Living_Oracles(i) 1 Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect sojourners of the dispersion, of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia- 2 according to the predetermination of God the Father, by a sanctification of the Spirit, in order to obedience, and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Favor and peace be multiplied to you. 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who, according to his great mercy, has regenerated us to a lively hope, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and unfading, preserved in the heavens for us; 5 who, by the power of God, are guarded through faith, to the salvation prepared to be revealed in the last time. 6 On account of this, be exceeding glad, though now, for a little while, (since it is needful,) you are made sorry by divers trials; 7 that the trying of your faith, (much more precious than of gold, which perishes, though proved by fire,) may be found to praise, and honor, and glory, at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 whom, not having seen, you love; on whom, not now looking, but believing, you greatly rejoice, with joy unspeakable and full of glory- 9 receiving the consummation of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning which salvation, the prophets inquired accurately, and searched diligently, who have prophesied concerning the favor bestowed on you; 11 searching diligently of what things, and what kind of time, the Spirit of Christ, who was in them, did signify, when he testified before the sufferings of Christ, and the glories following these- 12 to whom it was revealed, that, not for themselves, but for us, they ministered these things; which have now been reported to you, by them who have declared the glad tidings to you, with the Holy Spirit sent down from heaven: into which things, angels earnestly desire to look attentively. 13 Wherefore, having the loins of your mind girded, being vigilant, constantly hope for the gift to be brought to you, at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts, in your ignorance; 15 but as he who has called you is holy, be you also holy; 16 for it is written, "Be you holy, because I am holy." 17 And seeing you call on the Father, who, without respect of persons, judges according to every man's work-pass the time of your sojourning here, in fear; 18 knowing that, not with corruptible things, as silver and gold, you were redeemed from your foolish behavior, delivered to you by your fathers; 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish, and without spot; 20 predetermined, indeed, before the foundation of the world, but manifested in these last times for you; 21 who through him, believe in God, who raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory, that your faith and hope might be in God. 22 Wherefore, having purified your souls by obeying the truth, through the Spirit, to unfeigned brotherly love, love one another, from a pure heart, fervently: 23 having been regenerated, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, through the word of the living God, which remains. 24 "For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower of it falls down; but the word of the Lord remains forever." 25 Now this is that word which has been proclaimed as glad tidings to you.