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Exhortation to holiness

I. PETER.

and to mutual love.

and glory, at the appearing of 16 Because it is written, Be Jesus Christ :

ye holy; for I am holy. 8 Whom having not seen, ye

17 And if ye call on the love; in whom, though now ye Father, who without respect see him not, yet believing, ye of persons judgeth according rejoice with joy unspeakable, to every man's work, pass the and full of glory:

time of your sojourning here in 9 Receiving the end of your fear: faith, even the salvation of

your

18 Forasmuch as ye know that souls.

ye were not redeemed with cor10 Of which salvation the ruptible things, as silver and prophets have inquired and gold, from your vain conversasearched diligently, who proph- tion received by tradition from esied of the grace that should your fathers; come unto you:

19 But with the precious blood 11 Searching what, or what of Christ, as of a lamb without manner of time the Spirit of blemish and without spot: Christ which was in them did 20 Who verily was fore-orsignify, when it testified before- dained before the foundation of hand the sufferings of Christ, the world, but was manifest in and the glory that should fol- these last times for you, low.

21 Who by him do believe in 12 Unto whom it was reveal- God, that raised him up from ed, that not unto themselves, the dead, and gave him glory; but unto us they did minister that your faith and hope might the things which are now re- be in God. ported unto you by them that 22 Seeing ye

22 Seeing ye have purified have preached the gospel un- your souls in obeying the truth to you, with the Holy Ghost through the Spirit unto unfeignsent down from heaven; which ed love of the brethren, see that things the angels desire to look ye love one another with a pure into.

heart fervently : 13 Wherefore gird up the loins 23 Being born again, not of of your mind, be sober, and hope corruptible seed, but of incorto the end for the grace that is ruptible, by the word of God, to be brought unto you at the which liveth and abideth for revelation of Jesus Christ:

14 As obedient children, not 24 For all flesh is as grass, fashioning yourselves according and all the glory of man as to the former lusts in your ig- the flower of grass. The grass

ever.

withereth, and the flower there15 But as he which hath call-of falleth away: ed you is holy, so be ye holy in 25 But the word of the Lord all manner of conversation; endureth for ever. And this is

norance:

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CHAP. II.

Christ the chief corner-stone.

CHAP. II. Of obedience to magistrates. the word which by the gospel is 9 But ye are a chosen genpreached unto you.

eration, a royal priesthood, an

holy nation, a peculiar people; | He dehorteth them from the breach of char

that ye should shew forth the ity: 4 shewing that Christ is the found praises of him who hath called ation whereupon they are built. beseecheth them also to abstain from flesh you out of darkness into his ly lusts, 13 to be obedient to magistrates

, marvellous light: 18 ani teacheth servants how to obey their

10 Which in time past nere masters, 20 patiently suffering for welldoing, after the example of Christ.

not a people, but are now the W! HEREFORE, laying people of God: which had not

aside all malice, and all obtained mercy, but now have guile, and hypocrisies, and en

obtained mercy. vies, and all evil-speakings, 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech

2 As new-born babes, desire you, as strangers and pilgrims, the sincere milk of the word, abstain from fleshly lusts, which that ye may grow thereby : war against the soul;

3 If so be ye have tasted that 12 Having your conversation the Lord is gracious:

honest among the Gentiles · 4 To whom coming as unto that, whereas they speak against a living stone, disallowed indeed you as evil-doers, they may by of men, but chosen of God, and your good works, which they precious,

shall behold, glorify God in the 5 Ye also, as lively stones, day of visitation. are built up a spiritual house, 13 Submit yourselves to every an holy priesthood, to offer up ordinance of man for the Lord's spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to sake: whether it be to the king, God by Jesus Christ.

as supreme; 6 Wherefore also it is con- 14 Or unto governors, as unto tained in the scripture, Behold, them that are sent by him for I lay in Sion a chief-corner- the punishment of evil-doers, stone, elect, precious : and he and for the praise of them that that believeth on him shall not do well. be confounded.

15 For so is the will of God, 7 Unto you therefore which that with well-doing ye may pelieve, he is precious : but unto put to silence the ignorance of them which be disobedient, the foolish men: stone which the builders disal- 16 As free, and not using lowed, the same is made the your liberty for a cloak of mahead of the corner,

liciousness, but as the servants 8 And a stone of stumbling, of God. . and a rock of offence, even to 17 Honour all men. Love the them which stumble at the brotherhood. Fear God. Honword, being disobedient: where- our the king. unto also they were appointed. 18 Servants, be subject to your

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The duties of servants,

I. PETER.

wives, and husbands. masters with all fear; not only word, they also may without the to the good and gentle, but also word be won by the conversato the froward.

tion of the wives; 19 For this is thank-worthy, if 2 While they behold your a man for conscience toward God chaste conversation coupled with endure grief, suffering wrong-fear. fully.

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3 Whose adorning let it not 20 For what glory is it, if, be that outward adorning of when ye be buffeted for your plaiting the hair, and of wearfaults, ye shall take it patient- ing of gold, or of putting on of ly? but if, when ye do well, apparel ; and suffer for it, ye take it pa

4 But let it be the hidden man tiently, this is acceptable with of the heart, in that which is God.

not corruptible, even the orna21 For even hereunto were ment of a meek and quiet spirye called : because Christ also it, which is in the sight of God suffered for us, leaving us an of great price. example, that ye should follow 5 For after this manner in the his steps:

old time the holy women also, 22 Who did no sin, neither who trusted in God, adorned was guile found in his mouth : themselves, being in subjection

23 Who, when he was revi- unto their own husbands : led, reviled not again; when he 6 Even as Sarah obeyed Abrasuffered, he threatened not; but ham, calling him lord: whose committed himself to him that daughters ye are, as long as ye judgeth righteously :

do well, and are not afraid with 24 Who his own self bare our any amazement.

. sins in his own body on the 7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell tree, that we, being dead to with them according to knowlsins, should live unto righteous- edge, giving honour unto the ness: by whose stripes ye were wife, as unto the weaker vessel, , healed.

and as being heirs together of 25 For ye were as sheep going the grace of life; that your astray ; but are now returned prayers be not hindered. unto the Shepherd and Bishop 8 Finally, be ye all of one of

mind, having compassion one of

another; love as brethren, be 1 He teacheth the duty of wiscs and husbands pitiful, be courteous : to each other, 8 cznorting all men to unity 9 Not rendering evil for evil

, He declareth also the benefus of Christ

or railing for railing: but con

trariwise, blessing; knowing that L IKEWISE, ye wives, be in ye are thereunto called, that ye

your souls.

CHAP. III.

subjection to your own hus- should inherit a blessing. bands ; that, if any obey not the 10 For he that will love life,

toroard the old world.

CHAP. IV.

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, if ye 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 ye; and be not afraid of their

1 He exhorteth them to cease from sin by the terror, neither be troubled ;

example 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 hearts: and be ready 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 yourgood 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 sball give account to 20 Which sometime were dis- him that is ready to judge the obedient, when once the long-| quick and the dead.

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Exhortation to sobriety, fc. 1. 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? 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 may be glorified through Jesus 1 He exhorteth the elders to feed their flocks, Christ; to whom be praise and 5 the younger to obey, 8 and all to be sober,

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

\HE elders which are among

THE 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 l herd shall appear, ye shall re

CHAP. V.

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