Cruelty and Violence
Science and History
1 Peter 2
Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and
envies, all evil speakings,||
(2:1) "Laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and
envies, all evil speakings"|
Avoid evil, malice, hypocrisy, and envy. Don't speak badly about others.
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow
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
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
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 marvellous light;||
Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which
had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.||
(2:12) "That ... they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God."|
Should we let others see our good works?
(2:13a) "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man."
Even unjust laws and dictators?
Should we obey human or divine law?
(2:13b-14) "Submit yourselves ... to the king ... for the punishment of evildoers,
and for the praise of them that do well."
Monarchy is the Biblically-approved form of government whose purpose is to punish evildoers and praise do-gooders.
"Fear God. Honour the king."
Should we fear God?
(2:18) "Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear;
not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward."
Slaves should "be subject to [their] masters with all fear,"
to the bad and cruel as well as the good and gentle.
Should we serve God alone?
Does God approve of slavery?
What the Bible says about slavery
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 visitation.
Submit yourselves to
every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be
to the king,
Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of
evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well.
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
Servants, be subject to
your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the
For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief,
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 God.
For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:
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 righteously:
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
For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd
and Bishop of your souls.
- Desire the sincere milk of the word.
- As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby. 2:2
- Don't try to satisfy your lusts.
- Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. 2:11
- Let everyone see your good works.
- 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 visitation. 2:12
- Honor every human being.
- Honour all men. 2:17a
- Love the brotherhood.
- Love the brotherhood. 2:17b
- Fear God.
- Fear God. 2:17c
- Honor the king.
- Honour the king. 2:17d
- Slaves, obey your masters.
- Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. 2:18
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