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					                         THE SECOND EPISTLE OF

                         S T. P E T E R
In this Epistle St. Peter says              and virtue.
(chap, 3): Behold this second
Epistle I write to you: and before          1:4. By whom he hath given us
(chap. 1,): Being assured that the          most great and precious promi s-
laying away of this my tabernacle           es: that by these you may be
is at hand. This shews, that it             made partakers of the divine n a-
was written a very short time be-           ture: flying the corruption of that
fore his martyrdom, which was               concupiscence which is in the
about thirty-five years after our           world.
Lord’s Ascension. In this Epistle
he admonishes the faithful to be            1:5. And you, employing all care,
mindful of the great gifts they re-         minister in your faith, virtue: And
ceived from God and to join all             in virtue, knowledge:
other virtues with their faith. He
warns them again st false teach-            1:6. And in knowledge, abst i-
ers, by describing their practices          nence: and in abstinence, pa-
and foretelling their punishments.          tience: and in patience, godl i-
He describes the dissolution of             ness:
this world by fire and the day of
judgment.                                   1:7. And in godliness, love of
                                            brotherhood: and in love of bro-
        2 Peter Chapter 1                   therhood, charity.

He exhorts them to join all other           1:8. For if these things be with
virtues with their faith, in order to       you and abound, they will make
secure their salvation.                     you to be neither empty nor u n-
1:1. Simon Peter, servant and               fruitful in the knowledge of our
apostle of Jesus Christ: to them            Lord Jesus Christ.
that have obtained equal faith
with us in the justice of our God           1:9. For he that hath not these
and Saviour Jesus Christ.                   things with him is blind and gro p-
                                            ing, having forgotten that he was
1:2. Grace to you and peace be              purged from his old sins.
accomplished in the knowledge
of God and of Christ Jesus our              1:10. W herefore, brethren, labour
Lord.                                       the more, that by good works you
                                            may make sure your calling a nd
1:3. As all things of his divine            election. For doing these things,
power which appertain to life and           you shall not sin at any time.
godliness are given us through
the knowledge of him who hath               1:11. For so an entrance shall be
called us by his own proper glory           ministered to you abundantly into


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the ever-lasting kingdom of our           that shineth in a dark place, until
Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.            the day dawn and the day star
                                          arise in your hearts.
1:12. For which cause, I will b e-
gin to put you always in remem-           1:20. Understanding this first:
brance of these things: though            That no prophecy of scripture is
indeed you know them and are              made by private interpretation.
confirmed in the present truth.
                                          No prophecy of scripture is made
1:13. But I think it meet, as long        by private interpretation... This
as I am in this tabernacle, to stir       shows plainly that the scriptures
you up by putting you in reme m-          are not to be expounded by any
brance.                                   one’s private judgment or private
                                          spirit, because every part of the
1:14. Being assured that the la y-        holy scriptures were written by
ing away of this my tabernacle is         men inspired by the Holy Ghost,
at hand, according as our Lord            and declared as such by the
Jesus Christ also hath signified          Church; therefore they are not to
to me.                                    be interpreted but by the Spirit of
                                          God, which he hath left, and
1:15. And I will endeavour that           promised to remain with his
you frequently have after my d e-         Church to guide her in all truth to
cease whereby you may keep a              the end of the world. Some may
memory of these things.                   tell us, that many of our divines
                                          interpret the scriptures: they may
1:16. For we have not by follo w-         do so, but they do it always with
ing artificial fables made known          a submission to the judgment of
to you the power and presence of          the Church, and not otherwise.
our Lord Jesus Christ: but we
were eyewitnesses of his great-           1:21. For prophecy came not by
ness.                                     the will of man at any time: but
                                          the holy men of God spoke, in-
1:17. For he received from God            spired by the Holy Ghost.
the Father honour and glory, this
voice coming down to him from             2 Peter Chapter 2
the excellent glory: This is my
beloved Son, in whom I am well            He warns them against false
pleased. Hear ye him.                     teachers and foretells their p u-
                                          nishment.
1:18. And this voice, we heard            2:1. But there were also false
brought from heaven, when we              prophets among the people, even
were with him in the holy mount.          as there shall be among you lying
                                          teachers who shall bring in sects
1:19. And we have the more firm           of perdition and deny the Lord
prophetical word: whereunto you           who bought them: bringing upon
do well to attend, as to a light          themselves swift destruction.



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                                          liver the godly from temptation,
Seeds of perdition... That is, he-        but to reserve the unjust unto the
resies destructive of salvation.          day of judgment to be tormented:

2:2. And many shall follow their          2:10. And especially them who
riotousness, through whom the             walk after the flesh in the lust of
way of truth shall be evil spoken         uncleanness and despise go v-
of.                                       ernment: audacious, self willed,
                                          they fear not to bring in sects,
2:3. And through covetousness             blaspheming.
shall they with feigned words
make merchandise of you. W hose           2:11. W hereas angels, who are
judgment now of a long time lin-          greater in strength and power,
gereth not: and their perdition           bring not against themselves a
slumbereth not.                           railing judgment.

2:4. For if God spared not the            Bring not a railing judgment,
angels that sinned, but delivered         etc... That is, they use no railing,
them, drawn down by infernal              nor cursing sentence; not even in
ropes to the lower hell, unto to r-       their conflicts with the evil an-
ments, to be reserved unto jud g-         gels. See St. Jude, ver. 9.
ment:
                                          2:12. But these men, as irrational
2:5. And spared not the original          beasts, naturally tending to the
world, but preserved Noe, the             snare and to destruction, bla s-
eighth person, the preacher of            pheming those things which they
justice, bringing in the flood upon       know not, shall perish in their
the world of the ungodly.                 corruption:

2:6. And reducing the cities of           2:13. Receiving the reward of
the Sodomites and of the G o-             their injustice, counting for a
morrhites into ashes, condemned           pleasure the delights of a day:
them to be overthrown, making             stains and spots, sporting the m-
them an example to those that             selves to excess, rioting in their
should after act wickedly,                feasts with you:

2:7. And delivered just Lot, o p-         The delights of a day: that is, the
pressed by the injustice and lewd         short delights of this world, in
conversation of the wicked:               which they place all their happi-
                                          ness.
2:8. For in sight and hearing he
was just, dwelling among them             2:14. Having eyes full of adultery
who from day to day vexed the             and of sin that ceaseth not: allu r-
just soul with unjust works .             ing unstable souls: having their
                                          heart exercised with covetous-
2:9. The Lord knoweth how to d e-         ness: children of malediction.



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                                            has happened to them: The dog
2:15. Leaving the right way, they           is returned to his vomit; and: The
have gone astray, having fo l-              sow that was washed to her wa l-
lowed the way of Balaam of Bo-              lowing in the mire.
sor who loved the wages of ini q-
uity,                                       2 Peter Chapter 3

2:16. But had a check of his                Against scoffers denying the
madness, the dumb beast used to             second coming of Christ. He de c-
the yoke, which, speaking with              lares the sudden dissolutio n of
man’s voice, forbade the folly of           this world and exhorts to holiness
the prophet.                                of life.
                                            3:1. Behold this second epistle I
2:17. These are fountains without           write to you, my dearly beloved,
water and clouds tossed wit h               in which, I stir up by way of a d-
whirlwinds, to whom the mist of             monition your sincere mind:
darkness is reserved.
                                            3:2. That you may be mindful of
2:18. For, speaking proud words             those words which I told you b e-
of vanity, they allure by the d e-          fore from the ho ly prophet and of
sires of fleshly riotousness those          your apostles, of the precepts of
who for a little while escape,              the Lord and Saviour.
such as converse in error:
                                            3:3. Knowing this first: That in
2:19. Promising them liberty,               the last days there shall come
whereas they themselves are the             deceitful scoffers, walking after
slaves of corruption. For by                their own lusts,
whom a man is ove rcome, of the
same also he is the slave.                  3:4. Saying: W here is his promise
                                            or his coming? For since the ti me
2:20. For if, flying from the poll u-       that the fathers slept, all things
tions of the world, through the             continue as they were from the
knowledge of our Lord and S a-              beginning of the creation.
viour Jesus Christ, they be again
entangled in them and overcome:             3:5. For this they are wilfully i g-
their latter state is become unto           norant of: That the heavens were
them worse than the former.                 before, and the earth out of water
                                            and through water, consisting by
2:21. For it had been better for            the word of God:
them not to have known the way
of justice than, after they have            3:6. W hereby the world that then
known it, to turn back from that            was, being overflowed with water,
holy commandment which was                  perished.
delivered to them.
                                            3:7. But the heavens and the
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word are kept in store, reserved          gent that you may be found b e-
unto fire against the day of jud g-       fore him unspotted and blam e-
ment and perdition of the ungodly         less in peace.
men.
                                          3:15. And account the longsuffe r-
3:8. But of this one thing be not         ing of our Lord, salvation: as also
ignorant, my beloved, that one            our most dear brother Paul, a c-
day with the Lord is as a tho u-          cording to the wisdom given him,
sand years, and a thousand                hath written to you:
years as one day.
                                          3:16. As also in all his epistles,
3:9. The Lord delayeth not his            speaking in them of the se things;
promise, as some imagine, but             in which are certain things hard
dealeth patiently for your sake,          to be understood, which the u n-
not willing that any should perish,       learned and unstable wrest, as
but that all should return to pe n-       they do also the other scriptures,
ance,                                     to their own destruction.

3:10. But the day of the Lord             3:17. You therefore, brethren,
shall come as a thief, in which           knowing these things before, take
the heavens shall pass away with          heed, lest being led asi de by the
great violence and the elements           error of the unwise, you fall from
shall be melted with heat and the         your own steadfastness.
earth and the works which are in
it shall be burnt up.                     3:18. But grow in grace and in
                                          the knowledge of our Lord and
3:11. Seeing then that all these          Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be
things are to be dissolved, what          glory both now and unto the day
manner of people ought you to be          of eternity, Amen.
in holy conversation and godli-
ness?

3:12. Looking for and hasting u n-
to the coming of the day of the
Lord, by which the heavens being
on fire shall be dissol ved, and
the elements shall melt with the
burning heat?

3:13. But we look for new he a-
vens and a new earth according
to his promises, in which justice
dwelleth.

3:14. W herefore, dearly beloved,
waiting for these things, be dil i-



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