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A Living Hope

(A)Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who reside as (B)exiles, (C)scattered throughout (D)Pontus, (E)Galatia, (F)Cappadocia, (G)Asia, and (H)Bithynia, (I)who are chosen according to the (J)foreknowledge of God the Father, (K)by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to the (L)obedience of Jesus Christ and the (M)sprinkling of His blood: (N)May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

(O)Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who (P)according to His great mercy (Q)has caused us to be born again to (R)a living hope through the (S)resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an (T)inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and (U)unfading, having been (V)kept in heaven for you, who are (W)protected by the power of God (X)through faith for (Y)a salvation ready (Z)to be revealed in the last time. (AA)In this you greatly rejoice, even though now (AB)for a little while, (AC)if necessary, you have been grieved by (AD)various [a]trials, so that the [b](AE)proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which [c]is perishable, (AF)even though tested by fire, (AG)may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at (AH)the revelation of Jesus Christ. And (AI)though you have not seen Him, you (AJ)love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and [d]full of glory, receiving as (AK)the outcome of your faith the salvation of [e]your souls.

10 (AL)Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who (AM)prophesied of the (AN)grace that would come to you, made careful searches and inquiries, 11 [f]inquiring to know what time or what kind of time (AO)the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He was (AP)predicting the sufferings of Christ and the glories [g]to follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been declared to you through those who (AQ)proclaimed the gospel to you by (AR)the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which (AS)angels long to [h]look.

13 Therefore, having [i](AT)girded your minds for action, [j](AU)being sober in spirit, fix your (AV)hope completely on the (AW)grace [k]to be brought to you at (AX)the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As [l](AY)obedient children, not [m](AZ)being conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your (BA)ignorance, 15 but [n](BB)like the Holy One who called you, [o](BC)be holy yourselves also (BD)in all your conduct; 16 because it is written, “(BE)You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

17 And if you (BF)address as Father the One who (BG)impartially (BH)judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves [p](BI)in fear during the time of your (BJ)sojourn, 18 knowing that you were not [q](BK)redeemed with corruptible things like silver or gold from your (BL)futile conduct inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious (BM)blood, as of a (BN)lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 20 He was (BO)foreknown before (BP)the foundation of the world, but (BQ)appeared [r]in these last times (BR)for the sake of you 21 who through Him are (BS)believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and (BT)gave Him glory, so that your faith and (BU)hope are in God.

22 Since you have (BV)in obedience to the truth (BW)purified your souls for a love of the brothers (BX)without hypocrisy, fervently love one another from [s]the heart, 23 for you have been (BY)born again (BZ)not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, that is, through the living and enduring (CA)word of God. 24 For,

(CB)All flesh is like grass,
And all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
And the flower falls off,
25 (CC)But the word of the Lord endures forever.”

And this is (CD)the word which was [t]proclaimed to you as good news.


  1. 1 Peter 1:6 Or temptations
  2. 1 Peter 1:7 Or genuineness
  3. 1 Peter 1:7 Lit perishes
  4. 1 Peter 1:8 Lit glorified
  5. 1 Peter 1:9 One early ms omits your
  6. 1 Peter 1:11 Or seeking
  7. 1 Peter 1:11 Lit after these
  8. 1 Peter 1:12 Or gain a clear glimpse
  9. 1 Peter 1:13 Lit gird the loins of your mind
  10. 1 Peter 1:13 Lit be sober
  11. 1 Peter 1:13 Or which is announced
  12. 1 Peter 1:14 Lit children of obedience
  13. 1 Peter 1:14 Or conform yourselves
  14. 1 Peter 1:15 Lit according to
  15. 1 Peter 1:15 Or become
  16. 1 Peter 1:17 Or with reverence
  17. 1 Peter 1:18 Or ransomed
  18. 1 Peter 1:20 Lit at the end of the times
  19. 1 Peter 1:22 Two early mss a clean heart
  20. 1 Peter 1:25 Lit preached as good news to you