1 Peter, apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect sojourners of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of Jesus Christ’s blood: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
3 Blessed the God and Father of our :Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great :mercy begat us again unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 unto an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and unfading, reserved in the heavens for you, 5 who by God’s power are guarded through faith unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last season. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little while if need be, put to grief in manifold trials, 7 that the proving of your :faith, more precious than gold that perisheth though it is proved by fire, be found unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ: 8 whom not seeing ye love; on whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice greatly with joy unspeakable and glorified: 9 receiving the end of the faith, salvation of souls. 10 Concerning which salvation prophets sought and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that is unto you: 11 searching what time or what manner of season Christ’s Spirit who was in them did point unto, when he testified beforehand the sufferings unto Christ, and the glories after them. 12 To whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to you, did they minister the very things, which now have been announced to you through them that preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent forth from heaven; which things angels desire to look into.
13 Wherefore girding up the loins of your :mind, being sober perfectly set your hope on the grace that is being brought to you at Jesus Christ’s revelation; 14 as children of obedience, not being fashioned according to your former :lusts in your :ignorance: 15 but like as he who called you is holy, become YE also holy in your whole behavior; 16 because it is written [that], Ye shall be holy, because I am holy. 17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to the work of each, pass the time of your :sojourning in fear: 18 knowing that ye were redeemed, not with corruptibles, with silver or gold, from your vain behavior handed down from your fathers; 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb blameless and spotless, of Christ: 20 foreknown indeed before the world’s foundation, but manifested at the end of the times for your sake, 21 who through him believe unto God, that raised him from the dead, and gave him glory; so that your faith and hope be unto God. 22 Having purified your :souls in :obedience to the truth unto unfeigned love of the brethren, love one another from the heart fervently: 23 begotten again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through God’s word, which liveth and abideth. 24 Because,
All flesh is as grass,
And all its glory as a flower of grass.
The grass is †withering, and the flower is †falling:
25 But the Lord’s word abideth unto the age.
And this is the word of good tidings preached unto you.