1 Peter 1:1-9

Greeting

1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of 1the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
2 according to 2the foreknowledge of God the Father, 3in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and 4for sprinkling with his blood: May 5grace and 6peace be multiplied to you.

Born Again to a Living Hope

3 7Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! 8According to his great mercy, 9he has caused us to be born again to a living hope 10through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 to 11an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and 12unfading, 13kept in heaven for you,
5 who by God's power are being guarded 14through faith for a salvation 15ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by 16various trials,
7 so that 17the tested genuineness of your faith--more precious than gold that perishes 18though it is tested by 19fire--may be found to result in 20praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
8 21Though you have not seen him, you love him. 22Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,
9 obtaining 23the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.