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1 From Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ. To God's chosen people who are temporary residents [in the world] and are scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God's elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia,
2 God the Father knew you long ago and chose you to live holy lives with the Spirit's help so that you are obedient to Jesus Christ and are sprinkled with his blood. May good will and peace fill your lives! 2 who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
3 Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! God has given us a new birth because of his great mercy. We have been born into a new life that has a confidence which is alive because Jesus Christ has come back to life. 3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 We have been born into a new life which has an inheritance that can't be destroyed or corrupted and can't fade away. That inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you,
5 since you are guarded by God's power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed at the end of time. 5 who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 You are extremely happy about these things, even though you have to suffer different kinds of trouble for a little while now. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.
7 The purpose of these troubles is to test your faith as fire tests how genuine gold is. Your faith is more precious than gold, and by passing the test, it gives praise, glory, and honor to God. This will happen when Jesus Christ appears again. 7 These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.
8 Although you have never seen Christ, you love him. You don't see him now, but you believe in him. You are extremely happy with joy and praise that can hardly be expressed in words 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,
9 as you obtain the salvation that is the goal of your faith. 9 for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 The prophets carefully researched and investigated this salvation. Long ago they spoke about God's kindness that would come to you. 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care,
11 So they tried to find out what time or situation the Spirit of Christ kept referring to whenever he predicted Christ's sufferings and the glory that would follow. 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.
12 God revealed to the prophets that the things they had spoken were not for their own benefit but for yours. What the prophets had spoken, the Holy Spirit, who was sent from heaven, has now made known to you by those who spread the Good News among you. These are things that even the angels want to look into. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
13 Therefore, your minds must be clear and ready for action. Place your confidence completely in what God's kindness will bring you when Jesus Christ appears again. 13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.
14 Because you are children who obey God, don't live the kind of lives you once lived. Once you lived to satisfy your desires because you didn't know any better. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.
15 But because the God who called you is holy you must be holy in every aspect of your life. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;
16 Scripture says, "Be holy, because I am holy." 16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."
17 So if you call God your Father, live your time as temporary residents on earth in fear. He is the God who judges all people by what they have done, and he doesn't play favorites. 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear.
18 Realize that you weren't set free from the worthless life handed down to you from your ancestors by a payment of silver or gold which can be destroyed. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers,
19 Rather, the payment that freed you was the precious blood of Christ, the lamb with no defects or imperfections. 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
20 He is the lamb who was known long ago before the world existed, but for your good he became publicly known in the last period of time. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.
21 Through him you believe in God who brought Christ back to life and gave him glory. So your faith and confidence are in God. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22 Love each other with a warm love that comes from the heart. After all, you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth. As a result you have a sincere love for each other. 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart.
23 You have been born again, not from a seed that can be destroyed, but through God's everlasting word that can't be destroyed. That's why [Scripture says], 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God.
24 "All people are like grass, and all their beauty is like a flower of the field. The grass dries up and the flower drops off, 24 For, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord lasts forever." This word is the Good News that was told to you. 25 but the word of the Lord stands forever." And this is the word that was preached to you.