The First Epistle of St. Peter the Apostle (Author Peter)

1:1¤ Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers dispersed through Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, elect,

1:2According to the foreknowledge of God the Father, unto the sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. Grace unto you and peace be multiplied.

1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy hath regenerated us unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead:

1:4Unto an inheritance, incorruptible, and undefiled and that cannot fade, reserved in heaven for you,

1:5Who, by the power of God, are kept by faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.

1:6Wherein you shalt greatly rejoice, if now you must be for a little time made sorrowful in divers temptations:

1:7That the trial of your faith (much more precious than gold which is tried by the fire) may be found unto praise and glory and honour at the appearing of Jesus Christ.

1:8Whom having not seen, you love: in whom also now though you see him not, you believe and, believing, shall rejoice with joy unspeakable and glorified;

1:9Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

1:10Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and diligently searched, who prophesied of the grace to come in you.

1:11Searching what or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ in them did signify, when it foretold those sufferings that are in Christ and the glories that should follow.

1:12To whom it was revealed that, not to themselves but to you, they ministered those things which are now declared to you by them that have preached the gospel to you: the Holy Ghost being sent down from heaven, on whom the angels desire to look.

1:13Wherefore, having the loins of your mind girt up, being sober, trust perfectly in the grace which is offered you in the revelation of Jesus Christ.

1:14As children of obedience, not fashioned according to the former desires of your ignorance,

1:15But according to him that hath called you, who is holy, be you also in all manner of conversation holy:

1:16Because it is written: You shall be holy, for I am holy.

1:17And if you invoke as Father him who, without respect of persons, judgeth according to every one's work: converse in fear during the time of your sojourning here.

1:18Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, as gold or silver, from your vain conversation of the tradition of your fathers:

1:19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled

1:20Foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but manifested in the last times for you:

1:21Who through him are faithful in God who raised him up from the dead and hath given him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God.

1:22Purifying your souls in the obedience of charity, with a brotherly love, from a sincere heart love one another earnestly:

1:23Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible, by the word of God who liveth and remaineth for ever.

1:24For all flesh is as grass and all the glory thereof as the flower of grass. The grass is withered and the flower thereof is fallen away.

1:25But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel hath been preached unto you.

2:1¤ Wherefore laying away all malice and all guile and dissimulations and envies and all detractions,

2:2As newborn babes, desire the rational milk without guile, that thereby you may grow unto salvation:

2:3If so be you have tasted that the Lord is sweet.

2:4Unto whom coming, as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men but chosen and made honourable by God:

2:5Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

2:6Wherefore it is said in the scripture: Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious. And he that shall believe in him shall not be confounded.

2:7To you therefore that believe, he is honour: but to them that believe not, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is made the head of the corner:

2:8And a stone of stumbling and a rock of scandal, to them who stumble at the word, neither do believe, whereunto also they are set.

2:9But you are a chosen generation, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people: that you may declare his virtues, who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

2:10Who in time past were not a people: but are now the people of God. Who had not obtained mercy: but now have obtained mercy.

2:11Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires which war against the soul,

2:12Having your conversation good among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by the good works which they shall behold in you, glorify God in the day of visitation.

2:13Be ye subject therefore to every human creature for God's sake: whether it be to the king as excelling,

2:14Or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of the good.

2:15For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:

2:16As free and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God.

2:17Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

2:18Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle but also to the froward.

2:19For this is thankworthy: if, for conscience towards God, a man endure sorrows, suffering wrongfully.

2:20For what glory is it, if, committing sin and being buffeted for it, you endure? But if doing well you suffer patiently: this is thankworthy before God.

2:21For unto this are you called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow his steps.

2:22Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.

2:23Who, when he was reviled, did not revile: when he suffered, he threatened not, but delivered himself to him that judged him unjustly.

2:24Who his own self bore our sins in his body upon the tree: that we, being dead to sins, should live to justice: by whose stripes you were healed.

2:25For you were as sheep going astray: but you are now converted to the shepherd and bishop of your souls.

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