The apostle Peter, seeing he has administered his apostolic office mainly amongst the circumcision, Gal. 2:9, writes this epistle to the congregations of the scattered Jews, who, in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, were brought to the faith in CHRIST; and that on the one side to strengthen them in the truth received, and on the other side to exhort them to their bounden duty, as he testifies in 1 Peter 5:12. This epistle contains especially these parts: First, after the superscription of the epistle contained in the two first verses, the apostle makes a short declaration of the doctrine of the Gospel, and relates the principal benefits which we obtain by CHRIST unto the 13th verse of the first chapter. Afterwards, from the consideration of the redemption wrought by CHRIST, he exhorts them unto a christian conduct, in general unto the 13th verse of the second chapter, as well as in particular, namely, as subjects to obedience to their magistrates, servants to obedience to their masters, and married women and men unto their mutual duties, unto the 8th verse of the third chapter, from which 8th verse forward he returns unto general exhortations, and especially to love, patience and temperance unto the end of the fourth chapter. In the beginning of the fifth chapter he admonishes the elders of their bounden duty in the feeding of their flocks, and young persons of the duty, and both of them to sobriety and watching against the devil unto the 10th verse. From which he concludes the epistle with an earnest prayer unto God for them and with mutual salutation.