1 Peter 1 New American Standard Bible

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Salutation

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 , [1]to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood : May grace and peace [2]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 [3]trials , 7  so that the [4] proof of your faith , being more precious than gold which [5]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 [6]full of glory , 9  obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of [7]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  [8]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 [9]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 [10]look .

A Call to Holy Living

13  Therefore , [11] prepare your minds for action, [12] keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace [13]to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ . 14  As [14] obedient children , do not [15] be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance , 15  but [16] like the Holy One who called you, [17] 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 [18] 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 [19]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 [20] sincere love of the brethren , fervently love one another from [21]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 [22]preached to you.

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Footnotes

[1] 1:2 Lit "unto obedience and sprinkling"

[2] 1:2 Lit "be multiplied for you"

[3] 1:6 Or "temptations"

[4] 1:7 Or "genuineness"

[5] 1:7 Lit "perishes"

[6] 1:8 Lit "glorified"

[7] 1:9 One early ms does not contain "your"

[8] 1:11 Or "inquiring"

[9] 1:11 Lit "after these"

[10] 1:12 Or "gain a clear glimpse"

[11] 1:13 Lit "gird the loins of your mind"

[12] 1:13 Lit "be sober"

[13] 1:13 Or "which is announced"

[14] 1:14 Lit "children of obedience"

[15] 1:14 Or "conform yourselves"

[16] 1:15 Lit "according to"

[17] 1:15 Or "become"

[18] 1:18 Or "ransomed"

[19] 1:20 Lit "at the end of the times"

[20] 1:22 Lit "unhypocritical"

[21] 1:22 Two early mss read "a clean heart"

[22] 1:25 Lit "preached as good news to you"

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