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Chap. i. godly conversation. 14 As obedient children, 22 Seeing ye have purified not fashioning yourselves ac- your souls in obeying the truth cording to the former lusts in through the Spirit unto unyour ignorance :

feigned love of the brethren ; 15 But as he which hath cal- see that ye love one. another led you is holy, so be ye holy with a pure heart fervently: in all manner of conversation : 23 Being born again, not of

16 Because it is written, corruptible seed, but of incorBe ye holy; for I am holy, ruptible, by the word of God,

17 And if ye call on the which liveth and abideth forFather, who without respect ever. of persons judgeth according 24 For all flesh is as grass, to every man's work, pass the and all the glory of man, as time of your sojourning here the flower of grass. The grass in fear:

withereth, & the flower there18 Forasmuch as ye know, of falleth away; that ye were not redeemed 25 But the word of the Lord with corruptible things, as endureth forever. And this silver and gold, from your vain is the word which by the Gosconversation received by tradi- pel is preached unto you. tion from your fathers : 19 But with the precious

CHAP. II. blood of Christ, as of a lamb 1 He exhorteth them from the without blemish and without breach of charity, 4 shewing spot;

that Christ is the foundation 20 Who verily was foreor whereupon they are built: 11 dained before the foundation he beseecheth them also to abof the world, but was mani stain from fleshly lusts, 13 to fest in these last times for be obedient to magistrates,

18 and teacheth servants how 21 Who by him do believe to obey their masters, fc. in God, that raised him up WHEREFORE, laying a. from the dead, and gave him side all malice, and all guile, glory that your faith and hope and hypocrisies, and envies, might be in God.

and all evil speakings, g. For as much as ye know, that not

2 As new born babes, de. with corruptible things, &c. ye were

sire the sincere milk of the delivered from your vain conversation, word,a that ye may grow therethat is, your wicked

and superstitious by; manner of life, which was taught you 3 If so be ye have tasted by your fathers.

b But was manifest or appeared in that the Lord is gracious : the world, and was offered in these

4 To whom coming, as unlast times of the Mosaic dispensation, o Sincere milk of the word, the puro

doctrines of the Gospel,

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for you,

Christ the chief I. Peter. corner-stone, ge. to a living stone,b disallowed ple; that ye should shew forth indeed of men, but chosen of the praises of him, who hath God, and precious,

called you out of darkness into 5 Ye also, as lively stones,' his marvellous light ;d are built up a spiritual house, 10 Which in time past were an holy priesthood, to offer up not a people, but are now the spiritual sacrifices, acceptable people of God; which had not to God by Jesus Christ. obtained mercy, but now have

6 Wherefore also it is con- obtained mercy, tained in the scripture, Behold, 11 Dearly beloved, I beI lay in Sion a chief corner seech you, as strangers and stone, elect, precious; and he pilgrims, abstain from fleshthat believeth on him shall ly lusts, which war against not be confounded.

the soul : 7 Unto you, therefore,which 12 Having your conversabelieve he is precious ; but un- " tione honest among the Gento them which be disobedient, tiles; that, whereas they the stone which the builders speak against you as evil dodisallowed, the same is made ers, they may by your good the head of the corner,

works, which they shall be8 And a stone of stumbling, hold, glorify God in the day of and a rock of offence, even to visitation.f thein which stumble at the 13 Submit yourselves to ev. word, being disobedient: ery ordinance of man for the whereunto also they were ap- Lord's sake; whether it be to pointed.c

the king, as supreme; 9 But ye are a chosen gen

14 Or unto governors, as eration, a royal priesthood, an unto them that are sent by holy nation, a peculiar peo- him for the punishment of e

vil-doers, and for the praise b A living stone. Christ is called a of them that do well. living stone, because his spiritual 15 For so is the will of God, church is composed of living stones that with well doing ye may or members of which he is the chief, put to silence the ignorance of

Whereunto also they were appointed. foolish inen : This does not mean, as at first appears, that they were appointed to

16 As free, and not using disobedience. The verse is elliptical, your liberty for a cloak of maand to understand it, the deficiency liciousness, but as the servants must be supplied by what the apostle of God. alludes to in Isaiah viii. 15. The verse would then read thus;The d Out of the darkness of paganism disobedient stumble against the word into the wonderful light of the Gospel. and fall, and they shall be broken or e Conversation, behaviour. punished, to which punishment they f The day of visitation, the day of verily were appointed.

your persecution.


The duties of

Chap. iii.

wires and husband's. 17 Honour all


Love 8 exhorting all men to unity the brotherhood. Fear God. and love, 14 and to suffer perHonour the king

secution : 19 he declareth al18 Servants be subject to so the benefits of Christ toyour masters with all fear; not ward the old world. only to the good and gentle, LIKEWISE, ye wives, be but also to the froward. in subjection to your own hus

19 For this is thankworthy, ' bands ; that, if any obey not if a man for conscience toward the word, they may also withGod endure grief, suffering out the word, be won by the wrongfully.

conversation of the wives ja 20 For what glory is it, if, 2 While they behold your when ye be buffetted for your chaste conversation coupled faults, ye shall take it patient with fear ; ly? but if, when ye do well, 3 Whose adorning, let it and suffer for it ye take it pa- not be that outward adorning, tiently, this is acceptable with of plaiting the hair, and of God.

wearing of gold, or of putting 21 For even hereunto were on of apparel ; ye called ; because Christ 4 Butlet it be the hidden maa also suffered for us, leaving us of the heart,b in that which is an example, that ye should not corruptible, even the ornafollow his steps:

ment of a meek and quiet spir22 Who did no sin, neither it, which is in the sight of God was guile found in his month: of great price. 23 Who when he was re

5 For after this manner in viled, reviled not again; when the old time the holy women he suffered, he threatened not; also, who trusted in God, abut committed hiirself to him, dorned themselves, being in that judgeth righteously : subjection unto their own hus.

24 Who his own self bare bands; our sins in his own body on 6 Even as Sara obeyed Athe tree, that we, being dead to braham, calling him lord; sin, should live unto righteous- whose daughters ye are, as ness; by whose stripes ye long as ye do well, and are not were healed.

afraid with any amazement. 25 For ye were as sheep 7 Likewise, ye husbands, going astray ; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and a By the conversation, or by the Bishop of your souls.

Christian example and behaviour of the wives.

6 The bidden man of the beart, the CHAP. IIT.

inward man, or the mind. 1 He teacheth the duty of wives c And are not affrighted to actions

and husbands to each other, contrary to your religion,

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An exhortation to I. Peter.

unity and love. dwell with them according to ready always to give an anknowledge, giving honour unto swerf to every man that askthe wife as unto the weaker eth you a reason of the hope vessel, and as being heirs to- that is in you with meekness gether of the grace of life; and fear: that your prayers be not hin 16 Having a good condered.

science; that, whereas they 8 Finally, be ye all of one speak evil of you, as of evilmind, having compassion one doers, they may be ashamed of another; love as brethren, that falsely accuse your good be pitiful, be courteous. conversation in Christ.

9 Not rendering evil for 17 For it is better, if the evil, or railing for railing; but will of God be so, that ye suf. contrariwise blessing; know- fer for well-doing, than for ing that ye are thereunto call. evil-doing. ed, that ye should inherit a 18 For Christ also hath blessing

once suffered for sins, the just 10 For he that will love for the unjust, that he might life, and see good days, let him bring us to God, being put to refrain his tongue from evil, death in the flesh, but quickand his lips, that they speak ened by the Spirit og no guile:

19 By which also he went 11 Let him eschew evil,d and preached unto the spirits, and do good; let him seek in prison ;h peace, and ensue it.e

20 Which sometime i were 12 For the eyes of the Lord disobedient, when once the are over the righteous, and long-suffering of God waited his ears are open unto their in the days of Noah, while the prayers; but the face of the ark was a preparing, wherein Lord is against them that do few, that is, eight souls were evil.

saved by water. 13 And who is he that will 21 The like figure where


be followers of that which is good ?

f To give an answer with meekness 14 But and if ye suffer for and fear to every man, &c. righteousness' sake, happy are

But quickened or made alive by tbe ye: and be not afraid of their

Spirit. terror, neither be troubled ; 15 But sanctify the Lord and inspiring Noah, a preacher of

b By which Spirit also, speaking in, God in your hearts : and be righteousness, he, that is Christ,

preacbed to the spirits, or to the wickd Let him eschew, or turn away from

ed of the old world, who are now re

served in prison. e Ensue, pursue.

i Sometime, formerly.

harm you,


An exhortation to

Chap. iv.

ceuse from sin. unto even baptism doth also civiousness, lusts, excess of now save usj (not the putting wine, revellings, banquetings, away of the filth of the flesh, and abominable idolatries : but the answer of a good con 4 Wherein they think it science toward God, by the strange that ye run not with resurrection of Jesus Christ: them to the same excess of riot,

22 Who is gone into heaven, speaking evil of you ; and is on the right hand of 5 Who shall give account God; angels and authorities to him, that is ready to judge and powers being made sub- the quick b and the dead. ject unto him.

6 For, for this causéc was

the Gospel preached also to CHAP. IV.

them that are dead, that they 1 He exhorteth them to cease might be judged according to

from sin by the example of men in the flesh, but live acChrist, and the consideration cording to God in the spirit. of the general end, that now v But the end of all things approacheth, 12 and com- is at hand ;d be ye, therefore, forteth them against perse- sober, and watch unto prayer. cution.

8 And above all things have FORASMUCH then as fervent charity among yourChrist hath suffered for us in selves; for charity shall cover the flesh, arm yourselves like- the multitude of sins.e wise with the same mind ja

for 9 Use hospitality one to anhe that hath suffered in the other without grudging. flesh hath ceased from sin ; 10 As every man hath re

2 That he no longer should ceived the gift, even so minislive the rest of his time in the ter the same one to another, as flesh to the lusts of men, but to good stewards of the manifold the will of God.


of God. 3 For the time past of our 11 If any man speak, let life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gen 6 The quick, the living.

c For this cause, that is, to encourtiles, when we walked in las

age you to suffer for Christ's sake,

the Gospel hath been preached to the j So baptism, of which the water of Gentiles, who were dead in sins, the flood was a type or emblem, doth that although they might be condemalso now save us.

ned by men in the flesh, they might still & Not the putting or washing away live forever by God in the Spirit. ile filth of the flesh only, but the an d The end of all things. This is Coc.

supposed to signify the end of the a. Arm yourselves with the same temple, of the law, and of the Jewfortitude and resolution to suffer, ish state. whenever called to it by your reli e Charity or love will pardon gion.

multitude of faukts in each other.


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