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Comfort under trials. and powers being made sub- 9 Use hospitality one to an. ject unto him.
other without grudging.
10 As every man hath receiv. CHAPTER IV.
ed the gift, even so minister . He exhorteth them to cease from sin by the the same one to another, as
erample of Christ, and the consideration of the general end that now approacheth: 12 good stewards of the manifold and comforteth them against persecution.
grace of God. ORASMUCH then as Christ If man ,
F hath suffered for us in the speak as Yne oracles of God;
flesh, arm yourselves likewise if any man minister, let him with the same mind : for he do it as of the ability which that hath suffered in the flesh God giveth; that God in all hath ceased from sin;
things may be glorified through 2 That he no longer should Jesus Christ: to whom be praise live the rest of his time in the and dominion for ever and flesh to the lusts of men, but
Amen. to the will of God.
12 Beloved, think it not 3 For the time past of our life strange concerning the fiery may suffice us to have wrought trial which is to try you, as the will of the Gentiles, when though some strange thing hap. we walked in lasciviousness, pened unto you: lusts, excess of wine, revel. 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as lings, banquetings, and abomi- | ye are partakers of Christ's nable idolatries :
sufferings; that, when his glo4 Wherein they think it ry shall be revealed, ye may strange that ye run not with be glad also with exceeding them to the same excess of joy. riot, speaking evil of you: 14 If ye be reproached for
5 Who shall give account to the name of Christ, happy are him that is ready to judge the ye; for the spirit of glory and quick and the dead.
of God resteth upon you: on 6 For, for this cause was the their part he is evil spoken of, gospel preached also to them but on your part he is glorithat are dead, that they might fied. be judged according to men in 15 But let none of
you the flesh, but live according fer as a murderer, or as a thief
, to God in the spirit.
or as an evil doer, or as a 7 But the end of all things busy body in other men's matis at hand: be ye therefore so- ters. ber, and watch unto prayer.
16 Yet if any man suffer as 8 And above all things have
a Christian, let him not be fervent charity among your ashamed; but let him glorify selves: for charity shall cover God on this behalf. the multitude of sins.
17 For the time is come that
Duties of elders.
CHAPTER V. Watchfulness urged. judgment must begin at the proud, and giveth grace to the house of God: and if it first humble. begin at us, what shall the end 6 Humble yourselves therebe of 'them that obey not the fore under the mighty hand of gospel of God?
God, that he
exalt 18 And if the righteous scarce. due time:
7 ungodly and the sinner ap- him; for he careth for you. pear?
8 Be sober, be vigilant; be19 Wherefore, let them that cause your adversary the devil, suffer according to the will of as a roaring lion, walketh God commit the keeping of about, seeking whom he may their souls to him in well do. devour: ing, as unto a faithful Crea- 9 Whom resist steadfast in the tor.
faith, knowing that the same CHAPTER V.
afflictions are accomplished in 1 He exhorteth the elders to feed their focks, 5 your brethren that are in the the younger to obey, 8 and all to be sober,
world. watchful, and constant in the faith: 9 to resist the adversary the devil.
10 But the God of all grace, DHE elders which are among
who hath called us unto his you I exhort, who am also | eternal glory by Christ Je. an elder, and a witness of the sus, after that ye have suffersufferings of Christ, and also ed a while, make you perfect, a partaker of the glory that stablish, strengthen,
strengthen, " settle shall be revealed :
you. 2 Feed the flock of God which 11 To him be glory and dois among you, taking the over- minion for ever and ever. sight thereof, not by constraint, Amen. but willingly; not for filthy 12 By Silvanus, a faithful lucre, but of a ready mind; brother unto you, as I suppose,
3 Neither as being lords over I have written briefly, exhortGod's heritage, but being en ing, and testifying that this is samples to the flock.
the true grace of God wherein 4 And when the chief Shep-ye stand. herd shall appear, ye shall re- 13 The church that is at Baceive a crown of glory that bylon, elected together with fadeth not away.
you; and so doth 5 Likewise, ye younger, sub. Marcus my son. mit yourselves unto the elder. 14 Greet ye one another with Yea, all of you be subject one a kiss of charity. Peace be with to another, and be clothed with you all that are in Christ Jehumility: for God resisteth the Amen.
THE SECOND EPISTLE GENERAL
7 And to godliness, brotherly I Confirming them in hope, 6 Peter exhorteth
kindness; and to brotherly them, by faith, and good works, to make their calling sure: 12 whereof he is careful to re- kindness, charity. mind them, knowing that his death is at
8 For if these things be in hand: 16 and warneth them to be constant in the faith of Christ, who is shewn to be the you, and abound, they make Son of God, by the eyewitness of the apostles beholding his majesty, and by the testimony
you that ye shall neither be of the Father, and the prophets.
barren nor unfruitful in the IMON Peter, a servant and knowledge of our Lord Jesus
S an apostele toi Jesus Christ, Christ
to them that have obtained like 9 But he that lacketh these precious faith with us through things is blind, and cannot see the righteousness of God and afar off, and hath forgotten that our Saviour Jesus Christ:
he was purged from his old 2 Grace and peace be mul- sins. tiplied unto you through the 10 Wherefore the rather, breknowledge of God, and of Jethren, give diligence to make sus our Lord,
your calling and election sure: 3 According as his divine for if ye do these things, ye power hath given unto us all shall never fall: things that pertain unto life 11 For so an entrance shall and godliness, through the be ministered unto you abunknowledge of him that hath dantly into the everlasting called us to glory and virtue: kingdom of our Lord and Sa
4 Whereby are given unto viour Jesus Christ. us exceeding great and pre- 12 Wherefore I will not be cious promises; that by these negligent to put you always in ye might be partakers of the remembrance of these things, divine nature, having escaped though ye know them, and be the corruption that is in the established in the present truth. world through lust.
13 Yea, I think it meet, as 5 And besides this, giving all | long as I am in this tabernadiligence, add to your faith vir-cle, to stir you up by putting tue; and to virtue, knowledge; you in remembrance;
6 And to knowledge, temper- | 14 Knowing that shortly I ance; and to temperance, pa- must put off this my tabernatience; and to patience, godli-cle, even as our Lord Jesus ness;
Christ hath shewed me.
of false teachers. 15 Moreover I will endeavour ple, even as there shall be false that ye may be able after my teachers among you, who pridecease to have these things vily shall bring in damnable always in remembrance. heresies, even denying the Lord
16 For we have not followed that bought them, and bring cunningly devised fables, when upon themselves swift destrucwe made known unto you the tion.
2 Jesus Christ, but were eyewit- pernicious ways; by reason of nesses of his majesty.
whom the way of truth shall 17 For he received from God be evil spoken of.
the Father honour and glory, 3 And through covetousness
when there came such a voice shall they with feigned words to him from the excellent glo- make merchandise of you: ry, This is my beloved Son, in whose judgment now of a long whom I am well pleased. time lingereth not, and their
18 And this voice which came damnation slumbereth not. from heaven we heard, when 4 Forif God spared not the an. we were with him in the holy gels that sinned, but cast them mount.
down to hell, and delivered 19 We have also a more sure
them into chains of darkness, word of prophecy; whereunto to be reserved unto judgment; ye do well that ye take heed, 5 And spared not the old world, as unto a light that shineth in | but saved Noah the eighth per. a dark place, until the day son, a preacher of righteousdawn, and the daystar arise in ness, bringing in the flood up
on the world of the ungodly; 20 Knowing this first, that no 6 And turning the cities of prophecy of the Scripture is of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashany private interpretation. es condemned them with an
21 For the prophecy came not overthrow, making them an in old time by the will of man: ensample unto those that after but holy men of God spake as should live ungodly; they were moved by the Holy 7 And delivered just Lot, vexGhost.
ed with the filthy conversation
of the wicked: CHAPTER II.
8 (For that righteous man I He foretelleth them of false teachers, showing the impiety and punishment both of them dwelling among them, in seeand their followers : 7 from which the godly ing and hearing, vexed his 10 and more fully describeth the manners of righteous soul from day to day those profane and blasphemous seducers, with their unlawful deeds :) whereby they may be the better known, and
9 The Lord knoweth how to UT there were false pro- deliver the godly out of tempt. phets among
Of false teachers
and their impiety. just unto the day of judgment | mist of darkness is reserved to be punished:
for ever. 10 But chiefly them that walk 18 For when they speak great after the flesh in the lust of swelling words of vanity, they uncleanness, and despise go- allure through the lusts of the vernment. Presumptuous are flesh, through much wanton. they, selfwilled, they are not ness, those that were clean afraid to speak evil of dignities. escaped from them who live in
11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might, 19 While they promise them bring not railing accusation liberty, they themselves are against them before the Lord. the servants of corruption: for
12 But these, as natural brute of whom a man is overcome, beasts, made to be taken and of the same is he brought in
20 not; and shall utterly perish escaped the pollutions of the in their own corruption; world through the knowledge
13 And shall receive the re- of the Lord and Saviour Je. ward of unrighteousness, as sus Christ, they are again en. they that count it pleasure tangled therein, and overcome, to riot in the daytime. Spots the latter end is worse with they are and blemishes, sport- them than the beginning. ing themselves with their own 21 For it had been better for deceivings while they feast them not to have known the
way of righteousness, than, af14 Having eyes full of adulter they have known it, to tery, and that cannot cease turn from the holy commandfrom sin; beguiling unstable ment delivered unto them. souls: a heart they have exer- 22 But it is happened unto cised with covetous practices; them according to the true cursed children:
proverb, The dog is turned to 15 Which have forsaken the his own vomit again; and, The right way, and are gone astray,
sow that was washed to her following the way of Balaam wallowing in the mire. the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;
CHAPTER III. 16 But was rebuked for his
1 He assureth them of the certainty of Christ's
coming to judgment, against those scoffers iniquity: the dumb ass speak
who deny it. io He describeth also the maning with man's voice forbade
ner in rchich the world shall be destroyed: 11
exhorting them, from the expectation thereof, the madness of the prophet.
to all holiness of life: 15 and again, to re17 These are wells without
gard the patience of God as tending to their salvation, as Paul wrote to them in his epistles.
PHIS second epistle, beloved, with a tempest; to whom the
water, clouds that are carried T'I now write unto you ; in