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Duties of elders.

I. PETER. Watchfulness urged. same one to another, as good. 2 Feed the flock of God which stewards of the manifold grace is among you, taking the overof God.

sight thereof, not by constraint, 11 If any man speak, let him but willingly; not for tilthy speak as the oracles of God, if lucre, but of a ready mind: any man minister, let him do it 3 Neither as being lords over as of the ability which God giv. God's heritage, but being eneth; that God in all things may samples to the rock. be gloritied through Jesus. 4 And when the chief ShepChrist, to whom be praise and herd shall appear, ye shall redominion for ever and ever. ceive a crown of glory that Amen.

fadeth not away. 12 Beloved, think it not strange 6 Likewise, yo younger, sub concerning the fiery trial which mit yourselves unto the elder. is to try you, as though some Yea, all of you be subject one strange thing happened unto you: to another, and be clothed with

13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye humility: for God resisteth the are partakers of Christ's suffer; proud, and giveth grace to the ings; that, when his glory shall humble. be revealed. ye may be glad also 6 Humble yourselves therewith exceeding joy.

fore under the mighty hand of 14 If ye be reproached for the God, that he may exalt you in pame of Christ, happy are ye; due time : for the spirit of glory and of 7 Casting all your care upon God resteth upon you: on their him; for he careth for you. part he is evil spoken of, but on 8 Be sober, be vigilant; beyour part he is glorified.

cause your adversary the devil, 15 But let none of you suffer as a roaring lion, walketh about, as a murderer, or as a thief, or seeking whom he may devour: as an evil doer, or as a busy- 9 Whom resist steadfast in the bod y in other men's matters. faith, knowing that the same 16 Yet if any man suffer as a afflictions are accomplished in Christian, let him not be asham- your brethren that are in the ed; but let him glorify God on world. this behalf.

10 But the God of all grace, 17 For the time is come that who hath called us unto his judgment must begin at the eternal glory by Christ Jesus, house of God: and it it first be- after that ye have suffered a gin at us, what shall the end be while, make you perfect, stabof them that obey not the gos- lish, strengthen, settle you. pel of God ?

11 To bim be glory and domin. 18 And if the righteous scarce- ion for ever and ever. Amen. ly be saved, where shall the un 12 By Silvanus, & faithful godly and the sinner appear?

brother unto you, as I suppose, 19 Wherefore, let them that I have written briefly, exhortsuffer according to the will of ing, and testifying that this is God commit the keeping of the true grace of God wherein their souls to him in well doing, ye stand. as unto a faithful Creator. 13 The church that is at Baby. CHAPTER V.

lon, elected together with you, The duties of elders.

saluteth you; and so doth Maryou I exhort, who am also 14 Greet ye one another with an elder, and a witness of the a kiss of charity. Peace be with sufferings of Christ, and also a you all that are in Christ Jesus. partaker of the glory that shall Amen. be revealed :

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The Second Epistle General of PETER.
CHAPTER 1.

though ye know them, and be The truth of the yospel affirmed. established in the present truth. S'MINO Peter ja servant and 13 Yea, I think it meet, as

an apostle of Jesus Christ, to long as I am in this tabernacle, them that have obtained like to stir you up by putting you precious faith with us through in remembrance; the righteousness of God and 14 Knowing that shortly I our Saviour Jesus Christ: must put off this my taberna2 Grace and peace be mul-cle, even as our Lord Jesus tiplied unto you through the Christ hath shewed me. knowledge of God, and of Je 15 Moreover, I will endeavour sus our Lord,

that ye may be able after my 3 According, as his divine decease to have these things power hath given unto us all always in remembrance. things that pertain unto life 16 For we have not followed and godliness, through the cunningly devised fables, when knowledge of him that hath we made known unto you the called us to glory and virtue: power and coming of our Lord 4 Whereby are given unto Jesus Christ, but were eyewitus exceeding great and pre- nesses of his majesty. cious promises; that by these 17 For he received from God ye might be partakers of the the Father honour and glory, divine nature, having escaped when there came such a voice the corruption that is in the to him from the excellent gloworld through lust.

ry, This is my beloved Son, in 5 And besides this, giving all whom I ain well pleased. diligence, add to your faith vir

18 And this voice which came tuo ; and to virtue, knowledge; from heaven we heard, when we 6 And to knowledge, temper: were with him in the holy mount. ance; and to temperance, pa

19 We have also a more sura tience; and to patience, god. word of prophecy; whereunto liness ;

ye do well that ye take heed, 7 And to godliness, brother- as unto a light that shineth in ly kindness; and to brotherly a dark place, until the day kindness. charity.

dawn, and the daystar arise 8 For if these things be in in your hearts : you, and abound, they make 20 Knowing this first, that no you that ye shall neither be bar- prophecy of the Scripture is ren nor unfruitful in the knowl- of any private interpretation. edge ot' our Lord Jesus Christ. 21 For the prophecy came not

9 But he that lacketh these in old time by the will of man: things is blind, and cannot see but holy men of God spake as afar off, and hath forgotten that they were moved by the Holy he was purged from his old Ghost. sins.

CHAPTER II. 10 Wherefore the

rather, False teachers foretold. make your calling and celet. But there were false prophets

also among the people, even tion sure: for if ye do these as there shall be false teachers things, ye shall never fall:

among you, who privily shall 11 For so an entrance shall bring in damnable heresies, be ministered unto you abun- even denying the Lord that dantly into the everlasting bought them, and bring upon kingdom of our Lord and Sa- themselves swift destruction. viour Jesus Christ.

2 And many shall follow their 12 Wherefore I will not be pernicious ways; by reason of negligent to put you always in whom the way of truth shall remembrance of these things, be evil spoken of,

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Concerning
II. PETER

false teachers. 3 And through covetousness 14 Having eyes full of adulshall they with feigned words tery, and that cannot cease make merchandise of you : from sin; beguiling unstable whose judgment now of a long souls: a heart they have exertime lingereth not, and their cised with covetous practices; damnation slumbereth not. cursed children:

4 For if God spared not the 15 Which have forsaken the angels that sinned, but cast right way, and are gone astray, them down to hell, and deliv- following the way of Balaam ered them into chains of dark the son of Bosor, who loved the ness, to be reserved unto judg- wages of unrighteousness; ment:

16 But was rebuked for his 6 And spared not the old world, iniquity: the dumb ass speak but saved Noah the eighth pering with man's voice forbade son, a preacher of righteous- the madness of the prophet. ness, bringing in the flood upon 17 These are wells without the world of the ungodly; water, clouds that are carried 6 And turning, the cities of with a tempest; to whom the Sodom and Gomorrah into mist of darkness is reserved ashes condemned them with for ever. an overthrow, making them an 18 For when they speak great ensainple unto those that after swelling words of vanity, they should live ungodly ;

allure through the lusts of the 7 And delivered just Lot, vex- flesh, through much wantonness, ed with the filthy conversation those that were clean escaped of the wicked:

from them who live in error. 8 (For that righteous man 19 While they promise them dwelling among them, in see- liberty, they themselves are ing and hearing, vexed his the servants of corruption : for righteous soul from day to day of whom a man is overcome, with their unlawful deeds :) of the same is he brought in

9 The Lord knoweth how to bondage. deliver the godly out of temp 20 For if after they have tation, and to reserve the un. escaped the pollutions of the just unto the day of judgment world through the knowledge to be punished:

of the Lord and Saviour Jesus 10 But chiefly them that walk Christ, they are again entangled after the flesh in the lust of un- therein, and overcome, the lat. eleanness, and despise govern- ter end is worse with them than ment. Presumptuous are they; the beginning, selfwilled, they are not afraid 1.21 For it had been better for to speak evil of dignities. them not to have known the

11 Whereas angels, which way of righteousness, than, are greater in power and might, after they have known it, to bring not railing accusation turn from the holy command. against them before the Lord. ment delivered unto them.

12 But these, as natural brute 22 But it is happened unto beasts made to be taken and them according to the true destroyed, speak evil of the proverb, The dog is turned to things that they understand his own vomit again; and, The not; and shall utterly perish sow that was washed to her in their own corruption ; wallowing in the mire. 13 And shall receive the re

CHAPTER TIL ward of unrighteousness, as The certainty of Christ's coming. they that count it pleasure to THIS second epistle, beloved. riot in the daytime. Spots I now write unto you; in They are and blemishes. sport- both which I stir up your pure

3 themselves with their own minds by way of remembrance. eceivings while they feast. That ye may be mindful of

the words which were spoken

vith you;

Coming of scaffers. I. JOHN. The day of the Lord.
before by the holy prophets, that are therein shall be burned
and of the commandment of up.
us the apostles of the Lord and 11 Seeing then that all these
Saviour:

things shall be dissolved, what
3 Knowing this first, that there manner of persons ought ye to
shall come in the last days be in all holy conversation and
scoffers, walking after theirown godliness,
lusts,

12 Looking for and hasting 4 And saying, Where is the unto the coming of the day of promise of his coming? for God, wherein the heavens being since the fathers fell asleep, all on fire shall be dissolved, and things continue as they were the elements shall melt with from the beginning of the crea- fervent heat? tion.

13 Nevertheless we, according 6 For this they willingly are to his promise, look for new ignorant of, that by the word of heavens and a new earth, God the heavens were of old, wherein dwelleth righteousness. and the earth standing out of 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing the water and in the water: that ye look for such things, be 6 Whereby the world that then diligent that ye may be found was, being, overflowed with of him in peace, without spot, water, perished:

and blameless. 7 But the heavens and the lā And account that the longearth, which are now, by the suffering of our Lord is salvasame word are kept in store. tion; even as our beloved reserved unto fire against the brother Paul also according to day of judgment and perdition the wisdom given unto him of ungodly men.

hath written unto you; 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant 16 As also in all his epistles, of this one thing, that one day speaking, in them of these is with the Lord as a thousand things ; in which are some years, and a thousand years as things hard to be understood, one day.

which they that are unlearned 9 The Lord is not black con- and unstable wrest, as they do cerning his promise, as some also the other Scriptures, unto men count slackness; but is their own destruction. longsuffering to us-ward, not 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seewilling that any should perish, ing ye know these things before, but that all should come to re- beware lest ye also, being led pentance.

away with the error of the 10 But the day of the Lord wicked, fall from your own will come as a thief in the steadfastness. night; in the which the heav. 18 But grow in grace, and in ens shall pass away with a the knowledge of our Lord and great noise, and the elements Saviour Jesus Christ. To him Bhall melt with fervent heat, be glory both now and for ever. the earth also and the works | Amen.

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The First Epistle General of JOHN.
CHAPTER I.

2 For the life was manifested, The efficacy of Christ's blood, and we have seen it, and bear which was from the be- witness, and shew unto you that

have eternal life, which was with heard, which we have seen the Father, and was manifested with our eyes, which we have unto us; looked upon, and our hands 3 That which we have seen have handled, of the Word of and heard declare we unto you,

that ye also may have fellow.

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life;

The love of God.

I. JOHN.

Lovc of the world. ship with us : and truly our fel, had from the beginning. The lowship is with the Father, and old commandment is the word with his Son Jesus Christ. which ye have heard from the

4 And these things write we beginning. unto you, that your joy may be 8 Again, a new commandment fall.

I write unto you, which thing is 6 This then is the message true in him and in you: because which we have heard of him, the darkness is past, and the and declare unto you, that God true light now shineth. is light, and in him is no dark 9 He that saith he is in the ness at all.

light, and hateth his brother, is 6 If we say that we have in darkness even until now. fellowship with him, and walk 10 He that loveth his brother in darkness, we lie, and do not abideth in the light, and there the truth:

is none occasion of stumbling 7 But if we walk in the light, in him. as he is in the light, we have 11 But he that hacath his brofellowship, one with another, ther is in darkness, and walketh and the blood of Jesus Christ in darkness, and knoweth not his So cleanseth us from all whither he goeth, because that sin.

darkness hath blinded his eyes. 8 If we say that we have no 12 I write unto you, little chil sin, we deceive ourselves, and dren, because your sins are forthe truth is not in us.

given you for his name's sake. 9 If we confess our sins, he is 13 I write unto you, fathers, faithful and just to forgive us because ye have known him our sins, and to cleanse us from that is from the beginning. I all unrighteousness.

write unto you, young men, 10 If we say that we have not because ye have overcome the sinned, we make him a liar, and wicked one. I write unto you, his word is not in us.

little children, because ye have CHAPTER IT.

known the Father. of brotherly love.

14 I have written unto you, Y little children, these things fathers, because ye have known sin not. And if any man sin, I have written unto you, young we have an advocate with the men, because ye are strong, and Father, Jesus Christ the right the word of God abideth in eous:

you, and ye have overcome the 2 And he is the propitiation wicked one. for our sins: and not tor ours 15 Love not the world, neionly, but also for the sins of ther the things that are in the the whole world.

world. If any man love the 3 And hereby we do know that world, the love of the Father is we know him, if we keep his not in him. commandments.

16 For all that is in the world, 4 He that saith, I know him, the lust of the flesh, and the and keepeth not his command lust of the eyes, and the pride ments, is a liar, and the truth of life, is not of the Father, but is not in him.

is of the world. 5 But whoso keepeth his word, 17 And the world passeth & in him verily is the love of God way, and the lust thereof; but perfected : hereby know

we he that doeth the will of God that we are in him.

abideth for ever. 6 He that saith he abideth in 18 Little children, it is the last him ought himselt also so to time: and as ye have heard walk, even as he walked. that antichrist shall come, even 7 Brethren, I write no new now are there many antichrists; ommandment unto you, but whereby we know that it is the n old commandment which yel last time.

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