Laws in the Epistles of Peter

The end of your faith is the salvation of your soul. – 1 Peter 1:9

Gird up the loins of your mind, be sober; and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 1:13

As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy." – 1 Peter 1:15‑16

The Father, without partiality judges according to each one's work. – 1 Peter 1:17

Lay aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby. – 1 Peter 2:1‑2

Coming to Christ as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God. – 1 Peter 2:4‑5

You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. – 1 Peter 2:9

Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul. – 1 Peter 2:11

Submit yourself to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake. – 1 Peter 2:13

The will of God is that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men ‑‑ as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as servants of God. – 1 Peter 2:15‑16

Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. – 1 Peter 2:17

When you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. – 1 Peter 2:20

To this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: "Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in his mouth"; who, when he was reviled, did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but committed himself to Him who judges righteously. – 1 Peter 2:21‑23

Do not let your adornment be merely outward-- arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel ‑‑ rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. – 1 Peter 3:3‑4

Be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing. knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. – 1 Peter 3:8‑9

Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience. – 1 Peter 3:15‑16

It is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. – 1 Peter 3:17

A baptism now saves us ‑‑ not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God. – 1 Peter 3:21

Since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. – 1 Peter 4:1‑2

All will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. – 1 Peter 4:5

The gospel was preached also to those who are dead, so that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. – 1 Peter 4:6

Above all things have fervent love for one another, for "love will cover a multitude of sins." – 1 Peter 4:8

Be hospitable to one another without grumbling. – 1 Peter 4:9

As each has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. – 1 Peter 4:10

If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If any one ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified. – 1 Peter 4:11

Do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ's sufferings. – 1 Peter 4:12‑13

Let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a busybody in other people's matters. – 1 Peter 4:15

The time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God, and it begins with us first. – 1 Peter 4:17

Let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. – 1 Peter 4:19

Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. – 1 Peter 5:2‑4

Younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for "God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble." – 1 Peter 5:5

Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:6‑7

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8

In all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self‑control, to self‑control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love . . . He who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. – 2 Peter 1:5‑7, 9

No prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. – 2 Peter 1:20‑21

Do not forget this one thing: with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. – 2 Peter 3:8

The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish put that all should come to repentance. – 2 Peter 3:9

The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. – 2 Peter 3:10

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Several early writers have knowledge only of 1 Peter, thus, it is believed that 2 Peter was written by a different author at a later date. The disciple Simon Peter is traditionally believed to have authored the first of the two Epistles (letters), between 80 to 110 A.D. 2 Peter is believed to have been written between 100 to 160 A.D.

We have used the King James Version of the Bible as the basis for this list. Some Scripture may have been taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Peter Kirby has formulated an impressive collection of early Christian documents and links available at:

Udo Schnelle, translated by M. Eugene Boring, The History and Theology of the New Testament Writings (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1998).

The text of the Epistles of Peter is available online at:

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