17If you 1address as Father the One who 2impartially3judgesaccording to eachone'swork, conduct yourselves 4in fear during the time of your 5stay on earth;
18knowing that you were not a6redeemed with perishablethings like silverorgold from your 7futileway of lifeinherited from your forefathers,
but with precious8blood, as of a 9lambunblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
For He was 10foreknownbefore11the foundation of the world, but has 12appearedbin theselasttimes13for the sake of you
who through Him are 14believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and 15gave Him glory, so that your faith and 16hope are in God.
Since you have 17in obedience to the truth18purified your souls for a c19sincerelove of the brethren, ferventlyloveoneanother from dthe heart,
for you have been 20bornagain21not of seedwhich is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring22word of God.
For, "23ALLFLESH IS LIKEGRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORYLIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASSWITHERS, AND THE FLOWERFALLSOFF,
2524BUT THE WORD OF THE LORDENDURESFOREVER." And this is 25the word which was epreached to you.