but with precious1blood, as of a 2lambunblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
For He was 3foreknownbefore4the foundation of the world, but has 5appearedain theselasttimes6for the sake of you
who through Him are 7believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and 8gave Him glory, so that your faith and 9hope are in God.
Since you have 10in obedience to the truth11purified your souls for a b12sincerelove of the brethren, ferventlyloveoneanother from cthe heart,
for you have been 13bornagain14not of seedwhich is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring15word of God.
For, "16ALLFLESH IS LIKEGRASS, AND ALL ITS GLORYLIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS. THE GRASSWITHERS, AND THE FLOWERFALLSOFF,
2517BUT THE WORD OF THE LORDENDURESFOREVER." And this is 18the word which was dpreached to you.