The First Epistle General of Peter
ETER, 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
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 inquired 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
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
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
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
1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for
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.
[ I Peter: Chapter
1: | Verses: 25 | Words: 597 ]
HEREFORE laying aside all malice,
and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil
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
2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone,
disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and
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
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
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
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
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.
[ I Peter: Chapter
2: | Verses: 25 | Words: 549 ]
IKEWISE, 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
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,
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
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
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
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
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
[ I Peter: Chapter
3: | Verses: 22 | Words: 551 ]
ORASMUCH 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
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
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
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
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.
[ I Peter: Chapter
4: | Verses: 19 | Words: 479 ]
HE 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
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
5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the
devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may
5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the
same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in
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
5:11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and
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.