1Peter, an apostleof JesusChrist, to the strangersscattered throughoutPontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, andBithynia, 2 Elect according tothe foreknowledgeof Godthe Father, throughsanctificationof the Spirit, untoobedienceandsprinklingof the bloodof JesusChrist: Graceunto you, andpeace, be multiplied.
3Blessed be the GodandFatherofourLordJesusChrist, whichaccording tohisabundantmercyhath begottenusagainuntoa livelyhopebythe resurrectionof JesusChristfromthe dead, 4Toan inheritanceincorruptible, andundefiled, andthat fadeth not away, reservedinheavenforyou, 5Whoare keptbythe powerof Godthroughfaithuntosalvationreadyto be revealedinthe lasttime.
6Whereinye greatly rejoice, though nowfor a season, ifneed be, ye arein heavinessthroughmanifoldtemptations: 7Thatthe trialof yourfaith, being muchmore precious thanof goldthatperisheth, thoughit be triedwithfire, might be founduntopraiseandhonourandgloryatthe appearingof JesusChrist: 8Whomhavingnotseen, ye love; inwhom, though nowye see him not, yetbelieving, ye rejoicewith joyunspeakableandfull of glory: 9Receivingthe endof yourfaith, even the salvationof your souls.
10Ofwhichsalvationthe prophetshave enquiredandsearched diligently, who prophesiedofthe grace that should come untoyou: 11Searchingwhat, orwhat manner oftimethe Spiritof Christwhichwas inthemdid signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferingsofChrist, andthe glorythatshould follow. 12Unto whomit was revealed, thatnotunto themselves, butunto usthey did ministerthe things, whicharenowreportedunto youbythemthat have preached the gospelunto youwiththe HolyGhostsent downfromheaven; which thingsthe angelsdesireto lookinto.
13Whereforegird upthe loinsof yourmind, be sober, and hopeto the endforthe gracethat is to be broughtunto youatthe revelationof JesusChrist; 14Asobedientchildren, notfashioning yourselves according tothe formerlustsinyourignorance: 15Butashe which hath calledyouis holy, sobeyeholyinallmanner of conversation; 16Becauseit is written, Be yeholy; forIamholy. 17Andifye call onthe Father, whowithout respect of personsjudgethaccording toevery man’swork, passthe timeof yoursojourning here infear: 18Forasmuch as ye knowthatye werenotredeemedwith corruptible things, as silverandgold, fromyourvainconversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19Butwith the preciousbloodof Christ, asof a lambwithout blemishandwithout spot: 20Who verilywas foreordainedbeforethe foundationof the world, butwas manifestinthese lasttimesforyou, 21Whobyhimdo believeinGod, thatraisedhimupfromthe dead, andgavehimglory; thatyourfaithandhopemight beinGod. 22Seeing ye have purifiedyoursoulsinobeyingthe truththroughthe Spirituntounfeignedlove of the brethren, see that ye loveone anotherwitha pureheartfervently: 23Being born again, notofcorruptibleseed, butof incorruptible, bythe wordof God, which livethandabidethforever. 24Forallflesh is asgrass, andallthe gloryof manasthe flowerof grass. The grasswithereth, andthe flowerthereoffalleth away: 25Butthe wordof the Lordendurethforever. Andthisisthe wordwhichby the gospel is preacheduntoyou.