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Of briding the tongue. 8 If ye fulfil the royal law according to any man offend not in worel, the same is the scripturé, Thou shalt love thy neigh a perfect man, and able also to bridle bour as thyself, ye do well :

the whole body. 9 But if ye have respect to persons, ye 3 Behold, we put bits in the horses commit sin, and are convinced of the law mouths, that they may obey us; and we as transgressors.

turn about their whole body. 10 For whosoever shall keep the whole 4 Behold also the ships, which though law, and yet offend in one point, he is they be so great, and are driven of fierce guilty of all.

winds, yet are they turned about with a 11 For he that said, Do not commit very small helm, whithersoever the gove adultery ; said also, Do not kill. Now if ernor listeth. thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, 5 Even so the tongue is a little mernthou art become a transgressor of the law. ber, and boasteth great things. Behold,

12 So speak ye, and so do, as they that how great a matter a little fire kindleth! shall be judged by the law of liberty. 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of

13 For he shall have judgment without iniquity : so is tire tongue among our mercy that hath shewed po mercy; and members, that it defileth the whole body, mercy rejoiceth against judgment. and setteth on fire the course of nature ;

14 What doth it protit, my brethren, and it is set on fire of hell. though a man say he hath faith, and have 7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, not works? can faith save him?

and of serpents, and of things in the 15 If a brother or sister be naked, and tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind : destitute of daily food,

8 But the tongue can no man tame; it 16 And one of you say unto them, De- || is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. part in peace, be you warmed and filled; 9 Therewith bless we God, even the Panotwithstanding ye give them not those ther; and therewith curse we men, which things which are needful to the body ; are made after the similitude of God. what doth it profit?

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth 17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, blessing and cursing. My brethren, these is dead, being alone.

things ought not so to be 18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the fait!:, and I have works: shew me thy same place sweet water and bitter? faith without thy works, and I will shew 12 Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear thee my faith by my works.

olive-berries? either a vine, figs? so can no 19 Thou believest that there is one fountain both yield salt water and fresh. God; thou doest well : the devils also - 13 Who is a wise man and endued believe, and tremble.

with knowledge among you ? let him 20 But wilt thou know, ( vain man, shew ont of a good conversation his works that faith without works is dead?

with meekness of wisdom. 21 Was not Abraham our father jus- 14 But if ye have bitter envying and tified by works, when he had offered strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie Isaac his son upon the altar ?

not against the truth. 22 Seest thou how faith wrought with 15 This wisdom descendeth not from his works, and by works was faith made above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. perfect

16 For where envying and strife is, 23 And the scripture was fulfilled, there is confusion and every evil work. which saiti, Abraham believed God, and 17 But the wisdom that is from above it was imputed unto him for righteous is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and ness: and he was called the Friend of God. easy to be entreated, full of mercy and

24 Ve see then how that by works a good fruits, without partiality, and withman is justified, and not by faith only. out hypocrisy.

25 Likewise also was not Rahab the 18 And the fruit of righteousness is harlot justificd by works, when she had sown in peace of them that make peace. received the messengers, and had sent

CHAP. IV: them out another way?

1 Against covetousness, 4 intemperance, 26 For as the body without the spirit is 5 pride, 11 detraction, and rush judge dead, so faith without works is dead also. ment.

CHAP. III. 1 Iléare not rashlu nor arrogantly to re- ings among you? come they not hence, prove others : 5 but rather to bridle the even of your lusts that war in your memtongue. 13 The truly quixe are mild and bers?

peaceable, without envying and strife. 2 Ye lust and have not: ye kill, and deMY

Y brethren, be not many masters, sire to have,'and cannot obtain': ye fight

knowing that-we shall receive the and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask greater condemnation.

2 For in many things we offend all. If 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye


your lusts.

Against detraction, c.

Cuap. y. Exhortation to patience. 935 ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon y who have reaped down your fields,

which is of you kept back by fraud, cri4 Ye adulterers and adulteresses, eth: and the cries of them which have know ye not that the friendship of the reaped are entered into the ears of the world is enmity with God? whosoever | Lord of Sabaoth. therefore will be a friend of the world is 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, the enemy of God.

and been wanton ; ye have nourished 5 Do ye think that the scripture saith your hearts, as in a day of slaughter, in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us 6 Ye have condemned and killed the lusteth to envy?

just; and he doth not resist you. 6 But he giveth more grace. Where- 7 Be patient therefore, brethren, unfore he saith, God resisteth the proud, i to the coming of the Lord. Behold, the but giveth grace unto the humble. husbandman waiteth for the precious

7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. fruit of the earth, and hath long patience Resist the devil, and he will fee from you. for it, until he receive the early and lat8 Draw nigh to God, and he will

ter rain. draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, 8 Be ye also patient ; stablish your ye sinners, and purify your hearts, ye hearts for the coming of the Lord double-minded.

draweth nigh. 9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep : 9 Grudge not one against another, let your laughter be turned to mourning, i brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, and your joy to heaviness.

the judge standeth before the door. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of 10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, the Lord, and he shall lift you up. who have spoken in the name of the

11 Speak not evil one of another, breth- Lord, for an example of suffering afflicren. He that speaketh evil of his broth- tion, and of patience. er, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil 11 Behold, we count them happy which of the law, and judgeth the law: but if endure. Ye have heard of the patience thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; of the law, but a judge.

that the Lord is very pitiful, and of ten12 There is one law-giver, who is able | der mercy. to save, and to destroy: who art thou that 12 But above all things, my brethjudgest another?

ren, swear not, neither by heaven, nei13 Go to now, ye that say, To-day or ther by the earth, neither by any other to-morrow we will go into such a city, | oath : but let your yea, be yea ; and and continue there a year, and buy, and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemsell, and get gain :

nation. 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be 13 Is any among you aflicted ? let on the morrow: For what is your life? || him pray, Is any merry ? let him sing It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a psalms. little time, and then vanisheth away. 14 Is any sick among you? let him call

15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord for the elders of the church, and let will, we shall live, and do this, or that. them pray over him, anointing hiin with

16 But now ye rejoice in your boast- vil in the name of the Lord: ings: all such rejoicing is evil.

15 And the prayer of faith shall save 17. Therefore to him that knoweth to the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; do gooi, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. and if he have committed sins, they shall. CHAP. V.

be forgiven him. 1 flicked rich men are warned of God's 16 Confess your faults one to another,

impending judgments. 7 The breth and pray one for another, that ye may ren are exhoried to patience after the be healed. The effectual fervent prayer example of the prophets and of Job : of a righteous man availeth much.. 12 to abstain from swearing ; 13 to 17 Elias was a man subject to like paspray in affliction and sickness, and sing sions as we are, and he prayed earnestly psalms in propriły..

tbat it might not raiu :, and it rained not O now, ye rich men, weep and on the earth by the space of three yeal's caine upon you,

13 And he prayed again, and the heav2. Your riches are corrupted, and your en gave rain, and the e.trth brought forth garmer.ts are moth-eaten.

her fruit. 3 Your gold and silver is cankered ; 19 Brethren, if any of you do err frorn and the rust of them shall be a witness the truth, and one convert him; against you, and shall eat your flesh as it 20 Let himn know, that he which conwere file. Ye have heaped treasure to- verteth the sinner from the error of his gether for the last days.

way shall save a soul from death, and 4 Behold, the hire of the labourers I shall hide a multitude of sins.




14 As obedient children, not fashion i He blesseth God for his manifold sprir-ing yourselves according to the former ilual graces; 10 showeth that the sal

lusts in your ignorance : vation in Christ is no news, but a thing I holy, so be ye holy in all manner of cor

15 But as he which hath called you is prophesied of old ; 13 and exhorteih

versation ; them to a godly conversation.

16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; an apostle of Jesus Christ, for I am holy. to the strangers scattered throughout 17 And if ye call on the Father, who Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and without respect of persons judgeth acBithynia,

cording to every man's work, pass the 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge time of your sojourning here in fear: of God the Father, through sanctification 18 Fórasmuch as ye know that ye were of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprink- not redeemed with corruptible things, as ling of the blood of Jesus Christ : Grace silver and gold, from your vain converunto you, and peace, be multiplied. sation received by tradition from your

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our fathers; Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his 19 But with the precious blood of abundant mercy hath begotten us again Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and unto a lively hope by the resurrection of without spot : Jesus Christ from the dead,

20 Who verily was fore-ordained be 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and fore the foundation of the world, but was undefiled, and that fadeth not away, re

manifest in these last times for you, servell in heaven for you,

21 Who by him to believe in God, that 5 Who are kept by the power of God raised him up from the dead, and gave through faith unio salvation ready to be him glory; that your faith and hope revealed in the last time.

might be in God. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though 22 Seeing ye have purified your souls now for a season (if need be) ye are in in obeying the truth through the Spirit heaviness through manifold temptations: unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see

7 That the trial of your faith, being that ye love one another with a pure much more precious than of gold that heart fervently : perisheth, though it be tried with fire, 23 Being born again, not of corruptmight be found unto praise, and hon- ible seed, but of incorruptible, by the our, and glory, at the appearing of Jesus word of God, which liveth and abideth Christ:

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the whom, though now ye see him not, yet glory of man as the tower of grass. believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeaka- The grass withereth, and the tower ble, and full of glory:

thereof falleth away: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even 25 But the word of the Lord endureth the salvation of your souls.

for ever.

And this is the word which 10 Of which' salvation the prophets by the gospel is preached unto you. have inquired and searched diligently,

CHAP. II. who prophesied of the grace that should | 1 He dissuadeth them from the breach of come unto you:

charity. 11 He beseecheth them also ii Searching what, or what manner of to abstain from fleshly lutels, 13 to be time the Spirit of Christ which was in obedient to magistrates : 18 and teachthem did signity, when it testified before- eth servants how to obey their mastera, hand the sufferings of Christ, and the 20 patiently suffering for well-doing, glory that should follow.

afier the erampile of Christ. 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that

HEREFORE, laying aside all malminister the things which are now report and envies, and all evil-speakings, ed unto you by them that have preached 2 As new-born babes, desire the sinthe gospel unto you, with the Holy Ghost cere milk of the word, that ye may grow sent down from heaven ; which things thereby : the angels desire to look into.

3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord 19 Wherefore gird up the loins of your is gracious. mind, be sober, and hope to the end for 4 To whom coming as unto a living the grace that is to be brought unto you stone, disallowed indeed of men, but at the revelation of Jesus Christ; chosen of God, and precious,

for ever.

Of obedience to magistrates. CHAP. III. The duty of wives and husbands. 937

5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up not again ; when he suffered, he threat1 a , ;

offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to that judgeth righteously :
God by Jesus Christ.

24 Who his own self bare our sins in 6 Wherefore also it is contained in the his own body on the tree, that we, being C] scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief cor- dead to sins, should live unto righteous

ner-stone, elect, precious: and he that be- ness: by whose stripes ye were healed. lieveth on him shall not be confounded. 25 For ye were as sheep going astray;

7 Unto you therefore which believe he but are now returned unto the Shepherd is precious : but unto them which be and Bishop of your souls. disobedient, the stone which the builders

CHAP. III. disallowed, the same is made the head of 1 He teacheth the duty of wives and husthe corner,

bands ; 8 exhorting all men to unity and 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock love, 14 and to suffer persecution. 19 The of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient : where- L to your own husbands ; that, it any

benrfits of Christ toward the old world. unto also they were

appointed. 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a obey not the word, they also may withroyal priesthood, an holy nation, a pecu- out the word be won by the conversation liar people ; that ye should shew forth the of the wives ; praises of him who hath called you out 2 While they behold your chaste conof darkness into his marvellous light : versation coupled with fear.

10 Which in time past were not a peo- 3 Whose adorning let it not be that outple, but are now the people of God : ward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of which had not obtained mercy, but now wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; have obtained mercy:

4. But let it be the hidden man of the 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as heart, in that which is not corruptible, strangers and pilgrims, abstain from flesh- evin the ornament of a meek and quiet ly lusts, which war against the soul ; spirit, which is in the sight of God of

12 Having your conversation honest a- great price. mong the Gentiles : that, whereas they 5 For after this manner in the old time speak against you as evil-doers, they may the holy women also, who trusted in by your good works, which they shall be God, adorned themselves, being in subhold, glorify God in the day of visitation. jection unto their own husbands?

13 Submit yourselves to every ordi- 6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, callnance of man for the Lord's sake: wheth- ing him lord : whose daughters ye are, as er it be to the king, as supreme;" long as ye do well, and are not afraid

14 Or unto governors, as unto them with any amazement. so that are sent by him for the punishment 7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with Cores of evil-doers, and for the praise of them them according to knowledge, giving that do well.

honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker 15 For so is the will of God, that with vessel, and as being heirs together of the well-doing, ye may put to silence the ig- grace of life ; that your prayers be not norance of foolish men :

hindered. 16 As free, and not using your liberty 8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, hav

for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the ing compassion one of another ; love as des servants of God.

brethren, be pitiful, be courteous : 17 Honour all men. Love the brother- 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing E hood. Fear God. Honour the king. for railing: but contrariwise, blessing;

18 Servants, be subject to your omas- knowing that ye are thereunto called, us ters with all fear ; not only to the good that ye should inherit a blessing; and gentle, but also to the froward.

10 For he that will love life, and see good 19 For this is thank-worthy, if a man idays, let him refrain his tongue from evil, for conscience toward God endure grief, and his lips that they speak no guile : suffering wrongfully.

11 Let him eschew evil, and do good ; 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be let him seek peace, and ensue it. buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it 12 For the eyes of the Lord are over patiently but if, when ye do well, and the righteous, and his ears are open unto suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is their prayers : but the face of the Lord acceptable with God.

is against them that do evil. 21 For even hereunto wereye called: be- 13 And who is he that will harnt you, cause Christ also suffered for us, leaving us if ye be followers of that which is good ? an example, that yeshould follow his steps: '14 But and it ye suffer for righteous

22 Who did no sin, neither was guile ness'sake, happy are ye : and be not afraid found in his mouth :

of their terror, neithor be troubled ; 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled 15 But sanctify the Lord God in cur 933 Exhortation to cease from sin. I. PETER. The younger to obey the elder. hearts : and be ready always to give an , gift, even so minister the same one to answer to every man that asketh you a another, as good stewards of the manifold reason of the hope that is in you, with grace of God. meekness and fear.

11 If any man speak, let him speakas the 16 Having a good conscience ; that, oracles of God ; if any man minister, let whereas they speak evil of you, as of evil- him do it as of the ability which God girdoers, they may be ashamed that falsely | eth: that God in all things may be glorified accuse your good conversation in Christ. through Jesus Christ ; to whom be praise

17 For it is better, if the will of God and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. be so, that ye suffer for well-doing, than 12 Beloved, think it not strange confor evil-doing:

cerning the fiery trial which is to try you, 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for as though some strange thing happened sins, the just for the unjust, that he might unto you: bring us to God, being put to death in 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are parthe hesh, but quickened by the Spirit : takers of Christ's sufferings; that, when

19 By which also he went and preach- his glory shall be revealed, ye may be ed unto the spirits in prison ;

glad also with exceeding joy. 20 Which sometime were disobedient, 14 If ye be reproached for the name of when once the long-suffering of God Christ, happy are ye ; for the spirit of waited in the days of Noah, while the ark glory and of God resteth upon you. On was a preparing, wherein few, that is, their part he is evil spoken of, but on eight souls, were saved by water. your part he is glorified.

21 The like figure whereunto, even 15 But let none of you suffer as a murbaptism, doth also now save us (not the derer, or as a thief, or as an evil-doer, or putting away of the filth of the flesh, but as a busy-body in other men's matters. the answer of a good conscience toward 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: | let him not be ashamed; but let him glo

22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the rify God on this behalf. right hand of God; angels, and authorities, 17 For the time is come that judgment and powers being made subject unto him. must begin at the house of God: and if it CHAP. IV.

first begin at us, what shall the end be of Peter exhorteth them to cease from sin | them that obey not the gospel of God?

by the example of Christ, and the con- 18 And if the righteous scarcely be sideration of the general end that now saved, where shall the ungodly and the approacheth.

sinner appear? FORASMUCH then as Christ hath

19 Wherefore, let them that suffer acsuffered for us in the flesh, arm your- cording to the will of God, commit the selves likewise with the same mind: for keeping of their souls to him in well-dohe that hath suffered in the flesh hathing, as unto a faithful Creator. ceased from sin ;

CHAP. V. 2 That he no longer should live the rest 1 Peter exhortcth the elders to feed their of his time in the flesit to the lusts of men, flocks ; 5 the younger to obey ; 8 and all but to the will of God.

to be sober, and watchful, &c. 5 For the time past of our life may The Who am also an elder, and a witsuffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lascivious- ness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a ness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, ban- partaker of the glory that shallbe revealed: quetings, and abominable idolatries : 2 Feed the flock of God which is a

4 Wherein they think it strange that you mong you, taking the oversight thereof, run not with them to the same excess of not by constraint, but willingly; not for riot, speaking evil of you :

filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 5 Who shall give account to him that 3 Neither as being lords over God's her. is ready to judge the quick and the dead. itage, but being ensamples to the flock.

6 For, for this cause was the gospel 4 And when the chief Shepherd shall preached also to them that are dead, that appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory they might be judged according to men that fadeth not away. in the flesh, but live according to God in 5 Likewise, ye younger, submit your. the spirit.

selves unto the elder, Vea, all of you be 7 But the end of all things is at hand : be subject one to another, and be clothed ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. with humility : for God resisteth the

8 And above all things have fervent proud, and giveth grace to the humble. charity among yourselves : for charity 6 Humble yourselves therefore under shall cover the multitude of sins.

the mighty hand of God, that he may 9 Use hospitality one to another with exalt you in due time : out grudging

7 Casting all your care upon him ; for 10 As erery man hath received the H he careth for you.

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