The Book of 1 Peter
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered
throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
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.
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,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that
fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto
salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if
need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
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:
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
9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of
10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and
searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto
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.
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.
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;
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves
according to the former lusts in your ignorance:
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy
in all manner of conversation;
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am
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:
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;
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb
without blemish and without spot:
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of
the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
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
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:
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for
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
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is
the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and
hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings,
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word,
that ye may grow thereby:
3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed
indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
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.
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.
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,
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to
them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they
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;
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
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and
pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
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
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the
Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
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
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may
put to silence the ignorance of foolish men:
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of
maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not
only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward
God endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
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.
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also
suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he
suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth
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.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned
unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
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;
2 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of
plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of
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.
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:
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
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
8 Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
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.
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
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace,
and ensue it.
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.
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of
that which is good?
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are
ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
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:
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.
17 For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye
suffer for well doing, than for evil doing.
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:
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in
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.
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:
22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of
God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto
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;
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.
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 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them
to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the
quick and the dead.
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.
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore
sober, and watch unto prayer.
8 And above all things have fervent charity among
yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister
the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of
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.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery
trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto
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.
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.
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.
16 Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be
ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf.
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?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the
ungodly and the sinner appear?
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
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:
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;
3 Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being
ensamples to the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall
receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
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.
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of
God, that he may exalt you in due time:
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil,
as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same
afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the
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.
11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.
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.
13 The church that is at Babylon, elected together with
you, saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be
with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.