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Against detraction.

I. PETER. Of patience in affliction will be a friend of the world is the enemy ed into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth, of God..

| 5 Ye have lived in pleasure in the earth, 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith and been wanton ; ye have nourished in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us your hearts, as in a day of slaughter. Justeth to envy?

16 Ye have condemned and killed the 6 But le giveth more grace. Wherefore just and he doth not resist you. he saith, God resisteth the proud, but 7 Be patient therefore, brethreu,unto the giveth grace unto the humble.

coming of the Lord. Behold, the husband7 submit yourselves therefore to God. man waiteth for the precious fruit of the Resist the devil, and he will tree from earth, and hath long pritience for it, until you.

he receive the early and latter rain 8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw 8 Be ye also patient; establish your nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye hearts: for the coming of the Lord sinners, and purify your hearts, ye draweth nigh. double-tuind d.

| 9 Grudge not one against another, 9 Be aftliced, and mourn, and weep: brethren, lest ye he condemned: behold, et your la'ighter be turned to mourning, the Judge standeth before the door. and your joy to beaviness.

| 10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, 10 Hunable yourselves in the sight of who have spoken in the name of the the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Lord, for an example of suffering afflic

Il Speak not evil one of another, breth- tion, and of patience. Ten. He that speaketh evil of his brother, 11 Behold, we count them happy which and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of endure. Ye lave heard of the patience the law, and judgeth the law: but if of Job, and have seen the end of the thou judge the law, thou art not a doer Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of the law, but a judge.

of tender mercy. 12 There is one law giver, who is able 12 But above all things, my brethren,In save, and to destroy: who art thou swear not, neither by heaven, neither by that judgest another

the earth, neither by any other oath: 13 Go to pow, ye tltat say, To-day' or but let your yea, he yea; and your nay, to-inorrow we will go into such a city, nay ; lest ye fall into condemnation. and continue there a year, and buy, and 13 Is any ainong you afflicted ? let him sell, and get gain :

pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. 14 Wherers ye know not what shall be 14 Is any sick antong you! let him call on the morrow. For what is your life for the elders of the church; and let them It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a pray over him, anointing him with oil little time, and then vanisheth away. in the name of the Lord :

15 For that we ought to say, If the Lord 15 And the prayer of faith shall save will, we shall live, and do this, or that. the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up;

16 But now ye rejoice in your boast- and if he have-committed sins, they ings : all such rejoicing is evil.

shall be forgiven liim. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do 16 Confess your faults one to another, good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. and pray one for anottier, that ye may CHAP. V.

be healed. The effectual fervent prayer Of wicked rich men, &c.

of a righteous man availeth much. No to now, ye rich men, weep and 17 Elias was a man subject to like pas

howl for your miseries that shad sions as we are, and he prayed tarnently conie upon you.

that it miglit not rain : and it rainei no 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your on the earth by the space of three years garments are motlı-eaten.

and six nionths. 3 Your gold and silver is cankered;1 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven and the rust of them shall be a witness gave rain, and the earth brought forth against you, and shall eat your flesh as it her fruit. were fire. Ye have heaped treasure 19 Rrethren, if any of you do err from together for the last days.

the truti, and one convert him ; 4 Benold, the bire of the labourers wlio 20 let him know, that he which conhave paped down your fields, which is of verteth the sinner from the error of his you kept back by fraud, crietn; and the way shall save a soul from death, and cries of themi which have reaped are enter- shall hide a bultitude of sins.

9 The First Epistle general of PETER. CHAP. I.

Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and of find's manifold spiritual grace. i Bithynia, DETER, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge he strangers scattered Hiryughout lof God the Father than


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CHAP. II. Exhortation to mutual love of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprink- 19 But with the precious blood of Christ. ling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace as of a lamb without blemish and withunto you, and peace, be multiplied. Jout spot :

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our 20 Who verily was fore-ordained beLord Jesus Christ, which, according to fore the foundation of the world, but was his abundant mercy, hath begotten us manifest in these last times for you, again unto a lively hope by the resurrec- 21 Who by him do believe in God, that tion of Jesus Christ from tl.e dead, raised him up from the dead, and gave

4 To an inlieritance incorruptible, and him glory; that your faith and hope undefiled, and that fadeth not away, might be in God. reserved in heaven for you,

22 Seeing ye have purified your souls *5 Who are kept by the power of God in obeying the truth through the Spirit through faith unto salvation, ready to be unto unfeigned love of the brethren, sec revealed in the last time

that ye love one another with a pure 6 Wherein yė greatly rejoice, though|heart fervently : now for a season (if need be) ye are in 23 Being born again, not of corruptible heaviness through manifold templations : seed, but of incorruptible, by the word

7 That the trial of your faith, being of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. much more precious than of gold that per-| 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the isheth, though it be tried with fire, might glory of man as the flower of grass. The be found unto praise, and honour, and grass withereth, and the flower thereof glory, at the appearing of Jesus Christ: falleth away:

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in 25 But the word of the Lord endureth whorn, though now ye see him not, yet for ever. And this is the word which believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeak-by the guepel is preached unto you. able, and full of glory : 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even

Christ the corner-stone. the salvation of your souls.

THEREFORE, laying aside all ma10 Of which salvation the prophets lice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, have inquired and searched diligently, and envies, and all evil-speakings, who prophesied of the grace that should 2 As new-born babes, desire the sincere come unto you:

milk of the word, that ye may grow 11 Searching what, or what manner of thereby : time the Spirit of Christ which was 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord in them did signify, when it testified is gracious : beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and 4 To whom coming as unto a living the glory that should follow.

stone, disallowed indeed of men, but 12 Unto whoin it was revealed, that chosen of God, and precious, not unto theinselves, but unto us they 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up did minister the things which are now a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to reported unto you by them that have offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to preached the gospel unto you, with the God by Jesus Christ. Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; 1 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the which things the angels desire to look into. scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief

13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your corner-stone, elect, precious: and he that mind, be sober, and hope to the end for believeth on him shall not be conthe grace that is to be brought unto you founded. at the revelation of Jesus Christ : 17 Unto you therefore which believe, he

14 As obedient children, not fashioning is precious : but unto them which be disyoursehes according to the former lusts obedient, the stone which the builders in your ignorance:

disallowed, the same is made the head 15 But as he which hath called you is of the corner, holy, so be ye holy in all manner of con- 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock versation;

of offence, even to them which stumble 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; at the word, being disobedient: whereunfor I am holy.

to also they were appointed. 17 And if ye call on the Father, who 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a without respect of persons judgeth accord-roval priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar ing to every man's work, pass the time people; that ye should shew forth the of your snjourning here in fear:

praises of him who hath called you out of 18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye darkness into his marvelous light: were not redeemed with corruptible 10 Which in time past were not a penthings, as silver and gold, from your vain ple, but are now the people of God: cor:versation received by tradition from which nad not obtained mercy, but now

y but as the prethren, be pitiful vil for evil,

Christian duties engained. 1. PETER.

Relative duties 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as heart, in that which is not corriptibile, strangers and pilgrims, abstain from even the ornament of a meek and quiet fleshly lusts, which war against the soul ; spirit, which is in the sight of God of

12 Having your conversation honest great price. among the Gentiles: that, whereas they 5 For after this manner in the old time speak against you as evil-doers, they the holy women also, who trusted in may by your good works, which they shall God, adorned themselves, being in sub. behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Ijection unto their own husbands:

13 Submit yourselves to every ordi- 6 Even as Sarah obeyed Abraham, call nance of man for the Lord's sake :ing him lord: whose daughters ye are, as whether it be to the king, as supreme; long as ye do well, and are not afraid

14 Or unto governors, as unto them with any amazement. that are sent by him for the punishment 7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with o evil-doers, and for the praise of them them according to knowledge, giving that do well.

honour unto the wife, as unto the weak 15 For so is the will of God, that with er vessel, and as being heirs together of well-doing ye may put to silence the ig- the grace of life; that your prayers be not norance of foolish men:

hindered. 16 As free, and not using your liberty & Finally, be ye all of one mind, having for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the compassion one of another; love as servants of God.

17 Honour all men. Love the brother- 9 Not rendering evil for evii, or railing hood. Fear God. Honour the king. for railing: but contrariwise, blessing;

18 Servants, be subject to your masters knowing that ye are thereunto called, with all fear; not only to the good and that ye should inherit a blessing. gentle, but also to the froward

| 10 For he that will love life, and see 19 For this is thank-worthy, if a man good days, let him refrain his tongue from for conscience toward God endure grief, evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: suffering wrongfully.

7 11 Let him eschew evil, and do good: 20. For what glory is it, if, when ye be let him seek peace, and ensue it. buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over patiently? but if, when ye do well, and the righteous, and his ears are open unto suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is their prayers: but the face of the Lord is acceptable with God.

against them that do evil. 21 For even hereunto were ye called : 13 And who is he that will harm you because Christ also suffered for us, leav- if ye be followers of that which is good? ing us an example, that ye should follow 14 But and if ye suffer for righteous. bis steps:

Iness' sake, happy are ye ; and be not 22 Who did no sin, neither was guile afraid of their terror, neither be troubled, found in his niouth :

| 15 But sanctify the Lord God in your 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled hearts: and be ready always to give an not again : when he suffered, he threat- answer to every man that asketh you a ened not; but committed himself to him reason of the hope that is in you, with that judgeth righteously:

meekness and fear. 24 Who his own self bare our sins in 16 Having a good conscience ; that, his own body on the tree, that we, being whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildead to sins, should live unto righteous-doers, they may be ashamed that falsely ness: by whose stripes ye were healed. accuse your good conversation in Christ.

25 For ye were as sheep going astray ;) 17 For it is better, if the will of God be but are now returned unto the SI lepherd so, that ye suffer for well-doing, than for and Bishop of your souls.

ievi: doing. CHAP. III.

| 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for Duty of wives and husbands. sins, the just for the unjust, that he T IKEWIŠE, ye wives, be in subjec- might bring us to God, being put to death u tion to your own husbands; that, if in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit : any obey not the word, they also may 19 By which also he went and preached without the word be won by the conver- unto the spirits in prison ; sation of the wives;

| 20 Which sometime were disobedient, 2 While they behold your ch con-when once the long-suffering of God versation coupled with fear.

I waited in the days of Noah, while the 3 Whose adorning let it not be that out-ark was a preparing, wherein few, that ward adorning of plaiting the hair, and is, eight souls, were saved by water. of wearing of gold, or of putting on of 2 The like figure whereunto, eren bap aparel;

tism, doth also now save us, (not the put. But let it be the bidden man of the ting away of the filth of the filesh, but the


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constraint of a ready inind; er God's her

Comfort in persecution. CHAP. IV, v. Humility commended answer of a good conscience toward | 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ : let him not be ashamed; but let him glo

22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on rify God on this behalt. the right hand of God; angels, and au- 17 For the time is come that judgment thorities, and powers being made subject must begin at the house of God: and if it unto him.

first begin at us, what shall the end be of CHAP. IV.

them that obey not the gospel of God? Of ceasing from sin.

18 And if the righteous scarcely be RASMUCH then as Christ hath saved, where shall the ungodly and the T suffered for us in the flesh, arm sinner appear? yourselves likewise with the same inind : 19 Wherefore, let them that suffer acfor he that hath suffered in the flesh hath cording to the will of God, commit the ceased froin sin;

keeping of their souls to him in well-doing, 2 I hat he no longer should live the rest as unto a faithful Creator. f his tine in the flesh to the lusts of men,

CHAP. V. but to the will of God.

The duty of elders, &c. 3 For the tirne past of our lite may THE elders which are among you I exsuffice us to have wrought the will of the 1 hort, who am also an elder, and a Gentiles, when we walked in lascivious- witness of the sufferings of Christ, and ness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, also a partaker of the glory that shall be banquetings, and abominable idolatries: revealed :

4 Wherein they think it strange that ye 2 Feed the flock of God which is among run not with them to the same excess of you, taking the oversight thereof, not by riot, speaking evil of you:

constraint, but willingly; not for filthy 5 Who shall give account to him that is lucre, but of a ready inind; readv to judge the quick and the dead. | 3 Neither as being lords over God's her

6 For, for this cause was the gospel itage, but being ensamples to the flock. preached also to them that are dead, that 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall they inight be judged according to men in appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory the flesh, but live according to God in the that fadeth not away. spirit.

| 5 Likewise, ye younger, submit your7 But the end of all things is at hand: bei selves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. subject one to another, and be clothed

8 And above all things have fervent with humility: for God resisteth the charity among yourselves: for charity proud, and giveth grace to the humble. shall cover the multitude of sins. 16 Humble yourselves therefore under

9 Use hospitality one to another with the mighty band of God, that he may exout grudging.

alt you in due time: 10 As every man hath received the gift, 7 Casting all your care upon hinn; for even so minister the same one to another, he careth for you. as good stewards of the manifold grace ? Be sober, be vigilant ; because your of God.

adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, 11 If any man speak, let him speak as walketh about, seeking whom he may the oracles of God; if any man minister, devour: let hiin do it as of the ability which God 9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, giveth: that God in all things may be knowing that the same afflictions are acglorified through Jesus Christ; to whom complished in your brethren that are in be praise and dominion for ever and ever. the world. Amen.

| 10 But the God of all grace, who hacha 12 Beloved, think it not strange, con-called us unto his eternal glory by Christ cerning the fiery trial which is to try you, Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, as though soine strange thing happened make you perfect, establish, strengthen, unto you:

settle you. 13 Rit rejoice, inasmuch as ye are par- 11 To him be glory and dominion for takers of Christ's sufferings; that, when ever and ever. Amen. his glory shall be revealed, ye may be 12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto glad also with exceeding joy.

you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, 14 If ye be reproached for the name of exhorting, and testifying that this is the Christ, happy are ye ; for the Spirit of true grace of God wherein ye stand. glory and of God resteth upon you. On! 13 The church that is at Babylon, electtheir part he is evil spoken of, but on youred together with you, saluteth you ; and part lie is glorified.

so doth Marcus my son. 15 Bui let none of you suffer as a mur-1 14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of derer, or as a thief, or as an evil doer, or charity. Peace be with you all that are As a husvhady in other inen's matters in Christ Jesus. Amen.

I The Second Epistle general of PETER.

This is my beloved Son, in whom I am
Exhortation to several duties. well pleased.
SIMON Peter, a servant and an apostle 18 And this voice which came from

of Jesus Christ, to then that have heaven we heard, when we were with obtained like precious faith with us him in the holy mount. through the righteousness of God and our 19 We have also a more sure word of Saviour Jesus Christ :


I prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto lake heed, as unto a light that shineth in you through the knowledge of God, and a dark place, until the day dawn, and the of Jesus our Lord,

day-star arise in your hearts : 3 According as his divine power hath 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy given unto us all things that pertain unto of the scripture is of any private interLife and godliness, through the knowledge pretation. of him that hath called us to glory and 21 For the prophecy came not in oid virtue:

time by the will of mun: but holy men 4 Whereby are given unto us exceed- of God spake as they were moved by the ing great and precious promises ; that by Holy Ghost. these ye might be partakers of the divine

CHAP. II. nature, having escaped the corruption

False teachers foretold. that is in the world through lust. RUT there were false prophets also

5 And besides this, giving all diligence, U among the people, even as there shall add to your faith, virtue ; and to virtue, be false teachers among you, who privily knowledge;

shall bring in damnable heresies, even 6 And to knowledge, temperance; and denying the Lord that bought them, and to temperance, patience; and to patience, bring upon themselves swift destruction. godliness;

2 And many shall follow their pernicious 7 And to godliness, brotherly kindness : ways ; by reason of whom the way of and to brotherly kindness, charity. truth shall be evil spoken of."

8 For if these things be in you, and 3 And through covetousness shall they abound, they make you that ye shall with feigned words make merchandise neither be birren nor unfruitful in the of you : whose judgment now of a long knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. time lingereth not, and their damnation

9 But he that lacketh these things is slanibereth not. blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath 4 For if God spared not the angels that forgotten that he was purged from his sinned, but cast them down to hell, and old sins.

delivered them into chains of darkness, to 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, re be reserved unto judgment: . diligence to make your calling and elec- 5 And spared not the old world, but tion sure : for if ye do these things, ye saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher shall never fall :

of righteousness, bringing in the flood 11 For so an entrance shall be minister- upon the world of the ungodly ; ed unto you abundantly into the everlast- 6 And turning the cities of Sodom and ing kinguom of our Lord and Saviour Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them Jesus Christ.

with an overthrow, making them an en 12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to sample unto those that after should live put you always in remembrance of these ungodly; things, though ye know them, and be es- 7 And 'delivered just Lot, vexed with tablished in the present truth.

the filthy conversation of the wicked: 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am 8 (For that righteous man dwelling in this tabernacle, to stir you up by put- among them, in seeing and hearing, vexting you in remembrance;

ed his righteous soul from day to day with 14 Knowing that shortly I must put their unlawful deeds ;) off this may tabernacle, even as our Lord 9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver Jesus Christ hath shewed me.

the godly out of temptations, and to re15 Moreover, I will endeavour that ye serve the unjust to the day of judge may be able, after my decease, to have ment to be punished: these things always in remembrance. | 10 But chiefly them that walk after the

16 For we have not followed cunningly flesh in the lust of uncleaness, and des devised fables, when we inade known pise government. Presumptuous are they, unto you the power and coming of our self-wired; they are not afraid to speak Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye-wit- evil or dignities. nesses of his inajesty.

11 Whereas angels, which are greater 17 For he received from God the Father in power and night, bring not railing ac honour and glory, when there came such cusation against them before the l.ord. & voice to him from the excellent glory,l 12 But these, as natural brute beasts

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