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] Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers
scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and
] Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father,
through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood
of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant
mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus
Christ from the dead,
] To an inheritance incorruptible, and
undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be
revealed in the last time.
] Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now
for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold
] That the trial of your faith, being much more
precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be
found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus
] Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see
him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of
] Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your
] Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched
diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto
] Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ
which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of
Christ, and the glory that should follow.
] Unto whom it was
revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things,
which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you
with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to
] Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober,
and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the
revelation of Jesus Christ;
] As obedient children, not fashioning
yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of
] Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am
] And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of
persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning
here in fear:
] Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with
corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by
tradition from your fathers;
] But with the precious blood of
Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
] Who verily
was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these
last times for you,
] Who by him do believe in God, that raised him
up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in
] Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth
through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one
another with a pure heart fervently:
] Being born again, not of
corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and
abideth for ever.
] For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of
man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth
] But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the
word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
] Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and
hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
] As newborn babes,
desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
] To whom coming, as
unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and
] Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual
house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God
by Jesus Christ.
] Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture,
Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that
believeth on him shall not be confounded.
] Unto you therefore which
believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the
builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the
word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of
darkness into his marvellous light:
] Which in time past were not a
people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now
have obtained mercy.
] Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers
and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the
] Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that,
whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which
they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the
king, as supreme;
] Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent
by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do
] For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put
to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
] As free, and not using
your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of
] Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the
] Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not
only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
] For this is
thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering
] For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for
your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for
it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
] For even
hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an
example, that ye should follow his steps:
] Who did no sin, neither
was guile found in his mouth:
] Who, when he was reviled, reviled
not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him
that judgeth righteously:
] Who his own self bare our sins in his
own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto
righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
] For ye were as
sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your
] Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own
husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won
by the conversation of the wives;
] While they behold your chaste
conversation coupled with fear.
] Whose adorning let it not be that
outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on
] But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that
which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is
in the sight of God of great price.
] For after this manner in the
old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in
subjection unto their own husbands:
] Even as Sara obeyed Abraham,
calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not
afraid with any amazement.
] Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them
according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel,
and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not
] Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
] Not rendering
evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that
ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil,
and his lips that they speak no guile:
] Let him eschew evil, and
do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
] For the eyes of the
Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the
face of the Lord is against them that do evil.
] And who is he that
will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
] But and
if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their
terror, neither be troubled;
] But sanctify the Lord God in your
hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a
reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:
a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they
may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in
] For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye
suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
] For Christ also hath
once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God,
being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:
which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days
of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were
saved by water.
] The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also
now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a
good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ:
Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities
and powers being made subject unto him.
] Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the
flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in
the flesh hath ceased from sin;
] That he no longer should live the
rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of
] For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought
the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of
wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:
they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot,
speaking evil of you:
] Who shall give account to him that is ready
to judge the quick and the dead.
] For for this cause was the gospel
preached also to them that are 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 sober, and watch unto
] And above all things have fervent charity among
yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
hospitality one to another without grudging.
] As every man hath
received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of
the manifold grace of God.
] If any man speak, let him speak as the
oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God
giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be
praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
] Beloved, think it
not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some
strange thing happened unto you:
] But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are
partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may
be glad also with exceeding joy.
] If ye be reproached for the name
of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on
their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is
] But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a
thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's
] Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be
ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
] For the time is
come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us,
what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner
] Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of
God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful
] The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also
an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the
glory that shall be revealed:
] Feed the flock of God which is among
you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for
filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
] Neither as being lords over
God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
] And when the
chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not
] Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea,
all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God
resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.
yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due
] Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for
] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished
in your brethren that are in the world.
] But the God of all grace,
who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have
suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle
] To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
] By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I
have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of
God wherein ye stand.
] The church that is at Babylon, elected
together with you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you all that are in Christ