Copyright 2000  DSOTO--

by Keith Hepworth

             CHAPTERS OF 1st  PETER                       CHAPTERS OF 2nd  PETER








   1 PETER 1

1  PETER, an apostle of Jesus Christ, unto 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 the 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, which 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;
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 honor and glory,
   At the appearing of Jesus Christ, whom having not seen, ye love him;
   In whom, though now ye see him not, yet are believing,
   Ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and glorious:
9  Receiving the object of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning which salvation the prophets who prophesied of the grace bestowed upon you;
   Inquired and searched diligently, searching what time, and what manner of salvation,
   The Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify when it testified beforehand,
   Of 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 grace,
   That is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 And as obedient children, and 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 holy.
17 And if ye call upon 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, 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 God.
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; and being born again,
   Not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible,
   By the word of God, which liveth and abideth forever.
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 away,
25 But the word of the Lord endureth forever.
   And this is the word,
   Which by the gospel is preached unto you.

   1 PETER 2
1  WHEREFORE laying aside all malice and all guile,
   And all hypocrisies, and all envies, and all evil speaking,
2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word of the Lord,
   That ye may grow thereby if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4  To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed 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 Zion a stone,
   A chosen and precious cornerstone; and he that believeth upon him,
   Shall not be put to shame; unto you therefore which believe he is precious;
7  But unto them which do not believe, The very stone which the builders disallowed,
8  The same has become the head of the corner; and A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence,
   To those which stumble because of disobedience, whereunto they were appointed.
9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, and an holy nation,
   And a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him,
   Who hath called you out of the darkness into his marvelous light;
10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now God's people;
   Which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
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 good works, which they shall behold,
   Glorify God in that day of his visitation.
   Submit yourselves unto man for the Lord's sake,
   Whether it be to the king supreme, or unto governors,
   As unto them that are sent for the punishment of evildoers,
   And for the praise of them that do well; for so is the will of God,
   That with your well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men;
16 As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
17 Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear,
   Not only to the good and gentle but also to the froward in heart.
19 For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall not take it patiently?
   But if, when ye do well, suffer for it, and 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 after his steps;
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth;
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again;
   When he suffered, he threatened not,
   But committed himself to him that judgeth righteously;
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body upon 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 PETER 3

1  LIKEWISE, ye wives, be in subjection to your husbands;
   That, if any obey not the word, they also may,
   Without the word be won by the conduct of the wives;
2  While they behold your chaste conduct coupled with fear.
3  Let your adorning be not that outward adorning of plaiting the hair,
   And of wearing of gold, or of putting on of fine apparel;
4  But let it be the hidden person of the heart,
   Which is not corruptible,
   Even an ornament of a meek and quiet spirit,
   Which is, in the sight of God, a gem of great worth.
5  For after this very same manner in the olden times the holy women,
   Who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their husbands,
6  Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, and whose daughters ye are,
   As long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
7  Likewise, husbands, live with them according to knowledge,
   Giving honor unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel,
   And as being heirs as one of the grace of life,
   That your prayers be not hindered.
8  Finally, be ye all of one mind,
   And having compassion one of another;
   Love as brethren; be sympathetic, courteous,
9  Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing,
   But on the contrary 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;
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and persue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous,
   And his ears are open to their prayers;
   But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil.
13 And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is right?
14 But if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye in so doing;
   And be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled;
15 But sanctify the Lord God who is in your hearts;
   And be ready always to make a defense with meekness and fear,
   To every man that asketh of you a reason of the hope that is in you;
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers,
   They may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conduct 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,
   That he might bring us to God; by which cause also he went and preached,
   Unto the spirits in prison, some of whom were disobedient in the days of Noah,
   While the longsuffering of God waited while the ark was preparing,
   Wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved through water.
21 Whereunto baptism, a like figure, doth now save us,
   Not by putting away of the dirt of the flesh,
   But having a good conscience toward God,
   By the resurrection of Jesus Christ;
22 Who is gone into heaven, on the right hand of God;
   Angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

   1 PETER 4

1  FORASMUCH then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh,
   Arm yourselves likewise with the same mind;
   For ye that hath suffered in the flesh should cease from sin,
2  That ye no longer the rest of your time in the flesh should live to the lusts of men,
   But to the will of God; for the time past of life may suffice to have wrought the will of the Gentiles,
   When we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revelings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries;
4  Wherein they speak evil of you that ye run not with them to the same excess of self-indulgence,
   Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead.
6  Because of this, is the gospel also preached to them that are dead,
   That they also might be judged according to men in the flesh,
   But live in the spirit according to the will of God.
7  But unto you the end of all things is at hand;
   Be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.
8  And above all things have unfailing charity among yourselves;
   For charity preventeth a multitude of sins; use hospitality one to another ungrudgingly.
10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another,
   As good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11 If any man speak, let him speak as an oracle 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 forever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial,
   Which is to try you as though some strange thing has happened;
13 But rejoice ye, 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, then happy are ye;
   For the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you;
   On their part he is evilly 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; yet if any man suffer as a Christian,
   Let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God on behalf of this name;
17 For the time is come for judgment to begin at the house of God;
   And if it first begin with us, what shall the end be,
   For all those that obey not the gospel of God?
18 If the righteous man is scarcely saved,
   What will become of the ungodly and the sinner?
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God,
   Commit the keeping of their souls unto him,
   And continue in their well doing,
   As unto a faithful Creator.

   1 PETER 5

1  THE elders which are among you I exhort,
   As I am a fellow 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 overseeing thereof;
   And not by constraint, but willingly; and not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;
3  Neither as being lords over God's heritage, but being ensamples unto the flock of the Lord.
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 unto 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;
7  And cast all your anxieties upon him, for he careth about you.
8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the devil,
   As a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour;
9  And whom ye must resist, remaining steadfast in the faith of Christ,
   Knowing that the same afflictions are being experienced in all your brethren.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus,
   After ye have suffered a while, will make you perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
11 To him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you,
   As I regard him;
   I have written briefly,
   Exhorting you, and testifying unto you,
   That this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand.
13 She who 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.


   2 PETER 1

1  SIMON Peter, a servant and apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained,
   Precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ;
2  Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,
3  According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
   Through the knowledge of him that hath called us to his glory and excellence;
4  Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises,
   That by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,
   Having escaped the corruption that is in the world because of lust.
5  And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
6  And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
7  And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
8  For if these things be in you, and abound in you, they will make you, that,
   Ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
9  But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off,
   And hath forgotten he was cleansed from his old sins.
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, be zealous,
   To make your calling and election sure;
   For if ye do these things, ye shall never fall;
11 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly,
   Into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and our Savior, Jesus Christ.
12 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things,
   Though ye know them now, and be established in the present truth.
13 Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle,
   To stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
14 Knowing that shortly,
   I must put off this tabernacle,
   Even as our Lord Jesus Christ showed me.
15 And I will make every effort that ye may be able,
   After my decease, to have these things always in remembrance.
16 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables when we made known to you,
   The power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
17 For he received from God the Father honor and glory when there came such a voice unto him,
   From the Majestic Glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.
18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard when we were with him in the holy mount;
19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy whereunto ye do well that ye take heed,
   As unto a light that shineth in a dark place until the day dawns,
   And the mourning star arises in your hearts;
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scriptures,
   Is given of any private will of man; for the prophecy came not in old time,
   By the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

   2 PETER 2

1  BUT there were false prophets also among the people,
   Even as there shall be false teachers among you,
   Who privily shall bring in damnable heresies,
   Even denying the Lord that bought them,
   And bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2  And many shall follow after their pernicious ways,
   By reason of whom the way of truth shall be evilly spoken of.
3  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you,
   Whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their destruction slumbereth not.
4  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them all down to hell,
   And delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
5  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person,
   A preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood,
   Upon the world of the ungodly;
6  And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah,
   Into ashes condemned them with an overthrow of brimstone,
   Making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;
7  And delivered the just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked;
8  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing them,
   Vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)
9  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations,
   And to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment;
10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh,
   In their lust of uncleanness;
   And they despise the government.
   Presumptuous are they, and self-willed;
   They are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.
11 Whereas angels, which are greater in power and might,
   Bring not railing accusations against them before the Lord.
12 But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed,
   Speak evil of the things they understand not; and they shall utterly perish,
   In their own corruption; and they shall also receive the reward of unrighteousness,
   As they that count it a pleasure to self-indulge themselves in the day time; spots they are,
   And blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast excessively;
14 Having eyes full of adultery that cannot cease from sin, beguiling unstable souls;
   And an heart they have exercised with covetous practices;
   cursed children which have forsaken the right way,
   and are gone badly astray,
   following the way of Balaam, who was the son of Bosor;
   who loved the wages of unrighteousness, but was rebuked for his iniquity,
   when the dumb ass spoke with man's voice, and forbad the madness of the prophet.
17 These are wells without water, clouds carried with a tempest,
   To whom the mist of darkness is reserved forever.
18 For when they speak great words of vanity,
   They allure through the lusts of the flesh much wantonness;
   And those that were clean escaped from them, who live in error and sin,
19 While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption;
   For of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought into bondage.
20 For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world,
   Through knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
   They are again entangled therein and overcome;
   The latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
21 For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness,
   Than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
22 For it is happened unto them according to the true proverbs, As a dog returneth to his vomit;
   And, The sow that is washed clean, goes back to her wallowing in the mire.

  2 PETER 3

1  THIS second epistle, beloved,
   I write unto you, in which I stir up your minds,
   By way of remembrance; that ye may be mindful of both the words,
   Which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandments of us,
   The apostles of the Lord and Savior, denying the Lord Jesus Christ, and saying,
   Knowing this first, that in the last days there shall come scoffers,
   Denying the Lord Jesus Christ, walking after their own lusts,
   And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?
   For since the fathers fell asleep,
   All things continue as they are,
   And have continued as they are,
   From the beginning of the creation.
5  For this they willingly are ignorant of,
   That of the old, both the heavens and the earth,
   In water and out of the water, were created by the word of God; 
6  And by the word of God the world that then was, being overflowed with water perished;
7  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, are kept in store by the same word,
   Reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
8  But, concerning  the day of the coming of the Lord, beloved,
   I would not have you ignorant of this one thing, that,
   One day is with the Lord as a thousand years,
   And a thousand years is as one day.
9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise and coming,
   As some men count slackness; but is longsuffering toward each of us,
   Not willing that any should perish, but that all should come unto repentance.
10 But the day of the Lord will come quickly, even as a thief in the night,
   In which the heavens shall shake, and the earth also shall tremble,
   And the mountains shall melt and pass away with a great noise,
   And the elements shall be filled with fervent heat,
   The earth also shall be filled,
   And the corruptible works,
   Which are therein shall be burned up.
11 Seeing then that all these things shall be destroyed,
   What manner of persons ought ye to be in holy conduct and godliness,
12 Looking unto, and preparing for the dreadful coming of the day of our God,
   Wherein the corruptible things of the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved,
   And the mountains shall melt with fervent heat? nevertheless, if we shall endure,
   We shall be kept according to his promise and look for a new heaven and a new earth,
   Wherein dwelleth righteousness; wherefore, my beloved, see that ye look for such things,
   And be diligent, that ye may be found of him to be in peace, without spot, and blameless.
15 And account, even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given unto him,
   Hath written unto you, of the longsuffering and waiting of our Lord for salvation;
16 As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things,
   In which are some things hard to be understood,
   Which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest about,
   As they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction.
17 Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before which are coming,
   Beware lest ye also being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your steadfastness.
18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
   To him be glory, both now and forever. Amen.