Peter, an apostle
Christ, to the chosen
ones who are living as foreigners in the Dispersion
in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification
of the Spirit, that you may obey Jesus Christ
and be sprinkled with his blood: Grace
to you and peace be multiplied.
Blessed be the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy
caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn't fade away, reserved in Heaven
who by the power of God are guarded through faith
for a salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time.
Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been put to grief in various trials,
that the proof of your faith, which is more precious than gold that perishes even though it is tested by fire, may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation
of Jesus Christ-
whom not having known you love; in whom, though now you don't see him, yet believing, you rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and full of glory-
receiving the result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Concerning this salvation, the prophets sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace
that would come to you,
searching for who or what kind of time the Spirit
of Christ, which was in them, pointed to, when he predicted the sufferings of Christ, and the glories that would follow them.
To them it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to you, they ministered these things, which now have been announced to you through those who preached the Good News to you by the Holy Spirit sent out from heaven; which things angels
desire to look into.
Therefore prepare your minds for action, be sober, and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ-
as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance,
but just as he who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior;
because it is written, "You shall be holy; for I am holy."Leviticus 11:44-45
If you call on him as Father, who without respect of persons judges according to each man's work, pass the time of your living as foreigners here in reverent fear:
knowing that you were redeemed, not with corruptible things, with silver
or gold, from the useless way of life handed down from your fathers,
but with precious blood, as of a lamb without blemish
or spot, the blood
who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was revealed in this last age for your sake,
who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead, and gave him glory; so that your faith and hope might be in God.
Seeing you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth
through the Spirit in sincere brotherly affection, love one another from the heart
having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which lives and remains forever.
is like grass,and all of man's glory
like the flower in the grass.The grass
withers, and its flower falls;
but the Lord's word endures forever."Isaiah 40:6-8This is the word of Good News which was preached to you.