17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your [a]stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with [b]corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was [c]manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
The Enduring Word
22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth [d]through the Spirit in [e]sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 having been born again, not of [f]corruptible seed but [g]incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides [h]forever, 24 because
“All fleshisas grass, And all[i]the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, And its flower falls away, 25 But the[j]word of theLordendures forever.”
Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
Our Inheritance Through Christ’s Blood
2 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, 2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow [k]thereby, 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
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