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FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL
CHAP, I .
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the sojourners scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia,
2 and Bithynia; elect*, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctification of the spirit, to obedience, and to the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: favour and peace be multiplied to you.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, according to his great mercy, hath begotten us again to a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus
4 Christ from the dead; even to an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and unfadingt, reserved in heaven
5 for you, who are kept by the power of God, through your faith, to salvation ready to be revealed in the last
6 time: wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a short time (if need be) ye be grieved by various trials;
7 that the proof of your faith, which is a much more precious flroqf than that of gold, which perisheth though proved by fire, may be found to praise, and honour, and
8 glory, at the manifestation of Jesus Christ; whom, though ye have not known him, ye love; in whom,
* i. e. chosen, N. m.
t to an incorruptible, and undented, and unfading inheritanee, V
though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with 9 gladness unspeakable, and full of glory; being to receive the end of your faith, even the salvation of your
10 souls*. Of which salvation the prophets, who prophesied concerning the favour of God which was to come unto
11 you, inquired and searched diligently ;, searching what time, or what kind of time, the spirit of Christ t which was in them signified, when it witnessed beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glories which were to fol
12 low: to whom it was revealed, that they ministered not to themselves, but to you \, the things which have now been told you, by those, that have preached the gospel to you through the holy spirit sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into||.
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and fully hope for the gracious gift which will be given
14 you at the manifestation of Jesus Christ; as obedient childrenK, not fashioning yourselves according to your
15 former desires in your ignorance: but according as he that hath called you, is holy, be ye also holy in all your
16 behaviour: because it is written, "Be ye holy; for I am
17 holy." And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every one's work,
18 pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: knowing that ye were not redeemed** with corruptible things, as with silver and gold, from your vain behaviour delivered
19 down by your fathers; but with the precious blood of
20 Christ, as of a spotless and unblemished lamb : who was
* i. e. yourselves. N. m.
t i.e. the spirit which prophesicd coneerning Christ. Sce tindsey's Seq. p. 231. % ns, N. and R. T.
| Perhaps the meaning of the apostle may be, that the messengers who are now employed to promulgate this glorious doctrine, eannot fully comprchend its import, and are desirous of improving their acquaintanee with it. See Eph. iii. 18, 19.
t Gr. children of obedicuce.
•• i.e. delivered from your former state of heathenism, prejudice, and rice, by the gospel; which was ratified with the blood of Christ.
foreknown* indeed before the foundation of the world,
21 but was manifested in these last times for your sake, who by him believe in God that raised him from the dead, and gave him glory; so that your faith and hope are in
22 God. Having therefore purified your souls by obeying the truth [through the spirit] to unfeigned brotherlykindness, see that ye love one another with a pure heart
23 fervently; having been born again, not from corruptible seed but from incorruptible, by that word of God which
24 liveth and remaineth t- For "all flesh is as the herb, and all its glory \ as the flower of the herb: the herb
25 withereth, and its flower falleth off: but the word of the Lord remaineth for ever:" and this is the word which is preached to you by the gospel.
Ch. Ii. Wherefore lay aside all maliciousness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil-speakings, and,
2 as new-born babes, earnestly desire the sincere spiritual
3 milk, that ye may grow thereby to salvation: since ye
4 have tasted that the Lord is kind. Coming to whom as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but elect and
5 honourable with God, ye also as living stones, being built up, are a spiritual temple, and an holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Je
6 sus Christ. Wherefore it is contained in the scripture, "Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner-stone, elect, honourable: and he that believeth on him || shall not be
7 ashamed." To you therefore who believe, he is honourable"!: but to those who disbelieve, "that stone which the builders rejected, is become the head of the corner,"
8 and "a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence," even to those who stumble at the word; disbelieving that to
9 which they were even appointed. But ye are an elect generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a pur
chased people; that ye may shew forth the virtues of him who hath called you out of darkness into his wonder
10 ful light: who in time past were not a people*, but are now the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 Beloved, I beseech you as strangers and sojourners, to abstain from carnal desires, which war against the soul;
12 having your behaviour good among the gentiles: that, in whatsoever they speak against you as evil-doers, because of your good works which they have seen, they
13 may glorify God in the day of visitation. Submit yourselves therefore to every appointment of man for the sake
14 of the Lord: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or to governors, as to them that are sent by him for the punishment of those who do evil, and for the praise of
15 those who do well. For so is the will of God, that by well-doing ye put to silence the ignorance of inconsi
16 derate men: as free, and not using your freedom for a
17 cloke of wickedness, but as the servants of God. Honour all men: love the brotherhood: fear God: honour the king.
18 Servants t, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
19 For this is well-pleasingf, if a man for conscience toward
20 God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye are beaten for your faults, ye shall bear it patiently? But if, when ye do well and suffer, ye shall
21 bear it patiently, this is well-pleasing to God. For to this ye were calledll: because even Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that ye should follow his
22 steps: who did no sin, nor was guile found in his mouth;
* * Tim language is applieable to gentiles only. Sec also ch. i. 18. lr. 3." Newcome.
t Gr. Domestic,, N. m.
t Or, worthy of reward—Lake vi 33. Wakefield. N m.
23 who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, threatened not; but committed himself to him
24 that judgeth righteously : and himself bare our sins in his own body on the cross*, that we should die to sins, and live to righteousness: by whose stripes ye have been
25 healed. For ye were as sheep going astray; but ye are now turned to the shepherd and guardian t of your souls.
Ch. Hi. In like manner, ye wives, be subject to your own hushands; that, if any believe not the word, they also, without preaching the word, may be won by the beha
2 viour of their wives; having seen your chaste behaviour
3 joined with reverence. Let not whose ornament be that outward one, of plaiting the hair, and of wearing gold,
4 or of putting on apparel; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, in the incorruptible ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which \ in the sight of God is of great price.
5 For thus the holy women also, who trusted in God, formerly adorned themselves, being subject to their own
6 husbands; as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him her lord ||: and ye are her children while ye do well, and are not moved with any terror.
7 In like manner, ye hushands, dwell together with your wives according to prudence, giving honour to the woman as to the more infirm personf, and as beingjointheirs with her of the gift of life; that your prayers be not hindered.
8 Finally, be all of the same mind, be compassionate, be full of brotherly kindness, be tenderly affectioned, be
9 humble-mindedtt: not rendering evil for evil, or reviling for reviling; but, on the contrary, uttering blessings: knowing that ye are hereunto called f f, that ye may in
• Gr. tree, N. m. i. e. lie removed them and carried them away: so Christ is said, Matt. viii. 17, "to hear our sicknesses"- when he healed them by hi, miraculom powert So N. in. Overseer. N. Or, bisliop. t whir'' spirit, S.
(i Or, her master: N. ra. % Gr. vessel, N,m. tt be courteous, R.T.
tt Or, for ye arc hercunto called, MSS, N. ra.