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He that would love life,

And see good days,

Let him refrain his tongue from evil,

And his lips that they speak no guile :

"And let him turn away from evil, and do good;
Let him seek peace, and pursue it.

"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. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be zealous 14 of that which is good? "But and if ye should suffer for righteousness' sake, blessed are ye: and fear not their fear, (15) 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 that is in (16 you, yet with meekness and fear: "having a good conscience; that, wherein ye are spoken against, they may be put to shame who revile your good manner of life in 17 Christ. "For it is better, if the will of God should so will, that ye suffer for well-doing than for evil-doing. (18) "Because Christ also 1 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 (20 prison, "which aforetime were disobedient, when the long


suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls, were 21) 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 1 Many ancient authorities read died. Or, into which few, that is, eight souls, were brought safely through water 3 Or, in the antitype 4 Or, inquiry Or, appeal


A. V.-10 will; II eschew..ensue; 12 over..(are open).. prayers..against; 13 | followers; 14 of..terror; 15 (the).. | God |....[and] be....(an)..of; 16 whereas they speak evil | [of you, as of evil doers].. ashamed that falsely accuse..conversation; 17 | be | ; 18 For.. (hath); 19 By; 20 sometime.. [once]; 21 | The || like figure | whereunto [..] us |

(22) Christ; "who is on the right hand of God, having gone into heaven; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.


Forasmuch then as Christ suffered in the flesh, arm ye yourselves also with the same 'mind; for he that hath 2 suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; "that 'ye no longer should live the rest of your time in the flesh to the (3 lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past may suffice to have wrought the desire of the Gentiles, and to have walked in lasciviousness, lusts, winebibbings, 4 revellings, carousings, and abominable idolatries: "wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them into 5 the same *excess of riot, speaking evil of you: "who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and 6 the dead. "For unto this end 5 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.




But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore of sound mind, and be sober unto prayer: "above all things being fervent in your love among yourselves; for 9 love covereth a multitude of sins: "using hospitality one (10 to another without murmuring: "according as each hath

received a gift, ministering it among yourselves, as good (11) stewards of the manifold grace of God; 'if any man speak

eth, 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.

1 Or, thought
his time


2 Some ancient authorities read unto sins. 8 Or, he no longer. . 4 Or, flood Or, were the good tidings preached 6 Gr. prayers. Gr. unto the ages of the ages.

A.V.—22 is..(and).——CH. IV. 1 (hath).. [for us]..likewise; 2 | he |..| his | ; 3 [of our life]..(us).. will . . when we..excess of wine.. banquetings; 4 to; 6 for..cause..also.. them that are; 7 sober.. watch; 8 [And] | shall cover | the; 9 Use..grudging |; 10 every man..the..(even so) minister the same one to another; II speak, (let him) speak..(the)..minister, let him do whom be praise.

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial among you, which cometh upon you to prove you, as 13) though a strange thing happened unto you: "but insomuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of his glory also ye may rejoice (14) with exceeding joy. "If ye are reproached 1for 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 16 meddler in other men's matters: "but if a man suffer as a Christian, let him not 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 gospel (18 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 well-doing unto a faithful Creator.

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The elders therefore among you I exhort, who am a fellow-elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, who am also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: (2 "Tend the flock of God which is among you, exercising the oversight, not of constraint, but willingly, according unto God; nor yet for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; (3 "neither as lording it over the charge allotted to you, but 4 making yourselves ensamples to the flock. "And when the chief Shepherd shall be manifested, ye shall receive the crown of glory that fadeth not away. 14 Likewise, ye younger, be subject unto the elder. Yea, all of you gird yourselves with humility, to serve one another for God


1 Gr. in.

Some ancient authorities omit exercising the oversight.

3 Some

4 Or, Likewise . . . elder; yea,

ancient authorities omit according unto God.
all of you one to another. Gird yourselves with humility

A. V. 12 is..try.. some; 13 inasmuch. . when.. shall be revealed. .be glad; 14 be.. happy..for..[on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified]; 15 But..(as)..(as)..busybody; 16 Yet..any..on.. | behalf |; 17 that..must; 18 be..(the); 19 (the keeping of)..(to him)..[as].—CH. V. I | which | (are)..(also) an elder..(and); 2 Feed..taking..(thereof); 3 being lords..(God's) heritage.. being; 4 appear ..a; 5 submit yourselves.. [be subject]..] to |..(and) be clothed.

resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble. 6 "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of 7 God, that he may exalt you in due time; "Casting all your (8 anxiety upon him, because he careth for you. "Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, 9 walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: "whom withstand stedfast in 1your faith, knowing that the same sufferings are accomplished in your brethren who are in (10) the world. "And the God of all grace, who called you




unto his eternal glory in Christ, after that ye have suffered a little while, shall himself perfect, stablish, strengthen (11 you. "To him be the dominion for ever and ever. Amen. 12) By Silvanus, our faithful brother, as I account him, I have written unto you briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God: stand ye fast therein. 18 She that is in Babylon, elect together with you, salut-. (14 eth you; and so doth Mark my son. "Salute one another with a kiss of love.


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A.V.-and; 7 care. . for; 8 vigilant ; [because]; 9 resist.. the ..afflictions..that; ro But..(hath).. us | [Jesus]..(make). [settle] (you); 11 [glory and]; 12 a.. suppose .. wherein; 13 The Marcus; 14 Greet (ye) [Jesus. Amen].





1(1) SIMON Peter, a 2 servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained a like precious faith with us in the righteousness of our God and Saviour Jesus Christ: "Grace to you and peace be multiplied in the knowledge of (3 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 that called us 4) 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 divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world by lust. "Yea, and for this very cause adding on your part all diligence, in your faith supply virtue; and in 6 your virtue knowledge; "and in your knowledge temperance; and in your temperance patience; and in your pa7 tience godliness; "and in your godliness love of the breth8 ren; 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. (9 Christ. "For he that lacketh these things is blind, seeing only what is near, having forgotten the cleansing from 10) his old sins. "Wherefore, brethren, give the more diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these 11) things, ye shall never stumble: "for thus shall be richly 1 Many ancient authorities read Symeon. 2 Gr. bondservant. 3 Gr. an equally precious. 4 Or, our God and the Saviour 5 Some ancient authorities read through glory and virtue. 6 Or, a Or, self-control 8 Or, closing his eyes



A. V.—CH. I. 1 (an)..through; 2 unto..through; 3 According as..given..(hath). . to; 4 are be.. through; 5 beside.. giving.. add to.. to; 6 to; 7 to..brotherly brotherly kindness charity; 8 be in you..that ye shall neither..barren.. in; 9 But..(and) cannot see afar off, (and) hath..that he was purged ; to rather..fall; II so an..ministered.

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