1 Peter an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 whom God the Father has predestined and chosen, by the consecration of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with his blood: may grace and peace be multiplied to you.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy we have been born anew to a life of hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 born to an unscathed, inviolate, unfading inheritance; it is kept in heaven for you, 5 and the power of God protects you by faith till you do inherit the salvation which is all ready to be revealed at the last hour. 6 You will rejoice then, though for the passing moment you may need to suffer various trials; 7 that is only to prove your faith is sterling (far more precious than gold which is perishable and yet is tested by fire), and it redounds to your praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 You never knew him, but you love him; for the moment you do not see him, but you believe in him, and you will thrill with an unspeakable and glorious joy 9 to obtain the outcome of your faith in the salvation of your souls.
10 Even prophets have searched and inquired about that salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that was meant for you; 11 the Spirit of messiah within them foretold all the suffering of messiah and his after-glory, and they pondered when or how this was to come; 12 to them it was revealed that they got this intelligence not for themselves but for you, regarding all that has now been disclosed to you by those who preached the gospel to you through the holy Spirit sent from heaven. The very angels long to get a glimpse of this!
13 Brace up your minds, then, keep cool, and put your hope for good and all in the grace that is coming to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 Be obedient children, instead of moulding yourselves to the passions that once ruled the days of your ignorance; 15 as He who called you is holy, so you must be holy too in all your conduct ??16 for it is written, You shall be holy because I am holy.
17 And as you call upon a Father who judges everyone impartially by what he has done, be reverent in your conduct while you sojourn here below; 18 you know it was not by perishable silver or gold that you were ransomed from the futile traditions of your past, 19 but by the precious blood of Christ, a lamb unblemished and unstained. 20 He was predestined before the foundation of the world and has appeared at the end of the ages for your sake; 21 it is by him that you believe in God who raised him from the dead and gave him glory; and thus your faith means hope in God.
22 Now that your obedience to the Truth has purified your souls for a brotherly love that is sincere, love one another heartily and steadily. 23 You are born anew of immortal, not of mortal seed, by the living, lasting word of God; 24 for All flesh is like the grass, and all its glory like the flower of grass: the grass withers and the flower fades, 25 but the word of the Lord lasts for ever ??and that is the word of the gospel for you.