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blood, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, even 20 the blood of Christ: who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was manifested at the end of 21 the times for your sake, who through him are believers in God, which raised him from the dead, and gave him glory; so that your faith and hope 22 might be in God. Seeing ye 16 Gr. who. have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth

15 Or, honour

17 Or, stumble,

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But the 7 word of the Lord 25
abideth for ever.

And this is the 7 word of good
tidings which was preached
unto you.

Putting away therefore all 28 wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn 2 babes, long for the spiritual milk which is without guile, that ye may grow thereby unto salvation; if ye have tasted 3 that the Lord is gracious: unto whom coming, a living 4 stone, rejected indeed of men, but with God elect, 10 precious, ye also, as living stones, are 5 built up 11 a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Because it is contain- 6 ed in 12 scripture,

Behold, I lay in Zion a
chief corner stone, elect,
10 precious:

And he that believeth on
13 him shall not be put to
shame.

14 For you therefore which be- 7
lieve is the 15 preciousness: but
for such as disbelieve,

The stone which the build-
ers rejected,

The same was made the
head of the corner;

and,

A stone of stumbling, and

a rock of offence;

16 for they 17 stumble at the

unto unfeigned love of the being dis- word, being disobedient: where

brethren, love one another 5 from the heart fervently: 23 having been begotten again,|

obedient to the word

8

unto also they were appointed. But ye are an elect race, a 9 royal priesthood, a holy nation,

creation.

2 Gr. through.

3 Gr. having.

you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his steps: who did no sin, neither 22 was guile found in his mouth: who, when he was reviled, re- 23 viled not again; when he suffered, threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth. righteously: who his 24 own self bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by whose 10 stripes ye were healed. For ye were going astray 25 like sheep; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and 11 Bishop of your souls.

a people for God's own posses- 1 Gr. sion, that ye may shew forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 which in time past were no people, but now are the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 11 Beloved, I beseech you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which 12 war against the soul; having your behaviour seemly among the Gentiles; that, wherein they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they be- 7 Gr. of. hold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

13

4 Or. malice

5 Gr. Household-servants.

6 Gr. grace.

8 Or, his cause

9 Or, up...to

carried

the tree

bruise.

11 Or, Overseer

12 Or,

manner

of lije

Be subject to every 1ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the 14 king, as supreme; or unto governors, as sent 2 by him for vengeance on evil-doers and for praise to them that do 10 Gr. 15 well. For so is the will of God, that by well-doing ye should put to silence the ignorance 16 of foolish men: as free, and not using your freedom for a cloke of 4 wickedness, but as 17 bondservants of God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. 18 5 Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 19 For this is 6 acceptable, if for conscience 7toward God a man endureth griefs, suffering 20 wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye sin, and are buffeted for it, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye shall take it patiently, this is 21 acceptable with God. For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for

13 Or, husbands (as Sarah... ...ye are become), doing well, and not being

afraid 14 Or,

afraid
with

15 Gr. unto the female

vessel, as
weaker.

16 Gr. sympathetic.

In like manner, ye wives, be 3 in subjection to your own husbands; that, even if any obey not the word, they may without the word be gained by the 12 behaviour of their wives; beholding your chaste 12 beha 2 viour coupled with fear. Whose 3 adorning let it not be the outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, or of putting on apparel; but let it be the hid- 4 den man of the heart, in the incorruptible apparel of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner 5 aforetime the holy women also, who hoped in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own 13 husbands: as 6 Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose children ye now are, if ye do well, and are not 14 put in fear by any terror.

Ye husbands, in like man- 7 ner, dwell with your wives according to knowledge, giving honour 15 unto the woman, as unto the weaker vessel, as being also joint-heirs of the grace of life; to the end that your prayers be not hindered.

Finally, be ye all likemind- 8 ed, 16 compassionate, loving as

brethren, tenderhearted, hum9 bleminded: not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but contrariwise blessing; for hereunto were ye called, that ye should inherit a bless10 ing. For,

11

12

13

He that would love life,
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue
from evil,

And his lips that they speak

no guile :

And let him turn away from evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and pursue it.

For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, And his ears unto their supplication:

But the face of the Lord is upon them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of 14 that which is good? But and if ya should suffer for righteousness' sake, blessed are ye: and fear not their fear, nei15 ther be troubled; but sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope that is in you, yet 16 with meekness and fear: having a good conscience; that, wherein ye are spoken against, they may be put to shame who revile your good manner of 17 life in Christ. For it is better,

1 Many ancient authorlties read died.

2 Or, inlo which few, that is, eight souls,

were

brought

safely

through water

3 Or, in the antitype

4 Or, inquiry Or, appeal

5 Or, thought

the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, 2 wherein few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water: which 21 also 3 after a true likeness doth now save you, even baptism, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the 4 interrogation of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ; who is on the right 22 hand of God, having gone into heaven; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

Forasmuch then as Christ 4. suffered in the flesh, arm ye yourselves also with the same 5 mind; for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased 6 from sin; that 7 ye no longer 2 should live the rest of your time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past may suffice 3 to have wrought the desire of the Gentiles, and to have walked in lasciviousness, lusts, winebibbings, revellings, carousings, and abominable idolatries: wherein they think it strange 4 that ye run not with them into the same excess of riot, spcaking evil of you: who shall give 5 account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the 7 Or, he no dead. For unto this end was 6 longer... his time the gospel preached even to the dead, that they might be judged according to men in

6 Some ancient authorities read unlo sins.

if the will of God should so 8 Or, flood the flesh, but live according to

9 Or, were the good tidings preached

will, that ye suffer for well18 doing than for evil-doing. Because Christ also 1 suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but quicken19 ed in the spirit; in which also he went and preached unto the 10 Gr. 20 spirits in prison, which aforetime were disobedient, when the longsuffering of God waited in

prayers.

God in the spirit.

But the end of all things is 7 at hand: be ye therefore of sound mind, and be sober unto 10 prayer: above all things 8 being fervent in your love among yourselves; for love covereth a multitude of sins: using hospitality one to an- 9 other without murmuring: ac- 10 cording as each hath received a gift, ministering it among

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Beloved, think it not strange concerning the ficry trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange thing happened unto 13 you: but insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice 14 with exceeding joy. If ye are reproached 2 for the name of Christ, blessed are ye; because the Spirit of glory and the Spirit of God resteth upon 15 you. For let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil-doer, or as a meddler 16 in other men's matters: but if a man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this 17 name. For the time is come for judgement to begin at the house of God: and if it begin first at us, what shall be the end of them that obey not the 18 gospel of God? And if the righteous is scarcely saved, where shall the ungodly and 19 sinner appear? Wherefore let

them also that suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in well-doing unto a faithful Creator.

The elders therefore among you I exhort, who am a fellowelder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, who am also a partaker of the glory 2 that shall be revealed: Tend the flock of God which is a

2 Gr. in.

ancient authorlties omit

exercising

the oversight.

4 Some ancient authorities omit

5

according unto God.

Or, Like

wise... elder; yea, all of you one to another. Gird

yourselves with humility

6 Or, the 7 Gr. being

accom

plished.

8 Gr. bro

therhood.

Or, restore

10 Many

ancient
authori-
ties add
settle.

11 Gr. the.

12 That is,

The church, or, The sister.

mong you, 3 exercising the oversight, not of constraint, but willingly, 4 according unto God; nor yet for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither 3 as lording it over the charge allotted to you, but making yourselves ensamples to the flock. And when the chief 4 Shepherd shall be manifested, ye shall receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away. Likewise, ye younger, be sub- 5 ject unto the elder. Yea, all of you gird yourselves with humility, to serve one another: for God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves there- 6 fore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; casting all 7 your anxiety upon him, because he careth for you. Be 8 sober, be watchful: your adVersary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom 9 withstand stedfast in 6 your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are accomplished in your brethren who are in the world. And the God of 10 all grace, who called you unto his eternal glory in Christ, after that ye have suffered a little while, shall himself 9 perfect, stablish, strengthen 10 you. To him be the dominion 1 for 11

ever and ever. Amen.

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By Silvanus, 11 our faithful 12 brother, as I account him, I have written unto you briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God: stand ye fast therein. 12 She 13 that is in Babylon, elect together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Mark my son. Salute one 14. another with a kiss of love.

Peace be unto you all that are in Christ.

L

PETER.

1 Many
ancient

authorl-
ties read
Symeon.

2 Gr. bond-
servant.

3 Gr. an
equally
precious.
4 Or,

our God
and the
Saviour

ancient
authori-
ties read

through
glory and

virtue.

control

1 1 SIMON Peter, a 2 servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained 3 a like precious faith with us in the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ: 2 Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that his divine power hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that called us 5 by his 5 Some 4 own glory and virtue; whereby he hath granted unto us his precious and exceeding great promises; that through these ye may become partakers of the divine nature, hav- 6 Or, a ing escaped from the corrup-7 Or, selftion that is in the world by 5 lust. Yea, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue 6 knowledge; and in your know-9 Or, departure ledge temperance; and in your 7 temperance patience; 10 Gr. and in your patience godli7 ness; and in your godliness love of the brethren; and in your love of the brethren love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful unto the knowledge of our 9 Lord Jesus Christ. For he that lacketh these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins. 10 Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall 11 never stumble: for thus shall

8 Or,

closing

his eyes

presence.
11 Gr.
having
received.

12 Gr. was
brought...
by the
majestic
glory.
13 Gr.
brought.

14 Gr.
squalid.
15 Or,

special
16 Gr. was

brought.

be richly supplied unto you the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Wherefore I shall be ready 12 always to put you in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and are established in the truth which is with you. And I think it right, 13 as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; knowing that the putting off 14 of my tabernacle cometh swiftly, even as our Lord Jesus Christ signified unto me. Yea, 15 I will give diligence that at every time ye may be able after my decease to call these things to remembrance. For 16 we did not follow cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and 10 coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For 17 he 11 received from God the Father honour and glory, when there 12 came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: and 18 this voice we ourselves heard 13 come out of heaven, when we were with him in the holy mount. And we have the 19 word of prophecy made more sure; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a 14 dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts: knowing this first, that no pro- 20 phecy of scripture is of 15 private interpretation. For no 21 prophecy ever 16 came by the

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