1 Peter 1:3-9 NIV

Praise to God for a Living Hope

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!1 In his great mercy2 he has given us new birth3 into a living hope4 through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,5

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      4 and into an inheritance6 that can never perish, spoil or fade7--kept in heaven for you,8

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      5 who through faith are shielded by God's power9 until the coming of the salvation10 that is ready to be revealed11 in the last time.

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      6 In this you greatly rejoice,12 though now for a little while13 you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.14

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      7 These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire15--may be proved genuine16 and may result in praise, glory and honor17 when Jesus Christ is revealed.18

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      8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him19 and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,

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      9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.20

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