Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, 1859 edition.

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BIBLE: 1 PETER - Chapter 2


We are to lay aside all guile, and go to Christ, the living stone: and as being now his people, walk worthy of him, with submission to superiors, and patience under sufferings.

1 Wherefore *laying away all malice, and all guile, and dissimulations, and envies, and all detractions,

2 As new-born infants, desire the rational milk without guile: that thereby you may grow unto salvation:

3 If yet you have tasted that the Lord is sweet.

4 To whom approaching the living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen and honoured of God:

5 Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

6 Wherefore it is said in the Scripture: *Behold I lay in Sion a chief corner-stone, elect, precious: And he that shall believe in him, shall not be confounded.

7 To you, therefore, that believe honour: but to them that believe not, *the stone which the builders rejected, the same is made the head of the corner:

8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of scandal, to them, who stumble at the word, neither do believe whereunto also they are set.

9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a purchased people, that you may declare his virtues, who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.

10 *Who in time past were not a people: but are now the people of God: who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

11 *Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, to refrain yourselves from carnal desires, which war against the soul,

12 Having your conversation good among the Gentiles: that whereas they speak against you as evil doers, by your good works, they may glorify God in the day of visitation.

13 *Be ye subject, therefore, to every human creature for God's sake: whether it be to the king as excelling:

14 Or to governors, as sent by him for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of the good:

15 For so is the will of God, that by doing well you may silence the ignorance of foolish men:

16 As free, and not as making liberty a cloak for malice, but as the servants of God.

17 Honour all men: *love the brotherhood: fear God: honour the king:

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 praiseworthy, if for conscience towards God, a man endure sorrows, suffering wrongfully.

20 For what glory is it, if sinning and being buffeted you suffer it: But if doing well you suffer patiently; this is praiseworthy before God.

21 For to this you have been called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving you an example that you should follow his steps.

22 *Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth:

23 Who when he was reviled, did not revile: when he suffered, he threatened not: but delivered himself to him that judged him unjustly:

24 *Who his ownself bore our sins in his body upon the tree: that we being dead to sins, should live to justice: by whose stripes you were healed.

25 For you were as sheep going astray: but you are now converted to the pastor and bishop of your souls.



1: Romans vi. 4.; Ephesians iv. 22.; Colossians iii. 8.; Hebrews xii. 1.

6: Isaias xxviii. 16.; Romans ix. 33.

7: Psalm cxvii. 22.; Isaias viii. 14.; Matthew xxi. 42.; Acts iv. 11.

10: Osee ii. 24.; Romans ix. 25.

11: Romans xiii. 14.; Galatians v. 16.

13: Romans xiii. 1.

17: Romans xii. 10.

18: Ephesians vi. 5.; Colossians iii. 22.; Titus ii. 9.

22: Isaias liii. 9.

24: Isaias liii. 5.