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1. Peter. Exhortation to unity. 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 man ye: and be not afraid of their ter. of 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.
man 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, ye 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 Spi. grace of life; that your prayersrit : be not hindered.
19 By which also he went and 8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, preached untothespirits in prison; 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 la 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. even 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 his ers being made subject unto ears are open unto their prayers: him. but the face of the Lord is against
CHAP. IV. them that do evil.
Of ceasing from sin.
Comforts against persecution. Chap. v. Elders to feed their flocks. FOR
ORASMUCH then as Christ to whom be praise and dominion
hath suffered for us in the for ever and ever. Amen. flesh, arm yourselves likewise 12.Beloved, thinkitnot 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 sufferflesh, to the lusts of men, but to ings; 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 :
Jyour part he is glorified. 4 Wherein they think it 15 But let none of you suffer as strange that ye run not with themla 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 ;
other 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 Aesh, 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-Ito 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. of the manother, as good Stewards THEeers which are among
11 If any man speak, let him an elder, and a witness of the sufspeak as the oracles of God; if ferings 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 overExhortation to faith II. Peter. and good works. sight thereof, not by constraint, seeking whom he may devour : but willingly; not for filthy lucre, 9 Whom resist stedfast in the but of a ready mind;
faith, knowing that the same af3 Neither as being lords over dictions are accomplished in your God's heritage, but being ensam- brethren that are in the world. ples to the flock :
10 But the God of all grace, 4 Ind 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. T THE SECOND EPISTLE GENERAL OF PETER. CHAP. I.
be partakers of the divine nature, Exhortation to sundry duties. having escaped the corruption IMON PETER, a servant that is in the world through lust:
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:
ance; 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,
ness, 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:
9 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. Tendency of the gospel. Chap. i. of falling from grace.
10 Wherefore the rather, bre-prophecy of the scripture is of thren, give diligence to make any private interpretation. your calling and election sure";
21 For the prophecy came not for if ye do these things, ye shall in old time by the will of man; never fall :
but holy men of God spake as 11 For so an entrance shall be they were moved by the Holy ministered unto you abundantly, Ghost. into the everlasting kingdom of
CHAP. II. our Lord and Saviour Jesus Heforetelleththem of false teachers. Christ.
UT 12 Wherefore I will not be D also among the people, even negligent to put you always in as there shall be false teachers remembrance of these things, among you, who privily shall though ye know them, and be es- bring in damnable heresies, even tablished in the present truth. denying the Lord that bought
13 Yea, I think it meet, as long them, and bring upon themselves as I am in this tabernacle, to stir swift destruction. you up, by putting you in remem- 2 And many shall follow their brance;
pernicious ways; by reason of 14 Knowing that shortly I must whom the way of truth shall be put off this my tabernacle, even evil spoken of. as our Lord Jesus Christ hath 3 And through covetousness shewed me.
shall they, with feigned words, 15 Moreover, I will endeavour make merchandise of you: whose that ye may be able, after my judgment now of a long time lindecease, to have these things al-gereth not, and their damnation ways in remembrance.
slumbereth not. 16 For we have not followed 4 For if God spared not the cunningly-devised fables, when angels that sinned, but cast them we made known unto you, the down to hell, and delivered them power and coming of our Lord into chains of darkness, to be reJesus Christ, but were eye-wit-served unto judgment; nesses of his majesty.
5 And spared not the old world, 17 For he received from God but saved Noe the eighth person, the Father honour and glory, a preacher of righteousness, when there came such a voice to bringing in the food upon the him from the excellent glory, world of the ungodly; This is my beloved Son, in whom 6 And turning the cities of I am well pleased.
Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes, 18 And this voice which came condemned them with an overfrom heaven we heard, when we throw, making them an ensample were with him in the holy mount. unto those that after should live
19 We have also a more sure ungodly ; word of prophecy; whereunto 7 And delivered just Lot, vexye do well that ye take heed, ased with the filthy conversation of unto a light that shineth in a dark the wicked ; place, until the day dawn, and 8 (For that righteous man the day-star arise in your hearts : dwelling among them, in seeing 20 Knowing this first, that no and hearing, vexed his righteous
The danger of sin. II. Peter. Certainty of the last day. soul from day to day with their 18 For when they speak great unlawful deeds :)
swelling words of vanity, they al9 The Lord knoweth how to lure through the lusts of the ftesh, deliver the godly out of tempta-through much wantonness, those tions, and to reserve the unjust that were clean escaped from unto the day of judgment to be them who live in error. punished;
19 While they promise them 10 But chiefly them that walk liberty, they themselves are the after the flesh in the lust of un-servants of corruption : for of cleanness, and despise govern-whom a man is overcome, of the ment. Presumptuous are they, same is he brought in bondage. self-willed, they are not afraid to 20 For if, after they have escapspeak evil of dignities : ed the pollutions of the world,
11 Whereas angels, which are through the knowledge of the greater in power and might, bring Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, not railing accusation against they are again entangled therein, them before the Lord.
and overcome, the latter end is 12 But these, as natural brute worse with them than the beginbeasts, made to be taken and de-ning. stroyed, speak evil of the things 21 For it had been better for that they understand not, and them not to have known the way shall utterly perish in their own of righteousness, than, after they corruption;
have known it, to turn from the 13 And shall receive the re-holy commandment delivered ward of unrighteousness, as they unto them. that count it pleasure to riot in 22 But it is happened unto them the day-time. Spots they are and according to the true proverb, blemishes, sporting themselves The dog is turned to his
own yowith their own deceivings while mit again; and, The sow that they feast with you;
was washed, to her wallowing in 14 Having eyes full of adultery, the mire. and that cannot cease from sin ;
CHAF. III. beguiling unstable souls: an heart Of Christ's coming to judgment.
HIS second epistlebeloved, 15 Which have forsaken the both which I stir up your pure right way, and are gone astray, minds by way of remembrance; following the way of Balaain the 2 That ye may be mindful of son of Bosor, who loved the the words which were spoken wages of unrighteousness; before by the holy prophets, and
16 But was rebuked for his ini- of the commandment of us the quity : the dumb ass, speaking apostles of the Lord and Savi. with man's voice, forbade the four : madness of the prophet.
3 Knowing this first, that there 17 These are wells without shall come in the last days scofwater, clouds that are carried fers, walkingafter theirownlusts, with a tempest; to whom the 4 And saying, Where is the mist of darkness is reserved for promise of his coming ? for since ever.
the fathers fell asleep, all things
they have exercised with covet. T I now write unto you; in