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maliciousness, but as the servants ters ye are, as long as ye do well, of God. Honour all men. Love the and are not afraid with any abrotherhood. Fear God. Honour mazement. Likewise, ye husbands, the king. Servants, be subject to dwell with them according to your masters with all fear; not knowledge, giving honour unto only to the good and gentle, but the wife, as unto the weaker vesalso to the froward. For this is sel, and as being heirs together thankworthy, if a man for con- of the grace of life; that your science toward God endure grief, prayers be not hindered. Finally, suffering wrongfully. For what be ye all of one mind, having glory is it, if, when ye be buffet-compassion one of another, love ed for your faults, ye shall take as brethren, be pitiful, be courteit patiently? but if, when ye do ous: not rendering evil for evil, well, and suffer for it, ye take it or railing for railing: but conpatiently, this is acceptable with trariwise blessing; knowing that God. For even hereunto were ye ye are thereunto called, that ye called: because Christ also suffer
. ed for us, leaving us an example, that will love life, and see good that ye should follow his steps: days, let him refrain his tongue who did no sin, neither was guile from evil, and his lips that they found in liis mouth: who, when speak no guile: let him eschew he was reviled, reviled not again; evil, and do good; let him seek when he suffered, he threatened peace, and ensue it. For the eyes not; but committed himself to of the Lord are over the rightehim that judgeth righteously: ous, and his ears are open unto who his own self bare our sins their prayers: but the face of the in his own body on the tree, that Lord is against them that do evil. we, being dead to sins, should And who is he that will harm live unto righteousness: by whose you, if ye be followers of that stripes ye were healed. For ye which is good? But and if ye were as sheep going astray; but suffer for righteousness' sake, hapare now returned unto the Shep- | py are e: and be not afraid of herd and Bishop of your souls. their terror, neither be troubled;
but sanctify the Lord God in your CHAP. III.
hearts: and be ready always to Aprü 19, August 18, Dec. 15.
give an answer to every man that
asketh you a reason of the hope L IKEWISE, ye wives, be in that is in you with meekness and
subjection to your own hus- fear: having a good conscience; bands; that, if any obey not the that, whereas they speak evil of word, they also may without the you, as of evildoers, they may be word be won by the conversation ashamed that falsely accuse your of the wives; while they behold good conversation in Christ. For your chaste conversation coupled it is better, if the will of God be with fear. Whose adorning let it so, that ye suffer for well doing, not be that outward adorning of than for evil doing. For Christ plaiting the hair, and of wearing also hath once suffered for sins, of gold, or of putting on of ap- the just for the unjust, that he parel; but let it be the hidden might bring us to God, being put man of the heart, in that which to death in the flesh, but quickis not corruptible, even the orna- ened by the Spirit: by which also ment of a meek and quiet spirit, he went and preached unto the which is in the sight of God of spirits in prison; which sometime great price. For after this man- were disobedient, when once the ner in the old time the holy wo- longsuffering of God waited in the men also, who trusted in God, days of Noah, while the ark was adorned themselves, being in sub- a preparing, wherein few, that is, jection unto their own husbands: eight souls were saved by water. even as Sara obeyed Abraham, The like figure whereunto even calling him lord: whose daugh- baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth to you: but rejoice, inasmuch as of the flesh, but the answer of a ye are partakers of Christ's sufgood conscience toward God,) by kerings; that, when his glory shall the resurrection of Jesus Christ : be revealed, ye may be glad also who is gone into heaven, and is with exceeding joy. If ye be reon the right hand of God; angels proached for the name of Christ, and authorities and powers being happy are ye; for the spirit of made subject unto him.
glory and of God resteth upon
you: on their part he is evil spoCHAP. IV.
ken of, but on your part he is April 20, August 19, Dec. 16.
glorified. But let none of you suf
fer as a murderer, or as a thief, ORASMUCH then as Christ or as an evildoer, or as a busyflesh, arm yourselves likewise with if any man suffer as a Christian, the same mind: for he that hath let him not be ashamed; but let suffered in the flesh hath ceased him glorify God on this behalf. from sin; that he no longer should For the time is come that judg. live the rest of his time in the ment must begin at the house of flesh to the lusts of men, but to God: and if it first begin at us, the will of God. For the time what shall the end be of them past of our life may suffice us to that obey not the gospel of God? have wrought the will of the Gen- And if the righteous scarcely be tiles, when we walked in lascivi- saved, where shall the ungodly ousness, lusts, excess of wine, re- and the sinner appear? Wherevellings, banquetings, and abo- fore let them that suffer accordminable idolatries: wherein they | ing to the will of God commit think it strange that ye run not the keeping of their souls to him with them to the same excess of in well doing, as unto a faithful riot, speaking evil of you: who Creator. shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the
CHAP. V. dead. For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that
April 21, August 20, Doc. 17. are dead, that they might be HE elders which are among judged according to men in the
you I exhort, who am also flesh, but live according to God an elder, and a witness of the in the spirit. But the end of all sufferings of Christ, and also a things is at hand: be ye therefore partaker of the glory that shall sober, and watch unto prayer. And be revealed : feed the flock of above all things have fervent cha- God which is among you, taking rity among yourselves: for cha- the oversight thereof, not by conrity shall cover the multitude of straint, but willingly; not for filsins. Use hospitality one to an- thy lucre, but of a ready mind; other without grudging. As eve- neither as being lords over God's ry man hath received the gift, heritage, but being ensamples to even so minister the same one to the flock. And when the chief another, as good stewards of the Shepherd shall appear, ye shall manifold grace of God. If any receive a crown of glory that man speak, let him speak as the fadeth not away. Likewise, ye oracles of God; if any man mi- younger, submit yourselves unto nister, let him do it as of the a- the elder. Yea, all of you be subbility which God giveth: that ject one to another, and be clothGod in all things may be glorified ed with humility: for God resistthrough Jesus Christ, to whom eth the proud, and giveth grace be praise and dominion for ever to the humble. Humble yourselves and ever. Amen. Beloved, think therefore under the mighty hand it not strange concerning the fiery of God, that he may exalt you in trial which is to try you, as though due time: casting all your care some strange thing happened un- upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because glory and dominion for ever and your adversary the devil, as a ever. Amen. By Silvanus, a faith. roaring lion, walketh about, seek- ful brother unto you, as I suppose, ing whom he may devour: whom I have written briefly, exhorting, resist stedfast in the faith, know- and testifying that this is the true ing that the same afflictions are grace of God wherein ye stand. accomplished in your brethren The church that is at Babylon, that are in the world. But the elected together with you, salutGod of all grace, who hath called eth you; and so doth Marcus my us unto his eternal glory by Christ son. Greet ye one another with Jesus, after that ye have suffered a kiss of charity. Peace be with a while, make you perfect, stablish, you all that are in Christ Jesus. strengthen, settle you. To him bé Amen.
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he was purged from his old sins.
Wherefore the rather, brethren, April 22, August 21, Dec. 18.
give diligence to make your call
an ing and election sure: for if ye do apostle of Jesus Christ, to them these things, ye shall never fall: that have obtained like precious for so an entrance shall be minis. faith with us through the righte- tered unto you abundantly into ousness of God and our Saviour the everlasting kingdom of our Jesus Christ : Grace and peace
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. be multiplied unto you through Wherefore I will not be negligent the knowledge of God, and of to put you always in remembrance Jesus our Lord, according as his of these things, though ye know divine power hath given unto us them, and be established in the all things that pertain unto life present truth. Yea, I think it and godliness, through the know- meet, as long as I am in this taledge of him that hath called us bernacle, to stir you up by putting to glory and virtue: whereby are you in remembrance ; knowing given unto us exceeding great and that shortly I must put off_this precious promises : that by these my tabernacle, even as our Lord ye might be partakers of the divine Jesus Christ hath shewed me. nature, having escaped the cor- Moreover I will endeavour that ruption that is in the world through ye may be able after my decease lust. And beside this, giving all to have these things always in diligence, add to your faith vir- remembrance. For we have not tue; and to virtue knowledge; and followed cunningly devised fables, to knowledge temperance; and to when we made known unto you temperance patience; and to pa- the power and coming of our Lord tience godliness; and to godliness Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses brotherly kindness; and to bro- of his majesty. For he received therly kindness charity. For if from God the Father honour and these things be in you, and abound, glory, when there came such a they make you that ye shall nei- voice to him from the excellent ther be barren nor unfruitful in glory, This is my beloved Son, in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus whom I am well pleased. And Christ. But he that lacketh these this voice which came from hea. things is blind, and cannot see ven we heard, when we were with afar off, and hath forgotten that him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of pro- | selfwilled, they are not afraid to phecy; whereunto ye do well that speak evil of dignities. Whereas ye take heed, as unto a light that angels, which are greater in power shineth in a dark place, until the and might, bring not railing acday dawn, and the day star arise cusation against them before the in your hearts: knowing this first, Lord. But these, as natural brute that no prophecy of the scripture beasts, made to be taken and deis of any private interpretation, stroyed, speak evil of the things For the prophecy came not in old that they understand not; and time by the will of man: but holy shall utterly perish in their own men of God spake as they were corruption; and shall receive the moved by the Holy Ghost. reward of unrighteousness, as they
that count it pleasure to riot in CHAP. II.
the day time. Spots they are and April 23, August 22, Dec. 19.
blemishes, sporting themselves
with their own deceivings while Balso thmenge the people, even UT there were false prophets they feast with you; having eyes
full of adultery, and that cannot as there shall be false teachers cease from sin; beguiling unstable among you, who privily shall bring souls: an heart they have exercisin damnable heresies, even deny- ed with covetous practices; cursed ing the Lord that bought them, children: which have forsaken the and bring upon themselves swift right way, and are gone astray, destruction. And many shall fol- following the way of Balaam the low their pernicious ways; by rea- son of Bosor, who loved the wages son of whom the way of truth shall of unrighteousness; but was rebe evil spoken of. And through buked for his iniquity: the dumb covetousness shall they with feign- ass speaking with man's voice fored words make merchandise of bad the madness of the prophet. you: whose judgment now of a These are wells without water, long time lingereth not, and their clouds that are carried with a temdamnation slumbereth not. For pest; to whom the mist of darkif God spared not the angels that ness is reserved for ever. For sinned, but cast them down to hell, when they speak great swelling and delivered them into chains of words of vanity, they allure through darkness, to be reserved unto judg. the lusts of the flesh, through much ment; and spared not the old wantonness, those that were clean world, but saved Noah the eighth escaped from them who live in person, a preacher of righteous- error. While they promise them ness, bringing in the food upon liberty, they themselves are the the world of the ungodly; and servants of corruption : for of turning the cities of Sodom and whom a man is overcome, of the Gomorrha into ashes condemned same is he brought in bondage. them with an overthrow, making For if after they have escaped the them an ensample unto those that pollutions of the world through after should live ungodly; and de- the knowledge of the Lord and livered just Lot, vexed with the Saviour Jesus Christ, they are filthy conversation of the wicked: again entangled therein, and over(for that righteous man dwelling come, the latter end is worse with among them, in seeing and hear- them than the beginning. For it ing, vexed his righteous soul from had been better for them not to day to day with their unlawful have known the way of righteousdeeds;) the Lord knoweth how to ness, than, after they have known deliver the godly out of tempta- | it, to turn from the holy comtions, and to reserve the unjust mandment delivered unto them. unto the day of judgment to be But it is happened unto them acpunished: but chiefly them that cording to the true proverb, The walk after the flesh in the lust of dog is turned to his own vomit uncleanness, and despise govern- again; and the sow that was washment. Presumptuous are they, ed to her wallowing in the mire.
night; in the which the heavens CHAP. III.
shall pass away with a great noise,
and the elements shall melt with April 24, August 23, Dec. 20.
fervent heat, the earth also and TIS, second epistle, beloved the works that are therein shall which I stir up your pure minds all these things shall be dissolved, by way of remembrance: that ye what manner of persons ought yę may be mindful of the words which to be in all holy conversation and were spoken before by the holy godliness, looking for and hasting prophets, and of the command- unto the coming of the day of ment of us the apostles of the God, wherein the heavens being Lord and Saviour knowing this on fire shall be dissolved, and the first, that there shall come in the elements shall melt with fervent last days scoffers, walking after heat? Nevertheless we, according their own lusts, and saying, Where to his promise, look for new heais the promise of his coming ? for vens and a new earth, wherein since the fathers fell asleep, all
dwelleth righteousness. Wherethings continue as they were from fore, beloved, seeing that ye look the beginning of the creation. For for such things, be diligent that this they willingly are ignorant ye may be found of him in peace, of, that by the word of God the without spot, and blameless. And heavens were of old, and the earth account that the longsuffering of standing out of the water and in our Lord is salvation; even as our the water: whereby the world that beloved brother Paul also accordthen was, being overflowed with ing to the wisdom given unto him water, perished: but the heavens hath written unto you; as also in and the earth, which are now, by all his epistles, speaking in them the same word are kept in store, of these things; in which are some reserved unto fire against the day things hard to be understood, of judgment and perdition of un- which they that are unlearned and godly men. But, beloved, be not unstable wrest, as they do also the ignorant of this one thing, that other scriptures, unto their own one day is with the Lord as a destruction. Ye therefore, belovthousand years, and a thousand ed, seeing ye know these things years as one day. The Lord is not before, beware lest ye also, being slack concerning his promise, as led away with the error of the some men count slackness; but wicked, fall from your own sted. is longsuffering to us-ward, not fastness. But grow in grace, and willing that any should perish, in the knowledge of our Lord but that all should come to re- and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him pentance. But the day of the be glory both now and for ever. Lord will come as a thief in the Amen.
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beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked
upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) that which we have seen and heard