11Peter, an apostle of JesusChrist, To those who reside as 2aliens, 3scatteredthroughout4Pontus, 5Galatia, 6Cappadocia, 7Asia, and 8Bithynia, 9who are chosen2according to the 10foreknowledge of God the Father, 11by the sanctifyingwork of the Spirit, ato 12obeyJesusChrist and be 13sprinkled with His blood: 14May grace and peacebbe yours in the fullestmeasure.
315Blessed be the God and Father of our LordJesusChrist, who 16according to His greatmercy17has caused us to be bornagain to 18a livinghopethrough the 19resurrection of JesusChrist from the dead,
to obtain an 20inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and 21will not fadeaway, 22reserved in heaven for you,
who are 23protected by the power of God24throughfaith for 25a salvationready26to be revealed in the lasttime.
627In this you greatlyrejoice, even though now28for a littlewhile, 29ifnecessary, you have been distressed by 30variousctrials,
7so that the d31proof of your faith, being moreprecious than gold which eis perishable, 32eventhoughtested by fire, 33may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at 34the revelation of JesusChrist;
and 35though you have not seen Him, you 36love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatlyrejoice with joyinexpressible and ffull of glory,
9obtaining as 37the outcome of your faith the salvation of gyour souls.
1038As to thissalvation, the prophets who 39prophesied of the 40grace that would come to you madecarefulsearches and inquiries,
11hseeking to knowwhatpersonortime41the Spirit of Christwithin them was indicating as He 42predicted the sufferings of Christ and the gloriesito follow .
It was revealed to them that they were not servingthemselves, but you, in thesethingswhichnow have been announced to you throughthose who 43preached the gospel to you by 44the HolySpiritsent from heaven -things into which45angelslong to jlook.
13Therefore, k46prepare your minds for action, l47keepsober in spirit, fix your 48hopecompletely on the 49gracemto be brought to you at 50the revelation of JesusChrist.
As n51obedientchildren, do not o52be conformed to the formerlusts which were yours in your 53ignorance,
but p54like the HolyOne who called you, q55be holyyourselvesalso56in all your behavior;
16because it is written, "57YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY."
17If you 58address as Father the One who 59impartially60judgesaccording to eachone'swork, conduct yourselves 61in fear during the time of your 62stay on earth;
18knowing that you were not r63redeemed with perishablethings like silverorgold from your 64futileway of lifeinherited from your forefathers,
but with precious65blood, as of a 66lambunblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
For He was 67foreknownbefore68the foundation of the world, but has 69appearedsin theselasttimes70for the sake of you
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.
Since you have 74in obedience to the truth75purified your souls for a t76sincerelove of the brethren, ferventlyloveoneanother from uthe heart,
for you have been 77bornagain78not of seedwhich is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring79word of God.
For, "80ALLFLESH IS LIKEGRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORYLIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASSWITHERS, AND THE FLOWERFALLSOFF,
2581BUT THE WORD OF THE LORDENDURESFOREVER." And this is 82the word which was vpreached to you.