1 Peter,(A) an apostle of Jesus Christ:

To the temporary residents(B) dispersed(a)(C) in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,(D) chosen(E)
2 according to the foreknowledge(F) of God the Father and set apart by the Spirit(G) for obedience(H) and for sprinkling with the blood(I) of Jesus Christ.

May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

A Living Hope

3 Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.(J) According to His great mercy,(K) He has given us a new birth(L) into a living hope(M) through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead(N) 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable,(O) uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven(P) for you. 5 You are being protected by God’s power(Q) through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.(R) 6 You rejoice in this,(b) though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials(S) 7 so that the genuineness of your faith(T)—more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire(U)—may result(V) in(c) praise, glory, and honor(W) at the revelation of Jesus Christ.(X) 8 You love Him,(Y) though you have not seen(Z) Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice(AA) with inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 because you are receiving the goal of your(d) faith, the salvation of your souls.(e)
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets(AB) who prophesied about the grace that would come to you searched and carefully investigated. 11 They inquired into what time or what circumstances(f) the Spirit of Christ(AC) within them was indicating when He testified in advance(AD) to the messianic sufferings(g)(AE) and the glories(AF) that would follow.(h) 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you(AG) by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.(AH) Angels desire to look into these things.

A Call to Holy Living

13 Therefore, with your minds ready for action,(i)(AI) be serious(AJ) and set your hope(AK) completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation(AL) of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children,(AM) do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. 15 But as the One who called you(AN) is holy,(AO) you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.(AP)(j)
17 And if you address as Father the One who judges impartially(AQ) based on each one’s work,(AR) you are to conduct yourselves in fear(AS) during the time of your temporary residence. 18 For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life(AT) inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold,(AU) 19 but with the precious blood of Christ,(AV) like that of a lamb(AW) without defect or blemish. 20 He was chosen(k)(AX) before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times(AY) for you 21 who through Him are believers in God,(AZ) who raised Him from the dead(BA) and gave Him glory,(BB) so that your faith and hope are in God.
22 By obedience to the truth,(l) having purified yourselves(m) for sincere love of the brothers, love one another(BC) earnestly(n) from a pure(o) heart,(BD) 23 since you have been born again(BE)—not of perishable seed(BF) but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God.(BG) 24 For

All flesh is like grass,
and all its glory(BH) like a flower of the grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord endures forever.(BI)(p)

And this is the word that was preached as the gospel to you.


a. 1 Peter 1:1: Jewish people scattered throughout Gentile lands who spoke Gk and were influenced by Gk culture.
b. 1 Peter 1:6: Or In this [fact] rejoice
c. 1 Peter 1:7: Lit may be found for
d. 1 Peter 1:9: Other mss read our, or they omit the possessive pronoun
e. 1 Peter 1:9: Or your lives
f. 1 Peter 1:11: Or inquired about the person or time
g. 1 Peter 1:11: Or the sufferings of Christ
h. 1 Peter 1:11: Lit the glories after that
i. 1 Peter 1:13: Lit Therefore, when you have the loins of your mind girded
k. 1 Peter 1:20: Or foreknown
l. 1 Peter 1:22: Other mss add through the Spirit
m. 1 Peter 1:22: Or purified your souls
n. 1 Peter 1:22: Or intensely
o. 1 Peter 1:22: Other mss omit pure

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