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1 Peter 1:1–3:12

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*Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to athe strangers bscattered throughout cPontus, dGalatia, cCappadocia, cAsia, and eBithynia, fElect according to gthe foreknowledge of God the Father, hthrough sanctification of the Spirit, unto iobedience and ksprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: lGrace unto you, and mpeace, be multiplied.

nBlessed be othe God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which paccording to his abundant mercy qhath begotten us again unto ra lively hope sby the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To tan inheritance uincorruptible, and undefiled, and wthat fadeth not away, xreserved yin heaven ||for you, Who are zkept by the power of God athrough faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein bye greatly crejoice, dthough now efor a season, if need be, cye are in heaviness through fmanifold temptations: That gthe trial of your faith, being much more precious than hof gold that perisheth, hthough it be tried iwith fire, might be found unto jpraise and khonour and kglory lat the appearing of Jesus Christ: mWhom having not seen, ye love; in whom, nthough now ye see him not, yet believing, oye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: pReceiving qthe end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 10 Of which salvation rthe prophets shave inquired and searched diligently, twho prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: 11 Searching uwhat, or what manner of time vthe Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, wwhen it testified beforehand xythe sufferings of Christ, and yzthe glory that should follow. 12 aUnto whom it was revealed, that bnot 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 cthe Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; dwhich things the angels desire to elook into.

13 Wherefore fgird up the loins of your mind, gbe sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you hat the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As iobedient children, knot fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts lin your ignorance: 15 But mas he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of nconversation; 16 Because it is written, oBe ye holy; for I am holy. 17 And if ye call on the Father, who pwithout respect of persons qjudgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your rsojourning here in sfear: 18 Forasmuch as ye know that tye were not redeemed uwith corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain nconversation vreceived by tradition from your fathers; 19 But wwith the precious blood of Christ, as of xa lamb ywithout blemish and without spot: 20 zWho verily was foreordained abefore the foundation of the world, but was manifest bin these last times for you, 21 cWho by him do believe in God, dthat raised him up from the dead, and egave him glory; fthat your faith and hope might be in God. 22 Seeing ye have gpurified your souls in hobeying the truth through the Spirit iunto jlunfeigned klove of the brethren, see that ye love one another lwith a pure heart mfervently: 23 nBeing born again, onot of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, pby xthe word of God, qwhich liveth and rabideth for ever. 24 ||For sall flesh is as grass, and tall the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 uBut xthe word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is xthe word which by the gospel is preached unto you.

2 Wherefore alaying aside all bmalice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all cevil speakings, dAs newborn babes, desire the esincere fmilk gof the word, that hye may grow thereby: If so be ye have itasted that the Lord is kgracious. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, ldisallowed indeed of men, but lmchosen of God, and lprecious, Ye also, as lively stones, ||mmare built up na spiritual house, oan holy priesthood, pto offer up spiritual sacrifices, qacceptable to God rby Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in sthe scripture, tBehold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: uand vhe that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe ||he is precious: but unto wthem which be disobedient, xthe stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And ya stone of zstumbling, and a rock of zoffence, even to them which stumble at the word, wbeing disobedient: awhereunto also they bwere appointed. But ye are ca chosen generation, da royal priesthood, ean holy nation, ||fa peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the ||gpraises of hhim who hath called you iout of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 kWhich in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

11 Dearly beloved, lI beseech you mas nstrangers and opilgrims, pabstain from qfleshly lusts, rwhich war against the soul; 12 sHaving your tconversation honest among the Gentiles: that, ||uwhereas they speak against you as wevildoers, they may xby your good works, which they shall ybehold, zglorify God in the day of avisitation. 13 bSubmit yourselves to every ordinance of man cfor the Lord’s sake: whether it be to the king, as bdsupreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him efor the punishment of evildoers, and ffor the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is gthe will of God, that hwith well doing ye may iput to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16 kAs free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as lthe servants of God. 17 ||mHonour all men. Love nthe brotherhood. oFear God. opHonour the king. 18 qServants, rbe subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and sgentle, but also to the tfroward. 19 For this is ||thankworthy, uif a man vfor conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For wwhat glory is it, if, when ye be xbuffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, wwhen ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is ||acceptable with God. 21 For even yhereunto zwere ye called: because aChrist also suffered ||for us, bleaving us an cexample, that ye should follow dhis steps: 22 eWho did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23 fWho, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but ||gcommitted himself to him that judgeth righteously: 24 hWho his own self bare our sins in his own body ||on ithe tree, kthat we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: lby whose mstripes ye were healed. 25 For nye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned ounto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

3 aLikewise, bye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any cobey not the word, dthey also may without the word be ewon by the fconversation of the wives; While they gbehold your chaste fconversation coupled with fear. Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of hplaiting the hair, and of hwearing of gold, or of hputting on of apparel; But let it be ithe 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 ktrusted in God, adorned themselves, bbeing in subjection unto their own husbands: Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, lcalling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and mare not afraid with any namazement. Likewise, oye husbands, pdwell with them according to qknowledge, giving rhonour unto the wife, as unto the weaker svessel, and as being theirs together of the grace of life; uthat your prayers be not hindered.

Finally, be ye vall of one mind, whaving compassion one of another, ||love as brethren, be xpitiful, be courteous: yNot rendering evil for evil, or zrailing for railing: but contrariwise ablessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, bthat ye should inherit a blessing. 10 For che that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: 11 dLet him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and ehis ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil.

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a

ch. 2:11. Heb. 11:13 in the Gk.

b

See James 1:1.

c

See Acts 2:9.

d

See Acts 16:6.

c

See Acts 2:9.

c

See Acts 2:9.

e
f

ch. 2:9. See Luke 18:7.

g
h
i

ver. 14, 22. See Rom. 16:26.

k
l
m
n
o

See Rom. 15:6.

p

See Tit. 3:5.

Gr. much. 2 Cor. 8:15, &c.

q

ver. 23 (Gk.). See John 3:3.

r
s
t
u
w

Wisd. 6:12. So ch. 5:4.

x
y
||

Or, for us.

z
a

See Eph. 2:8.

b
c

So 2 Cor. 6:10. ch. 4:13.

d

See Rom. 8:18.

e

ch. 5:10. So 1 Tim. 4:8 marg.

c

So 2 Cor. 6:10. ch. 4:13.

f

James 1:2 (Gk.).

g
h
h
i
j
k
k
l

ver. 13 (Gk.). See 1 Cor. 1:7. So ch. 4:13.

m

Comp. 1 John 4:20.

n

See John 20:29. Comp. Heb. 11:1, 27.

o
p
q
r

See Rom. 1:2.

s
t
u
v
w
x
y
y
z
a

Comp. Dan. 12:4, 9, 13.

b
c
d
e
f

See Eph. 6:14.

g

ch. 4:7. & 5:8. See 1 Thess. 5:6.

Gr. perfectly.

h

See ver. 7.

i

ver. 22. See ver. 2.

k

Rom. 12:2 (Gk.). So ch. 4:2, 3.

l
m
n

ver. 18. See Gal. 1:13.

o

Cited from Lev. 11:44, which see.

p
q

See Ps. 62:12.

r

So Heb. 11:13. ch. 2:11.

s

ch. 3:15. See Rom. 11:20.

t

See Rom. 3:24.

u
n

ver. 18. See Gal. 1:13.

v
w
x
y
z
a
b
c
d

See Acts 2:24.

e
f

See Rom. 4:25.

g
h

ver. 2, 13.

i
j

See Rom. 12:9.

l
k

See Heb. 13:1. So ch. 2:17. & 3:8.

l
m

So ch. 4:8.

n

See ver. 3. Comp. ch. 2:2.

o
p
x

Comp. Acts 10:36, 37 in the Gk. with ver. 23, 25.

q

Comp. Heb. 4:12.

r
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Or, For that. Gk. as ver. 16. James 4:3.

s

Cited from Isai. 40:6, 8, which see. Cited also James 1:11.

t
u
x

Comp. Acts 10:36, 37 in the Gk. with ver. 23, 25.

x

Comp. Acts 10:36, 37 in the Gk. with ver. 23, 25.

a

James 1:21. See Eph. 4:22. Comp. ch. 4:2.

b

ver. 16 (Gk.). Eph. 4:31.

c
d

See Matt. 18:3. Comp. 1 Tim. 4:6. ch. 1:23.

e

So 2 Cor. 4:2 (Gk.).

f
g

Rom. 12:1 (Gk.).

h
i
k

See Luke 6:35.

l

See ver. 6, 7.

l

See ver. 6, 7.

m

Wisd. 3:14 marg.

l

See ver. 6, 7.

||

Or, be ye built. As Phil. 2:15. 1 John 2:29 in the marg.

mm
n

See Heb 3:6.

o

See ver. 9.

p
q
r

ch. 4:11 (Gk.). See Eph. 5:20.

s
t

Cited from Isai. 28:16 (Gk.).

u

Cited also Rom. 9:33. & 10:11.

v

See Ps. 2:12.

||

Or, he is an honour. ch. 1:7.

w

ver. 8. See Heb. 11:31 marg.

x

Cited from Ps. 118:22, which see.

y

Cited from Isai. 8:14. See Luke 2:34. Cited also Rom. 9:33.

z
z
w

ver. 8. See Heb. 11:31 marg.

a
b
c

Deut. 10:15. See ch. 1:2.

d
e
||

Or, a purchased people. So Eph. 1:14.

f
||

Or, virtues. 2 Pet. 1:3.

g

Isai. 42:12. & 43:21 in the Gk.

h

ver. 21. See Rom. 8:30.

i
k
l

See Rom. 12:1.

m
n

Eph. 2:19 (Gk.). See ch. 1:17.

o

See ch. 1:1.

p
q
r

See James 4:1.

s

So Phil. 2:15. Tit. 2:8. ver. 15. See Rom. 12:17.

t

See Gal. 1:13. Comp. James 3:13.

||

Or, wherein. Heb. 2:18. ch. 3:19. & 4:4 in the Gk.

u

ch. 3:16. So Acts 28:22. ch. 4:14.

w

John 18:30 (Gk.). ver. 14. ch. 3:16. & 4:15.

x
y

ch. 3:2. So 2 Pet. 1:16.

z
a
b

See Rom. 13:1.

c

Comp. ch. 3:1.

b

See Rom. 13:1.

d

Wisd. 6:5 (Gk.).

e
f
g

ch. 3:17. & 4:2, 19. See 1 Thess. 4:3.

h

See ver. 12.

i
k

See Gal. 5:1.

Gr. having.

l
||

Or, Esteem. So Wisd. 12:7.

m
n

ch. 5:9 (Gk.). See ch. 1:22.

o
o
p
q

See Acts 10:7.

r

See Eph. 6:5.

s

See Phil. 4:5.

t
||

Or, thank. ver. 20. See Luke 6:32.

u
v

Rom. 13:5 (Gk.).

w

ch. 3:14. & 4:14, 15.

x
w

ch. 3:14. & 4:14, 15.

||

Or, thank. ver. 19.

y
z

See ver. 9.

a

ch. 3:18.

||

Some read, for you.

b
c

2 Macc. 2:28 (Gk.).

d
e
f
||

Or, committed his cause.

g
h

Cited from Isai. 53:4. Cited also Matt. 8:17. So Isai. 53:11. Heb. 9:28. ch. 3:18. Comp. 2 Esdr. 13:26.

||

Or, to. ver. 25 (Gk.).

i

See Acts 5:30.

k

See Rom. 6:2.

l

Cited from Isai. 53:5. See Rom. 4:25.

m

Ecclus. 23:10. & 28:17 in the Gk.

n

Cited from Isai. 53:6. See Matt. 9:36.

o

ch. 5:4. See Ezek. 34:23.

a

Comp. ch. 2:13.

b
c

ver. 20. See Heb. 11:31 marg.

d
e
f

ver. 2, 16. See Gal. 1:13.

g

See ch. 2:12.

f

ver. 2, 16. See Gal. 1:13.

h
h
h
i
k
b
l

Gr. children.

m

Prov. 3:25 (Gk.). So ver. 14, or Eph. 5:33 (Gk.).

n

So 1 Macc. 3:25 (Gk.).

o
p

Comp. 1 Cor. 7:3.

q
r
s
t

See ch. 1:4.

u

Comp. 1 Cor. 7:5.

v
w

So Heb. 4:15 (Gk.). & 10:34.

||

Or, loving to the brethren. See ch. 1:22.

x

Eph. 4:32 (Gk.). So Col. 3:12.

y
z

Comp. ch. 2:23. See 1 Cor. 5:11.

a
b
c

Cited from Ps. 34:12–16, which see.

d
e

Gr. upon. Comp. Ps. 34:16 (Heb.).