Chapter One of First Peter.

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Pet 1:1-25


Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the
Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in
sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the
blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a
living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the
dead,to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not
fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation
ready to be revealed in the last time.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need
be, you have been grieved by various trials,
that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious
than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may befound
to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see
Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of
glory, receiving the end of your faith-- the salvation of your souls.

Of this salvation the prophets have inquired and searched
carefully, who prophesied of the grace that would come to you,
searching what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who
was in them was indicating when He testified beforehand the
sufferings of Christ and the glories that would follow.

To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they
were ministering the things which now have been reported to
you through those who have preached the gospel to you by the
Holy Spirit sent from heaven-- things which angels desire to look

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest
your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the
revelation of Jesus Christ;
as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former
lusts, as in your ignorance;
but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your
conduct, because it is written, "Be holy, for I am holy."

And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges
according to each one's work, conduct yourselves throughout
the time of your stay here in fear;
knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things,
like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by
tradition from your fathers,
but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without
blemish and without spot.

He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world,
but was manifest in these last times for you
who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead
and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through
the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another
fervently with a pure heart,
having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible,
through the word of God which lives and abides forever,
because "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the
flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away,
But the word of the Lord endures forever." Now this is the word
which by the gospel was preached to you.


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