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1 Peter 1 (New American Standard)

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A Living Hope, and a Sure Salvation

1 1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who reside as 2aliens, 3scattered throughout 4Pontus, 5Galatia, 6Cappadocia, 7Asia, and 8Bithynia, 9who are chosen 2 according to the 10foreknowledge of God the Father, 11by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, ato 12obey Jesus Christ and be 13sprinkled with His blood: 14May grace and peace bbe yours in the fullest measure. 3 15Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who 16according to His great mercy 17has caused us to be born again to 18a living hope through the 19resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an 20inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and 21will not fade away, 22reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are 23protected by the power of God 24through faith for 25a salvation ready 26to be revealed in the last time. 6 27In this you greatly rejoice, even though now 28for a little while, 29if necessary, you have been distressed by 30various ctrials, 7 so that the d31proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which eis perishable, 32even though tested by fire, 33may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at 34the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and 35though you have not seen Him, you 36love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and ffull of glory, 9 obtaining as 37the outcome of your faith the salvation of gyour souls. 10 38As to this salvation, the prophets who 39prophesied of the 40grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, 11 hseeking to know what person or time 41the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He 42predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories ito follow . 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who 43preached the gospel to you by 44the Holy Spirit sent from heaven -things into which 45angels long to jlook. 13 Therefore, k46prepare your minds for action, l47keep sober in spirit, fix your 48hope completely on the 49grace mto be brought to you at 50the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As n51obedient children, do not o52be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your 53ignorance, 15 but p54like the Holy One who called you, q55be holy yourselves also 56in all your behavior; 16 because it is written, "57YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY." 17 If you 58address as Father the One who 59impartially 60judges according to each one's work, conduct yourselves 61in fear during the time of your 62stay on earth; 18 knowing that you were not r63redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your 64futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious 65blood, as of a 66lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 20 For He was 67foreknown before 68the foundation of the world, but has 69appeared sin these last times 70for the sake of you 21 who through Him are 71believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and 72gave Him glory, so that your faith and 73hope are in God. 22 Since you have 74in obedience to the truth 75purified your souls for a t76sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from uthe heart, 23 for you have been 77born again 78not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring 79word of God. 24 For, "80ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASS WITHERS, AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF, 25 81BUT THE WORD OF THE LORD ENDURES FOREVER." And this is 82the word which was vpreached to you.
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