Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, SCode Jas 1:1
who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. SCode Dan 4:1 Act 2:23~24 Rom 11:2 Rom 8:29 1Th 4:3 Heb 10:22 Heb 12:24 2Pet 1:2 Jud 1:2
Praise to God for a Living Hope
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, SCode 1Cor 15:20 2Cor 1:3 Eph 1:3 Tit 3:5 1Pet 3:21~22 1Pet 1:23
and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, SCode Rom 8:17~18 Col 1:5 2Tim 4:8 1Pet 5:4
who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. SCode 2Cor 4:17 Eph 2:8 Heb 12:11 1Pet 5:10
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. SCode Jas 1:2~3 1Pet 4:12
These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. SCode Job 23:10 Psa 66:10 Pro 17:3 Isa 48:10 Rom 2:7 Rom 2:10 1Cor 4:5 1Cor 3:13 2Th 1:7~12
Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, SCode Jn 20:29 Heb 11:27 1Jn 4:20
for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls. SCode Rom 6:22
Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, SCode Dan 8:15 Mt 13:17 Lk 10:24 2Pet 1:19
trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. SCode Isa 52:13 Dan 9:24~26 Mt 26:24 Lk 24:26 Act 16:7 Act 3:18 Rom 8:9 2Pet 1:21
It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things. SCode Dan 12:4~7 Dan 12:9 Dan 8:13 Dan 12:13 Mt 13:17 Act 2:2~4 Eph 3:10 Heb 11:39~40
Be Holy
Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. SCode Lk 12:35 1Th 5:6 1Th 5:8 2Tim 4:5 1Pet 4:7 1Pet 5:8
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. SCode Act 17:30 Rom 12:2 Tit 3:3 1Pet 4:2~3
But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; SCode 2Cor 7:1 1Th 4:7 Heb 12:14 Jas 3:13 1Jn 3:3
for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." SCode Lev 11:44
Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. SCode Psa 62:12 Jer 3:19 Mal 1:6 Mt 6:9 Rom 11:20 2Cor 7:1 2Cor 6:18 Jas 2:1 1Pet 3:15
For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, SCode Psa 49:8 Psa 130:8 1Cor 6:20 Eph 4:17 Tit 2:14 2Pet 2:1
but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. SCode Exo 12:5 Jn 1:29 Act 20:28 Heb 9:14
He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. SCode Rom 16:26 Heb 1:2
Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. SCode Jn 7:39 Jn 12:44 Act 3:13 Rom 10:9 Heb 2:9
Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart. SCode Rom 12:9 1Tim 1:5 Heb 13:1
For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. SCode Jn 3:3 Jn 1:13 Heb 4:12 Jas 1:18 1Pet 1:3
For, "All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, SCode Isa 40:6 Isa 40:8~9 Jas 1:10~11
but the word of the Lord endures forever." And this is the word that was preached to you. SCode Mt 24:35
NIV Footnotes
  1. 1:16 Lev. 11:44,45; 19:2
  2. 1:22 Some early manuscripts from a pure heart
  3. 1:25 Isaiah 40:6-8 (see Septuagint)