1 Peter 1:1–9

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,a

To God’s elect,b exilesc scatteredd throughout the provinces of Pontus,e Galatia,f Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia,g who have been chosen according to the foreknowledgeh of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit,i to be obedientj to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:k

Grace and peace be yours in abundance.l

Praise to God for a Living Hope

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!m In his great mercyn he has given us new birtho into a living hopep through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,q and into an inheritancer that can never perish, spoil or fade.s This inheritance is kept in heaven for you,t who through faith are shielded by God’s poweru until the coming of the salvationv that is ready to be revealedw in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice,x though now for a little whiley you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.z These have come so that the proven genuinenessa of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fireb—may result in praise, glory and honorc when Jesus Christ is revealed.d Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in hime and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.f

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