He was chosen before the creation of the world,1 but was revealed in these last times2 for your sake.
Through him you believe in God,3 who raised him from the dead4 and glorified him,5 and so your faith and hope6 are in God.
Now that you have purified7 yourselves by obeying8 the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply,9 from the heart.a23
For you have been born again,10 not of perishable seed, but of imperishable,11 through the living and enduring word of God.1224
For, "All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of the Lord endures forever."b13 And this is the word that was preached to you.