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A Call to Holy Living

13 Therefore prepare your minds for action;[a] discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed.(A) 14 Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. 15 Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct,(B) 16 for it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”(C)

17 If you invoke as Father the one who judges impartially according to each person’s work, live in fear during the time of your exile.(D) 18 You know that you were ransomed from the futile conduct inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish.(E) 20 He was destined before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the ages for your sake.(F) 21 Through him you have come to trust in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your trust and hope are in God.

22 Now that you have purified your souls[b] by your obedience to the truth[c] so that you have genuine mutual affection, love one another deeply from the heart.[d](G) 23 You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God.[e](H)

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  1. 1.13 Gk gird up the loins of your mind
  2. 1.22 Or lives
  3. 1.22 Other ancient authorities add through the Spirit
  4. 1.22 Other ancient authorities read a pure heart
  5. 1.23 Or through the word of the living and enduring God