« 1 Peter 1 »
King James Bible
Greetings from Peter
(2 Peter 1:1-2)
1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia,
Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2Elect 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.
A Living Hope
3Blessed [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, 4To an
inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last
time. 6Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness
through manifold temptations: 7That 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: 8Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him]
not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9Receiving the end of your
faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls.
10Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the
grace [that should come] unto you: 11Searching 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. 12Unto 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.
A Call to Be Holy
13Wherefore 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; 14As obedient children, not fashioning
yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15But as he which hath called you is
holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
17And 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: 18Forasmuch 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; 19But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish
and without spot: 20Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was
manifest in these last times for you, 21Who 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.
The Word of the Lord Stands Forever
22Seeing 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: 23Being born again, not of
corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
24For 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:
25But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached
« 1 Peter 2 »
King James Bible
The Lord is Good
1Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
2As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: 3If so be ye
have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious.
The Living Stone
(Isaiah 28:14-22; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15)
4To whom coming, [as unto] a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, [and]
precious, 5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up
spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6Wherefore 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.
7Unto 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,
8And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, [even to them] which stumble at the word, being
disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
9But 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:
10Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not
obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war
against the soul; 12Having 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.
Submission to Authorities
13Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as
supreme; 14Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers,
and for the praise of them that do well. 15For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put
to silence the ignorance of foolish men: 16As free, and not using [your] liberty for a cloke of
maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 17Honour all [men]. Love the brotherhood. Fear God.
Honour the king.
18Servants, [be] subject to [your] masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to
the froward. For this [is] thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering
wrongfully. 20For 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
Christ's Example of Suffering
(Isaiah 53:1-8; Matthew 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65; John 18:19-24)
21For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example,
that ye should follow his steps: 22Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: 23Who,
when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed
[himself] to him that judgeth righteously: 24Who 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.
25For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your
« 1 Peter 3 »
King James Bible
Wives and Husbands
(Song Of Solomon 1:1-3; Ephesians 5:22-33)
1Likewise, 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; 2While they behold your
chaste conversation [coupled] with fear. 3Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of
plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; 4But [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. 5For after this manner in the old time the holy women
also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: 6Even
as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are
not afraid with any amazement.
7Likewise, 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
Turn from Evil
8Finally, [be ye] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful,
[be] courteous: 9Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing
that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
10For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that
they speak no guile:
11Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.
12For 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.
13And who [is] he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good?
Suffering for Righteousness
14But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy [are ye]: and be not afraid of their terror,
neither be troubled; 15But 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:
16Having 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. 17For [it is] better, if the will of God
be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. 18For 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: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 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. 21The 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: 22Who is gone
into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made
subject unto him.
« 1 Peter 4 »
King James Bible
Living for God's Glory
1Forasmuch 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; 2That he no longer should live
the rest of [his] time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 3For 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: 4Wherein they think it
strange that ye run not with [them] to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of [you]: 5Who shall
give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. 6For 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.
7But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 8And above all
things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. 9Use
hospitality one to another without grudging. 10As every man hath received the gift, [even so]
minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 11If 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.
Suffering as Christians
12Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange
thing happened unto you: 13But 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. 14If 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. 15But 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. 16Yet if
[any man suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
17For 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? 18And if the righteous
scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? 19Wherefore 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.
« 1 Peter 5 »
King James Bible
Instructions to Elders
1The 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: 2Feed 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; 3Neither as being lords over [God's] heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
4And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Cast Your Cares on Him
5Likewise, 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.
6Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 8Be sober, be vigilant; because your
adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9Whom resist
stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are
in the world.
Benediction and Final Greetings
10But 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]. 11To him [be] glory and
dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
12By 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. 13The [church that is] at Babylon,
elected together with [you], saluteth you; and [so doth] Marcus my son. 14Greet ye one another
with a kiss of charity. Peace [be] with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.