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Exhortation to unity and love. CHAP. IV.

Of ceasing from sin. and see good days, let him re- suffering of God waited in the frain his tongue from evil, and days of Noah, while the ark was his lips that they speak no a preparing, wherein few, that is, guile :

eight souls, were saved by water. 11 Let him eschew evil, and 21 The like figure whereunto, do good: let him seek peace, even baptism, doth also now save and ensue it.

us, (not the putting away of the 12 For the eyes of the Lord filth of the flesh, but the answer are over the righteous, and his of a good conscience toward ears are open unto their pray- God,) by the resurrection of ers: but the face of the Lord Jesus Christ : is against them that do evil. 22 Who is gone into heaven,

13 And who is he that will and is on the right hand of harm you


be followers of God; angels, and authorities, that which is good ?

and powers being made subject 14 But and if ye suffer for unto him. righteousness' sake, happy are

CHAP. IV. ye; and be not afraid of their

1 He exhorteth them to cease from sin by the terror, neither be troubled ; crample of Christ, and the consideration of

the general end that now approacheth: 12 and 15 But sanctify the Lord God comforteth them against persecution. in your :

ORASMUCH then as always to give an answer to ev- Christ hath suffered for us ery man that asketh you a rea- in the flesh, arm yourselves likeson of the hope that is in you, wise with the same mind : for he with meekness and fear.

that hath suffered in the flesh 16 Having a good conscience; hath ceased from sin; that, whereas they speak evil of 2 That he no longer should you, as of evil-doers, they may live the rest of his time in the be ashamed that falsely accuse flesh to the lusts of men, but to your good conversation in Christ. the will of God.

17 For it is better, if the will 3 For the time past of our of God be so, that ye suffer for life may suffice us to have well-doing, than for evil-doing. wrought the will of the Gen

18 For Christ also hath once tiles, when we walked in lassuffered for sins, the just for civiousness, lusts, excess of the unjust, that he might bring wine, revellings, banquetings, us to God, being put to death and abominable idolatries : in the flesh, but quickened by 4 Wherein they think it the Spirit:

strange that ye run not with 19 By which also he went them to the same excess of riot, and preached unto the spirits in speaking evil of you : prison;

5 Who shall give account to 20 Which sometime were dis- him that is ready to judge the obedient, when once the long-quick and the dead.

Exhortation to sobriety, fc. I. PETER. Comfort under persecution.

6 For for this cause was the part he is evil spoken of, but on gospel preached also to them your part he is glorified. that are dead, that they might 15 But let none of you suffer be judged according to men in as a murderer, or as a thief, or the flesh, but live according to as an evil-doer, or as a busyGod in the spirit.

body in other men's matters. 7 But the end of all things is 16 Yet if any man suffer as a 'at hand: be ye therefore sober, Christian, let him not be ashaand watch unto prayer.

med; but let him glorify God 8 And above all things have on this behalf. fervent charity among your

17 For the time is come that selves : for charity shall cover judgment must begin at the the multitude of sins.

house of God: and if it first 9 Use hospitality one to an- begin at us, what shall the end other without grudging. be of them that obey not the

10 As every man hath receiv- gospel of God? ed the gift, even so minister the 18 And if the righteous scarcesame one to another, as good ly be saved, where shall the unstewards of the manifold grace godly and the sinner appear c? of God.

19 Wherefore, let them that 11 If any man speak, let him suffer according to the will of speak as the oracles of God; if God, commit the keeping of any man minister, let him do their souls to him in well-doing, it as of the ability which God as unto a faithful Creator. giveth : that God in all things

CHAP. V. may be glorified through Jesus He exhorteth the elders to feed their flocks, Christ; to whom be praise and

5 the younger to obey, 8 and all to be sobet,

watchful, and constani in the faith : 9 to resist dominion for ever and ever. the cruel adversary the devil. Amen.

THE elders which are among 12 Beloved, think it not

you I exhort, who am also strange, concerning the fiery an elder, and a witness of the trial which is to try you, as sufferings of Christ, and also a though some strange thing hap- partaker of the glory that shall pened unto you:

be revealed: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as

$ 2 Feed the flock of God which ye are partakers of Christ's is among you, taking the oversufferings; that, when his glo- sight thereof, not by constraint, ry shall be revealed, ye may but willingly; not for filthy lube glad also with exceeding cre, but of a ready mind; joy.

3 Neither as being lords over 14 If ye be reproached for the God's heritage, but being enname of Christ, happy are ye; samples to the flock. for the Spirit of glory and of 4 And when the chief ShepGod resteth upon you. On their herd shall appear, ye shall re


Exhortation to watchfulness. CHAP. V. The concluding benediction. ceive a crown of glory that fa- your brethren that are in the deth not away.

world. 5 Likewise, ye younger, sub-10 But the God of all

grace, mit yourselves unto the elder. who hath called us unto his Yea, all of you be subject one eternal glory by Christ Jesus, to another, and be clothed with after that ye have suffered a humility : for God resisteth the while, make you perfect, estabproud, and giveth grace to the lish, strengthen, settle you. humble.

11 To him be glory and do6 Humble yourselves there- minion for ever and ever. Amen. fore under the mighty hand of

Silvanus, a faithful God, that he may exalt you in brother unto you, as I suppose, I due time :

have written briefly, exhorting, 7 Casting all your care up- and testifying that this is the on him; for he careth for true grace of God wherein ye you.

stand. 8 Be sober, be vigilant ; be- 13 The church that is at cause your adversary the devil, Babylon, elected together with as a roaring lion, walketh you, saluteth you; and so doth about, seeking whom he may Marcus my son. devour:

14 Greet ye one another with 9 Whom resist steadfast in a kiss of charity. Peace be with the faith, knowing that the same you all that are in Christ Jesus. afflictions are accomplished in | Amen.


knowledge of God, and of Je

sus our Lord, I confirming them in hope of the increase of God's graces, 5 he echorteth them, by faith,

3 According as his divine and good works, to make their calling sure: power hath given unto us all 12 whereof he is careful to remember them, knowing that his death is at hand": 16"and things that pertain unto life and warneth them to be constant in the faith of godliness, through the knowlChrist, who is the true son of God, by the cye-wilness of the apostles beholding his ma- edge of him that hath called jesty, and by the testimony of the Father, and

us to glory and virtue : the prophets.

4 Wherehy are given unto us VIMON Peter, a servant and exceeding great and precious

an apostle of Jesus Christ, promises; that by these ye might to them that have obtained like be partakers of the divine naprecious faith with us through ture, having escaped the corthe righteousness of God and ruption that is in the world our Saviour Jesus Christ: through lust.

2 Grace and peace be mul- 5 And besides this, giving tiplied unto you through the all diligence, add to your faith,


Exhortation to several duties. II. PETER. Proofs of Christ's second coming. virtue ; and to virtue, knowl- decease, to have these things edge;

always in remembrance. 6° And to knowledge, temper

16 For we have not followed ance; and to temperance, pa- cunningly devised fables, when tience; and to patience, godli- we made known unto you the ness;

power and coming of our Lord 7 And to godliness, brotherly Jesus Christ, but were eye-witkindness; and to brotherly kind- nesses of his majesty. ness, charity.

17 For he received from God 8 For if these things be in the Father honour and glory, you, and abound,. they make when there came such a voice to you that ye shall neither be him from the excellent glory, baarren nor unfruitful in the This is my beloved Son, in knowledge of our Lord Jesus whom I am well pleased. Christ.

18 And this voice which came 9 But he that lacketh these from heaven we heard, when things is blind, and cannot see we were with him in the holy afar off, and hath forgotten that mount. he was purged from his old sins. 19

10 Wherefore the rather, word of prophecy; whereunto brethren, give diligence to ye do well that ye take heed, make your calling and election as unto a light that shineth in sure : for if ye do these things, a dark place, until the day dawn, ye shall never fall:

and the day-star arise in your 11 For so an entrance shall hearts: be ministered unto you abun- 20 Knowing this first, that no dantly into the everlasting king- prophecy of the scripture is of dom of our Lord and Saviour any private interpretation. Jesus Christ.

21 For the prophecy came not 12 Wherefore I will not be in old time by the will of man: negligent to put you always in but holy men of God spake as remembrance of these things, they were moved by the Holy though ye know them, and be Ghost. established in the present truth.

CHAP. II. 13 Yea, I think it meet, as

1 He foretelleth them of false teachers, shewing long as I am in this tabernacle, the impiety and punishment both of them

and their followers : 7 from which the godly to stir you up by putting you shall be delivered, as Lot was out of Sodom: in remembrance ;

10 and more fully describeth the manners of

those profane and blasphemous seducers, 14 Knowing that shortly I

whereby they may be the better known, and must put off this my taberna- avoided. cle, even as our Lord Jesus BUT there were false proph

ets also among the peo15 Moreover, I will endeavour ple, even as there shall be false that ye may be able, after my | teachers among you, who priv

A description of


certain false teuchers ily shall bring in damnable her- 10 But chiefly them that walk esies, even denying the Lord after the flesh in the lust of unthat bought them, and bring up-cleanness, and despise governon themselves swift destruction. ment. Presumptuous are they,

2 And many shall follow their self-willed; they are not afraid to pernicious ways; by reason of speak evil of dignities. whom the way of truth shall be 11 Whereas angels, which are evil spoken of.

greater in power and might, 3 And through covetousness bring not railing accusation shall they with feigned words against them before the Lord. make merchandise of you: whose 12 But these, as natural brute judgment now of a long time beasts, made to be taken and lingereth not, and their damna- destroyed, speak evil of the tion slumbereth not.

things that they understand 4 For if God spared not the not; and shall utterly perish in angels that sinned, but cast them their own corruption : down to hell, and delivered them 13 And shall receive the reinto chains of darkness, to be ward of unrighteousness, as they reserved unto judgment; that count it pleasure to riot in

5 And spared not the old the day-time. Spots they are world, but saved Noah the and blemishes, sporting themeighth person, a preacher of selves with their own deceivings righteousness, bringing in the while they feast with you; flood upon the world of the un- 14 Having eyes full of adulgodly;

tery, and that cannot cease from 6 And turning the cities of sin ; beguiling unstable souls : Sodomand Gomorrah into ashes, an heart they have exercised condemned them with an over- with covetous practices; cursed throw, making them an ensam- children: ple unto those that after should 15 Which have forsaken the Îive ungodly;

right way, and are gone astray, , 7 And delivered just Lot, following the way of Balaam vexed with the filthy conversa- the son of Bosor, who loved the tion of the wicked:

wages of unrighteousness; 8 (For that righteous man 16 But was rebuked for his dwelling among them, in seeing iniquity: the dumb ass, speaking and hearing, vexed his righteous with man's voice, forbade the soul from day to day with their madness of the prophet. unlawful deeds ;)

17 These are wells without 9 The Lord knoweth how to water, clouds that are carried deliver the godly out of tempt- with a tempest; to whom the ations, and to reserve the un-mist of darkness is reserved for just unto the day of judgment ever. to be punished:

18 For when they speak great

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