The New Testament

 First Peter


1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered

throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 1:2 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.

 

1:3 Blessed be 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, 1:4 To an

inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away,

reserved in heaven for you, 1:5 Who are kept by the power of God

through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

 

1:6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be,

ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 1:7 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: 1:8 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: 1:9 Receiving the end of your

faith, even the salvation of your souls.

 

1:10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched

diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:

1:11 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.

 

1:12 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.

 

1:13 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; 1:14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves

according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 1:15 But as he which

hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

1:17 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: 1:18 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; 1:19 But with

the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without

spot: 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the

world, but was manifest in these last times for you, 1:21 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.

 

1:22 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: 1:23 Being born again, not of

corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which

liveth and abideth for ever.

 

1:24 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:

1:25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word

which by the gospel is preached unto you.

 

2:1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies,

and envies, all evil speakings, 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the

sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 2:3 If so be ye

have tasted that the Lord is gracious.

 

2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men,

but chosen of God, and precious, 2:5 Ye also, as lively stones, are

built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual

sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

 

2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in

Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on

him shall not be confounded.

 

2:7 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, 2:8 And a stone of stumbling, and

a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being

disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.

 

2:9 But ye are 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;

2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of

God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

 

2:11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain

from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 2:12 Having your

conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak

against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they

shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.

 

2:13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake:

whether it be to the king, as supreme; 2:14 Or unto governors, as unto

them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the

praise of them that do well.

 

2:15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to

silence the ignorance of foolish men: 2:16 As free, and not using your

liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

 

2:17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.

 

2:18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to

the good and gentle, but also to the froward.

 

2:19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God

endure grief, suffering wrongfully.

 

2:20 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 for it,

ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.

 

2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered

for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: 2:22

Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 2:23 Who, when

he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened

not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: 2:24 Who

his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being

dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were

healed.

 

2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the

Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

 

3:1 Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that,

if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the

conversation of the wives; 3:2 While they behold your chaste

conversation coupled with fear.

 

3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the

hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 3:4 But let

it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible,

even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of

God of great price.

 

3:5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who

trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own

husbands: 3:6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose

daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any

amazement.

 

3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge,

giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being

heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not

hindered.

 

3:8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another,

love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: 3:9 Not rendering evil for

evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that

ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.

 

3:10 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: 3:11 Let

him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.

 

3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are

open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that

do evil.

 

3:13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that

which is good?  3:14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake,

happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;

3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to

give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that

is in you with meekness and fear: 3:16 Having a good conscience; that,

whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed

that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.

 

3:17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for

well doing, than for evil doing.

 

3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the

unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the

flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 3:19 By which also he went and

preached unto the spirits in prison; 3:20 Which sometime were

disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of

Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls

were saved by water.

 

3:21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not

the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good

conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 3:22 Who

is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and

authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

 

4:1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm

yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in

the flesh hath ceased from sin; 4:2 That he no longer should live the

rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of

God.

 

4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the

will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess

of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: 4:4

Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the same

excess of riot, speaking evil of you: 4:5 Who shall give account to

him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.

 

4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are

dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but

live according to God in the spirit.

 

4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and

watch unto prayer.

 

4:8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for

charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

 

4:9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.

 

4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same

one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

 

4:11 If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man

minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God

in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise

and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

 

4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is

to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 4:13 But

rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that,

when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding

joy.

 

4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the

spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil

spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

 

4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an

evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters.

 

4:16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but

let him glorify God on this behalf.

 

4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of

God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that

obey not the gospel of God?  4:18 And if the righteous scarcely be

saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?  4:19 Wherefore

let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping

of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.

 

5:1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and

a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the

glory that shall be revealed: 5:2 Feed the flock of God which is among

you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly;

not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; 5:3 Neither as being lords

over God's heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.

 

5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown

of glory that fadeth not away.

 

5:5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all

of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for

God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble.

 

5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he

may exalt you in due time: 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he

careth for you.

 

5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a

roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 5:9 Whom

resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are

accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

 

5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal

glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you

perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

 

5:11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

 

5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have

written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace

of God wherein ye stand.

 

5:13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you,

saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.

 

5:14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you

all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.