Peter an Apostle of Iesu Chryst, to them that dwell here and there as straun
Pontus, Galacia, Capadocya:
Asia, and Bethynia, electe
2 accordyng to şe for knowledge of God şe farthe thorow the sanctifynge of the
sprete vnto obedience & sprincklyng of the bloude of Iesus Chryst. Grace be
wyth you and peace be multiplyed.
3 Blessed be God the father of oure Lord Iesus Chryst, whych accordyng to his
aboundant mercye begat vs agayne vnto a lyuely hope (by that that Iesus Christ
rose agayne from deeth)
4 to an inherytaunce immortall and vndefyled, and that perissheth not, reserued
in heauen for you,
5 whych are kept by the power of of God thorow fayth, vnto saluacion, whych is
prepared allready to be shewed in the last tyme,
6 in the whych ye reioyce, though now for a season (yf nede require) ye are in
heuynes, thorowe manifolde temptacyons,
7 that the triall of youre fayth beyng moche more precious then golde that
peryssheth (though it be tryed with fyre) myght be founde vnto laude, glory and
honoure, at the apperynge of Iesus Chryst,
8 whom ye haue not sene, & yet loue hym, in whome euen now, though ye se hym
not, yet do you beleue, and reioyce with ioye vnspeakable and glorious
9 receauyge the ende of your fayth, euen the saluacyon of youre soules.
10 Of whych saluacyon haue the Prophetes enquyred and searched, whych prophesyed
of the grace that shuld come vnto you,
11 searchyng when or at what tyme the sprete of Chryst (whych was in them) shuld
sygnifye, whych sprete testifyed before, şe passyons that shuld happen vnto
Chryst, & the glory that shulde folowe after,
12 vnto whych Prophetes it was also declared, şt not vnto them selues, but vnto
vs, they shulde minyster the thynges whych are now shewed vnto you of them,
whych (by the holy goost sent downe from heauen) haue in the Gospell preached
vnto you the thynges, whych the angels desyre to beholde.
13 Wherfore gyrde vp the loynes of youre mynde, be sober, & trust perfectly
on şe grace that is brought vnto you (by şe declaryng of Iesus Chryst)
14 as obedient chyldren, şt ye geue not youre selues ouer vnto youre olde
15 by whych ye were led, whan as yet ye were ignoraunt of Christ: but as he
which called you, is holy, euen so be ye holy also in all maner of conuersacyon,
16 because it is written. Be holy, for I am holy.
17 And yf so be that ye call on şe father, which wythout respect of person
iudgeth according to euery mannes worke, se that ye passe the tyme of youre
pilgremage in feare.
18 For as moch as ye knowe, how that ye were not redemed wyth corruptible
thynges (as syluer & golde) from youre vayne conuersacion, whych ye receaued
by the tradicion of the fathers:
19 but wt şe precious bloude of Chryst, as of a lambe vndefyled, and wythout
20 whych was ordeyned before hande, euen before şe worlde was made: but was
declared in the last tymes for your sakes,
21 whych by his meanes do beleue on God, şt raysed hym vp from deeth, &
gloryfyed hym, şt ye might haue fayth and hope toward God:
22 euen ye whych haue purifyed youre soules thorow the sprete, in obeynge the
trueth wyth brotherly loue vnfayned, se that ye loue one another wyth a pure
23 for ye are borne a newe, not of mortall seed, but of immortall, by the worde
of God, which lyueth and lasteth for euer.
24 For all flesshe is
, and all the glory of man is as the floure of
wyddereth, and the floure falleth awaye,
25 but the worde of the Lord endureth euer And thys is the worde, whych by the
Gospell was preached vnto you.
Wherfore laye asyde all maliciousnes & al gyle, & faynednesse & enuy
and all backbytinge:
2 & as new borne babes, desyre ye şt mylke (not of the body but of the
soule) which is wt out disceate şt ye maye growe ther by
3 If so be şt ye haue tasted, how gracious the Lorde is,
4 to whom ye come, as vnto a lyuinge stone, disalowed of men, but chosen of God
5 & ye as lyuinge stones, are made a spretuall house an holy presthode, for
to offer vp spretual sacrifyces, acceptable to God by Iesus Christ.
6 Wherfore it is contayned also in şe scripture: beholde I put in Sion a stone
to be layed in şe chefe corner, electe & precious. & he şt beleueth on
him shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therfore whych beleue he is precious: but vnto them which beleue not
şe stone which şe buylders refused, the same is begonne to be şe heed of the
8 and a stone that men stomble at, and a rocke wherat they be offended whych
stomble at the worde, and beleue not that, wheron they were set.
9 But ye are a chosen generacion, a royall presthod, an holy nacyon, a people
whych are wonne: that ye shuld shewe the vertues of hym, that called you out of
darcknes into hys meruclous lyght,
10 whych in tyme past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which
some time had not optayned mercye, but now haue optayned mercye.
11 Dearly beloued, I beseche you as straungers and pylgrems, abstayne from
fleshly lustes, which fyght against the soule,
12 & se that ye haue honest conuersacion amonge the Gentyles, that where as
they backbyte you as euyll doars they maye se your good workes, and prayse God
in the daye of vysytacion.
13 Submyt youre selues therfore vnto all maner ordinaunce of man for the lordes
sake, whether it be vnto the kynge, as vnto the chefe heed:
14 other vnto rulars, as vnto them that are sent of hym, for the punysshement of
euyll doars, but for the laude of them, that do well.
15 For so is şe wyll of God, that wyth well doyng ye maye stoppe the mouthes of
foolysh & ignoraunt men:
16 as fre, & not as hauinge the lybertie for a cloacke of maliciousnes, but
euen as the seruauntes of God
17 Honoure all men. Loue brotherly feleshyppe. Feare God, honoure the kynge.
18 Seruauntes, obey your masters wt feare not onely yf they be good &
courteous: but also though they be frowarde
19 For it is thanke worthye yf a man for conscience towarde God endure grefe,
and suffer wrong vndeserued.
20 For what prayse is it, yf when ye be buffeted for your fautes, ye take it
pacyently? But & yf when ye do well, ye suffer wronge & take it
paciently, then is ther thanke wt God.
21 For here vnto verely were ye called: for Christ also suffered for vs leauynge
vs an ensample, that ye shulde folowe his steppes,
22 whych dyd no synne, nether was there gyle found in hys mouth:
23 whych when he was reuyled, reuyled not agayne: when he suffered, he
threatened not, but committed the vengeaunce to hym that iudgeth ryghteously
24 whych hys awne selfe bare our synnes in his body on the tree, that we beyng
delyuered from synne, shuld lyue vnto ryghteousnes. By whose strypes ye were
25 For ye were as shepe goyng astraye: but are now turned vnto the shepeherd and
bysshope of youre soules.
Likewyse ye wyues be in subieccyon to youre husbandes, that euen they whych
obeye not the worde, maye without the worde be wonne by the conuersacyon of the
2 whyll they beholde youre chast conuersacyon coupled wyth feare.
3 Whose apparell shall not be outward wt broyded heare, & hangyng on of
golde, ether in puttynge on of gorgyous apparell:
4 but let the hyd man which is in the herte, be without all corrupcyon, so that
the sprete be at rest and quyete: whych sprete is before God a thynge moch set
5 For after this maner in the olde tyme dyd the holy wemen which trusted in God,
tyer them selues, and were obedient to their husbandes,
6 euen as Sara obeyed Abraham, and called hym Lorde: whose daughters ye are, as
longe as ye do well, & are not afrayde for anye terrour.
7 Lykewyse, ye men, dwell with them accordynge to knowledge: geuyng honoure vnto
the wife, as vnto şe weaker vessell, & as vnto them şt are heyres also of
the grace of lyfe that youre prayers be not hyndred.
8 In conclusyon, be ye all of one mynde, of one hart & loue as brethren, be
petifull, be courteous
9 not rendrynge euyll for euyll, or rebuke for rebuke: but contrarywise, blesse:
knowinge that ye are ther vnto called, euen that ye shulde be heyres of the
10 For he that doth longe after lyfe, and loueth to se good dayes, let hym
refrayne his tonge from euyll, & his lippes şt they speake not gyle.
11 Let him eschue euyll, & do good: let him seke peace, and ensue it.
12 For the eyes of şe Lord are ouer the ryghteous, and hys eares are open vnto
their prayers. Agayne: the face of the Lorde is ouer them that do euyll.
13 Morouer, who is it that wyll harme you, yf ye folowe şt whych is good?
14 Yee, happy are ye, yf anye trouble happen vnto you for rightewesnesse sake.
Be not ye afrayed for anye terroure of them, nether be ye troubled
15 but sanctifye the Lorde God in youre hertes Be ready allwayes to geue an
answere to euery man that asketh you a reason of şe hope that is in you, and
that with meaknes and feare:
16 hauynge a good conscience that where as they backbyte you as euyll doars,
they maye be ashamed, şt falsely accuse your good conuersacion in Chryst.
17 For it is better (yf the wyll of God be so) that ye suffre for well doynge,
then for euyll doinge.
18 For as moch as Christ hath once suffered for synnes, şe iust for the vniust,
to bring vs to God, and was kylled, as pertayninge to the flesshe: but was
quyckened in the sprete.
19 In whych sprete he also went & preached vnto the spretes that were in
20 which some tyme had bene disobedyent, when the longe sufferynge of God was
once loked for in the dayes of Noe whyll the arcke was a preparyng: wherin feaw,
that is to saye .viij. soules, were saued by the water,
21 like as baptyme also now saueth vs, not the puttynge awaye of the fylth of
the flesshe, but in that a good conseyence consenteth to God, by the
resurreccyon of Iesus Christ,
22 whych is on the ryghte hande of God: and is gone into heauen, angels, powers,
and myght subdued vnto hym.
For as moch then as Christ hath suffred for vs in the flesshe, arme ye youre
selues lykewyse with the same mynde: for he whych suffereth in the flesshe,
ceaseth from synne
2 that he hence forwarde shulde lyue (as moch tyme as remayneth in the flesshe)
not after the lustes of men, but after the wyll of God.
3 For it is sufficyent for vs, that we haue spent the tyme that is past of the
lyfe, after the wyll of the Gentyls, walkynge in wantannes, lustes, in excesse
of wynes, in excesse of eatynge, in excesse of drinkynge and in abomynable
4 And it semeth to them an inconuenient thynge, that ye runne not also with them
vnto şe same excesse of ryote, & therfore speake they euyll of you,
5 whych shall geue acomptes to him, that is ready to iudge quicke and deed.
6 For vnto thys purpose verely was şe Gospell preached also vnto the deed, that
they shuld be iudged lyke other men in the flesshe, but shuld lyue before God in
7 The ende of al thinges is at hande. Be ye therfore sober, and watch vnto
8 But aboue all thynges haue feruent loue among your selues. For loue shall
couer the multitude of synnes.
9 Be ye herberous one to another, wythout grudgynge.
10 As euery man hath receaued the gyfte, euen so mynister the same one to
another, as good mynisters of the manyfolde grace of God.
11 If eny man speake, let him talke as the wordes of God. If eny man mynister,
let him do it as of the abylite, whych God mynystreth vnto hym. That God in all
thynges maye be glorifyed thorow Iesus Christ, to whom be prayse and dominion
for euer and euer. Amen.
12 Dearly beloued, maruayll not that ye are proued by fyre (whych thyng is to
trye you) as though some straunge thing happened vnto you:
13 but reioyce, in as moch as ye are partakers of Christes passyons: that when
hys glory appeareth, ye maye be mery and glad.
14 If ye be rayled vpon for şe name of Christ, happie are ye. For the glory and
the sprete of God resteth vpon you. On their parte he is euyll spoken of: but on
youre parte he is glorifyed.
15 Se şt none of you be punysshed as a murtherer, or as a thefe, or an euyll
doar, or as a busybody in other mens matters.
16 If eny man suffre as a Christen man, let him not be ashamed: but let him
glorifye God on this behalfe.
17 For the tyme is come, that iudgement must begynne at the house of God. If it
fyrst begynne at vs, what shall the ende be of them, whych beleue not the
Gospell of God?
18 And yf the ryghteous scarcely be saued: where shall şe vngodly and şe
19 Wherfore, let them şt are troubled accordyng to the wyll of God, commyt
their soules to him with well doynge, as vnto a faythfull creator.
The elders which are amonge you, I exhorte, which am also an elder, and a wytnes
of the affliccyons of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shalbe
2 Fede ye Christes flocke, asmoch as lyeth in you, takynge the ouersyght of
them, not as compelled therto, but wyllyngly: not for the desyre of fylthy
lucre: but of a good mynde,
3 not as though ye were lordes ouer the parisshes: but that ye be an ensample to
4 And when the chefe sheperd shall appeare; yee shal receaue, an incorruptibile
crowne of glorie.
5 Lykewyse ye yonger, submyt your selues vnto the elder: Submit youre selues
euery man, one to another, knyt youre selues together in lowlynes of mynde. For
God resisteth the proude, and geueth grace to the humble
6 Submyt youre selues therfore vnder the myghty hande of God, that he maye
exalte you, when the tyme is come.
7 Cast all your care vpon him: for he careth for you.
8 Be sober and watch, for youre aduersary şe deuyll as a roaring
walketh about, sekyng whom he maye deuoure:
9 whom resyst stedfast in the fayth, knowing, şt the same affliccyons are
apoynted vnto your brethren, that are in the worlde.
10 But the God of all grace whych hath called vs vnto hys eternall glory by
Christ Iesus, shall hys awne selfe (after that ye haue suffred a lytell
affliccyon) make you perfect: settle, strength and stablisshe you.
11 To him be glory and dominyon for euer, and euer. Amen.
12 By Syluanus a faythfull brother vnto you (as I suppose) haue I wrytten brefly,
exhortynge and testifyinge, how that thys is the true grace of God, wherin ye
13 The congregacyon of them whych at
are companyons of youre eleccyon, saluteth you, and so doth Marcus my sonne.
14 Grete ye one another wyth the kysse of loue. Peace be wt you all, which are
in Christ Iesu. Amen.