1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia,

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2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

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      Praise to God for a Living Hope

      3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

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          4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,

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          5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.

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          6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.

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