1 Peter 1


Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who are elect exiles of a the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
according to b the foreknowledge of God the Father c in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and d for sprinkling with his blood:

May e grace and f peace be multiplied to you.

Born Again to a Living Hope

g Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! h According to his great mercy i he has caused us to be born again to a living hope j through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to k an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and l unfading m kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded n through faith for a salvation o ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by p various trials, so that q the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes r though it is tested by s fire—may be found to result in t praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. u Though you have not seen him, you love him. v Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining w the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

10 Concerning this salvation x the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring y what person or time z the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating aa when he predicted ab the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12  ac It was revealed to them that ad they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you ae by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven af things into which angels long to look.

Called to Be Holy

13 Therefore ag preparing your minds for action,
Greek girding up the loins of your mind
and ai being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
14 As obedient children aj do not be conformed to the passions ak of your former ignorance, 15 but al as he who called you is holy, you also be holy am in all your conduct, 16 since it is written an “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you ao call on him as Father who ap judges aq impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves ar with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you as were ransomed from at the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but au with the precious blood of Christ, like that of av a lamb aw without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but ax was made manifest ay in the last times for the sake of you 21  az who through him are believers in God ba who raised him from the dead and bb gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for bc a sincere brotherly love, bd love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23  be since you have been born again bf not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through bg the living and abiding word of God; 24 for

bh All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25  bi but the word of the Lord remains forever.”

And this word bj is the good news that was preached to you.

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