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22 You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters.[a] Love each other deeply with all your heart.[b]

23 For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. 24 As the Scriptures say,

“People are like grass;
    their beauty is like a flower in the field.
The grass withers and the flower fades.
25     But the word of the Lord remains forever.”[c]

And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.

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Footnotes

  1. 1:22a Greek must have brotherly love.
  2. 1:22b Some manuscripts read with a pure heart.
  3. 1:24-25 Isa 40:6-8.

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