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1 Peter 1:8-18 (Today's New International Version)

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8 Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him1 and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.2 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke3 of the grace that was to come to you,4 searched intently and with the greatest care,5 11 trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ6 in them was pointing when he predicted7 the sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow. 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you,8 when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you9 by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven.10 Even angels long to look into these things.

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13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober,11 set your hope12 on the grace to be brought to you13 when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.14 14 As obedient15 children, do not conform16 to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.17 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;18 16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."a19 17 Since you call on a Father20 who judges each person's work21 impartially,22 live out your time as foreigners23 here in reverent fear.24 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed25 from the empty way of life26 handed down to you from your ancestors,
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