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 .