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T The Second Epistle general of PETER.
Peter, saluting the Christians, admonisheth
your calling and election sure:
20 Knowing tilis first, that no vexed with the filthy conversaprophecy of the scripture is oftion of the wicked : any private interpretation. 8 (For that righteous man 21 For the prophecy came dwelling among them, in seeing not in old time 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 : B'. 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 shallment. Presumptuous are they bring in damnable heresies, even self-willed; they are not afrai 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 winile 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 thea heart they have exercised with so upon the world of the un-govetous practices; cursed chilodly ; dren: £ 6 And turning the cities of 15 Which have forsaken the Sodom and Gomorrah into r lit way, and are gone astray, ashes, condemned them with an É. the way of Balaam the overthrow, making them an en- son of Bosor, who loved the sample unto those that after wages of unrighteousness; should live ungodly. ið But was rebuked for his 7 And delivered just Lot, iniquity: the dumb ass, speak
ing with man's voice, forbade the madness of the prophet. 17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for eVer. 18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness, those that were clean escaped from them who live in error. 19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. 20 For if . they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22 But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and, The sow that was washed, to her wallowing in the mire. CHAP. III.
1 Tho certainty of Christ's coming to judgment....11 An exhortation to jiào.
This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
2 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and
of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3 Knowing this first,that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming! for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. § For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of od the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. 8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the o shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. 11 Seeing then that .# these
things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat 1 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousneSS. 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things be diligent that ye may be foun of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 15 And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is
salvation ; even as our beloved
brother l'aul also, according to the wisdom given unto him,
hath written unto
16 As also in hi his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things har to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before beware lest ye also, being le away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.
T The First Epistle CHAP. I.
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
HAT which was from the which we have heard of him, and
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 handled, of the Word of life;
6 If we say that we have fel
|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
that eternal life which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fel; lowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christhis 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 is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
the truth is not in us.
9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
Christ our advocate and propitiation....3 To know God aright is to keep his commandments, and love our brethren....18 To beware of seducers.
Y little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous : 2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 6 He that saith he abideth in him, ought himself also so to waik, even as he walked. 7 Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment which ye had from the beginning: The old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 8 Again, a new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him and in you: because the darkness is past, and the true light now shineth. 9 He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.
10 He that loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is o occasion of stumbling is | | | | }. 11 But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. 12 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. 13 I write unto you, fath rs, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning, I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, an the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one. 15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. 18 Little children, it is the last time : and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even inow are there many antichrists;