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The First General Epistle of Peter  

1 Peter Chapter 1  

1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the chosen exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,a 2according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in holiness of spirit, for obedience and sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy has given us new birth to a living hope by means of the resurrection of Jesus Christ out from among the dead, 4and to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, kept in heaven for you 5who by the power of God are being guarded through trust for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6You greatly rejoice in that, although now, for a little while, you have had to suffer various trials. 7Such suffering shows the tested genuineness of your trust, which is more precious than gold that perishes even though it is tested by fire, and will be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the appearing of Jesus Christ, 8whom, though you have not seen him, you love him, and though you do not see him now, but believe in him, you rejoice greatly with inexpressible and glorious joy, 9attaining the goal of your trust, the salvation of your souls. 10Concerning this salvation the prophets searched for and inquired diligently (who prophesied of the grace that has now come to you), 11searching for what or what kind of time, the spirit of Christ that was in them kept on pointing to when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glories after them. 12It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in those things that now have been announced to you by those who told the Good News to you by the holy spirit sent from heaven; things into which angels longed to look. 13Therefore, prepare your minds for actionb and, being clearheaded, set your hope fully on the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of the time of your former ignorance, 15but as the one who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your manner of life, 16because it is written, Be holy, for I am holy.c 17And since you call on him as a Father who judges impartially according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your sojourning. 18For you know that you were redeemed from your futile manner of life handed down from your fathers, but not with corruptible things such as silver or gold, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake, 21who through him are believers in God, the one who raised him out from among the dead and gave him glory so that your trust and hope are in God. 22Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so that you have sincere brotherly affection, love one another fervently from a clean heart, 23for you have been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the living and enduring word of God. 24For, all flesh is like grass, and all its glory is like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25but the word of the Lord remains forever.d And this is the word that was proclaimed to you.

a[1]
These are all Roman provinces in what today is Turkey.
b[13]
The Greek reads: “gird up the loins of your mind,” which is an idiom that refers to tying the long flowing robes up around the waist in preparation for action.
c[16]
From Lev. 11:44, 45; 19:2; 20:7.
d[25]
From Isa. 40:6-8.