Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,1 To God's elect,2 strangers in the world,3 scattered4 throughout Pontus,5 Galatia,6 Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia,72
who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge8 of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit,9 for obedience10 to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood:11 Grace and peace be yours in abundance.12
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!13 In his great mercy14 he has given us new birth15 into a living hope16 through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,174
and into an inheritance18 that can never perish, spoil or fade19--kept in heaven for you,205
who through faith are shielded by God's power21 until the coming of the salvation22 that is ready to be revealed23 in the last time.
In this you greatly rejoice,24 though now for a little while25 you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.267
These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire27--may be proved genuine28 and may result in praise, glory and honor29 when Jesus Christ is revealed.308
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him31 and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.3210
Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke33 of the grace that was to come to you,34 searched intently and with the greatest care,3511
trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ36 in them was pointing when he predicted37 the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.
It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you,38 when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you39 by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.40 Even angels long to look into these things.