The First Epistle of Saint Peter The Apostle
He gives thanks to God for the benefit of our being called to the true faith, and to eternal life; into which we are to enter by many tribulations. He exhorts to holiness of life, considering the holiness of God, and our redemption by the blood of Christ.
1 PETER, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers dispersed through Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect,
2 According to the foreknowledge of God, the Father, unto the sanctification of the Spirit, unto the obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace be multiplied.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy hath regenerated us unto a lively hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 Unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who by the power of God are kept by faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In which you shall greatly rejoice, now if ye must be for a little time, affected by divers temptations:
7 That 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:
8 Whom having not seen you love: in whom also now, though you see him not, you believe: and believing, shall rejoice with an unspeakable and glorified joy:
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning which salvation the prophets have inquired, and diligently searched, who prophesied of the grace to come in you:
11 Searching into what time, or manner of time, the Spirit of Christ should signify in them: foretelling those sufferings that are in Christ, and the glories that should follow:
12 To whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to you they ministered those things, which are now declared to you by those who have preached the gospel to you, the Holy Ghost being sent down from heaven, on whom the Angels desire to look.
13 Wherefore having the loins of your mind girded, being sober, hope perfectly for that grace which is offered you at the revelation of Jesus Christ:
14 As children of obedience, not conformed to the former desires of your ignorance:
15 But according to the holy one, who hath called you: be ye also holy in all conversation:
16 For it is written: You shall be holy, because I am holy.
17 And if you call on the Father, who without respect of persons, judgeth according to every one’s work, converse in fear during the time of your sojourning here:
18 Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, gold or silver, from your vain conversation of the tradition of your fathers:
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled:
20 Foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but manifested in the last times for you,
21 Who through him are faithful in God, who raised him from the dead, and gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God:
22 Purifying your souls in the obedience of charity, with a brotherly love, from a sincere heart love one another earnestly:
23 Being born again not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible by the word of God, who liveth and remaineth for ever.
24 For all flesh is as grass: and all the glory thereof as the flower of the grass: the grass is withered, and the flower thereof is fallen away.
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for every: and this is the word which hath been preached unto you.
We are to lay aside all guile, and go to Christ, the living stone: and as being now his people, walk worthy of him, with submission to superiors, and patience under sufferings.
1 WHEREFORE, laying aside all malice, and all guile, and dissimulations, and envies, and all detractions,
2 As new-born infants, desire the rational milk without guile: that thereby you may grow unto salvation:
3 If yet you have tasted that the Lord is sweet.
4 To whom approaching the living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen and honoured of God:
5 Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore it is contained 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.
7 To you, therefore, that believe honour: but to them that believe not, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is made the head of the corner:
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of scandal to them, who stumble at the word, neither do believe whereunto also they are set.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people, that you may declare his virtues, who hath called you out of darkness into his admirable light.
10 Who in time past were not a people: but are now the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires, which war against the soul,
12 Having your conversation good among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evil doers, considering you by your good works, they may glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Be ye subject, therefore, to ever human creature for God’s sake: whether it be to the kind as excelling:
14 Or to governors, as sent by him for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of the good:
15 For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, 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 forward.
19 For this is praiseworthy, if for conscience towards God, a man endures sorrows, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if sinning and being buffeted you suffer it: But if doing well you suffer patiently; this is praiseworthy before God.
21 For to this you have been called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow his steps.
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who when he was reviled, did not revile: when he suffered, he threatened not: but delivered himself to him that judged him unjustly:
24 Who his ownself 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.
25 For you were as sheep going astray: but you are now converted to the pastor and bishop of your souls.
How wives are to behave to their husbands: what ornaments they are to seek. Exhortation to divers virtues.
1 IN like manner also, let wives be subject to their husbands: that if any believe not the word, they may be gained without the word, by the conversation of the wives,
2 Considering your chaste conversation with fear.
3 Whose adoring let it not be the outward plaiting of the hair, or the wearing of gold, or the putting on of apparel:
4 But the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptibility of a quiet and a meek spirit, which is rich in the sight of God:
5 For after this manner heretofore also the holy women, hoping in God, adorned themselves, being subject to their own husbands.
6 As Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him Lord: whose daughters you are, doing well, and not fearing any trouble.
7 Ye husbands, likewise dwelling with them according to knowledge, giving honour to the woman, as to the weaker vessel, and as to the coheirs of the grace of life: that your prayers be not hindered.
8 And finally be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, loving the brotherhood, merciful, modest, humble:
9 Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing; but on the contrary, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing.
10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.
11 Let him decline from evil, and do good: let him seek peace, and pursue it:
12 Because the eyes of the Lord are upon the just, and his ears unto their prayers: but the countenance of the Lord against them that do evil things.
13 And who is he that can hurt you, if you be zealous of good?
14 But if also you suffer any thing for justice sake, blessed are ye. And be not afraid of their terror, and be not troubled,
15 But sanctify the Lord Christ in your hearts, being always ready to satisfy every one that asketh you a reason of that hope which is in you.
16 But with modesty and fear, having a good conscience: that whereas they speak evil of you, they may be ashamed who falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
17 For it is better doing well (if such be the will of God) to suffer, than doing ill.
18 Because Christ also died once for our sins, the just for the unjust, that he might offer us to God, being put to death indeed in the flesh, but brought to life by the spirit.
19 In which also coming, he preached to those spirits who were in prison:
20 Who in time past had been incredulous, when they waited for the patience of God, in the days of Noe, when the ark was a building: in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved by water.
21 Whereunto baptism being of the life form, now saveth you also: not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the examination of a good conscience towards God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
22 Who is on the right hand of God, swallowing up death, that we might be made heirs of eternal life: he being gone into heaven, the Angels, and powers and virtues being made subject to him.
Exhortation to cease from sin: to mutual charity; to do all for the glory of God; to be willing to suffer for Christ.
1 CHRIST, therefore, having suffered in the flesh, be you also armed with the same though, for he that hath suffered in the flesh, hath ceased from sins:
2 That now he may live the rest of his time in the flesh, not after the desires of men, but according to the will of God.
3 For the time past is sufficient to have fulfilled the will of the Gentiles, for them who have walked in riotousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banqueting, and unlawful worshipping of idols.
4 Wherein they think it strange, that you run not with them into the same confusion of riotousness, blaspheming.
5 Who shall render an account to him, who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 For this cause was the gospel preached also to the dead: that they might be judged indeed, according to men in the flesh, but may live according to God in the Spirit.
7 But the end of all is at hand. Be prudent, therefore, and watch in prayers.
8 But before all things have constant mutual charity among yourselves: for charity covereth a multitude of sins.
9 Using hospitality towards one another without murmuring.
10 As every man hath received grace, ministering the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11 If any man speak, as the words of God: if any man minister, as by the power which God supplieth: that in all things God may be honoured through Jesus Christ: to whom is glory, and dominion, for ever and ever. Amen.
12 Dearly beloved, think not strange the burning heat which is to try you, as if some new thing happened to you:
13 But partaking of the sufferings of Christ, rejoice that also in the revelation of his glory ye may rejoice with exultation.
14 If you be reproached for the name of Christ, you shall be happy: for that which is of the honour, glory, and power of God, and that which is his spirit, resteth upon you.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a railer, or as coveting the goods of others.
16 But if as a Christian, let him not be ashamed: but let him glorify God in that name.
17 For it is time that judgment should begin at the house of God. And if first with us: what shall be the end of those who believe not the gospel of God?
18 And if the just man shall scarcely be saved, where shall the wicked and the sinner appear?
19 Therefore let them who suffer according to the will of God, also commend their souls in good deeds to the faithful Creator.
He exhorts both priests and laity, to their respective duties, and recommends to all humility and watchfulness.
1 THE ancients, therefore, that are among you, I beseech, who am myself also an ancient and a witness of the sufferings of Christ: as also a partaker of that glory which is to be revealed in time to come.
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking care thereof not by constraint, but willingly, according to God: nor for the sake of filthy lucre, but voluntarily:
3 Neither as domineering over the clergy, but being made a pattern of the flock from the heart.
4 And when the Prince of pastors shall appear, you shall receive a never-fading crown of glory.
5 In like manner, ye young men, be subject to the ancients. And do ye all insinuate humility one to another, for God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace to the humble.
6 Be you humbled, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in the time of visitation:
7 Casting all your solicitude upon him, for he hath care of you.
8 Be sober, and watch: because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist ye, strong in faith; knowing that the same affliction befalleth your brethren who are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory, in Christ Jesus, when you have suffered a little, will himself perfect, and confirm, and establish you.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12 By Silvanus a faithful brother unto you, as I think, I have written briefly: beseeching and testifying, that this is the true grace of God, wherein you stand.
13 The church, which is in Babylon, co-elected, saluteth you: and my son, Mark.
14 Salute one another with a holy kiss. Grace unto you all, who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.