- 3 According as his divine

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An eachortation to İI. PETER, 2. faith and good works. power hath given unto us all to stir you up by putting you things that pertain unto life in remembrance; and godliness, through the 14 Knowing that shortly I knowledge of him that hath must put off this my tabernacle, called us to glory and virtue : even as our Lord Jē’-sús Chrīst

4 Whereby are given unto us hath shewed me. exceeding great and precious 15 Moreover I will endeavour promises : that by these ye that ye may be able after my might be partakers of the decease to have these things divine nature, having escaped always in remembrance. the corruption that is in the 16 For we have not followed world through lust.

cunningly devised fables, when 5 And beside this, giving all we made known unto you the diligence, add to your faith power and coming of our Lord virtue; and to virtue know- Jē'-sús Christ, but were eyeledge ;

witnesses of his majesty. 6 And to knowledge tem- 17 For he received from God perance; and to temperance the Father honour and glory, patience; and to patience god when there came such a voice Iiness;

to him from the excellent 7 And to godliness brotherly glory, This is my beloved Son, kindness; and to brotherly in whom I am well pleased. kindness charity.

18 And this voice which came 8 For if these things be in from heaven we heard, when we you, and abound, they make were with him in the holy mount. you that ye shalí neither be 19 We have also a more sure barren nor unfruitful in the word of prophecy ; whereunto knowledge of our Lord Jē'-sús ye do well that ye take heed, Christ.

as unto a light that shineth in 9 But he that lacketh these a dark place, until the day things is blind, and cannot see dawn, and the day star arise in afar off, and hath forgotten that your hearts : he was purged from his old sins. 20 Knowing this first, that

10 Wherefore the rather, bre- no prophecy of the scripture is thren, give diligence to make of any private interpretation. your calling and election sure: 21 For the prophecy came for if ye do these things, ye not in old time by the will of shall never fall:

man: but holy men of God 11 For so an entrance shall spake as they were moved by be ministered unto you abun- the Holy Ghost. dantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Sa

CHAPTER 2. viour Jē'-šūs Christ.


also negligent to put you always in ple, even as there shall be remembrance of these things, false teachers among you, who though ye know them, and be privily shall bring in damnable established in the present heresies, even denying the Lord truth.

that bought them, and bring 13 Yea, I think it meet, as upon themselves swift destruclong as I am in this tabernacle, tion.

12 Wherefore I will not be Biphethere were false pro

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