1Peter, an apostle of JesusChrist, to the strangersscattered throughout Pontus,Galatia,Cappadocia,Asia,andBithynia,2Electaccording to the foreknowledge of God the Father,throughsanctification of the Spirit,untoobedienceandsprinkling of the blood of JesusChrist:Grace unto you,andpeace, be multiplied .
3Blessed be the GodandFather of ourLordJesusChrist,which according tohisabundantamercy hath begottenusagainunto a livelyhopeby the resurrection of JesusChristfrom the dead,4To an inheritanceincorruptible,andundefiled,and that fadeth not away,reservedinheavenforyou,b5Who are keptby the power of Godthroughfaithuntosalvationready to be revealedin the lasttime.6Whereinye greatly rejoice , though now for a season,ifneedbe , ye are in heavinessthroughmanifoldtemptations:7That the trial of yourfaith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth , thoughit be tried with fire, might be founduntopraiseandhonourandgloryat the appearing of JesusChrist:8Whomhavingnotseen , ye love ; inwhom, though now ye see him not,yetbelieving , ye rejoice with joyunspeakableand full of glory :
9Receiving the end of yourfaith, even the salvation of your souls.10Ofwhichsalvation the prophets have enquiredand searched diligently , whoprophesiedof the grace that should come untoyou:11Searchingwhat , or what manner of time the Spirit of Christwhich was inthem did signify , when it testified beforehand the sufferingsofChrist,and the glory that should follow .
Unto whom it was revealed , thatnot unto themselves,but unto us they did minister the things,whicharenowreported unto youby them that have preached the gospel unto youwith the HolyGhost sent downfromheaven; which things the angelsdesire to lookinto.13Wherefore gird up the loins of yourmind, be sober , and hope to the endcfor the grace that is to be brought unto youat the revelation of JesusChrist;14Asobedientchildren,not fashioning yourselves according to the formerlustsinyourignorance:15Butas he which hath calledyou is holy,sobeyeholyinall manner of conversation;16Because it is written , Be yeholy;forIamholy.17Andif ye call on the Father,who without respect of personsjudgeth according to every man'swork,pass the time of yoursojourning here infear:18
Forasmuch as ye knowthat ye werenotredeemed with corruptible things, as silverandgold,fromyourvainconversation received by tradition from your fathers;19But with the preciousblood of Christ,as of a lamb without blemishand without spot:20
Who verily was foreordainedbefore the foundation of the world,but was manifestin these lasttimesforyou,21Whobyhim do believeinGod, that raisedhimupfrom the dead,andgavehimglory;thatyourfaithandhope might beinGod.22
Seeing ye have purifiedyoursoulsinobeying the truththrough the Spirituntounfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one anotherwith a pureheartfervently:23
Being born again , notofcorruptibleseed,but of incorruptible,by the word of God, which livethandabidethforever.24Fordallflesh is asgrass,andall the glory of manas the flower of grass. The grasswithereth , and the flowerthereof falleth away :
25But the word of the Lordendurethforever.Andthisis the wordwhich by the gospel is preacheduntoyou.