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Obedience to superiors.
Christ our example, that ye should shew forth the 19 For this is thank-worthy, praises of him who hath called if a man for conscience toward you out of darkness into his God endure grief, suffering inarvellous light:
wrongfully. 10 Which in time past were 20 For what glory is it, if, not a people, but are now the when ye be buffetted for your people of God: which had not faults, ye shall take it patiently? obtained mercy, but now have but if, when ye do well, and obtained mercy.
suffer for it, ye take it patiently, 11 Dearly beloved, I be- this is acceptable with God. seech you as strangers and pil
21 For even hereunto were grims, abstain from Aeshly lusts, ye called: because Christ also which war against the soul;
suffered for us, leaving us an 12 Having your conversation example, that ye should follow honest among
the Gentiles: that his steps: whereas they speak against you 22 Who did no sin, neither as evil doers, they may by your was guile found in his mouth: good works, which they shall 23 Who, when he was reviled, Behold, glorify God in the day reviled not again ; when he sufof visitation.
fered, he threatened not; but 13 Submit yourselves to every committed himself to him that ordinance of man for the Lord's judgeth righteously: sake: whether it be to the King,
24 Who his own self bare our as supreme;
sins in his own body on the 14 Or unto governors, as unto tree, that we, being dead to sins, them that are sent by him for should live unto righteousness : the punishment of evil doers, by whose stripes ye were healed. and for the praise of them that 25 For ye were as sheep going do well.
astray; but are now returned 15 For so is the will of God, unto the Shepherd and Bishop that with well doing ye may of your souls. put to silence the ignorance of
CHAP. III. foolish men:
Duty of wives and husbands.
16 As free, and not using
your L in subjection to your own
liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. husbands; that if any obey not
17 Honour all men. Love the word, they also may without the brotherhood. Fear God. the word be won by the converHonour the king.
sation of the wives; 18 7 Servants, be subject to 2 While they behold your your masters with all fear; not chaste conversation coupled with only to the good and gentle, but fear. also to the froward.
3 Whose adorning, let it not
Erhortation to unity, holinese
and to suffer patiently. be that outward adorning of 12 For the eyes of the Lord plaiting the hair, and of wear- are over the righteous, and his ing of gold, or of putting on of ears are open unto their prayers: apparel;
but the face of the Lord is 4 But let it be the hidden against them that do evil. man of the heart, in that which 13 And who is he that will is not corruptible, even the orna- harm you, if ye be followers of ment of a meek and quiet spirit, that which is good? which is in the sight of God of 14 But and if ye suffer for great price.
righteousness' sake, happy are 5 For after this manner, in the ye: and be not afraid of their old time, the holy women also, terror, neither be troubled; who trusted in God, adorned 15 But sanctify the Lord God themselves, being in subjection in your hearts; and be ready alunto their own husbands: ways to give an answer to every
6 Even as Sara obeyed Abra- man that asketh you a reason of ham, calling him lord: whose the hope that is in you with daughters ye are, as long as ye meekness and fear: do well, and are not afraid with 16 Having a good conscience; any amazement.
that, whereas they speak evil of 7 Likewise, ye husbands, you, as of evil doers, they may dwell with them according to be ashamed that falsely accuse knowledge, giving honour unto your good conversation in Christ. the wife, as unto the weaker 17 For it is better, if the vessel, and as being heirs toge- will of God be so, that ye sufther of the grace of life; that fer for well doing than for evil. your prayers be not hindered.
doing 8 Finally, be ye all of one 18 For Christ also hath once mind, having compassion one of suffered for sins, the just for the another; love as brethren, be unjust, that he might bring us pitiful; be courteous;
to God, being put to death in 9 Not rendering evil for evil, the flesh, but quickened by the or railing for railing; but con- Spirit: trariwise blessing; knowing that 19 By which also he went ye are thereunto called, that ye and preached unto the spirits in should inherit a blessing. prison;
10 For he that will love life, 20 Which sometime were disand see good days, let him re- obedient, when once the long frain his tongue from evil, and suffering of God waited in the his lips that they speak no guile: days of Noah, while the ark
11 Let him eschew evil, and was a preparing, wherein few, do good; let him seek peace, that is, eight souls, were saved and ensue it.
Exhortation to sobriety, &c.
Comfort under persecution. 21 The like figure whereunto, the flesh, but live according to even baptism, doth also now save God in the Spirit. us. (not the putting away of the 7 But the end of all things is filth of the flesh, but the answer at hand: be ye therefore sober, of a good conscience toward
and watch unto prayer. God), by the resurrection of 8 And above all things have Jesus Christ:
fervent charity among your22 Who is gone into heaven, selves: for charity shall cover and is on the right hand of the multitude of sins. God; angels and authorities and 9 Use hospitality one to anpowers being made subject unto other, without grudging. him.
10 As every man hath reCHAP. IV.
ceived the gift, even so minister Of ceasing from sin.
the same one to another, as ORAS MUCH then as good stewards of the manifold
Christ hath suffered for us grace of God. in the Aesh, arm yourselves 11 If any man speak, let him likewise with the same mind: speak as the oracles of God; if for he that hath suffered in any man minister, let him do it tlre flesh, hath ceased from as of the ability which God sin;
giveth: that God in all things 2 That he no longer should may be glorified through Jesus live the rest of his time in the Christ; to whom be praise and flesh to the lusts of men, but to dominion for ever and ever. the will of God.
Amen. 3. For the time past of our 12 Beloved, think it not life may suffice us to have strange concerning the fiery wrought the will of the Gen- trial which is to try you, as tiles, when we walked in lasci-though some strange thing hapviousness, lusts, excess of wine, ! pened unto you: revellings, banquetings, and abo- 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as minable idolatries:
ye are partakers of Christ's suf4 Wherein they think it ferings; that, when his glory strange that ye run not with shall be revealed, ye may be them to the same excess of riot, glad also with exceeding joy. speaking evil of you:
14 If ye be reproached for the 5 Who shall give account to name of Christ, happy, are ye; him that is ready to judge the for the Spirit of glory and of quick and the dead.
God resteth upon you: on their 6 For, for this cause was the part he is evil spoken of, but on gospel preached also to them your part he is glorified. that are dead, that they might 15 But let none of be judged according to men in as a murderer, or as a thief, or
Sundry duties enjoined.
The concluding benediction. as an evil-doer, or as a busy-yea, all of you be subject one body in other men's matters. to another, and be clothed with
16 Yet if any man suffer humility: for God resisteth the as a Christian, let him not be proud, and giveth grace to the ashamed; but let him glorify humble. God on this behalf.
6 Humble yourselves there17 For the time is come that fore under the mighty hand of judgement must begin at the God, that he may exalt you in house of God: and if it first due time: begin at us, what shall the end 7 Casting all your care upon be of them that obey not the bim; for he careth for you. gospel of God?
8 Be sober, be vigilant; beAnd if the righteous cause your adversary the devil, scarcely be saved, where shall as a roaring lion, walketh about the ungodly and the sinner seeking whom he may devour: appear ?
9 Whom resist, stedfast in 19 Wherefore, let them that the faith, knowing that the suffer according to the will of same afflictions are accomplished God, commit the keeping of in your brethren that are in the their souls to him in well doing, world. as unto a faithful Creator.
10 But the God of all grace,
who hath called us unto his The duty of elders, 80. eternal glory by Christ Jesus, THE THE elders which are among after that ye have suffered a
you I exhort, who am also while, make you perfect, staan elder and a witness of the blish, strengthen, settle you. sufferings of Christ, and also a 11 To him be glory and partaker of the glory that shall dominion for ever and ever. be revealed :
Amen. 2 Feed the flock of God 12 By Silvanus, a faithful which is among you, taking the brother unto you, as I suppose, oversight thereof, not by con- I have written briefly, exhorting, straint, but willingly; not for and testifying that this is the filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; true grace of God wherein ye
3' Neither as being lords over stand, God's heritage, but being en- 13 The church that is at samples to the flock.
Babylon, elected together with 4 And when the chief Shep-you, saluteth you; and so doth herd shall appear, ye shall receive Marcus my son. a crown of glory that fadeth not 14 Greet ye one another withi away.
a kiss of charity. Peace be with 5 Likewise, ye younger, sub- you all that are in Christ Jesus, mit yourselves unto the elder: Amen.
The Second Epistle general of PETER.
he was purged from his old sins.
au apostle of Jesus Christ, your calling and election sure: to them that have obtained like for if ye do these things, ye shall precious faith with us through never fall: the righteousness of God and 11 For so an entrance shall our Saviour Jesus Christ: be ministered unto you abun
2 Grace and peace be mul- dantly into the everlasting kingtiplied unto you through the dom of our Lord and Saviour knowledge of God, and of Jesus Jesus Christ. our Lord,
12 Wherefore I will not be 3 According as his divine negligent to put you always in power hath given unto us all remembrance of these things, things that pertain unto life and though ye know them, and be godliness, through the know- established in the present truth. ledge of him that hath called 13 Yea, I think it meet, as us to glory and virtue: long as I am in this tabernacle,
4 Whereby are given unto to stir you up, by putting you us exceeding great and precious in remembrance ; promises; that by these ye might 14 Knowing that shortly I be partakers of the divine nature, must put off this my tabernacle, having escaped the corruption even as our Lord Jesus Christ that is in the world through lust. hath shewed me.
5 And besides this, giving all 15 Moreover, I will endeavour diligence, add to your faith vir- that ye may be able after my tue; and to virtue knowledge; decease to have these things
6 And to knowledge temper- always in remembrance. ance; and to temperance pati- 16 For we have not followed ence; and to patience godliness; cunningly devised fables, when
7 And to godliness brotherly we made known unto you the kindness; and to brotherly kind- power and coming of our Lord ness charity.
Jesus Christ, but were eye-wit8 For if these things be in nesses of his majesty. you, and abound, they make you 17 For he received from God that ye shall neither be barren the Father honour and glory, nor unfruitful in the knowledge when there came such a voice to of our Lord Jesus Christ. him from the excellent glory,
9 But he that lacketh these This is my beloved Sun, in things is blind, and cannot see whom I am well pleased. afar off, and hath forgotten that 18 And this voice which came