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Against detraction, Ec. Chap. y. Exhortation to patience. 935 ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon who have reaped down your fields, your lasts.
which is of you kept back by fraud, cri4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, eth: and the cries of them which have know ve not that the friendship of the reaped are entered into the ears of the world is enmity with God? whosoever Lord of Sabaoth. i therefore will be a friend of the world is 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, the enemy of God.
and been wanton ; ye have nourished 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith your hearts, as in a day of slaughter, in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us 6 Ye have condemned and killed the lusteth to envy?
I just; and he doth not resist you. 6 But he giveth more grace. Where 7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unfore he saith, God resisteth the proud, il to the coming of the Lord. Behold, the but giveth grace unto the humble. husbandman waiteth for the precious 27 Submit yourselves therefore to God.) fruit of the earth, and hath long patience Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. for it, until he receive the early and lat
8 Draw nigh to God, and he will ter rain. draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, 8 Be ye also patient ; stablish your ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye hearts : for the coming of the Lord double-minded.
draweth nigh. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep : 1 9 Grudge not one against another, let your laughter be turned to mourning, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, and your joy to heaviness.
the judge standeth before the door. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of 10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, the Lord, and he shall lift you up. who have spoken in the name of the
11 Speak not evil one of another, breth- | Lord, for an example of suffering afllicren. He that speaketh evil of his broth tion, and of patience. er, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil 11 Behold, we count them happy which of the law, and judgeth the law; but if endure. Ye have heard of the patience thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord ; of the law, but a judge.
that the Lord is very pitiful, and of ten. 12 There is one law-giver, who is able der mercy. to save, and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another?
ren, swear not, neither by heaven, nei13 Go to now, ye that say, To-day or ther by the earth, neither by any other to-morrow we will go into such a city, oath : but let your yea, be yea; and and continue there a year, and buy, and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemsell, and get gain :
nation. 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be 13 Is any among you aflicted ? let on the morrow: For what is your life ? || him pray, Is any merry ? let him sing It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a psalms.is little time, and then vanisheth away. 14 Is any sick among you? let him call
15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord for the elders of the church; and let will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
16 But now ye rejoice in your boast- oil in the name of the Lord: ings; all such rejoicing is evil.
15 And the prayer of faith shall save 17. Therefore to him that knoweth to the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; do goor, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. and if he have committed sins, they shall. CHAP. V.
be forgiven him. 1 Jl'icked rich men are warned of God's 16 Confess your faults one to another,
impending judgments. 7 The breth- and pray one for another, that ye may ren are exhoried to patience after the be healed. The effectual fervent prayer cxample of the prophets and of Job : of a righteous man availeth much.. 12 to abstain from swearing ; 13 to 17 Elias was a man subject to like paspray in affliction and sickness, and sing sions as we are, and he prayed earnestly psalms in prosperity..
that it might not rain : and it rained not () to now, ye rich men, weep and on the earth by the space of three yeal's U howl for your miseries that shall and six months. coine upon you. '
13 And he prayed again, and the heav2. Your riches are corrupted, and your en gave rain, and the e.lrth brought forth garmei:ts are mnoth-eaten.
her fruit. 3 Your gold and silver is cankered ; 19 Brethren, if any of you do err frorn and the rust of them shall be a witness the truth, and one convert him; against you, and shall eat your flesh as it 20 Let him know, that he which corwere fire. Ye have heaped treasure to- verteth the sinner from the error of his gether for the last days.
I way shall save a soul from death, and 4 Behold, the hire of the labourers ishall hide a multitude of sins.
THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF PETER.
14 As obedient chillren, not fashion 1 He blesseth God for his manifold spir- |
ing yourselves according to the former itual graces; 10 shropth that the sal- ||
lusts in your ignorance :
15 But as he which hath called you is vation in Christ is no nerus, but a ihing | prophesied of old ; 13 and exhorteih
|| holy, so be ye holy in all manner of coll
versation ; them to a godly conversation.
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; DETER, an apostle of Jesus Christ, for I am holy. T to the strangers scattered throughout I 17 And if ye call on the Father, who Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and without respect of persons judgeth acBithynia,
cording to every man's work, pass the 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge | time of your sojourning here in fear: of God the Father, through sanctification | 18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprink- | not redeemed with corruptible things, as ling of the blood of Jesus Christ : Grace | silver and gold, from your vain converunto you, and peace, be multiplied. sation received by tradition from your
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our fathers; Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his 19 But with the precinus blood of abundant mercy hath begotten us ag in Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and unto a lively hope by the resurrection of without spot: Jesus Christ from the dead,
20 Who verily was fore-ordained be4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and fore the foundation of the world, but was undefiled, and that fadeth not away, re- || manifest in these last times for you, served in heaven for you,
21 Who by him to believe in God, that 5 Who are kept by the power of God raised him up from the dead, and gave through faith unto salvation ready to benim glory ; that your faith and hope revealed in the last time.
might be in God. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though 22 Seeing ye have purified your souls now for a season (if need be) ye are in in obeying the truth through the Spirit heaviness through manifold temptations : unto unfeigned love of the brethren, sce
7 That the trial of your faith, being that ye love one another with a pure much more precious than of gold that heart fervently : perisheth, though it be tried with fire, 23 Being born again, not of corruptmight be found unto praise, and hon- ||ible seed, but of incorruptible, by the our, and glory, at the appearing of Jesus word of God, which liveth and abideth Christ;
for ever. 8 Whom having not seen, ye love ; in | 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the whom, though now ye see him not, yet glory of man as the Hower of grass. believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeaka- | The grass withereth, and the flower ble, and full of glory:
thereof falleth away : 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even 25 But the word of the Lord endureth the salvation of your souls.
for ever. And this is the word which 10 Of which salvation the prophets by the gospel is preached unto you. have inquired and searched diligently, |
CHAP. II. who prophesied of the grace that should i He dissuadeth them from the breach of come unto you:
charity. 11 He beseccheth them also 11 Searching what, or what manner of to abstain from fleshly lacets, 13 to be time the Spirit of Christ which was in obedient to magistrates: 18 and teachthem did signity, when it testified before eth servants how to obey their mastera, hand the sufferings of Christ, and the 20 patiently suffering for well-doing, glory that should follow,
afior the erampile of Christ. 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that W HEREFORE, laying aside all malnot unto themselves, but unto us they did w ice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, minister the things which are now report- i and envies, and all evil-speakings, ed unto you by them that have preached l 2 As new-born babes, desire the sinthe gospel unto you, with the Holy Ghost cere milk of the word, that ye may grow sent down from heaven ; which things thereby : the angels desire to look into.
3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord 19 Wherefore gird up the loins of your is gracious. mindi, be sober, and hope to the end for 4 To whom coming as unto a living the grace that is to be brought unto you stone, disallowed indeed of men, but at the revelation of Jesus Christ; Il chosen of God, and precious,
Of obedience to magistrates. Chap. 111. The duty of wives and husbands. 937
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up is not again ; when he suffered, he threata spiritual house, an holy priesthood, toened not ; but committed himself to him offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to that judgeth righteously : God by Jesus Christ.
24 Who his own self bare our sins in 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the his own body on the tree, that we, being scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief cor- dead to sins, should live unto righteousner-stone, elect, precious: and he that be- ness: by whose stripes ye were healed. lieveth on him shall not be confounded. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray;
7 Unto you therefore which believe he is but are now returned unto the Shepherd is precious : but unto them which be and Bishop of your souls. disobedient, the stone which the builders
CHAP. III. disallowed, the same is made the head of 1 He teacheth the duty of wives and husthe corner,
bands ; 8 exhorting ali men to unity and -8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock love, 14 and to suffer persecution. 19 The of offence, even to them which stumble benefits of Christ toward the old world. at the word, being disobedient : where- TIKEWISE, ye wives, be in subjection unto also they were appointed.
L to your own husbands ; that, if any 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a obey not the word, they also may withFoyal priesthood, an holy nation, a pecu out the word be won by the conversation liar people; that ye should shew forth the of the wives ; praíses of him who hath called you out 2 While they behold your chaste conof darkness into his marvellous light : versation coupled with fear. .. 10 Which in time past were not a peo- 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outple, but are now the people of God: ward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of which had not obtained mercy, but now is wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; have obtained mercy.
4 But let it be the hidden man of the 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as heart, in that which is not corruptible, strangers and pilgrims, abstain from flesh- || even the ornament of a meek and quiet ly lusts, which war against the soul ; spirit, which is in the sight of God of
12 Having your conversation honest a- great price. mong the Gentiles : that, whereas they 5 For after this manner in the old time speak against you as evil-doers, they may the holy women also, who trusted in by your good works, which they shall be- | God, adorned themselves, being in subhold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Ijection unto their own husbands
13 Submit yourselves to every ordi 6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, callnance of man for the Lord's sake: wheth- | ing him lord: whose daughters ye are, as er 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 of evil-doers, and for the praise of them them according to knowledge, giving that do well.
honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker 15 For so is the will of God, that with vessel, and as being heirs together of the well-doing ye may put to silence the ig. grace of life ; that your prayers be not norance of foolish men :
hindered. · 16 As free, and not using your liberty 8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, havfor a cloak of maliciousness, but as the ing compassion one of another ; love as Servants of God.
brethren, be pitiful, be courteous : 17 Honour all men. Love the brother 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing hood. Fear God. Honour the king. for railing: but contrariwise, blessing ;
18 Servants, be subject to your mas- knowing that ye are thereunto called, ters with all fear ; not only to the good that ye should inherit a blessing. and gentle, but also to the froward.
10 For he that will love life, and see good 19 For this is thank-worthy, if á man days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, for conscience toward God endure grief, and his lips that they speak no guile : suffering wrongfully.
1 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 acceptable with God.
1 is against them that do evil. 21 For even hereunto wereye called: be- 13 And who is he that will harnt you, cause Christ also suffered for us, leaving us if ye be followers of that which is good ? an example, that yeshould follow his steps: 14 But and if ye suffer for righteous
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile ness' sake, happy are ye: and be no afraid found in his mouth :
of their terror, neither be troubl. 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled! 15 But sanctify the Lord God
938 Exhortation io cease froin sin. I. PETER. The younger to obey the élder. hearts: and be ready always to give an , gift, even so minister the same one to answer to every man that asketh you a | another, as good stewards of the manifold reason of the hope that is in you, with grace of God. meekness and fear.
11 If any man speak, let him speakasthe 16 Having a good conscience ; that, oracles of God; if any man minister, let whereas they speak evil of you, as of evil him do it as of the ability which God girdoers, they may be ashamed that falsely lleth :that God in all things may be glorified accuse your good conversation in Christ. through Jesus Christ; to whom be praise
17 For it is better, if the will of God and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. be so, that ye suffer for well-doing, than 12 Beloved, think it not strange confor evil-doing.
cerning the fiery trial which is to try you, 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for | as though some strange thing happened sins, the just for the unjust, that he might li unto you: bring us to God, being put to death in 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are parthe flesh, but quickened by the Spirit : 1) takers of Christ's sufferings; that, when
19 By which also he went and preach- his glory shall be revealed, ye may be ed unto the spirits in prison ;
glad also with exceeding joy. 20 Which sometime were disobedient, 14 If ye be reproached for the name of when once the long-suffering of God Christ, happy are ye ; for the spirit of waited in the days of Noah, while the ark glory and of God resteth upon you. On was a preparing, wlierein few, that is, | their part he is evil spoken of, but a eight souls, were saved by water.
your part he is glorified. 21 The like figure whereunto, even 15 But let none of you suffer as a murbaptism, doth also now save us (not the derer, or as a thief, or as an evil-doer, or putting away of the filth of the flesh, but as a busy-body in other men's matters. the answer of a good conscience toward 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ; I let him not be ashamed; but let him glo
22 Whois gone into heaven, and is on the rify God on this behalf. right hand of God; angels, and authorities, l 17 For the time is come that judgment and powers being made subject unto him. ||
| must begin at the house of God: and if it CHAP. IV.
first begin at us, what shall the end be of Peter exhorteth them to cease from sin | them that obey not the gospel of God?
by the erample of Christ, and the con 18 And if the righteous scarcely be
sideration of the general end that now saved, where shall the ungodly and the . approacheth.
sinner appear? FORASMUCH then as Christ hath 19 Wherefore, let them that suffer acI suffered for us in the flesh, arm your- cording to the will of God, commit the selves likewise with the same mind: for keeping of their souls to him in well-dohe that hath suffered in the flesh hathing, as unto a faithful Creator. ceased from sin ;
CHAP. V. 2 That he no longer should live the rest | 1 Peter erhortcth the elders to feed their of his time in the flesit to the lusts of men, flocks ; 5 the younger to obey; 8 and all but to the will of God.
to be sober, and watchful, &c. 3 For the time past of our life may T'HE elders which are among you Iexsufficę us to have wrought, the will of the 1 hort, who am also an elder, and a witGentiles, when we walked in lascivious-ness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a ness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, ban- l partaker of the glory that shallbererealed: quetings, and abominable idolatries : . 2 Feed the flock of God which is a
4Wherein they think it strange that you mong you, taking the oversight thereof, ruin not with them to the same excess of not by constraint, tut willingly; not for riot, speaking evil of you :
filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 5 Who shall give account to him that 3 Neither as being lords over God's her. is ready to judge the quick and the dead. itage, but being ensamples to the flock,
6 For, for this cause was the gospel 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall preached also to them that are dead, that appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory they might be judged according to men that fadeth not away. in the flesh, but live according to God in 5 Likewise, ye younger, submit your. the spirit.
selves unto the elder. Yes, all of you be 7 But the end of all things is at hand : be subject one to another, and be clothed ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer, with humility : for God resisteth the
8 And above all things have fervent proud, and giveth grace to the humble. charity among yourselves : for charity 6 Humble yourselves therefore under shall cover the multitude of sins.
the mighty hand of Gol, that he may . 9 Use hospitality one to another with- || exalt you in due time : out giudging.
! 7 Casting all your care upon him; for 10 As every man hath received the he careth for you."
Peter exhorteth to be watchful, Chap. I, II. and to resist the devil. 959, 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because | 11 To him be glory and dominion for your adversary the devil, as a roaring | ever and ever. Amen. lion, walketh about, seeking whom he ll 12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother may devour:
unto you, as I suppose, I have written 9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, ll briefly, exhorting," and testifying that knowing that the same affictions are ac this is the true grace of God wherein ye complished in your brethren that are in stand. the world.
13 The church that is at Babylon, elect10 But the God of all grace, who hath Il ed together with you, saluteth you; and called us unto his eternal glory by Christ | so doih Marcus my son.' Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, | 14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, || charity. Peace be with you all that are settle you.
Il in Christ Jesus. Amen. vormorrowrsrsrsrsrsrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr THE SECOND EPISTLE GENERAL OF PETER. • CHAP. I.
U to put you always in remembrance of 5 Peter exhorteth them by faith and good l these things, though ye know them, and
works to make their calling sure: 12 as ll be established in the present truth. knowing that his deathisat hand: 16 and 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I warneth them to be constant in the faith am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by
of Christ, who is the true Son of God. | putting you in remembrance ; QIMON PETER, a servant and an a. 14 Knowing that shortly I must put off
postle of Jesus Christ, to them that this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jehave obtained like precious faith with us sus Christ hath shewed me. through the righteousness of God and 15 Moreover, I will endeavour that you our Saviour Jesus Christ :
may be able, after my decease, to have 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto these things always in remembrance. you through the knowledge of God, and 16 For we have not followed cunof Jesus our Lord,
ningly devised fables, when we made 3 According as his divine power hath known unto you the power and coming given unto us all things that jiertain unto | of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye life and godliness, through the knowl witnesses of his majesty. edge of him that hath called us to glory 17 For he received from God the Faand virtue;
ther honour and glory, when there came 4 Whereby are given unto us exceed- such a voice to him from the excellent jog great and precious promises; that by glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom these ye might be partakers of the divine I am well pleased. nature, having escaped the corruption | 18 And this voice which came from that is in the world through lust.
heaven we heard, when we were with him 5 And beside this, giving all dili- in the holy mount. gence, add to your faith virtue; and to | 19 We have also a more sure word of virtue knowledge ;
prophecy ; whereunto ye do well that ye 6 And to knowledge temperance; and take heed, as unto a light that shineth in to temperance patience; and to patience a dark place, until the day dawn, and godliness;
the day-star arise in your hearts: 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy and to brotherly kindness charity.
of the scripture is of any private inter8 For if these things be in you, and pretation. abound, they make you that ye shall nei 21 For the prophecy came not in old ther be barren nor unfruitful in the knowl time by the will of man: but holy men cdge of our Lord Jesus Christ.. ll of God spake as they were moved by the
ģ But he that lacketh these things is || Holy Ghost. blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath
CHAP. II. forgotten that he was purged from his old 1 Peter foretelleth of false teachers, their sins.
impiely and punishment ; 7 from which 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, the godly shall be delivered, as Lot give diligence to make your calling and out of Sodom : 10 and more fully deelection sure: for if ye do these things, || scribeth the manners of those profane ve shall never fall:
and blasphemous seducers. 11 For so an entrance shall be minister PUT there were false prophets also ed unto you abundantly into the ever-| D among the people, even as there lasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour shall be false teachers among you, who Jesus Christ.
privily shall bring in damnable heresies, 12 \l’herefore I will not be negligent l' even densing the Lord that bought them