1 1 Peter , an apostle of Jesus Christ , To those who reside as aliens , scattered throughout Pontus , Galatia , Cappadocia , Asia , and Bithynia , who are chosen 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father , by the sanctifying work of the Spirit , to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood : May grace and peace be yours in the fullest measure .
The Christian's Hope and Salvation
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ , who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead , 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away , reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time .
6 In this you greatly rejoice , even though now for a little while , if necessary , you have been distressed by various trials , 7 so that the  proof of your faith , being more precious than gold which is perishable , even though tested by fire , may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now , but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory , 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls .
10 As to this salvation , the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made e careful e searches and inquiries , 11 seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow e . 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves , but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven -things into which angels long to look .
A Call to Holy Living
13 Therefore ,  prepare your minds for action,  keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ . 14 As  obedient children , do not  be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance , 15 but  like the Holy One who called you,  be holy yourselves also in all your behavior ; 16 because it is written , " YOU SHALL BE HOLY , FOR I AM HOLY ." 17 If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work , conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth; 18 knowing that you were not  redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers , 19 but with precious blood , as of a lamb unblemished and spotless , the blood of Christ . 20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world , but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you 21 who through Him are believers in God , who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory , so that your faith and hope are in God . 22 Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a  sincere love of the brethren , fervently love one another from the heart , 23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable , that is, through the living and enduring word of God .
24 For, " ALL FLESH IS LIKE GRASS , AND ALL ITS GLORY LIKE THE FLOWER OF GRASS . THE GRASS WITHERS , AND THE FLOWER FALLS OFF , 25 BUT THE WORD OF THE Lord ENDURES FOREVER ." And this is the word which was preached to you.
1:2 Lit "unto obedience and sprinkling"
1:2 Lit "be multiplied for you"
1:6 Or "temptations"
1:7 Or "genuineness"
1:7 Lit "perishes"
1:8 Lit "glorified"
1:9 One early ms does not contain "your"
1:11 Or "inquiring"
1:11 Lit "after these"
1:12 Or "gain a clear glimpse"
1:13 Lit "gird the loins of your mind"
1:13 Lit "be sober"
1:13 Or "which is announced"
1:14 Lit "children of obedience"
1:14 Or "conform yourselves"
1:15 Lit "according to"
1:15 Or "become"
1:18 Or "ransomed"
1:20 Lit "at the end of the times"
1:22 Lit "unhypocritical"
1:22 Two early mss read "a clean heart"
1:25 Lit "preached as good news to you"