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1*I PETER, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect who are sojourners of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cap+2 padocia, 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.


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 the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the 4 dead, "unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5) "who by the power of God are guarded through faith unto 6 a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. "Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, ye have been put to grief in manifold 'tempta(7) tions, "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 glory and honour at the 8) 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 9 glory "receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation. 10 of your souls. "Concerning which salvation the prophets sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the 11 grace that should come unto you: searching what time or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did point unto, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glories that should follow them.

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(12) "To whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but 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.


Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be sober and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be 14 brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; "as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts in the time of your ignorance : (15 "but like as he which called you is holy, be ye yourselves 16) also holy in all manner of living; "because it is written, (17 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 (18) in fear: "knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver or gold, from your vain manner of life handed down from your fathers; "but with precious blood, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot, 20 even the blood of Christ: "who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was manifested at (21 the end of the times for your sake, "who through him are believers in God, which raised him from the dead, and gave him glory; so that your faith and hope might (22 be in God. "Seeing ye have purified your souls in your

obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the breth(23 ren, love one another 5 from the heart fervently : "having been begotten again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which liveth and (24 abideth. "For,

3 Gr. is being brought. 4 Or, like the "Many ancient authorities read from a clean heart.

1 Gr. in.
Or, Holy Spirit
Holy One which called you
6 Or, God who liveth

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2 I


All flesh is as grass,

And all the glory thereof as the flower of grass.
The grass withereth, and the flower falleth:
"But the word of the Lord abideth for ever.
And this is the 'word of good tidings which was preached

unto you.

Putting away therefore all wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, 'as newborn babes, long for the 'spiritual milk which is with(3 out guile, that ye may grow thereby unto salvation; "if (4 ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious: 'unto whom coming, a living stone, rejected indeed of men, but with 5 God elect, precious, "ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus (6 Christ. "Because it is contained in scripture,


18 For

Behold, I lay in Zion a chief corner stone, elect, 'pre


And he that believeth on "him shall not be put to shame.

you therefore which believe is the preciousness: but for such as disbelieve,

(8 "and,

The stone which the builders rejected,

The same was made the head of the corner;

A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence;


10 for they stumble at the word, being disobedient: (9 whereunto also 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 shew forth the excel1 Gr. saying. ? Or, malice 3 Gr. reasonable. 4 Or, honourable spiritual house for a holy priesthood 6 Or, a scripture 'Or, it your sight 9 Or, honour 10 Gr. who. 11 Or, stumble, being disobedient to the word

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lencies of him who called you out of darkness into his 10) 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 from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; (12 "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.


Be subject to every 1ordinance of man for the Lord's (14 sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; "or unto governors, as sent by him for vengeance on evil-doers 15 and for praise to them that do well. "For so is the will of God, that by well-doing ye should put to silence the (16 ignorance of foolish men: "as free, and not using your freedom for a cloke of wickedness, but as bondservants of God. "Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.



5 Servants, be in subjection to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the 19) froward. "For this is "For this is acceptable, if for conscience toward God a man endureth griefs, suffering wrongfully. 20 '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 accept(21 able with God. "For hereunto were ye called: because

Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, that 22 ye should follow his steps: "who did no sin, neither was (23 guile found in his mouth : "who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, threatened not; but (24 committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: "who

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2 Gr. through.
6 Gr. grace.

3 Gr. having.
"Gr. of.

4 Or, malice 5 Gr. House8 Or, his cause

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his own self 1bare our sins in his body upon the tree, that we, having died unto sins, might live unto righteous25) ness; by 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 (1 In like manner, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, even if any obey not the word, they may without the word be gained by the behaviour of their (2 wives; "beholding your chaste behaviour coupled with (3 fear. "Whose adorning let it not be the outward adorn

ing of plaiting the hair, and of wearing jewels of gold, (4 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 (6 to their own husbands: "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.



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.


Finally, be ye all likeminded, compassionate, loving (9 as brethren, tenderhearted, humbleminded: "not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but contrariwise blessing; for hereunto were ye called, that ye should into herit a blessing. "For,


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