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4 pleasures. Ye adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? Whosoever therefore would be
5 a friend of the world maketh himself an euemy of God. Or think ye that the scripture speaketh in vain? Doth the spirit which he
0 made to dwell in us long unto envying? But he givcth more grace. Wherefore the scripture saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth
7 grace to the humble. Be subject therefore unto God; but resist
8 the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and
9 purify your hearts, ye doubleminded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your jo}r
10 to heaviness. Humble yourselves iu the sight of the Lord, and he shall exalt you.
11 Speak not one against another, brethren. He that speaketh against a brother, or judgeth his brother, speaketh against the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judges! the law, thou art not a
12 doer of the law, but a judge. One only is the lawgiver and judge, even he who is able to save and to destroy: but who art thou that judgest thy neighbour?
13 Go to now, ye that say. To-day or to-morrow we will go into this
14 city, and spend a year there, and trade, and get gain; whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. What is your life? For ye area vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanilhc) h
1 j away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall both 10 live, and do this or that. But now ye glory in your vauntings: 17 all such glorying is evil. To him therefore that kuoweth to do
good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. J> Go to now, yc rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are 2 coming upon you. Your riches are corrupted, and your garments 8 are moth-eaten. Your gold and your silver are rusted; and their rust shall be for u testimony against you, and shall cat your 4 flesh as fire. Ye have laid up your treasure in the last days. Behold, the hire of the labourers who mowed your fields, which is of you kept back by fraud, crieth out: and the cries of them that
6 reaped have entered into the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. Ye have lived delicately on the earth, and taken your pleasure; ye
6 have nourished your hearts in a day of slaughter. Yc have condemned, ye have killed the righteous one; he doth not resist you.
7 Be patient therefore, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient over it, uutil it receive the early and latter rain.
8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the
9 Lord is at hand. Murmur not, brethren, one against another, that ye be not judged; behold, the judge standeth before the
10 doors. Take, biethren, for an example of suffering and of pall tience, the prophets who spake in the name of the Lord. Behold, we call them blessed which endured: ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord, how that the Lord is full of pity, and merciful
12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by the heaven, nor by the earth, nor by any other oath: but let youryea '_>e yea, and your nay, nay; that ye fall not under judgement.
13 Is any among you suffering? let him pray. Is any cheerful?
14 bt him sing praise. Is any among you sick? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him
15 -with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if
16 he have committed sins, it shall be forgiven him. Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man availeth
17 much-in its working. Elijah was a man of like passions with us, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain; and it rained
18 not on the earth for three years and six months. And he prayed agait; and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
19 My brethren, if any among you do err from the truth, and one
20 convert him; let him know, that he which converteth a sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall cover a multitude of sins.
THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF
1 Peteb, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect who are sojourn
2 ers of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
8 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy begat us again unto a living hope by
4 the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undeflled, and that fadeth not away, re
5 served in heaven for you, who by the power of God are guarded through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last
6 time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while,
7 if need be, ye have been put to grief in mnnifold temptations, that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire, might be found unto praise and
8 glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ: whom not having seen ye love; on whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory; 9 receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of yovr souls.
10 Concerning which salvation the prophets sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto yon:
11 searching what time or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did point unto, when it testified heforehajd ttie sufferings of Christ, and the glories that should follow them.
12 To whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, hut unto you, did they minister these things, which now have been announced unto you through them that preached the gospel unto you by the Holy Ghost sent forth from heaven; which things angels desire to look into.
18 Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be Soikt and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought unto you
14 at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as children of obedience, 'not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts in the time
15 of your ignorance: but like as he which called you is holy, be
16 ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living; because it is
17 written, Ye shall be holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on him as Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to each man's work, pass the time of your sojourning in fear:
18 knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from
19 your fathers; but with precious blood, as of a lamb without
20 blemish and without spot, even the blood of Christ: who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was niani
21 fested at the end of the time3 for your sake, who through him are believers in God, which raised him from the dead, and gave
22 him glory; so that your faith and hope might be in God. Seeing ye have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren,"love one another .from the heart
23 fervently: having been begotten again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which liveth and
24 abideth. For,
All flesh is as grass,
And all the glory thereof as the flower of grass.
The grass withereth, and the flower fallcth:
25 But the word of the Lord abideth for ever.
And this is the word of good tidings which was preached unto you. 2 Putting away therefore all wickedness, and all guile, and hy2 pocrisies. and envies, and all evil speakings, as newlwrn babes, long for the spiritual milk which is without guile, that ye may 8 grow thereby unto salvation; if ye have tasted that the Lord is 4 gracious: unto whom coming, a living stone, rejected indeed of 6 men. but with God elect, precious, ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up 6 spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Because it is contained in scripture.
Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, precious:
7 For you therefore which believe is the preciousness: but for such as disbelieve,
The stone which the builders rejected,
A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence; for they stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also
9 they were appointed. But ye are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God's own possession, that ye may show forth the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into
10 his marvellous light: which in time past were no people, but now are the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 Beloved, I beseech you as sojourners and pilgrims, to abstain
12 from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul: having your behaviour seemly among the Gentiles; that, wherein they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works, which they behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Be subject to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake:
14 whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as sent by Iiim for vengeance on evil-doers and for praise to them that do
15 well. For so is the will of God, that by well-doing ye should put
16 to silence the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not using your freedom for a cloke of wickedness, but as bondservants of
17 God. Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
18 Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only
19 to the good and gentle, but also to the f roward. For this is acceptable, if for conscience toward God a man endureth griefs, suffer
20 ing wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye sin, and are buffeted for it, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye shall take it patiently, this is acceptable
21 with God. For hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his
22 steps: who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: who,
23 when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, threatened not;_but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
24 who his own self bare our sins in his bo4y upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteousness; by
23 whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were going astray like sheep; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
3 In like manner, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, even if any obey not the word, they may without the
2 word be gained by the behaviour of their wives; beholding your
8 chaste behaviour coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be the outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing jewels
4 of gold, or of putting on apparel; but let it be the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible apparel of a meek and quiet
5 spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. For after this manner aforetime the holy women also, who hoped in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:
C as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose children ye now are, if ye do well, and are not put in fear by any terror.
7 Ye husbands, in like manner, dwell with your wives according to knowledge, giving honour unto the woman, as unto the weaker vessel, as being also joint-heirs of the grace of life; to the end that your prayers be not hindered.
8 Finally, be ye all likeminded, compassionate, loving as breth
9 ren, tenderhearted, humbleminded: not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but contrariwise blessing; for hereunto were
10 ye called, that ye should inherit a blessiug. For,
He that would love life,
And see good days,
Let him refrain his tongue from evil,
And his lips that they speak no guile:
11 And let him turn away from evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, And his ears unto their supplication:
But the face of the Lord is upon them that do evil.
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous of that whicli
14 is good? But and if ye should suffer for righteousness' sake,
15 blessed are ye: and fear not their fear, neither be troubled; but sanctify in your hearts Christ as Lord: being ready always to give answer to every man that asketh you a reason concerning the hope
16 that is in you, yet wilh meekness and fear: having a good conscience; that, wherein ye are spoken against, they may be put
17 to shame who revile your good manner of life in Christ. For it is better, if the will of God thould so will, that ye suffer for well
18 doing than for evil-doing. Because Christ also suffered for sins once, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but quickened in the spirit;
19 in which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison,
20 which aforetime were disobedient, when the longsufferiug of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing,
21 wherein few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water: which also after a true likeness doth now save you, even baptism, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the interrogation of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus
22 Christ; who is on the right hand of God, having gone into heaven; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
4 Forasmuch then as Christ suffered in the flesh, arm ye yourselves also with the same mind; for he that hath suffered in the
2 flesh hath ceased from sin; that ye no longer 6hould live the rest of your time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of
3 God. For the time past may suffice to have wrought the desire of the Gentiles, and to have walked in lasciviousness, lusts, wine