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Of 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 :

Jdead, and gave him Sory; 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.led 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 Aesh 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 to endureth 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. to the former lusts, in your igno- 17 HEREFORE, laying aside rance;

all malice, and all guile, and 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 ; 12 Ås new-born babes, desire

16 Because it is written, Beye the sincere milk of the word, that holy; for I am holy.

Jye 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:

Jof 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.

Of obedience to magistrates. Chap. iii. Duty of wives and busbands.

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, la 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 patientiy ; 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 exampeople 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 fleshly 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 husbands. punishment of evil doers, and for T IKEWISE, ye wives, be in the praise of them that do well. U subjection to your own hus

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 convermen:

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 :

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3 Whose adorning, let it not 13 And who is he that will be that outward adorning of harm you, if ye be followers of plaiting the hair, and of wearing that which is good ? of gold, or of putting on of ap-. 14 But, and if ye suffer for parel;

righteousness' sake, happy are 4 But let it be the hidden manlye: and be not afraid of their terof the heart, in that which is not|ror, neither be troubled : corruptible, even the ornament of 15 But sanctify the Lord God a meek and quiet spirit, which in your hearts : and be ready alis in the sight of God of great ways to give an answer to every price.

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

6 Even as Sara obeyed Abra-be ashamed that falsely accuse ham, calling him lord: whose your good conversation in Christ. daughters ye are as long as ye 17 For it is better if the will of do well, and are not afraid with God be so, that ye suffer for wellany amazement.

doing, than for evil-doing. 7 Likewise, ve husbands, dwell 18 For Christ also hath once with them according to know-suffered for sins, the just for the ledge, giving honour unto the unjust, that he might bring us to wife, as unto the weaker vessel, God, being put to death in the and as being heirs together of the flesh, but quickened by the Spigrace of life; that your prayers rit : be not hindered.

| 19 By which also he went and & Finally, be ye all of one mind, preached untothespiritsinprison; having compassion one of ano- 20 Which sometime were ther : love as brethren, be pitiful, disobedient, when once the longbe courteous;

suffering of God waited in the 9 Not rendering evil for evil, days of Noe, while the ark was or railing for railing; but contra- a preparing, wherein few, that is, riwise, blessing: knowing that eight souls, were saved by water. ye are thereunto called, that ye 21 The like figure whereunto, should inherit a blessing. leven baptism, doth also now save

10 For he that will love life, us, (not the putting away of the and see good days, let him re- filth of the flesh, but the answer frain his tongue from evil, and of a good conscience towards his lips that they speak no guile: God) by the resurrection of

11 Let him eschew evil, and Jesus Christ : do good ; let him seek peace, 22 Who is gone into heaven, and ensue it.

and is on the right hand of God; 12 For the eyes of the Lord angels, and authorities, and poware over the righteous, and hisers being made subject unto ears are open unto their prayers: him. but the face of the Lord is against

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Comforts against persecution. Chap. v. Elders to feed their flocks. TORASMUCH thenas Christ to whom be praise and dominion I hath suffered for us in the for ever and ever. Amen. flesh, arm yourselves likewise 12.Beloved, think itnot strange with the same mind : for he that concerning the fiery trial, which hath suffered in the flesh hath is to try you, as though some ceased from sin ;

strange thing happened unto you: 2 That he no longer should 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye live the rest of his time in the are partakers of Christ's sufferAesh, to the lusts of men, but tosings; that, when his glory shall the will of God. .

be revealed, ye may be glad also 3 For the time past of our life with exceeding joy. may suffice us to have wrought 14 If ye be reproached for the. the will of the Gentiles, when we name of Christ, happy are ye ; . walked in lasciviousness, lusts, for the Spirit of glory, and of excess of wine, revellings, ban-God, resteth upon you : on their quetings, and abominable ido-part he is evil spoken of; but on latries :

your part he is glorified. 4 Wherein they think it 15 But let none of you suffer as strange that ye run not with them a murderer, or as a thief, or as an to the same excess of riot, speak-evil-doer, or as a busy-body in ing evil of you;

Jother men's matters. 5 Who shall give, account to 16 Yet, if any man suffer as a him that is ready to judge the Christian, let him not be ashamquick and the dead.

ed; but let him glorify God on 6 For, for this cause was the this behalf. gospel preached also to them that 17 For the time is come, that are dead, that they might be judgment must begin at the house judged according to men in the of God: and if it first begin at fesh, but live according to God us, what shall the end be of them in the spirit.

; that obey not the gospel of God? ..7 But the end of all things is at 18 And if the righteous scarcehand : be ye therefore sober, and ly be saved, where shall the unwatch unto prayer.

godly, and the sinner appear ? 8 And above all things have 19 Wherefore, let them that fervent charity among your-suffer according to the will of selves : for charity shall cover God, commit the keeping of their the multitude of sins.

souls to him in well-doing, as un9 Use hospitality one to ano-to a faithful Creator.. ther without grudging.

CHAP. V. 10 Asevery man hath received Let the younger obey, and all the gift, even so minister the same

be sober. one to another, as good stewards THE elders which are among of the manifold grace of God.

you I exhort, who am also 11 If any man speak, let him an elder, and a witness of the sufspeak as the oracles of God; ifferings of Christ, and also a parany man minister, let him do it as taker of the glory that shall be of the ability which God giveth ; revealed : that God, in all things, may be 2 Feed the flock of God, which glorified through Jesus Christ :is among you, taking the over

Exhortation to faith II. Peter. and good works. sight thereof, not by constraint, seeking whom he may devour: but willingly; not for filthy lucre,l 9 Whom resist stedfast in the but of a ready mind;

faith, knowing that the same af3 Neither as being lords over Aictions are accomplished in your God's heritage, but being ensam- brethren that are in the world. ples to the flock :

110 But the God of all grace, 4 And when the chief Shep- who hath called us unto his eterherd shall appear, ye shall receive nal glory by Christ Jesus, after a crown of glory that fadeth not that ye have suffered a while, away.

make you perfect, stablish, 5 Likewise, ye younger, sub- strengthen, settle you : mit yourselves unto the elder; 11 To him be glory and domiyea, all of you be subject one to nion for ever and ever. Amen. another, and be clothed with hu- 12 By Sylvanus, a faithful bromility for God resisteth the ther unto you, (as I suppose,) I proud, and giveth grace to the have written briefly, exhorting, humble.

and testifying that this is the true 6 Humble yourselves, there-grace of God wherein ye stand. fore, under the mighty hand of 13 The church that is at BabyGod, that he may exalt you in lon, elected together with you, due time :

saluteth you ; and so doth Mar7 Casting all your care upon cus my son. him; for he careth for you. 14 Greet ye one another with

8 Be sober, be vigilant; be- a kiss of charity. Peace be with cause your adversary the devil, you all that are in Christ Jesus. as a roaring lion, walketh about, Amen. I THE SECOND EPISTLE GENERAL OF PETER. CHAP. I.

be partakers of the divine nature, Exhortation to sundry duties. having escaped the corruption SIMON PETER, a servant that is in the world through lust. w and an apostle of Jesus Christ, 5 And beside this, giving all to them that have obtained like diligence, add to your faith, virprecious faith with us, through tue, and to virtue, knowledge; therighteousness of God, and our 6 And to knowledge, temperSaviour Jesus Christ :

Jance; and to temperance, pati2 Grace and peace be multipli-lence; and to patience, godliness; ed unto you, through the know- 7 And to godliness, brotherly ledge of God, and of Jesus our kindness; and to brotherly kindLord,

Iness, charity. 3 According as his divine pow. 8 For if these things be in you, er hath given unto us all things and abound, they make you, that pertain unto life and godli- that ye shall neither be barren ness, through the knowledge of nor unfruitful in the knowledge him that hath called us to glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. and virtue:

19 But he that lacketh these 4 Whereby are given unto us things is blind, and cannot see exceeding great and precious afar off, and hath forgotten that promises; that by these ye might he was purged from his old sins.

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