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are now returned unto the 'Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

CHAP. III. 1 He teacheth the duty of wives and husbands to each other, 8 erhorling all men to unity and love, 14 and to suffer persecution : 19 he declareth also the benefit of Christ toward the old world.

LIKEWISE, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands ; that, if any obey not the word, 6 they also may without the word be won' by the conversation of the wives ;

2 While they behold your chaste conversation2 coupled with fear.

3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel ;

4 But let it be the e hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a ‘meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

5 For after this manner in the 5 old time the

I gained. Ham. Pu. 2 deportment. Dod. We. But let the hidden man which is in the heart be without all corruption, so that the spirit be at rest and quiet.

liii. 6: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. Jer. 1. 6: My people hath been lost sheep. See on John, x. 11, 14, 16.

CHAP. III. a See on 1 Cor. xi. 3. b See on Rom. xi. 14. c1 Pet. ii. 12. a See on 1 Tim. ij. 9.

e Ps. xlv. 13 : The king's daughter is all glorious within : her clothing is of wrought gold. See on Rom. vii. 22.

f Ps. xxv. 9: The meek will he guide in judgment : and the meek will he teach his way. do. cxlix. 4: For the LORD taketh a pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation. Mat. v. 5 : Blessed are the meek : for they shall ipherit the earth. DEUT. xxxii. 7: Remember the days of old, consider the

of many generations.

holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands :

6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him blord : whose daughters 4 ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement."

7 Likewise, ye i husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour' unto the wife, kas unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life ; " that your prayers be not hindered.

8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, o love as brethren, Pbe pitiful, be courteous :

99 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing : but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a


4 Gr. children. A. V. 5 not being afraid of any terror. Gen. Hum. not fearing any consternation. Pu. 6 as men of knowledge. A. V. ? rendering respect. Pu. Sloving to the brethren. A. V.

Gen. xviii. 12: My lord being old also, i See on 1 Cor. vii. 3.

* 1 Thes. iv. 4: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour.

1 See on Mat. v. 23, 24.
m See on John, xvii. 11.
n See on Col. iii. 12.
• See on John, xii. 34.
p See on Col. iii. 12.

4 PRO. xvii. 13: Whoso rewardeth evil for good, evil shall not depart from his house. Rom. xii. 14 : Bless them which persecute you : bless, and curse not. 1 Cor. iv. 12: And labour, working with our own hands : being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it. See on Mat. v. 39; and on Col. iii. 12.

*Mat. xxv. 34: Come, ye blessed of my Father, `inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 1 Tim. iv. 8: Godliness is profitable unto all things,. having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.

10 For She that will love life, and see good days, ' let him refrain bis tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile :

11 Let him ' eschew evil, and do good ; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are over 9 the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers : y but the face of the Lord is against 10 them that do evil. .

13 And ? who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers 11 of that which is good ?

14 But and if ye “suffer for righteousness'

9 opon. Ham. Pu. 10 Gr. is upon. A. V. 11 imitators. Pu.

s Ps. xxxiv. 12, &c: What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good ?

11 Pet. ii. 1, 22. Rev. xiv. 5: And in their mouth was found no guile : for they are without fault before the throne of God. See on JAMES, i. 26. u See on Rom. xii. 9.

See on MARK, ix. 50. w Ps. xxxiii. 18: Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy. do. xxxiv. 15, 16. Job, xxxvi. 7: He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous. Rom. viii. 28: We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.

* See on John, ix. 31.

y Jer. xliv. 10, 11: They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you.—Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will set my face against you for evil. Amos, ix. 4: Though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them : and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.

2 Pro. xvi. 7: When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. JOB, xii. 7: Do that which is good, and no evil shall touch you. Rom. viii. 28 : And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

a See on Heb. xi. 26.

sake, happy are ye : and " be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

15 But sanctify 12 the Lord God in your hearts : and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with a meekness and fear :13

16 e Having a good.conscience; f that, whereas 14 they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse 15 your good conversation in Christ.

17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

18 For Christ also hath & once suffered for sins,the just for the unjust, that he might

12 sacredly reverence. Pu. 13 reverence. A. V. 4 in what. Pu. 15 challenge. Wi. blame. Gen. calumniate. Rh. slander. To.

b Isa. viii. 12, 13: Neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. do. li. 12: I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass ? Jer, i. 8: Be not afraid of their faces : for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. John, xiv. 1, 27 : Let not your heart be troubled : ye believe in God, believe also in me. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Ps. cxix. 46: I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. Acts, iv. 8, &c: Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, if we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole ; be it known unto you, &c. Cor. iv. 6: Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

d See on 2 Tim. ii. 25.

e Heb. xiii. 18: Pray for us : for, we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

f See on 1 Tim. v. 14.
8 See 1 Pet. iv. 1: do. ii. 21. See on Heb. vii. 27.

h 2 Cor. v. 21: For he hath made him to be sin for us, who, knew no sin ; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.



bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

19 k By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison ;

20 Which sometime were disobedient, 'when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the mark was a preparing, "wherein

i Rom. i. 4: Declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. do. iv. 25 : Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. do. viii. 11: But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 2 Cor. xiii. 4: For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. Col. i. 21, 22: You, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight. * * Ps. lxviii. 18: Thou hast led captivity captive. Isa. xlii. 6,7: [I will] give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles. do. xlix. 9 : That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth ; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves. do. Ixi. 1: The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. Acts, x. 36: Preaching peace, by Jesus Christ. do. xiv. 27 : They rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. Eph. ii. 17 : And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 1 PET. iv. 6.

"Gen. vi. 3, 5, 13: The LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

m Heb. xi.7: By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house.

nGen. vii. 1, 7, 13: The LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark. Noah went in, and his sons,

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