1 Peter,a an apostle of Jesus Christ:
To those chosen, living as exilesb dispersedc abroadA in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,d chosene 2 according to the foreknowledgef of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit,g to be obedienth and to be sprinkled with the bloodi of Jesus Christ.
May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.j Because of his great mercyk he has given us new birthl into a living hopem through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the deadn 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable,o undefiled, and unfading, kept in heavenp for you. 5 You are being guarded by God’s powerq through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.r 6 You rejoice in this,B even though now for a short time, if necessary, you suffer grief in various trialss 7 so that the proven character of your faitht—more valuable than gold which, though perishable, is refined by fireu—may resultv in praise, glory, and honorw at the revelation of Jesus Christ.x 8 Though you have not seeny him, you love him;z though not seeing him now, you believe in him, and you rejoiceaa with inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets,ab who prophesied about the grace that would come to you, searched and carefully investigated. 11 They inquired into what time or what circumstances the Spirit of Christac within them was indicating when he testified in advancead to the sufferings of Christae and the gloriesaf that would follow.C 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to youag by the Holy Spirit sent from heavenah—angels long to catch a glimpse of these things.
13 Therefore, with your minds ready for action,ai be sober-mindedaj and set your hopeak completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelational of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children,am do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. 15 But as the one who called youan is holy,ao you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.D,ap 17 If you appeal to the Father who judges impartiallyaq according to each one’s work,ar you are to conduct yourselves in reverenceas during your time living as strangers. 18 For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of lifeat inherited from your fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold,au 19 but with the precious blood of Christ,av like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb.aw 20 He was foreknownax before the foundation of the world but was revealed in these last timesay for you. 21 Through him you believe in God,az who raised him from the deadba and gave him glory,bb so that your faith and hope are in God.
22 Since you have purified yourselves by your obedience to the truth,E so that you show sincere brotherly love for each other,bc from a pureF heart love one another constantly,G,bd 23 because you have been born againbe—not of perishable seedbf but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God.bg 24 For
All flesh is like grass,
and all its glorybh like a flower of the grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
And this word is the gospel that was proclaimed to you.
Gk diaspora; Jewish people scattered throughout Gentile lands
Or In this fact rejoice
Or the glories after that
Other mss add through the Spirit
Other mss omit pure