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that believeth on him, shall not the punishment of evil-doers, be confounded.
and for the praise of them that 7 Unto you therefore, which do well. believe, he is precious: but un- 15 For so is the will of God, to them which be disobedient, that with well-doing ye may the stone which the builders put to silence the ignorance of disallowed, the same is made foolish men; the head of the corner,
16 As free, and not using your 8 And a stone of stumbling, liberty for a cloke of maliciousand a rock of offence, even to ness, but as the servants of them which stumble at the word, God. being disobedient; whereunto 17 Honour all men. Love the also they were appointed. brotherhood. Fear God. Honour
9 But ye are a chosen genera- | the king. tion, a royal priesthood, an holy 18 Servants, be subject to your nation, a peculiar people; that masters with all fear, not only ye should shew forth the praises to the good and gentle, but also of him who hath called you out to the froward. of darkness into his marvellous 19 For this is thank-worthy, if light:
a man for conscience towards 10 Which in time past were God endure grief, suffering not a people, but are now the wrongfully. people of God: which had not 20 For what glory is it, if, obtained mercy, but now have when ye be buffeted for your obtained mercy.
faults, ye shall take it patient11 Dearly beloved, I beseech ly? But if, when ye do well
, and you, as strangers and pilgrims, suffer for it, ye take it patientabstain from fleshly lusts, which ly; this is acceptable with God. war against the soul;
21 For even hereunto were ye 12 Having your conversation called ; because Christ also sufhonest among the Gentiles; fered for us, leaving us an exthat, whereas they speak against ample, that ye should follow his you as evil-doers, they may by steps: your good works, which they 22 Who did no sin, neither shall behold, glorify God in the was guile found in his mouth: day of visitation.
23 Who, when he was reviled, 13 Submit yourselves to every reviled not again; when he sufordinance of man for the Lord's fered, he threatened not; but sake; whether it be to the king, committed himself to him that as supreme;
judgeth righteously. 14 Or unto governors, as unto 24 Who his own self bare our them that are sent by him for sins in his own body on the
DUTY OF WIVES AND
tree, that we, being dead to sins, 1.7 Likewise, ye
7 Likewise, .ye husbands, should live unto righteousness; dwell with them according to by whose stripes ye were healed. knowledge, giving honour unto
25 For ye were as sheep going the wife, as unto the weaker astray ; but are now returned vessel, and as being heirs tounto the Shepherd and Bishop gether of the grace of life ; that of your souls.
your prayers be not hindered.
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, CHAP. III.
having compassion one of another: love as brethren, be piti. ful, be courteous ;
9 Not rendering evil for evil, LIKEWISE, ye wives, be in or railing for railing ; but consubjection to your own hus- trariwise, blessing: knowing bands ; that if any obey not the that ye are thereunto called, that word, they also may, without ye should inherit a blessing. the word, be won by the conver
10 For he that will love life, sation of the wives ;
and see good days, let him re2 While they behold your frain his tongue from evil, and chaste conversation coupled with his lips that they speak no guile ; fear:
11 Let him eschew evil, and 3 Whose adorning, let it not do good ; let him scck peace, be that outward adorning of and ensue it. plaiting the hair, and of wearing 12 For the eyes of the Lord of gold, or of putting on of appa- are over the righteous, and his rel;
ears are open unto their pray4 But let it be the hidden man ers : but the face of the Lord is of the heart, in that which is not against them that do evil. corruptible, even the ornament 13 And who is he that will of a meek and quiet spirit, harm you, if ye be followers of which is in the sight of God of that which is good ? great price.
14 But and if ye suffer for 5 For after this manner, in the righteousness' sake, happy are old time, the holy women also, ye : and be not afraid of their who trusted in God, adorned terror, neither be troubled : themselves, being in subjection 15 But sanctify the Lord God unto their own husbands ; in your hearts : and be ready
6 Even as Sarah obeyed Abra- always to give an answer to eveham, calling him lord : whose i ry man that asketh you a reason dáughters ye are as long as ye of the hope that is in you, with do well, and are not afraid with meekness and fear : any amazement,
16 Having a good conscience: that, whereas they speak evil of || arm yourselves likewise with you, as of evil-doers, they may the same mind: for he that hath be ashamed that falsely accuse suffered in the flesh, hath ceased your good conversation in from sin ; Christ.
2 That he no longer should 17 For it is better, if the will live the rest of his time in the of God be so, that ye suffer for flesh, to the lusts of men, but to well-doing, than for evil-doing. the will of God.
18 For Christ also hath once 3 For the time past of our life suffered for sins, the just for the may suffice us to have wrought unjust, that he might bring us the will of the Gentiles, when to God, being put to death in we walked in lasciviousness, , the flesh, but quickened by the lusts, excess of wine, revellings, Spirit :
banquetings, and abominable 19 By which also he went and idolatries : preached unto the spirits in 4 Wherein they think it strange prison;
that ye run not with them to the 20 Which sometime were dis- same excess of riot, speaking obedient, when once the long- evil of you ; suffering of God waited in the 5 Who shall give account to days of Noah, while the ark him that is ready to judge the was a preparing, wherein few, quick and the dead. that is, eight souls, were saved 6 For, for this cause was the by water.
gospel preached also to them 21 The like figure whereunto that are dead, that they might even baptism doth also now save be judged according to men in us, (not the putting away of the the flesh, but live according to filth of the flesh, but the answer | God in the spirit. of a good conscience toward 7 But the end of all things is God,) by the resurrection of at hand : be ye therefore sober, Jesus Christ :
and watch unto prayer. 22 Who is
into heaven, 8 And above all things have and is on the right hand of God; | fervent charity among yourangels, and authorities, and selves: for charity shall cover powers being made subject unto the multitude of sins. him.
9 Use hospitality one to an
other without grudging. CHAP. IV.
10 As every man hath receiv. ed the gift, even so minister the
same one to another, as good FORASMUCH then as Christ stewards of the manifold grace hath suffered for us in the flesh, of God.
OF CEASING FROM SIN.
THE DUTY OF ELDERS.
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 it their souls to him in well-doing, as of the ability which God as unto a faithful Creator. giveth ; that God, in all things, may be glorified through Jesus
THE elders which are among 12 Beloved, think it not strange you I exhort, who am also an concerning the fiery trial which elder, and a witness of the sufis to try you, as though some ferings of Christ, and also a strange thing happened unto you: partaker of the glory that shall
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as be revealed. ye are partakers of Christ's suf- 2 Feed the flock of God, which ferings; that, when his glory is among you, taking the overshall be revealed, ye may be sight thereof, not by constraint, glad also with exceeding joy. but willingly; not for filthy lu
14 If ye be reproached for the cre, but of a ready mind; name of Christ, happy are ye ; 3 Neither as being lords over for the Spirit of glory and of God's heritage, but being enGod resteth upon you: on their samples to the flock: part he is evil spoken of; but on 4. And when the chief Shepyour part he is glorified. herd shall appear, ye shall re
15 But let none of you suffer ceive a crown of glory that fadas a murderer, or as a thief, or eth not away. as an evil-doer, or as a busy- 5 Likewise, ye younger, subbody in other men's matters. mit yourselves unto the elder ;
16 Yet if any man suffer as a yea, all of you be subject one Christian, let him not be asham- to another, and be clothed with ed; but let him glorify God on humility : for God resisteth the this behalf.
proud, and giveth grace to the 17 For the time is come, that humble. judgment must begin at the 6 Humble yourselves, there. house of God: and if it first before, under the mighty hand of gin at us, what shall the end be God, that he may exalt you in of them that obey not the gos- due time: pel of God?
7 Casting all your care upon 18 And if the righteous scarce him ; for he careth for you. ly be saved, where shall the un- 8 Be sober, be vigilant; be. godly and the sinner appear? cause your adversary the devil, 19 Wherefore, let them that || as a roaring lion, walketh about,
seeking whom he may devour : 12 By Sylvanus, a faithful
9 Whom resist sted fast in the brother unto you, (as I supfaith, knowing that the same pose,) I have written briefs, afflictions are accomplished in exhorting, and testifying that your brethren that are in the this is the true grace of God world.
wherein ye stand. 10 But the God of all grace,
13 The church that is at Babr. who hath called us unto his lon, elected together with you, eternal glory by Christ Jesus, saluteth you ; and so doth Marafter that ye have suffered a cus my son. while, make you perfect, stab- 14. Greet ye one another with lish, surengthen, settle you : a kiss of charity. Peace be with
11 To him be glory and domi- i you all that are in Christ Jesus. nion for ever and ever. Amen. Amen.
THE SECOND EPISTLE GENERAL OF PETER.
EXHORTATION TO DUTIES.
exceeding great and precious promises ; that by these ye
might be partakers of the divine SIMON PETER, a servant nature, having escaped the cor. and an apostle of Jesus Christ, ruption that is in the world to them that have obtained like through lust. precious faith with us, through 5 And beside this, giving all the righteousness of God, and diligence, add to your faith, our Saviour Jesus Christ : virtue; and to virtue, know
2 Grace and peace be multi- ledge ; plied unto you, through the 6 And to knowledge, tempeknowledge of God, and of Jesus rance ; and to temperance, paour Lord,
tience; and to patience, godli3 According as his divine | ness; power hath given unto iis all 7 And to godliness, brotherly things that periain unto life and kindness ;
and to brotherly godliness, through the know- | kindness, charity. ledge of him that hath called us 8 For if these things be in you, to glory and virtue :
and abound, they make you that 4 Whereby are given unto us ll ye shall neither' be barren nor