A Living Hope, and a Sure Salvation
1 aPeter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To those who reside as baliens, cscattered throughout dPontus, eGalatia, dCappadocia, dAsia, and fBithynia, gwho are chosen
2 according to the aforeknowledge of God the Father, bby the sanctifying work of the Spirit, 1to cobey Jesus Christ and be dsprinkled with His blood: eMay grace and peace 2be yours in the fullest measure.
3 aBlessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who baccording to His great mercy chas caused us to be born again to da living hope through the eresurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 to obtain an ainheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and bwill not fade away, creserved in heaven for you,
5 who are aprotected by the power of God bthrough faith for ca salvation ready dto be revealed in the last time.
6 aIn this you greatly rejoice, even though now bfor a little while, cif necessary, you have been distressed by dvarious 1trials,
7 so that the 1aproof of your faith, being more precious than gold which 2is perishable, beven though tested by fire, cmay be found to result in praise and glory and honor at dthe revelation of Jesus Christ;
8 and athough you have not seen Him, you blove Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and 1full of glory,
9 obtaining as athe outcome of your faith the salvation of 1your souls.
10 aAs to this salvation, the prophets who bprophesied of the cgrace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries,
11 1seeking to know what person or time athe Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He bpredicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories 2to follow.