Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke1 of the grace that was to come to you,2 searched intently and with the greatest care,311
trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ4 in them was pointing when he predicted5 the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.
It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you,6 when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you7 by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.8 Even angels long to look into these things.
Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled;9 set your hope10 fully on the grace to be given you11 when Jesus Christ is revealed.1214
As obedient13 children, do not conform14 to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.1515
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;1616
for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."a1717
Since you call on a Father18 who judges each man's work19 impartially,20 live your lives as strangers21 here in reverent fear.2218
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed23 from the empty way of life24 handed down to you from your forefathers,
but with the precious blood25 of Christ, a lamb26 without blemish or defect.2720
He was chosen before the creation of the world,28 but was revealed in these last times29 for your sake.
Through him you believe in God,30 who raised him from the dead31 and glorified him,32 and so your faith and hope33 are in God.