Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord JesusChrist, who according to his great mercy caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of JesusChrist from the dead, to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance that doesn’t fade away, reserved in Heaven for you, who by the power of God are guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Wherein you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved in various trials, that the proof of your faith, which is more precious than gold that perishes even though it is tested by fire,
may be found to result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of JesusChrist—whom, not having known, you love.
In him, though now you don’t see him, yet believing, you rejoice greatly with joy that is unspeakable and full of glory, receiving the result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
Concerning this salvation, the prophets sought and searched diligently.
They prophesied of the grace that would come to you, searching for who or what kind of time the Spirit of Christ, which was in them, pointed to, when he predicted the sufferings of Christ, and the glories that would follow them.
To them it was revealed, that they served not themselves, but you, in these things,
which now have been announced to you through those who preached the Good News to you by the Holy Spirit sent out from heaven; which things angels desire to look into.
Therefore prepare your minds for action.
Be sober, and set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of JesusChrist—
as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves according to your former lusts as in your ignorance, but just as he who called you is holy,
you yourselves also be holy in all of your behavior; because it is written, “You shall be holy; for I am holy.”
If you call on him as Father, who without respect of persons judges according to each man’s work,
pass the time of your living as foreigners here in reverent fear,
who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was revealed in this last age for your sake, who through him are believers in God,
who raised him from the dead, and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope might be in God.
Seeing you have purified your souls in your obedience to the truth through the Spirit in sincere brotherly affection, love one another from the heart fervently, having been born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of God, which lives and remains forever.
For, “All flesh is like grass, and all of man’s glory like the flower in the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls; but the Lord’s word endures forever.” This is the word of Good News which was preached to you.
Putting away therefore all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisies, envies, and all evil speaking, as newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the Word, that with it you may grow, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious: coming to him, a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God, precious.
You also, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through JesusChrist.
Because it is contained in Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion◆ a chief cornerstone, chosen and precious: He who believes in him will not be disappointed.”
For you who believe therefore is the honor, but for those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,” and, “a stumbling stone and a rock of offense.”
For they stumble at the word, being disobedient, to which also they were appointed.
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellence of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
In the past, you were not a people, but now are God’s people,
who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
Beloved, I beg you as foreigners and pilgrims, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
Peter, an apostle of JesusChrist, to the chosen ones who are living as foreigners in the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
To them it was revealed, that they served not themselves, but you, in these things, which now have been announced to you through those who preached the Good News to you by the Holy Spirit sent out from heaven; which things angels desire to look into.