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Bibliography on First Peter

Preaching requires work, and a good pastor will put in the hours.  Here's what I'm using for preaching through 1 Peter, in case you're interested.
Arichea, Daniel C. and Eugene Albert Nida, A Handbook on the First Letter from Peter, UBS Handbook Series (New York: United Bible Societies, 1980).
Abernathy, David. An Exegetical Summary of 1 Peter, 2nd ed. (Dallas, TX: SIL International, 2008).
Alford, Henry.  Alford’s Greek Testament: An Exegetical and Critical Commentary, Vol. 4 (Grand Rapids, MI: Guardian Press, 1976).
Black, Allen and Mark C. Black, 1 & 2 Peter, The College Press NIV Commentary (Joplin, MO: College Press Pub., 1998).
Calvin, John and John Owen, Commentaries on the Catholic Epistles (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2010).
Case, David A. and David W. Holdren, 1-2 Peter, 1-3 John, Jude: A Commentary for Bible Students (Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2006).
Clowney, Edmund.  The Message of 1 Peter. The Bible Speaks Today, (Downers Grove: IL, …

What About the Apocrypha?

 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work (2 Tm 3:14–17).
Sometimes people wonder about "full" Bibles, copies of Holy Scripture that contain the apocryphal or deuterocanonical books.  Should we revere as God's Word more than the sixty-six books we commonly read?

The 1689 London Baptist Confession speaks briefly and plainly to the matter:
1:3 The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon or rule of the Scripture, and, therefore, are of no authority to the church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved or made use of…