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.26