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7 *f Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the preciou* fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
8 Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.
9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold the judge standeth before the door.
. 10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.
11 Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job, and have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
12 ^f But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.
13 % Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psahns.
14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the ciders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the 1/ird:
15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he hath committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
ifi Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avajleth much.
17 Elks was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rainedN not on the earth by the space of three years and six months.
18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.
19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one couvi-r! . m;
20 Let him know, that he which converteth a sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.
The First Epistle general of PETER.
He blesstth God for his manifold spiritual graces; 10 shezeeth that the salvation in Christ is no neus, but a thing prophesied of old; 13 and exhorteth them to a godly conversation.
ETEIt, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadosia, Asia, and Bythynia,
2 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.
3 Blessed lie 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,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.
(i Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
7 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 Christ:
8 Whom having not seen ye love; in whom,.. though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: . x
11 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.
12 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 look into.
13 ^ 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;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
1 h But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holj in all manner of conversation.
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy.
17 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:
18 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;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was fore-ordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
21 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 God.
22 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:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, jncorraptible, by the word of God w hich liveth and abideth for ever.
24 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 away:
15 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. CHAP. II.
1 He dehorteth them from the breach of charity. 11 He beseerheth them also to abstain from Jieshly lusts, 13 to be obedient to magistrates; 18 and tcacheth servants hote to obey their masters, 20 -patiently suffering for tecll-doing, after the example of Christ.
"yy IIERT.FORE laying aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
2 As new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God and precious,
5 Ye also, as lively stones, arc built up a .spiritual house, au holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Q Wherefore also it i3 contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that bclieveth on him shall not be confounded.
7 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,
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient where-* unto also they were appointed.
t) But ye ure 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:
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now
the the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 If Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evil doers, they may by your good works which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish meu:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men: love the brotherhood: fear God: honour the king.
18 Servants be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 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 fur it, ye lake it patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21 For even hereunto were ye called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when, l e suffered, he threatened not; but committed kimself'to him thatjudgeth righteously:
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body or*