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Peter exhorteth to be watchful, CHAP. I, II. and to resist the devil. 939, 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because 11 To him be glory and dominion for your adversary the devil, as a roaring ever and ever. Amen. lion, walketh about, seeking whom he 12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother

unto you, as I suppose, I have written 9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, briefly, exhorting, and testifying that knowing that the same afflictions are ac- this is the true grace of God wherein ye complished in your brethren that are in stand. the world.

13 The church that is at Babylon, elect10 But the God of all grace, who hathed together with you, saluteth you; and called us unto his eternal glory by Christ 80 doth Marcus my son. Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, 14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, charity. Peace be with you all that are

in Christ Jesus. Amen.

settle you.


to put you always in remembrance of 5 Peter exhorteth them by faith and good || these things, though ye know them, and

works to make their calling sure: 12 as be established in the present truth. knowing that his deathisat hand: 16 and 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I warneth them to be constant in the faith am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by

of Christ, who is the true Son of God. putting you in remembrance ; ST IMON PETER, a servant and an a- 14 Knowing that shortly I must put off

postle of Jesus Christ, to them that this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jehave obtained like precious faith with us sus Christ hath shewed me. through the righteousness of God and 15 Moreover, I will endeavour that you our Saviour Jesus Christ :

may be able, after my decease, to have 2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto these things always in remembrance. you through the knowledge of God, and 16 For we have not followed cunof Jesus our Lord,

ningly devised fables, when we made 3 According as his divine power hath known unto you the power and coming given unto us all things that fiertain unto of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye life and godliness, through the knowl- witnesses of his majesty. edge of him that hath called us to glory 17 For he received from God the Faand virtue;

ther honour and glory, when there came 4 Whereby are given unto us exceed- such a voice to him from the excellent ing great and precious promises; that by | glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom these ye might be partakers of the divine I am well pleased. nature, having escaped the corruption 18 And this voice which came from that is in the world through lust.

heaven we heard, when we were with him 5 And beside this, giving all dili- l in the holy mount. gence, add to your faith virtue ; and to 19 We have also a more sure word of virtue knowledge ;

prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye 6 And to knowledge temperance; and take heed, as unto a light that shineth in to temperance patience; and to patience a dark place, until the day dawn, and godliness ;

the day-star arise in your hearts: 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy and to brotherly kindness charity. of the scripture is of any private inter

8 For if these things be in you, and pretation. abound, they make you that ye shall nei- 21 For the prophecy came not in old ther be barren nor unfruitful in the knowl- | time by the will of man: but holy men cdge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

of God spake as they were moved by the 9 But he that lacketh these things is Holy Ghost. blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath

CHAP. II. forgotten that he was purged from his old 1 Peter foretelleth of false teachers, their sins.

impiely and punishment ; 7 from which 10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, the godly shall be delivered, as Lot give diligence to make your calling and out of Sodom : 10 and more fully deelection sure: for if ye do these things, scribeth the manners of those profane ve shall never fall :

and blasphemous 'seducers.

UT there were ed unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour shall be false teachers among you, who Yesus Christ.

privily shall bring in damnable heresies, 12 Therefore I will not be negligent l' even denying the Lord that bought them

th For so an entrance shall be minister B among teine people, even as there

940 False teachers described. II. PETER. Of Christ's coming to judgment. and bring upon themselves swift de- to whom the mist of darkness is reserved struction.

for ever. 2 And many shall follow their perni- 18 For when they speak great swelling cious ways ; by reason of whom the way || words of vanity, they allure through the of truth shall be evil spoken of.

lusts of the flesh, through much wanton3 And through covetousness shall they ness, those that were clean escaped from with feigned words make merchandise of them who live in error. you: whose judgment now of a long time 19 While they promise them liberty, lingereth not, and their damnation slum- they themselves are the servants of corbereth not.

l'uption : for of whom a man is over4 For if God spared not the angels that come, of the same is he brought in bondsinned, but cast then down to hell, and age. delivered them into chains of darkness, 20 For if after they have escaped the to be reserved unto judgment ;

pollutions of the

world through the knowl5 And spared not the old world, but edge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher Christ, they are again entangled therein, of righteousness, bringing in the flood and overcome, the latter end is worse upon the world of the ungodly;

with them than the beginning, 6 And turning the cities of Sodom and 21 For it had been better for them not Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to have known the way of righteousness, with an overthrow, making them an en- than, after they have known is, to turn sample unto those that after should live from the holy commandment delivered ungodly;

unto them. 7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with 22 But it is happened unto them acthe filthy conversation of the wicked : cording to the true proverb, The dog is

8 (For that righteous man dwelling turned to his own vomit again ; and, The among them, in seeing and hearing, vex- sow that was washed, to her wallowing in ed his righteous soul from day to day the mire. with their unlawful deeds ;)

CHAP. III. 9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver | 1 The certainty of Christ's coming tojudgthe godly out of temptations, and to re- ment. 10 The manner how the sporld serve the unjust unto the day of judg- shall be destroyed. 11 An exhortation ment to be punished :

to godliness. 10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and

I despise government. Presumptuous are stir up your pure minds by way of rethey, self-willed; they are not afraid to membrance : speak evil of dignities.

2. That ye may be mindful of the 11 Whereas angels, which are greater words which were spoken before by the in power and might, bring not railing holy prophets, and of the commandaccusation against them before the Lord.ment of us the apostles of the Lord and

12 But these, as natural brute beasts, Saviour : made to be taken and destroyed, speak 3 Knowing this first, that there shall evil of the things that they understand come in the last days scoffers, walking not; and shall utterly perish in their own after their own lusts, corruption :

4 And saying, Where is the promise of 13 And sliall receive the reward of un- his coming for since the fathers fell arighteousness, as they that count it pleas- || sleep, all things continue as they were ure to riot in the day-time. Spots they from the beginning of the creation. are and blemishes, sporting themselves 5 For this they willingly are ignorant with their own deceivings while they of, that by the word of God the hearfeast with you ;

ens were of old, and the earth standing 14 Having eyes full of adultery, and out of the water and in the water : that cannot cease from sins ; beguiling 6 Whereby the world that then was, unstable souls: an heart they have ex- being overflowed with water, perished : ercised with covetous practices ; cursed 7 But the heavens and the earth, which children :

are now, by the same word are kept in 15 Which have forsaken the right way, store, reserved unto fire against the day and are gone astray, following the way of judgment and perdition of ungodly of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved thie wages of unrighteousness;

THIS second epistle; beloved, I now

8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this 16 But was rebuked for his iniquity : one thing, that one day is with the Lord the dumb ass speaking with man's voice, as a thousand years, and a thousand forbad the madness of the prophet.

years as one day. 17 These are wells without water, 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his clouds that are carried with a tempest; promise, as some men count slackness;


John describeth Christ.

CAP. I, II. Comfort aguinst sing. 941 but is long-suffering to us-ward, not will look for such things, be diligent that ye ing that any should perish, but that all may be found of him in peace, without should come to repentance.

spot, and blameless. 10 But the day of the Lord will come 15 And account that the long-suffering as a thief in the night ; in the which the of our Lord is salvation ; even as our heavens shall pass away with a great beloved brother Paul also, according to noise, and the elements shall melt with the wisdom given unto him, hath wriiten fervent heat, the earth also and the works f unto you ; that are therein shall be burned up. 16 As also in all his epistles, speaking

11 Seeing then that all these things in them of these things ; in which are shall be dissolved, what manner of per- some things hard to be understood, which 8ons ought ye to be in all holy conver- they that are unlearned and unstable sation and godliness,

wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, 12 Looking for and hasting unto the unto their own destruction. coming of the day of God, wherein the 17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, know these things before, beware lest ye and the elements shall melt with fervent also, being led away with the error of the heat?

wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. 13 Nevertheless we, according to his 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowlpromise, look for new heavens and a new edge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Christ. To him be glory both now and

14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye || for ever. Amen.


CHAP. II. 1 John describeth the person of Christ, in 1 Comfort against sins of infirmily. 3 To

quhom we have eternal life by a com- know God, is to keep his commandmunion with God : 5 to which we menis. 18 To beware of seducers : 20 Inust adjoin holiness.

from suhose deceils the godly are safely THA

'HAT which was from the beginning, fireserved by faith and holiness of iife. which we have licard, which we

My little children, these things write have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have han- | any man sin, we have an advocate with dled, of the word of life;

the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: 2 (For the life was manifested, and we 2 And he is the propitiation for our have seen it, and bear witness, and shew sins : and not for ours only, but also unto you that eternal life which was with for the sins of the whole world. the Father, and was manifested unto us ;) 3 And hereby we do know that we

3. That which we have seen and heard know him, if we keep his commanddeclare we unto you, that ye also may ments. have fellowship with us: and truly our 4 He that saith, I know him, and keepfellowship is with the Father, and with eth not his commandments, is a liar, and his Son Jesus Christ.

the truth is not in him. 4 And these things write we unto you, 5 But whoso kcepeth his word, in him that your joy may be full.

verily is the love of God perfected : '5 This then is the message which we hereby know we that we are in him. have heard of him, and declare unto you, 6 He that saith he abideth in him, that God is light, and in him is no dark- ought himself also so to walk, even as he ness at all.

walked. 6 if we say that we have fellowship 7 Brethren, I write no new commandwith him, and walk in darkness, we lie, ment unto you, but an old commandand do not the truth :

ment which ye had from the beginning : 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is The old commandment is the word which in the light, we have fellowship one with ye have heard from the beginning: another, and the blood of Jesus Christ 8 Again, a new commandment I write his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

unto you, which thing is true in him and 8 If we say that we have no sin, we de- | in you: because the darkness is past, and ceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. the true light now shineth.

9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful 9 He that saith he is in the light, and and just to forgive us our sins, and to hateth his brother, is in darkness even cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

until now. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, 10 He that loveth his brother abideth we make him a liar, and his word is not in the light, and there is none occasion in iis,

of stumbling in him.

942 To beware of seducers. I. JOHN. The singular love of God.

11 But he that hateth his brother is in have confidence, and not be ashamed bedarkness, and walketh in darkness, and fore him at his coming. knoweth not whither he goeth, because 29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye that darkness hath blinded his eyes. know that every one that doeth right

12 I write unto you, little children, be- eousness is born of him. cause your sins are forgiven you for his

CHAP. III. name's sake.

1 John declareth the singular love of God 13 I write unto you, fathers, because toward us in making us his sons : 3 we ye have known him that is from the be- therefore ought obediently to keep kis ginning. I write unto you, young men, commandments, 11 as also brotherly to because ye have overcome the wicked love one another. bee. use write unto you, little children, B her hath bestowed upon us, that we

Fabecause ye have known the Father.

14 I have written unto you, fathers, should be called the sons of God: there, because ye have known him that is from fore the world knoweth us not, because the beginning. I have written unto you, it knew him not. young. men, because ye are strong, and 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of the word of God abideth in you, and ye God, and it doth not yet appear what we have overcome the wicked one.

shall be : but we know that, when he shall 15 Love not the world, neither the things appear, we shall be like him ; for we shall that are in the world. If any man love the see him as he is. world, the love of the Father is not in him. 3 And every man that hath this hope

16 For all that is in the world, the lust in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and 4 Whosoever committeth sin transthe pride of life, is not of the Father, but gresseth also the law; for sin is the transis of the world.

gression of the law. 17 And the world passeth away, and 5 And ye know that he was manifested the lust thereof : but he that doeth the to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. will of God abideth for ever.

6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth 18 Little children, it is the last time : not : whosoever sinneth hath not seen and as ye have heard that antichrist shall || him, neither known him. come, even now are there many antichrists; 7 Little children, let no man deceive whereby we know that it is the last time you: he that doeth righteousness is right

19 They went out from us, but they eous, even as he is righteous. were not of us; for if they had been of us, 8 He that committeth sin is of the devthey would no doubt have continued with il; for the devil sinneth from the beginus: but they went out, that they might bening. For this purpose the Son of God made manifest that they were not all of us. was manifested, that he might destroy the

20 But ye have an unction from the works of the devil. Holy One, and ye know all things.

9 Whosoever is born of God doth not 2i I have not written unto you because commit sin ; for his seed remaineth in ye know not the truth, but because ye him : and he cannot sin, because he is know it, and that no lie is of the truth. born of God.

22 Who is a liar but he that denieth 10 In this the children of Godare manithat Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, fest, and the children of the devil : who that rlenieth the Father and the Sun. soever doeth not righteousness is not of

23 Whosoever denieth the Son, the same God, neither he that loveth not his brother. hath not the Father : [but] ke that ac- 11 For this is the message that ye heard knowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. from the beginning that we should love

24 Let that therefore abide in you, one another. which ye have heard from the beginning. 12 Not as Cain, who was of that wickIf that which ye have heard from the be- ed one, and slew his brother. And whereginning shall remain in you, ye also shall fore slew he him? Because his own works continue in the Son, and in the Father. were evil, and his brother's righteous.

25 And this is the promise that he hath 13 Marvel not, my brethren, if the promised us, even eternal life.

world hate you. 26 These things have I written unto 14 We know that we have passed from you concerning them that seduce you. death unto lifc, because we love the breth

27 But the anointing which ye have re- ren. He that loveth not his brother, aceived of him abideth in you, and ye need bideth in death. not that any man teach you : but as the 15 Whosoever hateth his brother, is a same anointing teacheth you of all things, murderer : and ye know that no murand is truth, and is no lie, and even as it derer hath eternal life abiding in him. hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 16 Hereby perceive we the love of God,

28 And now, little children, abide in because he laid down his life for us: and we bim; that when he shall appear, we may 1 ought to lay down ourlives for the brethren.

Of trying of the spirits. CHÁP. IV, v. In what the love of God is. 943

17 But whoso hath this world's good, 1, God, but that he loved us, and sent his and seeth his brother have need, and shut- || Son to be the propitiation for our sins. teth up his bowels of compassion from him, 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we how dwelleth the love of God in him? ought also to love one another.

18 My little children, let us not love in 12 No man hath seen God at any time. word, neither in tongue, but in deed and If we love one another, God dwelleth in in truth.

us, and his love is perfected in us. 19 And hereby we know that we are 13 Hereby know we that we dwell in of the truth, and shall assure our hearts him, and he in us, because he hath given before him.

us of his Spirit. 20 For if our heart condemn us, God 14 And

we have seen and do testify. is greater than our heart, and knoweth all that the Father sent the Son 10 be the things.

Saviour of the world. 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, 15 Whosoever shall confess that Jesus then have we confidence toward God. is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him,

22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive and he in God. of him, because we keep his command- 16 And we have known and believed ments, and do those things that are pleas- the love that God hath to us. God is ing in his sight.

love: and he that dwelleth in love, dwell23 And this is his commandment; That | eth in God, and God in him. we should believe on the name of his Son 17 Herein is our love made perfect, that Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he we may have boldness in the day of judggave us commandment.

ment: because as he is, so are we in this 24 And he that keepeth his command world. ments, dwelleth in him, and he in him. 18 There is no fear in love; but perAnd hereby we know that he abideth infect love casteth out fear: because fear us; by the Spirit which he hath given us. hath torment. He that feareth, is not CHAP. IV.

made perfect in love. 1 John warneth them not to believe all 19 We love him, because he first loved us.

teachers who boast of the Spirit, but to 20 If a man say, I love God, and hattry them by the rules of the catholick eth his brother, he is a liar. For he that faith ; 7 and by many reasons exhort- loveth not his brother, whom he hath seen, eth to brotherly love.

how can he love God, whom he hath not

seen? but try the spirits whether they are 21 And this commandment have we of God: because many false prophets are from him, That he who loveth God, lore gone out into the world.

his brother also.
2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God:

Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus 1 He that loveth God, loveth his chil.
Christ is come in the flesh, is of God: dren and keepeth his commandments ;

3 And every spirit that confesseth not 3 which to the faithful are light, and
that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is not not grievous. 9 Jesus is the Son of
of God. And this is that spirit of anti- God, able to save us, 14 and to hear.
christ, whereof ye have heard that it our prayers, which we make for our-
should come ; and even now already is it selves, and for others.
in the world.

4 Ye are of God, little children, and have is the Christ, is born of God : and overcome them: because greater is he that every one that loveth him that begai, is in you, than he that is in the world. loveth him also that is begotten of him.

5 They are of the world : therefore 2 By this we know that we love the speak they of the world, and the world children of God, when we love God, andi heareth them.

keep his commandments. 6 We are of God. He that knoweth 3'For this is the love of God, that we God, heareth us; he that is not of God, keep his commandments; and bis com-, heareth not ns. Hereby know we the mandments are not grievous. spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 4 For whatsoever is born of God, over

7 Beloved, let us love one another: for cometh the world : and this is the victory love is of God; and every one that lov- that overcometh the world, even our faith. eth is born of God, and knoweth God. 5 Who is he that overcometh the

8 He that loveth not, knoweth not God; world, but he that believeth that Jesus for God is love.

is the Son of God? 9 In this was manifested the love of 6 This is he that came by water and God toward us, because that God sent blood, even Jesus Christ ; not by wate his only-begotten Son into the world, that only, but by water and blood. And it is. we might live through him.

the Spirit that beareth witness, becaucy 10 Merein is love, not that we loved the Spirit is truth.

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