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Exhortation to watchfulness.


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, stabproud, 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 mighty hand of 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 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 kiss of charity. Peace be with the faith, knowing that the same you all that are in Christ Jesus. afflictions are accomplished in 1 Amen.

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sus our Lord, i Confirming them in hope of the increase of

God's graces, 5 he exhorteth 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, koncering ihat his death is al hand: 16 and things that pertain unto life and warnetħ them to be constant in the faith of godliness, through the knowleye-witness 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 Whereby are given unto us SIMON 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 tó 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, barren 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 We have also a more sure 10 Wherefore the rather

, word of prophecy; whèreunto 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. 13 Yea, I think it meet, as

1 He foretelleth them of false teachers, shewlong as I am in this tabernacle,

ing the impiety and punishment both of

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

out of Sodom: 10 and more fully describeth

the manners of those profane and blas14 Knowing that shortly I phemous seducers, whereby they may be must put off this my taberna- the better known, and avoided. cle,

UT there were false proChrist hath shewed me.

phets also among the peo· 15 Moreover, I will endeavour ple, even as there shall be false that ye may be able, after my teachers among you, who priv


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certain false teachers. 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 ev 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 them eighth 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: Sodom and 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 live 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 bearing, 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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Mischief of relapsing into sin. fi. PETER. Of Christ's second coming. swelling words of vanity, they 2 That ye may be mindful of allure through the lusts of the the words which were spoken flesh, through much wantonness, before by the holy prophets, those that were clean escaped and of the commandment of us from them who live in error. the apostles of the Lord and

19 While they promise them Saviour: liberty, they themselves are the 3 Knowing this first, that servants of corruption : for of there shall come in the last days whom a man is overcome, of the scoffers, walking after their own same is he brought in bondage. lusts,

20 For if after they have esca- 4 And saying, Where is the ped the pollutions of the world promise of his coming ? for since through the knowledge of the the fathers fell asleep, all things Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, continue as they were from the they are again entangled there beginning of the creation. in, and overcome, the latter end

are is worse with them than the be- ignorant of, that by the word ginning

of God the heavens were of old, 21 For it had been better for and the earth standing out of them not to have known the the water and in the water : way of righteousness, than, af- 6 Whereby the world that ter they have known it, to turn then was, being overflowed with from the holy commandment water, perished: delivered unto them.

7 But the heavens and the 22 But it is happened unto earth, which are now, by the them according to the true prov- same word are kept in store, erb, The dog is turned to his reserved unto fire against the own vomit again; and, The sow day of judgment and perdition that was washed, to her wallow- of ungodly men. ing in the mire.

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one

day is with the Lord as a thou1 He assureth them of the certainty of Christ's coming to judgment, against those scorners sand years, and a thousand years who dispute against it: 8 warning the godly, for the long patience of God, to hasten

as one day. their repentance.

9 The Lord is not slack conthe manner horo the world shall be destroy cerning his promise, as some

11 echorting them, from the expectation thereof, to all holiness of life : 15 men count slackness; but is and again, to think the patience of God to tend to their salvation,"

as Paul wrote long-suffering to us-ward, not to thein in his epistles.

willing that any should perish, THIS THIS second epistle, belov- but that all should come to re

ed; I now write unto you; pentance. in both which I stir up your 10 But the day of the Lord pure minds by way of remem- will come as a thief in the brance:

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The day of the Lord described. CHAP. I.

Advice to grow in grasto ens shall pass away with a 15 And account that the longgreat noise, and the elements suffering of our Lord is salvashall melt with fervent heat, tion; even

our beloved the earth also and the works that brother Paul also, according to are therein shall be burned up the wisdom given unto him,

11 Seeing then that all these hath written unto you; things shall be dissolved, what 16 As also in all his epistles, manner of persons ought ye to speaking in them of these be in all holy conversation and things; in which are some things godliness,

hard to be understood, which 12 Looking for and hasting they that are unlearned and unto the coming of the day of unstable wrest, as they do also God, wherein the heavens being the other scriptures, unto their on fire shall be dissolved, and own destruction. the elements shall melt with 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seefervent heat?

ing ye know these things before, 13 Nevertheless we, according beware lest ye also, being led to his promise, look for new away with the error of the wickheavens and a new earth, where-ed, fall from your own steadfastin dwelleth righteousness.

14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing 18 But grow in grace, and in that ye look for such things, be the knowledge of our Lord and diligent that ye may be found Saviour Jesus Christ. To him of him in peace, without spot, be glory both now and for ever. and blameless.




Christ's death.


the Father, and was manifested | He describeth the person of Christ, in whom unto us ;) we have eternal life, by a communion with God: 5 to which we must adjoin holiness of

3. That which we have seen life, to testify the truth of that our commun- and heard declare we unto you, ion and profession of faith, as also to assure us of the forgiveness of our sins by that ye also may have fellow

ship with us : and truly our felTHA \HAT which was from the lowship is with the Father, and

beginning, which we have with his Son Jesus Christ. . heard, which we have seen with 4 And these things write we our eyes, which we have looked unto you, that your joy may be upon, and our hands have han- full. dled, of the Word of life; 5 This then is the message

2 (For the life was manifest- which we have heard of him, ed, and we have seen it, and and declare unto you, that God bear witness, and shew unto you is light, and in him is no darkthat eternal life which was with lness at all.

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