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THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF

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CHAPTER 1 9 As the outcome of your
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus faith you obtain the salvation
Christ, To the exiles of the of your souls.
Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, 10 The prophets who prophe-
Cappado'cia, Asia, and sied of the grace that was to
Bithyn'ia, be yours searched and in-
2 chosen and destined by quired about this salvation;
God the Father and sanctified 11 they inquired what person
by the Spirit for obedience to or time was indicated by the
Jesus Christ and for sprinkling Spirit of Christ within them
with his blood: May grace and when predicting the suffer-
peace be multiplied to you. ings of Christ and the subse-
3 Blessed be the God and Fa- quent glory.
ther of our Lord Jesus Christ! 12 It was revealed to them
By his great mercy we have that they were serving not
been born anew to a living themselves but you, in the
hope through the resurrection things which have now been
of Jesus Christ from the dead, announced to you by those
4 and to an inheritance who preached the good news
which is imperishable, unde- to you through the Holy Spirit
filed, and unfading, kept in sent from heaven, things into
heaven for you, which angels long to look.
5 who by God's power are 13 Therefore gird up your
guarded through faith for a minds, be sober, set your
salvation ready to be re- hope fully upon the grace
vealed in the last time. that is coming to you at the
6 In this you rejoice, though revelation of Jesus Christ.
now for a little while you may 14 As obedient children, do
have to suffer various trials, not be conformed to the pas-
7 so that the genuineness of sions of your former igno-
your faith, more precious than rance,
gold which though perishable 15 but as he who called you
is tested by fire, may redound is holy, be holy yourselves in
to praise and glory and honor all your conduct;
at the revelation of Jesus 16 since it is written, "You
Christ. shall be holy, for I am holy."
8 Without having seen him 17 And if you invoke as Fa-
you love him; though you do ther him who judges each one
not now see him you believe impartially according to his
in him and rejoice with unut- deeds, conduct yourselves
terable and exalted joy. with fear throughout the time

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of your exile. kindness of the Lord.


18 You know that you were 4 Come to him, to that living
ransomed from the futile stone, rejected by men but in
ways inherited from your fa- God's sight chosen and pre-
thers, not with perishable cious;
things such as silver or gold, 5 and like living stones be
19 but with the precious yourselves built into a spiritu-
blood of Christ, like that of a al house, to be a holy priest-
lamb without blemish or spot. hood, to offer spiritual sacri-
20 He was destined before fices acceptable to God
the foundation of the world through Jesus Christ.
but was made manifest at the 6 For it stands in scripture:
end of the times for your "Behold, I am laying in Zion a
sake. stone, a cornerstone chosen
21 Through him you have and precious, and he who be-
confidence in God, who raised lieves in him will not be put
him from the dead and gave to shame."
him glory, so that your faith 7 To you therefore who be-
and hope are in God. lieve, he is precious, but for
22 Having purified your souls those who do not believe,
by your obedience to the "The very stone which the
truth for a sincere love of the builders rejected has become
brethren, love one another the head of the corner,"
earnestly from the heart. 8 and "A stone that will make
23 You have been born anew, men stumble, a rock that will
not of perishable seed but of make them fall"; for they
imperishable, through the liv- stumble because they disobey
ing and abiding word of God; the word, as they were des-
24 for "All flesh is like grass tined to do.
and all its glory like the flow- 9 But you are a chosen race,
er of grass. The grass withers, a royal priesthood, a holy na-
and the flower falls, tion, God's own people, that
25 but the word of the Lord you may declare the wonder-
abides for ever." That word is ful deeds of him who called
the good news which was you out of darkness into his
preached to you. marvelous light.
10 Once you were no people
CHAPTER 2 but now you are God's peo-
1 So put away all malice and ple; once you had not re-
all guile and insincerity and ceived mercy but now you
envy and all slander. have received mercy.
2 Like newborn babes, long 11 Beloved, I beseech you as
for the pure spiritual milk, aliens and exiles to abstain
that by it you may grow up to from the passions of the flesh
salvation; that wage war against your
3 for you have tasted the soul.

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12 Maintain good conduct guile was found on his lips.


among the Gentiles, so that in 23 When he was reviled, he
case they speak against you did not revile in return; when
as wrongdoers, they may see he suffered, he did not threat-
your good deeds and glorify en; but he trusted to him who
God on the day of visitation. judges justly.
13 Be subject for the Lord's 24 He himself bore our sins
sake to every human institu- in his body on the tree, that
tion, whether it be to the em- we might die to sin and live
peror as supreme, to righteousness. By his
14 or to governors as sent by wounds you have been
him to punish those who do healed.
wrong and to praise those 25 For you were straying like
who do right. sheep, but have now returned
15 For it is God's will that by to the Shepherd and Guardian
doing right you should put to of your souls.
silence the ignorance of fool-
ish men. CHAPTER 3
16 Live as free men, yet 1 Likewise you wives, be sub-
without using your freedom missive to your husbands, so
as a pretext for evil; but live that some, though they do
as servants of God. not obey the word, may be
17 Honor all men. Love the won without a word by the be-
brotherhood. Fear God. Honor havior of their wives,
the emperor. 2 when they see your rever-
18 Servants, be submissive ent and chaste behavior.
to your masters with all re- 3 Let not yours be the out-
spect, not only to the kind ward adorning with braiding
and gentle but also to the of hair, decoration of gold,
overbearing. and wearing of fine clothing,
19 For one is approved if, 4 but let it be the hidden
mindful of God, he endures person of the heart with the
pain while suffering unjustly. imperishable jewel of a gentle
20 For what credit is it, if and quiet spirit, which in
when you do wrong and are God's sight is very precious.
beaten for it you take it pa- 5 So once the holy women
tiently? But if when you do who hoped in God used to
right and suffer for it you take adorn themselves and were
it patiently, you have God's submissive to their husbands,
approval. 6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham,
21 For to this you have been calling him lord. And you are
called, because Christ also now her children if you do
suffered for you, leaving you right and let nothing terrify
an example, that you should you.
follow in his steps. 7 Likewise you husbands,
22 He committed no sin; no live considerately with your

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wives, bestowing honor on good behavior in Christ may


the woman as the weaker sex, be put to shame.
since you are joint heirs of 17 For it is better to suffer
the grace of life, in order that for doing right, if that should
your prayers may not be hin- be God's will, than for doing
dered. wrong.
8 Finally, all of you, have 18 For Christ also died for
unity of spirit, sympathy, love sins once for all, the right-
of the brethren, a tender eous for the unrighteous, that
heart and a humble mind. he might bring us to God, be-
9 Do not return evil for evil ing put to death in the flesh
or reviling for reviling; but on but made alive in the spirit;
the contrary bless, for to this 19 in which he went and
you have been called, that preached to the spirits in
you may obtain a blessing. prison,
10 For "He that would love 20 who formerly did not
life and see good days, let obey, when God's patience
him keep his tongue from evil waited in the days of Noah,
and his lips from speaking during the building of the ark,
guile; in which a few, that is, eight
11 let him turn away from persons, were saved through
evil and do right; let him seek water.
peace and pursue it. 21 Baptism, which corre-
12 For the eyes of the Lord sponds to this, now saves
are upon the righteous, and you, not as a removal of dirt
his ears are open to their from the body but as an ap-
prayer. But the face of the peal to God for a clear con -
Lord is against those that do science, through the resurrec-
evil." tion of Jesus Christ,
13 Now who is there to harm 22 who has gone into heaven
you if you are zealous for and is at the right hand of
what is right? God, with angels, authorities,
14 But even if you do suffer and powers subject to him.
for righteousness' sake, you
will be blessed. Have no fear CHAPTER 4
of them, nor be troubled, 1 Since therefore Christ suf-
15 but in your hearts rever- fered in the flesh, arm your-
ence Christ as Lord. Always selves with the same thought,
be prepared to make a de- for whoever has suffered in
fense to any one who calls the flesh has ceased from sin,
you to account for the hope 2 so as to live for the rest of
that is in you, yet do it with the time in the flesh no
gentleness and reverence; longer by human passions but
16 and keep your conscience by the will of God.
clear, so that, when you are 3 Let the time that is past
abused, those who revile your suffice for doing what the

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Gentiles like to do, living in li- you share Christ's sufferings,


centiousness, passions, that you may also rejoice and
drunkenness, revels, carous- be glad when his glory is re-
ing, and lawless idolatry. vealed.
4 They are surprised that you 14 If you are reproached for
do not now join them in the the name of Christ, you are
same wild profligacy, and blessed, because the spirit of
they abuse you; glory and of God rests upon
5 but they will give account you.
to him who is ready to judge 15 But let none of you suffer
the living and the dead. as a murderer, or a thief, or a
6 For this is why the gospel wrongdoer, or a mischief-mak-
was preached even to the er;
dead, that though judged in 16 yet if one suffers as a
the flesh like men, they might Christian, let him not be
live in the spirit like God. ashamed, but under that
7 The end of all things is at name let him glorify God.
hand; therefore keep sane 17 For the time has come for
and sober for your prayers. judgment to begin with the
8 Above all hold unfailing household of God; and if it
your love for one another, begins with us, what will be
since love covers a multitude the end of those who do not
of sins. obey the gospel of God?
9 Practice hospitality un- 18 And "If the righteous man
grudgingly to one another. is scarcely saved, where will
10 As each has received a the impious and sinner ap-
gift, employ it for one anoth- pear?"
er, as good stewards of God's 19 Therefore let those who
varied grace: suffer according to God's will
11 whoever speaks, as one do right and entrust their
who utters oracles of God; souls to a faithful Creator.
whoever renders service, as
one who renders it by the CHAPTER 5
strength which God supplies; 1 So I exhort the elders
in order that in everything among you, as a fellow elder
God may be glorified through and a witness of the suffer-
Jesus Christ. To him belong ings of Christ as well as a
glory and dominion for ever partaker in the glory that is to
and ever. Amen. be revealed.
12 Beloved, do not be sur- 2 Tend the flock of God that
prised at the fiery ordeal is your charge, not by con-
which comes upon you to straint but willingly, not for
prove you, as though some- shameful gain but eagerly,
thing strange were happening 3 not as domineering over
to you. those in your charge but be-
13 But rejoice in so far as ing examples to the flock.

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4 And when the chief Shep- of you that are in Christ.


herd is manifested you will
obtain the unfading crown of
glory.
5 Likewise you that are
younger be subject to the el-
ders. Clothe yourselves, all of
you, with humility toward one
another, for "God opposes the
proud, but gives grace to the
humble."
6 Humble yourselves there-
fore under the mighty hand of
God, that in due time he may
exalt you.
7 Cast all your anxieties on
him, for he cares about you.
8 Be sober, be watchful. Your
adversary the devil prowls
around like a roaring lion,
seeking some one to devour.
9 Resist him, firm in your
faith, knowing that the same
experience of suffering is re-
quired of your brotherhood
throughout the world.
10 And after you have suf-
fered a little while, the God of
all grace, who has called you
to his eternal glory in Christ,
will himself restore, establish,
and strengthen you.
11 To him be the dominion
for ever and ever. Amen.
12 By Silva'nus, a faithful
brother as I regard him, I
have written briefly to you,
exhorting and declaring that
this is the true grace of God;
stand fast in it.
13 She who is at Babylon,
who is likewise chosen, sends
you greetings; and so does
my son Mark.
14 Greet one another with
the kiss of love. Peace to all