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6 Even so the tongue is a little member, your facghtere turned o arounning, and and boasteth great things. Behold how great your joy io heaviness. a matter a little fire kindleth!

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of Lord, and he shall lift you up. iniquity : so is the tongue among our mem 11 Speak not evil one of another, brethren, bers, that it defileth the whole body, and set. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and teib on fire the course of nature; and it is judgelb his brother, speaketh evil of the law, set on fire of hell.

and judgeth the law; but if thou judge the 7 For every kind of beasts and of birds, law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a and of serpenis, and of things in the sea, is judge. tamed, and bath been tamed of mankind : 12 There is one lawgiver, who is able to

8 But the longue can no man tame; it is save and to destroy: who ait thou tha: judg. an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. est another?

9 Therewith bless we God, even the Fa 13 Go to now, re that say, To-day, or to ther; and therewita curse we men, which morrow, we will yo into such a city, and are made after the similitude of God. continue there a year, and buy and sell, and

10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth get gain; blessing and cursing. My brethren, these 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on things ought not so to be.

the inorrow : for what is your life? It is Ti Doch a fountain send forth at the same even a vapour, that appeareth for a little place sweet wuler and bitter?

zime, and then vanisheth away. 12 Can the fiy-tree, my brethren, bear 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord olive-verries : either a vive, figs . so can no will, we shall live, an do this, or that. fountain both yield salt water and fresh. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings

13 Who is a wise man, and enlued with all such rejoicing is evil. knowledge among you ? let him shew 0:11 of! 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do a good conversation liis works with meel-good, and dorihi il nol, to him it is sin. ness of wisdom.

CHAP. V. 14 But if ye have bitter envying and strife O to , lie rich men, weep and how)

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you. 15 This wisdom descendeth not from 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your above but is earthly, sensual, devilishi. garments are moth-ealen.

16 For where envying and strife is, there 3 Your gold and silver is cankered; and is confusion, and every evil work.

the rust of them shall be a witness against 17 But the wisdom that is from above is you, and shall eat you flesh as it were fire. first pure, then peaceable, gentle ind easy Ye have heaped treasure together for the Lo be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, last days. without partiality, and without hypocrisy. 4 Beholl, the hire of the labourers which

18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown have reaped down your fields, which is of in peace of them that make peace. you kept back liy Fraud, crieth: and the CHAP. IV.

cries of them which have reaped are ep'ered F

ROM whence come wars and fightings into the ears of the Lord of sabaoth.

among you ? come they not hence, even 5 Ye have lived in pleasure on the earth, of your lusts that war in your members ? and been wanion; ye lave nourished your

2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and de- bearts, as in a day of slaughter. sire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and 6 Ye have condemned and killed the just, war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. and he doth not resist you.

3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye 7 Be patient therefore, brethren, into the ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandvor luscs.

man waiteth for the precious fruit of the 4 Ye adulterers, and adviteresses, know earth, anu hath long patience for it, until he ye not that the friendship of the world is en- receive the early and latter rain. mity with God. whosoever therefore will 8 Be ye also patient, stablish your hearts • be a friend of the world is the enemy of for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh. God.

9 Grudge not one against another, bre5 Do ye think that the scripure saith in thren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the vain, Tlie spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth Judge standeth before the door. to envy?

10 Take, my brethren, the prophets, who 6 But he giveth more grace: where ofe have spoken in the name of the Lord, for he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth an example of suffering alllicliun, and of pa grace into the huinble.

tience, 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. He 11 Behold, we count them happy which sist the devil, and he will fee liom you. endure. Ye have heard of the prievce of

8 Draw irigh to God, and he will draw Joli, and have seen the enil of the Lord ; that nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ypsinners; the Lord is very piutul, and of tcuder mercy. and perify your hearts, ije double-inindec.. 19 But above all things, my brethren, 9 Be aillícted, and incurn, and weep: let'swear sint; neither by bcaven, neither hy.

the earth, neither by any other vath : but The effectua fervent prarer of a righieous e't your yra be yea; and your nay, nay; man availeth much. jesi ye fall into condemnation.

17 Elias was a man subject to like passions 13 Is any among you afflicted ? let him as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. might not rain; and it rained not on the earth

11 Is any sick among you ? lei him call by the space of three years and six months. for the elders of the church; and let them 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven pray over him, anointing himn with oil in the gave rain, and the earth brought fortb her name of the Lord :

fruit. 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the 19 Brethren, if any of you do err from the sick, and the Lore shall raise him up; and truth, and one convert bim; if he have committed sins, they shall be for 20' Let him know, that he which convertgiven him.

eth the smner from the error of his way shall 16 Confess your faults one to another, and save a soul from death, and shall hide a pray one for another, that ye may be healed. multitude of sins.

! The First Epislle general of PETER. CHAP. I.

13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your

: to , strangers scattered throughon: l'ontus, grace that is to be hrough upto you at the Galatia, Cappadocia, Asid, and Bithynia, revelation of Jesus Christ :

2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of 14. As obrdient children, not fashioning God the Father, though sanctification of yourselves according to the former lusts the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of your ignorance : the blood of Jesus Christ : Grace unto you, 15 But as he which bath called you is holy, and peace be multiplied.

so be ye holy in all manner of conversa. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our lion ; Lord Jesus Christ, which, according to his 16 Because it is written, Be ye boly; for! abundant mercy, liath begotten us again un am holy. lo a lively hope, by the resurrection of Je 17 And if ye call on the Father, who with. sus Chrisi troin the dead,

out respect of persons judgeth according to 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and un- every man's work, pass the time of your sodefled, and that fadeth not away, reserved journing here in fear : in heaven for you,

18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were 5 Who are kept by the power of God not redeemed with corruptible things, as silthrough faith unto salvation, ready to be re- ver and gold, from your rain conversation vealed in the last time :

receiveit by tradition from your fathers; 6 Wherem ye greatly rejoice, though now 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as for a season (if need be) șe are in heaviness of a lamb without blemish and without spot through manitold templations ;

20 Who verily was fore-ordained before the 7 'That the trial of your faith being much foundation of the world, but was manifest in more precious than of gol dar perisheth, these last times for you, though il pe tried with fire, miglii be found 21 Who by bim do believe in God that unto praise, and honour, and glory, at the raised him up from the dead, and gave him appearing of Jesus Christ :

glory, that your faith and hope might be in 8 Whom havmg not seen, ye love; in God. whom, though now ye see him not, yet be. 29. Seeing ye have purified your souls ia lieving, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable, and wheying the truth through the Spirit unto full of glory:

enseigned love of the brethren, see that ye 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even love one aducher with a pure heart ferventthe salvation of your souls.

ly: 19 Of whicb salvation the prophets have 23 Being born again, not of corruptible enquired and searched diligently, who pro- seed, hut of incorruptible, hy the word of phesied of the grace that should come into God, which liveth ard abidech for ever. jou :

24 For all Hesh is as grass, and all the glory 11 Scarching what, or what manner of of man as the Aower of grass. The grass time, the Spirit of Christ which was in them witherein, and the flower therer f falleth did signily, when it resufied beforehand the away: sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for follow.

ever. And this is the word which by the 12 Un!o whom it was revealed, that not gospel is preached unto you. onto themselves, but unto us, they did mi

CHAP. U. nister the things which are now reported un HEREFORE, laving aside all mato you by their that have preached the gos lice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, pel unic you, with the Holy Ghost sent down and envies, and all evil-speakings, from heaven ; which things the angels desire As new-born babes, desire the sincer!

mercy.

3 !s so be ye have lasted mat the Lord is. 22 Wwlid no sin, neither was guile suund gracious :

in his incuth : 4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, 23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of Goul, not again; when he suffered, be threatened and precious,

nor; but committed himself to him that 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a judgeth rightcously: spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer a Who his own se! bare our sins in his up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable lo Gud by own bouly on the tree', that we, iveing dead Jesus Christ.

llo sins, sheuld live unto righteousness : by Hefore also it is contained in Bwhose stripes ye were healed.

Senipu Behold, I lay in Sion a chief cult 25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but ha estat, elect, precious : and he tha: beware no:v returned into the Shepherd and jevetllen him shail not be confounded., Bishop of your souls. 7 Unto you therefore which believe he is

CHAP. III. precious : Put unto them which be disobe- TIKEWISE, ye wives, be in subjection to dient, the stone which the builders disal. your own husbands; that if'arry obey not lowed, the same is made the head of the the word, they also may without the word corner,

be won by the conversation of the wives ; 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of 2 While they behold your chaste converoffence, wen to them which stumble at the sation coupled with fear: word, being disobedient; whereunto also 3 Whose adorning, let it not be that outthey were appointed.

ward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of 9 But ye ure a chosen generation, a royal wearing of golu, or of putung on of apparel; priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar peo 4 But let it be the bidden man of the heart, ple; that ye should shew forth the praises of in that which is not corruptible, eren the him who hath called you out of darkness in- ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which lo his marvellous light:

is in the sight of God of great price. 10 Which in time past were not a people, 5 For after this manner in the old time ine but are now the people of God: which had holy women also, who trusted in God, adornnot obtained mercy, but now have obtaine ed ihemsolves, being in subjection unto their

own husbands; 11 Dear beloved, I beseech you, as say 6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling gers and grins, abstain from fleshly lu , bim lord: whose daughters ye are as long as which war' against the soul;

ye do well, and are not afraid with any 12 Having your conversation honest among amazement. the Gentiles; tbar whereas they speak against 7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them you as evil-doers, they may, by your good according to knowledge, giving honour une works which they shall behold, glorify God to the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and in the day of visitation.

as being heirs together of the grace of lise; 13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance that your prayers be pot hindered, of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be 8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having so the king, as supreme ;

compassion one of another; love as brethren, 14 Or unig governors, as unto them that be pitiful, be courteous; are sent by him for the punishment of evil 9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for doers, anii for the praise of them that cin well. railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing

13 For so is the will of God, that with that ye are thereunto called, that ye should well.doing ye may put to silence the igno- inherit a blessing. rauce of (colish men:

10 For he that will love life, and see good 16 As frep, and not using your liberty for days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants and his lips that they speak no guile: u God.

11 Lehim eschew evil, and do good; let 17 Honour all men. Love the brother-him seek peace, and ensue it. Tic. Fear God. Honour the king. J2 For the eyes of the Lord are over the

1:3 Servants, be subject to your masters with righteous, and his ears are open unto their a fir; pot only to the good and gentle, prayers, but the face of the Lord is agains! but also to the froward.

them that do evil. 19 For this is thank-worthy, if a man for 13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye conscience toward God endure grief, suffer- be followers of that which is good? ing wrongfully.

14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness 20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be sake; happy are ye; and be not afraid of bufleted for your faults, ye shall take it pa- their terror, neither be troubled; tiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer 15 But sancıily the Lord God in your for i, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable hearts: and be rency always to give an an with God.

swer to every man hat asketh you a reason 21 For even hereunto were ye called; of the hope that is in you with meekness because Christ also suffered for us, leaving and fear: us an example, that ye should follow his 16 Having a good conscience; that where. eteps :

as they speak eril of you, as of evil-doers

they may be ashamed that falsery accuse 13 But rejcice, inasmuch as ye are pan> yo'ir goo: conversation in Christ.

kers of Christ's sufferings; that, wijen bis 17 For it is better, if the will of God he glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also so, that ye sufier for well-doing, than für with exceeding joy. evil-doing

| 14 li ye be reproached for the name G! 18 For Christ also hath once suffered for Christ, harpy are pe; for the Spirit of glory sins, the just for the unjust, that he might and of God resteth upon you : ou their pan bring us to God, being put to death in the he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is tlesh, lut quickered hvihe Spirit :

glorified. 19 By which also he weni and preached 15 But let none of ynu suffer as a nxirreres, into the spirits in prison;

or us a thies, or as an evil-doer, or as a bu. 20 Which sometime were disobedient, sy-body in other men's matters. wben once the long-suffering of God wailed 16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let in the days of Voe, while the ark was a pre- him not be ashamed; but let him glorily paring, wherein lew, wat is, eight souls, God on this behall. were saved by water.

17 For the time is come that judgment mus 21 The like figure wheremto eren bap-begin at the house of God: and if it first be tism doub also now save us, (not the putting gin at us, what shall the end be of them that away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer obey vot the gospel of God? of a good conscience toward (iod,) by the thind if the righteous scarcely be saved resurrection of Jesus Christ :

share shall the ungodly and the sinner ap 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the pear right hand of God; angels, and authorities, 19 \Vlierefore, let them that suffer accord and powers, being made subject into him. ing to the will of God commit the keeping CHAP IV.

of their souls to him in well-doing, as uutos TORASMUCA then as Christ hath suf Taithful Creator. iered for us in the flesh, arin yourselves

CHAP. V. likewise with the same mind: för be that THE elders which are among you I es hath suffered in the flesh bath ceased from hort, who am also an elder, and a wil. sin;

ness of the "'?' That he no longer should live the rest of a plaker of the glory that shall be re Wis sime in the flesh to the lusts of men, but ved: to the will of God.

L Feed the flock of God which is among 3 For the time past of our life may suffice you, taking the oversight thereof, not by cou: us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, straint, but willingly; not for filuhy lucre, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, exoj but of a ready mind; cess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and 3 Neither as being lords over Gol's beri abominable idolatries :

tage, but being ensamples to the fiork: 4 Wherein they think it strange that ye 1 And when the chief Shepherd shall aprus not wiih them to the same excess of riot, pear, ye shall receive a crowt: of glory thai speaking evil of you ;

fadeth not away, 5 Who shall give account to him that is 5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves ready to judge the quick and the dead. umto the elder; yea, all of you be subject out

6 for, for this cause was the gospel preach- 1o another, and be clothed with humility, ed also to them that are dead, that they for God resisteth the proud, a:rd giveth grace vight be judged according to men iri the to the humble. Hesh, but live according to God in the 6 Humble yourselves therefore under the spirit.

mighty haud of God, that he may exal you 7 Bu the end of ail things is at hand: kein due tinie; ye therefore sober, and watch urito prayen 7 Casting all your care upou him; for he 'S And, abcve all things, have fervent cha- careth for you.

is ainong yourselves : for charity shall 8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your art over the muluiude of sins.

versary the devil, as a roaring lion, walheth l'se hospitality one to another without about, seeking whom he may slevour: fudging

9 Whom resist siedlast in the faith, know 10 As every man hath received thie gill.ing that the same afHictions are aci winplish even so minister the same one to another,jed in your brethren that are in the world. as good stewards of the manifold grace of 10 But the God of all grace, who bato God.

called us unto his eternal glory hy Chris 11 If an inan speak, let him speck as the Jesus, afier that ye bave suffered a while, oracles of God; it'any man minister, let him make you perfect, stablisli, strengthen, selle do it as of the ability which God giveth ; that you : Cind in all things may be gloritied through 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever Jesus Christ; to whom be praise and lo- and ever. Amen. minion for ever and ever. Amen.

12 By Silvanus, a faithful lvrother upt 12 Belovedl, think it not strange concerning you, (as I suppose,) I have written briefly, tie fiery triai which is to try you, as though exlorling, and testifying that this is the trut *#72 strange thing happened unto you: grace of God whereia ye stand.

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Christ Jesus. Amen.

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The Second Epistle general of PETER.
CHAP 1.

is iny beloved Son in whom I am well plea MON PETER, a servant and an apos. sed.

tle of Jesus Christ, to them that have 18 Aud this voice which came from hea. ohtained like precious faith with us, through ven we heard, when we were with him in the righteousness of God and our Saviour the holy mouni. Jesus Christ :

1: We have also a more sure word of pro2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto ou phecy; whereunto ye do well that ye iake through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark our Lord,

place, until the day dawn, and the day-star 3 According as his divine power hath arise in your bearis ; given unto us all things that pertain unto 20 Knowing this first, thai ng prophecy of life and godlineas, through the knowledge the scripture is of any private interpretation. of him that hath called us to glory and vir 21 For the prophecy came not in old time

by the will of man; but holy men of God 4 Wherehy are given unto us exceerling spake us they were moved by the Holy great and precious promises ; that by these Glost. ye might be partakers of the divine nature,

CHAP. II. havine, escaped the corruption that is in the BThere were false prophets also among world

5. And besides this, giving all diligence, teachers among you, who privily shall boring add to your faith, viriue ; and to virtue, in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord knowledge ;

that bought them, and bring upon themselves 6 Auto knowledge, temperance; and :o swilt destruction. lemperance, patience; and io patience, god 2 And many shall follow their pernicious wness;

ways; by reason of whom the way of truth 7 And to godliness, brotherly kindness; and shall be evil spoken of. to brotherly kininess, charity.

3 And through covetousness shall they with 8 Foritihese things be in you, and abound, feigned words make merchandise of you · they make you that ye shall neither be barren wliose judgment now of a long time lingeren por unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord nol, and their dannation slumbereti not. Jesus Christ.

"For if God spared not the angels that 9 But he that lackcth these tings is blind, sinned, but cast them down to hell, and deand cannot see afar off, and bath forgotten livered them into chains of darkness, to be that he was purged from his old sins. reserved unto judgment;

10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give 5 And spared not ine old world, but saved diligence to make your calling and election Noe, the eighth person, a preacher of righte. sure ; for if ye do these things, ye shail uever ousness, bringing in the fivod upon the world Call :

of'une ungodly ; 11 For so an entrance shall be ministered 6 And turning the cities of Sodom and Go. unto you abundantly into the everlasting morta ipto ashes, condemned them with an kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus overthrow, making them an ensample unto Christ.

those that after should live ungodly ; 12 Wherefore I will pot be negligent to put 17 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the vou always in remembrance of ihese things, filthy conversation of the wicked : Though ye kırow them, and be established in 8 (For that righteous man dwelling among une present truth.

them, in seeilig and hearing, vexed his righe 13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am teous soul from day to day with their unlaw. In this tabernacle, to stir you up, by putting Yui deeds :) yru in remembrance ;

9 The Lord knoweth how to deliver 11 Kuowing that shortly I must put off this godly out of temptations, and to reserve iny tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ unjust unto the day of judgment to be bata shewed me.

islied ; 15 Moreover, I will endeavour thai 10 But chiefly then that walk after the may be able after my decease to have these flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise things always in remembrance.

government: presumptuous ure they, self16 For we have not followed cunningly. willeil, they are not afraid to speak evil of derised fables, when we made known uno dignities: you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus u Whereas anges, which are greater in Christ, but were eye-witnesses of his majesty power and might, bring not railing accusa

17 For he received from God the Fatherliion against them before the Lord. honour and glory, when there came such a 12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made voice to him from the excellent glory, This to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the

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