Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect sojourners of the Dispersion of Pontus, of Galatia, of Cappadocia, of Asia, and of Bithynia,
And coming through the Phrygian and the Galatian region; and by the Holy Spirit being forbidden to speak the Word in Asia;
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion, greeting:
And Jehovah shall scatter you among the nations, and you shall be left few in number among the nations where Jehovah shall drive you.
And Jehovah shall scatter you among all people, from the one end of the earth even to the other, and you shall serve other gods there, which neither you nor your fathers have known, wood and stone.
And Haman said to King Ahasuerus, There is a certain people scattered abroad and dispersed among the people, in all the provinces of your kingdom. And their laws are different from all people, neither do they keep the king's laws. And it is not for the king's gain to allow them to live.
Yet I will leave a remainder that may be left to you some who escape the sword among the nations, when you are scattered through the lands.
And walking by the Sea of Galilee, Jesus saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea. For they were fishermen.
And the names of the twelve apostles are these: First, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee and John his brother;
And unless those days should be shortened, no flesh would be saved. But for the elect's sake, those days shall be shortened.
He first found his own brother Simon and said to him, We have found the Messiah (which is, being translated, the Christ).
Then the Jews said among themselves, Where is he about to go that we shall not find him? Is he about to go to the Dispersion of the Greeks, and to teach the Greeks?
and not for that nation only, but also that He should gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.
Then when they broke fast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me more than these? He said to Him, Yes, Lord, You know that I love You. He said to him, Feed My lambs.
And dwelling at Jerusalem there were Jews, devout men out of every nation under heaven.
Then there arose certain of the synagogue which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and of those from Cilicia and from Asia, disputing with Stephen.
Then, indeed, the ones who had been scattered passed through, preaching the gospel, the Word.
And finding a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome) Paul came to them.
And after he had spent some time there, he departed and went over the country of Galatia and Phrygia in order, strengthening all the disciples.
And this happened over two years, so that all those living in Asia heard the Word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.
For Paul had determined to sail past Ephesus, so that he might not lose time in Asia; for, if it were possible for him, he hastened to be at Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost.
The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Priscilla greet you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.
For, brothers, we would not have you ignorant of our trouble which came to us in Asia, that we were pressed out of measure, above strength; so much so that we despaired even of life.
and that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.
Now therefore you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God,
This you know, that all those in Asia have turned away from me, of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
These all died by way of faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off. And they were persuaded of them and embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
Dearly beloved, I exhort you as temporary residents and pilgrims to abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to those who have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of our God and our Savior Jesus Christ,
saying, I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last. Also, What you see, write in a book and send it to the seven churches which are in Asia: to Ephesus, and to Smyrna, and to Pergamos, and to Thyatira, and to Sardis, and to Philadelphia, and to Laodicea.
And I will scatter you among the nations, and will draw out a sword after you. And your land shall be waste, and your cities waste.
I said I would dash them to pieces; I would make the memory of them to cease from among men,