ABU(i) 1 PETER, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered through Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia; 2 chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy begot us again unto a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead; 4 unto an inheritance imperishable, and undefiled, and unfading, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who by the power of God are kept through faith, unto a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a little time, if need be, made sorrowful by manifold trials; 7 that the proof of your faith, much more precious than gold that perishes, but is proved by fire, may be found unto praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 whom having not seen ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory; 9 receiving the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning which salvation the prophets diligently sought and searched, who prophesied of the grace toward you; 11 searching as to what or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them signified, when it testified beforehand the sufferings destined for Christ, and the glories that should follow; 12 to whom it was revealed, that not to themselves, but to you they were ministering them, which now have been announced to you, through those who brought you the good news by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven; which things angels desire to look into. 13 Wherefore, girding up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope perfectly for the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as children of obedience, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts in your ignorance; 15 but as he who called you is holy, be ye yourselves holy in all your deportment; 16 because it is written: Ye shall be holy, for I am holy. 17 And if ye call him Father, who without respect of persons judges according to each one's work, pass the time of your sojourning in fear; 18 knowing that not with perishable things, silver and gold, ye were redeemed from your vain course of life received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot; 20 who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but manifested in these last times for you, 21 who through him believe on God, who raised him from the dead, and gave him glory; so that your faith and hope are on God. 22 Having purified your souls in obeying the truth unto unfeigned brotherly love, love one another from the heart fervently; 23 being born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the word of God, which lives and abides forever. 24 Because, All flesh is as grass, And all its glory as the flower of grass. The grass withered, and its flower fell off; 25 But the word of the Lord abides forever. And this is the word which was preached to you.