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4 bibbings, revelling!!, carousings, and abominable idolatries: wherein they think it strange that ye run not'with them, into the same
5 excess of riot, speaking evil of you: who shall give account to
6 him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For unto this end was the gospel preached even to the dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore of sound
8 mind, and be sober unto prayer: above all things being fervent in n your love among yourselves; for love covereth a multitude of
.|« sins: using hospitality one to another without murmuring: according as each hath received a gift, ministering it among
11 yourselves, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God; if any man speaketh, speaking as it were oracles of God; if any man ministereth, ministering as of the strength which God supplieth: that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, whose is the glory and the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as though a strange
13 thing happened unto you: but insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory
14 also ye may rejoice with exceeding joy. If ye are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are ye; because the Spirit of glory and
15 the Spirit of God resteth upon you. For let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evil-doer, or as a meddler in other
16 men's matters: but if a man suffer as a Christian, let him not
17 be ashamed; but let him glorify God in this name. For the time is come, for judgement to begin at the house of God: and if it begin first at us, what shall be the end of them that obey not the
18 gospel of God? And if the righteous is scarcely saved, where
19 shall the ungodly and sinner appear? Wherefore let them also that suffer according to the will of God commit their souls in welldoing unto a faithful Creator.
6 The elders therefore among you I exhort, who am a fellowelder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, who am also a
2 partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: Tend the flock of God which is among you, exercising the oversight, not of constraint, but willingly, according unto God; nor yet for filth
3 lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as lording it over the charge allotted to you, but making yourselves ensamples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall be manifested, ye shall re
5 ceive the crown of glory that fadeth not away. Likewise, ye younger, be subject unto the elder. Yea, all of you gird yourselves with humility, to serve one another: for God resisteth the
6 proud, biit giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in
7 due time; casting all your anxiety upon him, because he careth
8 for you. Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the dovil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour;
9 whom withstand Btedfast in your faith, knowing that the same suCerings are accomplished in your brethren who arc in the world.
10 And the God of all grace, who called you unto his elerr::il glory in Christ, after that ye have suffered a' little while, shall
11 himself perfect, stablish, strengthen you. To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 I?y Silvan us, our faithful brother, as I account Mm, I have written unto you briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the
13 true grace of God: stand ye fast therein. She that is in Babylon, elect together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Mark my son.
14 Salute one another with a kiss of love.
.Peace be unto you all that are in Christ.
THE SECOND EPISTLE GENERAL OP
1 Simon Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained a like precious faith with us in the righteousness of
2 our God and Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be 8 multiplied in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; seeing that his divine power hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him
4 that called us by his own glory and virtue; whereby he hath granted unto us his precious and exceeding great promises; that through these ye may become partakers of the diviue nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust.
5 Yea, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence. C in your faith supply virtue; and in your virtue knowledge; and
in your knowledge temperance; and in your temperance pa
7 tience; and in your patience godliness; and in yovr godliness love
8 of the brethren; and in your love of the brethren love. For if these things are yours and abound, they make you to be not idle nor unfruitful unto the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9 For he that lacketh these things is blind, seeing only what is
10 near, having forgotten the cleansing from his old sins. Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never stum
11 ble: for thus shall be richly supplied unto you the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I shall be ready always to put you in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and are established
13 in the truth which is with you. And I think it right, as long as I am In this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in
14 remembrance; knowing that the putting off of my tabernacle cometh swiftly, even as our Lord Jesus Christ signified unto
15 me. Yea, I will give diligence that at every time ye may be
16 able after my decease to call these things to remembrance. For we did not follow cuuniugly devised tables, when we made known unto you the power and eomiug of our Lord Jesus Christ,
17 but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in
18 whom I am well pleased: and this voice we ourselves heard come out of heaven, when we were with him in the holy mount.
19 And we have the word of prophecy made more sure; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise
20 in your hearts: knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture
21 is of private interpretation. For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 But there arose false prophets also among the people, as among you also there shall be false teachers, who shall privily bring in destructive heresies, denying even the Master that bought them,
2 bringing upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their lascivious doings; by reason of whom the way of the
.8 truth shall be evil spoken of. And in covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose sentence now from of old lingereth not, and their destruction slumbereth not.
4 For if God spared not angels when they sinned, but cast them down to hell, and committed them to pits of darkness, to be reserved
5 unto judgement; and spared not the ancient world, but preserved Noah with seven others, a preacher of righteousness, when he
6 brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly; and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, having made them an example unto those that
7 should live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, sore distressed
8 by the lascivious life of the wicked (for that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul
9 from day to day with their lawless deeds): the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to keep the unrighteous
10 under punishment unto the day of judgement; but chiefly them that walk after the.flesh in the lust of defilement, and despise dominion. Daring, selfwilled, they tremble not to rail at diirni
11 ties: whereas angels, though greater in might and power, bring
12 not a railing judgement against them hefore the Lord. But these, as creatures without reason, born mere animals to be taken and destroyed, railing in matters whereof they are ignorant, shall in
18 their destroying surely be destroyed, suffering wrong as the hire of wrong-doing; men that count it pleasure to revel in the daytime, spots and blemishes, revelling in their love-feasts while they
14 feast with you; having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; enticing unstedfast souls; having a heart exercised in
15 covetousuess; children of cursing; forsaking the right way, they went astray, having followed the way of Balaam the son of Beor,
16 who loved the hire of wrong-doing; but he was rebuked for his own transgression: a dumb ass spake with mail's voice and stayed
17 the madness of the prophet. These are springs without water, and mists driven by a storm; for whom the blackness of darkness
18 hatli been reserved. For, uttering great swelling words of vanity, they entice in the lusts of the flesh, by lasciviousness, those who
19 are just escaping from them that live in error; promising them liberty, while they themselves are bondservants of corruption; for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he also brought into
20 bondage. For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein and overcome, the last
21 state is become worse with them than the first. For it were better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after knowing it, to turn back from the holy commandment deliv
22 ered unto them. It has happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog turning to his own vomit again, and the sow that had washed to wallowing in the mire.
3 This is now, beloved, the second epistle that I write unto you, and in both of them I stir up your sincere mind by putting you
2 in remembrance; that ye should remember the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and the commandment of the
3 Lord and Saviour through your apostles: knowing this first, that in the last days mockers shall come with mockery, walking after
4 their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for, from the day that the fathers fell asleep, all things continue
5 as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they wilfully forget, that there were heavens from of old, and an earth compacted' out of water and amidst water, by the word of God;
6 by which means the world that then was, being overflowed with
7 water, perished: but the heavens that now are, and the earth, by the same word have been stored up for fire, being reserved against the day of judgement and destruction of ungodly men.
8 But forget not this one thing, beloved, that one day is with the
9 Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness: but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing that any should per
10 ish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall be dissolved with, fervent heat, and the earth and the works that are therein shall
11 be burned up. Seeing that these things are thus all to be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy liv
12 iug and godliness, looking for and earnestly desiring the coming of the day of God, by reason of which the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent
13 heat? But, according to his promise, we look for new heavens and n new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for these things, give diligence that ye may be found in peace, without spot and blame
15 les3 in his sight. And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to
16 the wisdom given to him. wrote unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; wherein are some things hard to be understood, which the ignorant and unstedfast wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, knowing these things beforehand, beware lest, being carried away with the error-of the wicked, ye fall from
18 your own stedfastness. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and for ever. Amen.
THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF
1 That which was from the beginning, that which we have heard, that which we have seen with our eyes, that which we beheld,
2 and our hands handled, concerning the Word of life (and the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare unto you the life, the eternal life, which was with the Father, and
3 was manifested unto us); that which we have seen and heard declare we unto you also, that ye also may have fellowship with us: yea, and our fellowship is with the Father, and with his
4 Son Jesus Christ: and these things we write, that our joy may be fulfilled.
5 And this is the message which we have heard from him, and announce unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness
6 at ail. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in
7 the darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another,
8 and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is
9 not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to 10 forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If
we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 2 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye may