Greeting to the Elect Pilgrims

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To the [a]pilgrims (A)of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, (B)elect (C)according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, (D)in sanctification of the Spirit, for (E)obedience and (F)sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ:

(G)Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

A Heavenly Inheritance

(H)Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who (I)according to His abundant mercy (J)has begotten us again to a living hope (K)through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance [b]incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, (L)reserved in heaven for you, (M)who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

(N)In this you greatly rejoice, though now (O)for a little while, if need be, (P)you have been [c]grieved by various trials, that (Q)the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though (R)it is tested by fire, (S)may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, (T)whom having not [d]seen you love. (U)Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.

10 Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you, 11 searching what, or what manner of time, (V)the Spirit of Christ who was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to [e]us they were ministering the things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things which (W)angels desire to look into.

Living Before God Our Father

13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not (X)conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 (Y)but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, (Z)“Be holy, for I am holy.”

17 And if you call on the Father, who (AA)without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your [f]stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with [g]corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but (AB)with the precious blood of Christ, (AC)as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 (AD)He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was [h]manifest (AE)in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, (AF)who raised Him from the dead and (AG)gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

The Enduring Word

22 Since you (AH)have purified your souls in obeying the truth [i]through the Spirit in [j]sincere (AI)love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart, 23 (AJ)having been born again, not of [k]corruptible seed but [l]incorruptible, (AK)through the word of God which lives and abides [m]forever, 24 because

(AL)“All flesh is as grass,
And all [n]the glory of man as the flower of the grass.
The grass withers,
And its flower falls away,
25 (AM)But the [o]word of the Lord endures forever.”

(AN)Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.

Our Inheritance Through Christ’s Blood

Therefore, (AO)laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, (AP)as newborn babes, desire the pure (AQ)milk of the word, that you may grow [p]thereby, if indeed you have (AR)tasted that the Lord is gracious.

The Chosen Stone and His Chosen People(AS)

Coming to Him as to a living stone, (AT)rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture,

(AU)“Behold, I lay in Zion
A chief cornerstone, elect, precious,
And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”

Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who [q]are disobedient,

(AV)“The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone,”

and

(AW)“A stone of stumbling
And a rock of offense.”

(AX)They stumble, being disobedient to the word, (AY)to which they also were appointed.

But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of (AZ)darkness into His marvelous light; 10 (BA)who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

Living Before the World

11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts (BB)which war against the soul, 12 (BC)having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, (BD)they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Submission to Government(BE)

13 (BF)Therefore submit yourselves to every [r]ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men— 16 (BG)as free, yet not (BH)using liberty as a cloak for [s]vice, but as bondservants of God. 17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear (BI)God. Honor the king.

Submission to Masters(BJ)

18 (BK)Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. 19 For this is (BL)commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. 20 For (BM)what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. 21 For (BN)to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for [t]us, (BO)leaving [u]us an example, that you should follow His steps:

22 “Who(BP) committed no sin,
Nor was deceit found in His mouth”;

23 (BQ)who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but (BR)committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24 (BS)who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, (BT)that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness—(BU)by whose [v]stripes you were healed. 25 For (BV)you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned (BW)to the Shepherd and [w]Overseer of your souls.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Peter 1:1 sojourners, temporary residents
  2. 1 Peter 1:4 imperishable
  3. 1 Peter 1:6 distressed
  4. 1 Peter 1:8 M known
  5. 1 Peter 1:12 NU, M you
  6. 1 Peter 1:17 sojourning, dwelling as resident aliens
  7. 1 Peter 1:18 perishable
  8. 1 Peter 1:20 revealed
  9. 1 Peter 1:22 NU omits through the Spirit
  10. 1 Peter 1:22 Lit. unhypocritical
  11. 1 Peter 1:23 perishable
  12. 1 Peter 1:23 imperishable
  13. 1 Peter 1:23 NU omits forever
  14. 1 Peter 1:24 NU its glory as
  15. 1 Peter 1:25 spoken word
  16. 1 Peter 2:2 NU adds up to salvation
  17. 1 Peter 2:7 NU disbelieve
  18. 1 Peter 2:13 institution
  19. 1 Peter 2:16 wickedness
  20. 1 Peter 2:21 NU you
  21. 1 Peter 2:21 NU, M you
  22. 1 Peter 2:24 wounds
  23. 1 Peter 2:25 Gr. Episkopos