Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: 1 PETER - Chapter 1


He gives thanks to God for the benefit of our being called to the true faith, and to eternal life; into which we are to enter by many tribulations. He exhorts to holiness of life, considering the holiness of God, and our redemption by the blood of Christ.

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers dispersed through Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect,

2 According to the foreknowledge of God, the Father, unto the 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, who according to his great mercy hath regenerated us unto a lively hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

4 Unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not, reserved in heaven for you,

5 Who by the power of God are kept by faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.

6 In which you shall greatly rejoice, now if ye must be for a little time, afflicted by divers temptations:

7 That the trial of your faith, much more precious than gold, (which is tried by the fire) may be found unto praise, and glory, and honour, at the appearing of Jesus Christ:

8 Whom having not seen you love: in whom also now, though you see him not, you believe: and believing, shall rejoice with an unspeakable and glorified joy:

9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning which salvation the prophets have inquired, and diligently searched, who prophesied of the grace to come in you:

11 Searching into what time, or manner of time, the Spirit of Christ should signify in them: foretelling those sufferings that are in Christ, and the glories that should follow:

12 To whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to you they ministered those things, which are now declared to you by those who have preached the gospel to you, the Holy Ghost being sent down from heaven, on whom the Angels desire to look.

13 Wherefore having the loins of your mind girded, being sober, hope perfectly for the grace which is offered you at the revelation of Jesus Christ:

14 As children of obedience, not conformed to the former desires of your ignorance:

15 But according to the holy one, who hath called you: be ye also holy in all conversation:

16 For it is written: *You shall be holy, because I am holy.

17 And if you call on the Father, who *without respect of persons, judgeth according to every one's work, converse in fear during the time of your sojourning here:

18 Knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, gold or silver, from your vain conversation of the tradition of your fathers:

19 *But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb unspotted and undefiled:

20 Foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but manifested in the last times for you,

21 Who through him are faithful in God, who raised him from the dead, and gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God:

22 Purifying your souls in the obedience of charity, with a brotherly love, from a sincere heart love one another earnestly:

23 Being born again not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible by the word of God, who liveth and remaineth for ever.

24 *For all flesh is as grass: and all the glory thereof as the flower of grass: the grass is withered, and the flower thereof is fallen away.

25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever: and this is the word which hath been preached unto you.



3: 2 Corinthians i. 3.; Ephesians i. 3.

16: Leviticus xi. 44. and xix. 2. and xx. 7.

17: Deuteronomy x. 17.; Romans ii. 11.; Galatians ii. 6.

19: 1 Corinthians vi. 20. and vii. 23.; Hebrews ix. 14.; 1 John i. 7.; Apocalypse i. 5.

24: Ecclesiasticus xiv. 18.; Isaias xl. 6.; James i. 10.