Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered
throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
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.
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,
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that
fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time.
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need
be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
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
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him
not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your
Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched
diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto
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.
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.
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;
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to
the former lusts in your ignorance:
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all
manner of conversation;
60:001:016 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
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:
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;
But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without
blemish and without spot:
Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the
world, but was manifest in these last times for you,
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
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:
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of
incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the
flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof
But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the
word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and
hypocrisies, and envies, all evil speakings,
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye
may grow thereby:
60:002:003 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of
men, but chosen of God, and precious,
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.
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.
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,
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.
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
Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people
of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims,
abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
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
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's
sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme;
Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the
punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do
For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to
silence the ignorance of foolish men:
As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of
maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the
Servants, 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.
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
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered
for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his
60:002:022 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:
Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered,
he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth
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.
For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto
the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
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;
60:003:002 While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting
the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
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.
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:
Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters
ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any
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.
Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of
another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:
Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but
contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called,
that ye should inherit a blessing.
For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain
his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and
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.
And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that
which is good?
But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye:
and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
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:
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.
For it is better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for
well doing, than for evil doing.
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:
60:003:019 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
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:
Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God;
angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
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;
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.
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
Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with them to the
same excess of riot, speaking evil of you:
Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick
and the dead.
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.
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober,
and watch unto prayer.
And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves:
for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.
60:004:009 Use hospitality one to another without grudging.
As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same
one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
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.
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which
is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
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.
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.
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.
Yet if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed;
but let him glorify God on this behalf.
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?
And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the
ungodly and the sinner appear?
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.
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:
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;
Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being
ensamples to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a
crown of glory that fadeth not away.
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 yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that
he may exalt you in due time:
60:005:007 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same
afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the
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.
60:005:011 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
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.
The church that is at Babylon, elected together with you,
saluteth you; and so doth Marcus my son.
Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace be with you
all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
END OF BOOK 60