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10 For She that will love life, and see good days, * let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile :

11 Let him ' eschew evil, and do good ; let him 'seek peace, and ensue it.

12 For the eyes of the Lord are over 9 the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers : but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. 13 And ? who is he that will harm

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ye be followers 11 of that which is good ?

14 But and if ye a suffer for righteousness'

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s Ps. xxxiv. 12, &c: What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good ?

+ 1 Pet. ii. 1, 22. Rev. xiv. 5: And in their mouth was found no guile : for they are without fault before the throne of God. See on JAMES, i. 26.

u See on Rom. xii. 9. See on MARK, ix. 50.

w Ps. xxxiii. 18: Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy. do. xxxiv. 15, 16. Job, xxxvi. 7: He withdraweth not his eyes from the righteous. Rom. viii. 28: We know that all things work together for good to them that love God.

* See on John, ix. 31.

v Jer. xliv. 10, 11: They are not humbled even unto this day, neither have they feared, nor walked in my law, nor in my statutes, that I set before you. Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel ; Behold, I will set my face against you for evil. Amos, ix. 4: Though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.

2 Pro. xvi. 7: When a man's ways please the LORD, he maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him. Job, xii. 7: Do that which is good, and no evil shall touch you. Rom. viii. 28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

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sake, happy are ye : and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled ; 15 But sanctify 12 the Lord God in your

hearts : and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with d meekness and fear :13

16 e Having a good conscience; that, whereas 14 they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse

your good conversation in Christ.

17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.

18 For Christ also hath & once suffered for sins, "the just for the unjust, that he might

12 sacredly reverence. Pu. reverence. A. V. 14 in what. Pu. 15 challenge. Wi. blame. Gen. calumniate. Rh. slander. To.

b Isa. viii. 12, 13: Neither fear ye their fear, nor be afraid. Sanctify the LORD of hosts himself; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. do. li. 12 : I, even I, am he that comforteth you : who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die, and of the son of man which shall be made as grass ? Jer. i. 8: Be not afraid of their faces : for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. John, xiv. 1, 27 : Let not your heart be troubled : ye believe in God, believe also in me. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

c Ps. cxix. 46: I will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed. Acts, iv. 8, &c: Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel, if we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole ; be it known unto you, &c.

Cor. iv. 6: Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

d See on 2 Tim. ii. 25.

e Heb. xiii. 18: Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.

f See on 1 Tim. v, 14.
8 See 1 Pet. iv. 1: do. ii. 21. See on Heb. vii. 27.

2 Cor. v. 21 : For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin ; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

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bring us to God, i being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

19** By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison ;

20 Which sometime were disobedient, 'when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the mark was a preparing, "wherein

i Rom. i. 4: Declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead. do. iv. 25: Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. do. viii. 11 : But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in

you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you. 2 Cor. xiii. 4: For though he was crucified through weakness, yet he liveth by the power of God. Col. i. 21, 22: You, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight.

k Ps. lxviii. 18 : Thou hast led captivity captive. Isa. xlii. 6,7: [I will] give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles. do. xlix. 9: That thou mayest say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves. do. lxi. 1 : The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound. Acts, x. 36: Preaching peace, by Jesus Christ. do. xiv. 27 : They rehearsed all that God had done with them, and how he had opened the door of faith unto the Gentiles. Eph. ii. 17 : And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 1 Pet. iv. 6.

"Gen. vi. 3, 5, 13 : The LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

m Heb. xi.7: By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house.

n Gen. vii. 1, 7, 13: The LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark. Noah went in, and his sons,

few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.16

21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, P but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) 9 by the resurrection of Jesus Christ :

22 Who is gone into heaven, and " is on the right hand of God; s angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

CHAP. IV. 1 He exhorteth them to cease from sin by the example of Christ, and

the consideration of the general end that now approacheth ; 12 and comforteth them against persecution. FORASMUCH then as Christ hath * suffered

16 carried safely through the water. Dod. and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark. do. viii. 18: Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him. 2 Pet. ii. 5: And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.

• See on John, iii. 3, 5.

P Acts, viii. 37 : And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Rom. x. 10: With the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

4 ] Pet. i. 3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Rom. viii. 34: Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. See on Mat. xxii. 44.

s 1 Cor. xv. 24 : Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father ; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power. See on Rom. viii. 38.

CHAP. IV. a 1 Pet. iii. 18. See on HEB. vii. 27.

for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the b

same mind : for Che that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

2 . That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, e but to the will of God.

3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have 6 wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries :

4 Wherein they think it " strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, i speaking evil of you :

profusion of riot. Dod. extravagant luxury. Pu. • Phi. ii. 5 : Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

• Col. iii. 5 : Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. See on Rom. vi. 2, 4, 7.

d 1 Pet. i. 14. As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance. See on Rom. vi. 4, 1].

• John, i. 13 : Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. JAMES, i. 18: Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth. See on Rom. vi. 11.

fEzek. xliv. 6 : Thus saith the Lord God; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations. do. xlv. 9: Thus saith the Lord God; Let it suffice you, O. princes of Israel : remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice, take away your exactions from my people, saith the Lord God. Acts, xvii. 30: The times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.

s 1 Thes. iv. 5: Not in the last of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God. 1 Pet. i. 14 : The words under ver. 2. See on 1 Cor. vi. 11.

h Isa. viii, 18: Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel.

i1 Pet. iii. 16. See on Acts, xiii. 45.

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