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20. Let him know, that he which converteth a sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
The First Epistle general of PETER.
CHAP. I. 1 lle blesseth God for his manifold spiritual graces; 10
sheweth that the salvation in Christ is no news, but a thing prophesied of old ; 13 and exhorteth them to a godly con
versation. PETER, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers
scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadosia, Asia, and Bythynia,
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the spirit, unto obedience, and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: grace unto you, and peace be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations :
7 That the trial of your faith being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ :
8 Whom having not seen ye love ; in whom,, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 9 Of 10 9 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11 Searching what or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven, which things the angels desire to look into.
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought into you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance :
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy.
17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear :
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot :
20 Who verily was fore-ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21. Who by him do believe in God that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, incorruptible, by the word of God which liveth and abideth for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
CHAP. II. Ile dehorteth them from the breach of charity. 11 He beseecheth them also to abstain from fleshly lusts, 13 to be obedient to magistrates; 18 and teacheth servants how to obey their masters, 20 patiently suffering for well-doing,
after the example of Christ. IVHEREFORE laying aside all malice and all guile and
hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 2 As new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby :
3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God and precious,
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious : and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious : but unto thein which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient whereunto also they were appointed.
9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now
the people of God: which had not obtained merey, but now have obtained mercy.
11 4 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evil doers, they may by your good works which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish meu :
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men : love the brotherhood : fear God: honour the king
18 Servants be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good aud gentle, but also to the froward.
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye lake it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21 For even hereunto were ye called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile, found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again ; when he suffered, he threatened pot; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on:
the tree, that we being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes ye were healed.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray ; but are now returned unto the stepherd and bishop of your souls.
CHAP. III. 1 He teacheth the duty of wives and husbands ; 8 erhorting
all men to unity and love, 14 and to suffer persecution. : 19 The benefits of Christ toward the old world. Likewise ye wives, le in subjection to your
own husbands ; that if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation, coupled with fear.
s Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel ;
4. But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also who trusted in God adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands :
6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honuur unto the wile as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous :
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing : but contrariwise, blessing ; kuowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
10 For he that will live lite, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: