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1 The Second Epistle general of PETER.
your calling and election sure: Preer, saluting the Christians, admonisheth for if ye do these things, ye shall thein of the gifts and promises of the gos- never fall : pwl, &c.
11 For so an entrance shall IMON Peter, a servant and be ministered unto you aban
an apostle of Jesus Christ, dantly into the everlasting kingto them that have obtained like dom of our Lord and Saviour precious faith with us through Jesus Christ. the righteousness of God and 12 Wherefore I will not be our Saviour Jesus Christ : negligent to put you always in
2 Grace and peace be multi-remembrance of these things, plied unto you through the though ye know them, and be knowledge of God, and of Jesus established in the present truth. our Lord,
L 13 Yea, I think it meet, as 3 According as his divine long as I am in this tabernacle, power hath given unto us all to stir you up by putting you in things that pertain unto life and remembrance; godliness, through the knowl- 14 Knowing that shortly I edge of him that hath called us must put off this my tabernacle, to glory and virtue :
even as our Lord Jesus Christ 4 Whereby are given unto hath shewed me. is exceeding great and precious 15 Moreover, I will endeavpromises; that by these ye our that ye may be able, after inight be partakers of the di- my decease, to have these things vive nature, having escaped the always in remembrance. corruption that is in the world 16 For we have not followthrough lust.
ed cuuningly devised fables, 5 And besides this, giving all when we made known unto diligence, add to your faith, vir- you the power and coming of tue ; and to virtue, knowledge; our Lord Jesus Christ, but were
6 And to knowledge, temper- eye-witnesses of his majesty. ance ; and to temperance, pa- 17 For he received from God tience; and to patience, godli- the Father, honour and glory, ness ;
when there came such a voice 7 And to godliness, brotherly to him from the excellent glory, kindness; and to brotherly kind- This is my beloved Son, in ness, charity.
whom I am well pleased. 8 For if these things be in 18 And this voice which came you, and abound, they make you from heaven we heard, when we that ye shall neither be barren were with him in the holy nor unfruitful in the knowledge mount. of our Lord Jesus Christ.
19 We have also a more sure 9 But he that lacketh these word of prophecy; whereunto things is blind, and cannot see ye do well that ye take heed, afar off, and hath forgotten that as unto a light that shineth in a he was purged from his old sins. dark place, until the day dawn,
10 Wherefore the rather, 'and the day-star arise in your brethren, give diligence to make hearts :
20 Knowing this first, that no vexed with the filthy conversaprophecy of the scripture is of tion of the wicked : any private interpretation. 8 (For that righteous man
21 For the prophecy came dwelling among them, in seeing not in old tiine by the will of and hearing, vexed his rightman: but holy men of God spake eous soul from day to day with as they were moved by the Holy their unlawful deeds ;) Ghost.
9 The Lord knoweth how CHAP. II.
to deliver the godly out of tempHe foretelleth them of false teachers, shew- tations, and to reserve the uning the impiety and punishment of them just unto the day of judgment to and their followers, &c.
be punished : RUT there were false proph- 10 But chiefly them that walk
ets also among the people, after the flesh in the lust of uneven as there shall be false teach-cleanness, and despise governers among you, who privily shall ment. Presumptuous are they, bring in damnable heresies, even self-willed; they are not afraid denying the Lord that bought to speak evil of dignities. them, and bring upon themselves 11 Whereas angels, which swift destruction.
are greater in power and might, 2 And many shall follow their bring not railing accusation pernicious ways; by reason of against them before the Lord. whom the way of truth shall be 12 But these, as natural brute evil spoken of.
beasts, made to be taken and 3 And through covetousness destroyed,speak evil of the things shall they with feigned words that they understand not; and make merchandise of you : shall utterly perish in their own whose judgment now of a long corruption : time lingereth not, and their 13 And shall receive the redamnation slumbereth not. ward of unrighteousness, as they
4 For if God spared not the that count it pleasure to riot in angels that sinned, but cast them the day-time. Spots they are down to hell, and delivered them and blemishes, sporting theminto chains of darkness, to be selves with their own deceivreserved unto judgment; ings while they feast with you:
5 And spared not the old 14 Having eyes full of adulworld, but saved Noah the tery, and that cannot cease from eighth person, a preacher of sin; beguiling unstable souls : righteousness, bringing in the a heart they have exercised with flood upon the world of the un- covetous practices; cursed chilgodly;
dren: 6 And turning the cities of 15 Which have forsaken the Sodom and Gomorrah into riglit way, and are gone astray, ashes, condemned them with an following the way of Balaain the overthrow, making them an en- son of Bosor, who loved the sample unto those that after wages of unrighteousness; should live ungodly.
16 But was rebuked for his 7 And delivered just Lot, iniquity : the dumb ass, speaking with man's voice, forbade of the commandment of us the the madness of the prophet. apostles of the Lord and Sav
17 These are wells without iour: water, clouds that are carried 3 Knowing this first, that there with a tempest; to whom the shall come in the last days scofmist of darkness is reserved for fers, walking after their own ever.
lusts, 18 For when they speak great 4 And saying, Where is the swelling words of vanity, they promise of his coming ? for since allure through the lusts of the the fathers fell asleep, all things flesh, through much wantonness, continue as they were from the those that were clean escaped beginning of the creation. from them who live in error. I 5 For this they willingly are
19 While they promise them ignorant of, that by the word of liberty, they themselves are the God the heavens were of old, servants of corruption : for of and the earth standing out of the whom a man is overcome, of the water and in the water: same is he brought in bondage. I 6 Whereby the world that
20 For if after they have es- then was, being overflowed with caped the pollutions of the water, perished: world through the knowledge of 7 But the heavens and the the Lord and Saviour Jesus earth, which are now, by the Christ, they are again entangled same word are kept in store, therein, and overcome, the lat- reserved unto fire against the day ter end is worse with them than of judgment and perdition of the beginning.
lungodly men. 21 For it had been better for But, beloved, be not ignothem not to have known the rant of this one thing, that one way of righteousness, than, af- day is with the Lord as a thouter they have known it, to turn sand years, and a thousand years from the holy commandment de- as one day. livered unto them.
19 The Lord is not slack con22 But it is happened unto cerning his promise, as some them according to the true prov- men count slackness; but is erb, The dog is turned to his long-suffering to us-ward, not own vomit again; and, The sow willing that any should perish, that was washed, to her wal- but that all should come to relowing in the mire.
pentance. CHAP. III.
10 But the day of the Lord I Tho certainty of Christ's coming to judg- will come as a thief in the
ment....11 An exhortation to godliness. night; in the which the heayTHIS second epistle, beloved, ens shall pass away with a great
I now write unto you; in noise, and the elements shall both which I stir up your pure melt with fervent heat, the earth minds by way of remembrance : also and the works that are
2 That ye may be mindful of therein shall be burned up. , the words which were spoken 11 Seeing then that all these. before by the holy prophets, and things shall be dissolved, what
manner of persons ought ye to brother Paul also, according to be in all holy conversation and the wisdom given unto him, godliness,
. hath written unto you; 12 Looking for and hasting 16 As also in all his epistles, unto the coming of the day of speaking in them of these things; God, wherein the heavens being in which are some things hard on fire shall be dissolved, and the to be understood, which they elements shall melt with fervent that are unlearned and unstable heat ?
wrest, as they do also the other 13 Nevertheless we, accor- scriptures, unto their own desding to his promise, look for truction.' new heavens and a new earth, 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seewherein dwelleth righteous- ing ye know these things before, ness.
beware lest ye also, being led 14 Wherefore, beloved, see-away with the error of the wicking that ye look for such things, ed, fall from your own steadbe diligent that ye may be found fastness. of him in peace, without spot, 18 But grow in grace, and in and blameless.
the knowledge of our Lord and 15 And account that the Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be long-suffering of our Lord is glory both now and forever. salvation ; even as our beloved| Amen.
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I The First Epistle general of JOHN.
4 And these things write we 1 He declareth what he had seen and known unto you, that your joy may be of the Word of life....5 The necessity of full. holiness, in order to fellowship with God.) 5 This then is the message THAT which was from the which we have heard of him, and
1 beginning, which we have declare unto you, that God is heard, which we have seen with light, and in him is no darkour eyes, which we have looked ness at all. upon, and our hands have hand- 6 If we say that we have felled, of the Word of life; lowship with him, and walk in
2 (For the Life was mani- darkness, we lie, and do not the fested, and we have seen it, and truth : bear witness, and shew unto you 7 But if we walk in the light, that eternal life which was with as he is in the light, we have felthe Father, and was manifested lowship one with another, and unto us ;)
the blood of Jesus Christ his Son 3 That which we have seen cleanseth us from all sin. and heard declare we unto you, 8 If we say that we have no that ye also may have fellowship sin, we deceive ourselves, and with us :and truly our fellowship the truth is not in us. is with the Father, and with his 9 If we confess our sins, he Son Jesus Christ.
is faithful and jnst to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse lis from 10 He that loveth his brother all unrighteousness,
abideth in the light, and there is 10 If we say that we have none occasion of stumbling ia not sinned, we make him a liar, him. and his word is not in lis. 11 But he that hateth his CIIAP. II.
brother is in darkness, and walkChrist our advocate and propitiation....3 To eth in darkness, and knowctlı know God aright is to keep his command-mor whicho b
not whither he goeth, because
o th honom ments, and love our brethren....18 To beware of seducers.
that darkness hath blinded his M Y little children, these eyes.
I things write I unto you, 12 I write unto you, little that ye sin not. And if any man children, because your sins are sin, we have an advocate with forgiven you for his name's the Father, Jesus Christ the sake. righteous :
| 13 I write unto you, fath rs, 2 And he is the propitiation because ye have known him for our sins: and not for ours that is from the beginning. I only, but also for the sins of the write unto you, young men, bewhole world.
cause ye have overcome the 3 And herehy we do know wicked one. I write unto you, that we know him, if we keep little children, because ye have his commandinents.
known the Father. 4 He that saith, I know him, 14 I have written unto you, and keepeth not his command- fathers, because ye have known ments, is a liar, and the truth is him that is from the beginning, not in him.
I have written unto you, young 5 But whoso keepeth his men, because ye are strong, and word, in him verily is the love the word of God abideth in you, of God perfected: hereby know and ye have overcome the wickwe that we are in him. ed one.
6 He that saith he abideth in 15 Love not the world, neihiin, ought himself also so to ther the things that are in the walk, even as he walked. world. If any man love the
7 Brethren, I write no new world, the love of the Father is commandment unto you, but an not in him. old commandment which ye had 16 For all that is in the world, from the beginning : The old the last of the flesh, and the lust commandinent is the word of the eyes, and the pride of life, which ye have heard from the is not of the Father, but is of the
world. 8 Again, a new command- 17 And the world passeth ment I write unto you, which away, and the lust thereof: but thing is true in him and in you : he that doeth the will of God because the darkness is past, and abideth for ever. . the true light now shineth. I 18 Little children, it is the
9 He that saith he is in the last time : and as ye have heard light, and hateth his brother, is that antichrist shall come, even in darkness even until now. now are there many antichrists;