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1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the (partakers of eternal salvation) scattered (as strangers in strange lands) throughout Pont’us, Ga-la’tia, Cap-pa-do’ci-a, A’sia, and Bi-thyn’i-a,

2 Chosen (to partake of His life and immortality) according to the determined purpose (and promise) of God the Father (since before the world began), and who now through the transformation of the Spirit (may be conformed) to His image, allowing themselves to be persuaded and their conscience purged (from the fear of death) by the sprinkling of the blood (that ran out) of Jesus Christ: To whom (His) Grace (persuades us of the certainty of His life), where (His) peace, and (rest will) be multiplied (unto you).

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who (by His strength alone) and according to His lovingkindness and abundant mercy has rescued us (from the dead) recreating us in Christ again to a sure hope (of the same life and likeness to be revealed in us) that lives in immortal flesh and bone (at the Father’s right hand) by the (bodily) resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,


4 To (the same) inheritance (revealed in Him) incorruptible, indestructible, and undefiled (by blood), that (can never die, perish) or fade away, reserved (in Christ at the Father’s right hand) in heaven for you,


5 Who are kept (in the certainty of Him) by the power of God through (the) faith (revealed in Jesus Christ) to (bring the same life and) salvation (in the redemption of our bodies) prepared and ready to be revealed in (His return, in death’s) last day.


6 In (this living hope) do you greatly rejoice, although now it might be necessary for a short while that you are grieved in your body with various temptations:


7 So that the trying of your faith (which is found in the sure testimony and foundation of Jesus Christ, who having already stood in the face of all temptation for us, made death bow down), which (testimony) is much more precious than that of gold that perishes, and though we (who bear His testimony) be tried with fire, that we might be found (abiding in Him) to praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:


8 Whom having not seen (Him), you love (Him); in whom, even though you do not now see Him, yet you believe (in the testimony He has given of you), and you rejoice with a joy (that is) unspeakable and full of glory:


9 Receiving (His same just reward in your body) the end of your faith, even the salvation of your entire being (made immortal).


10 Of this salvation the prophets have desired and searched (out) diligently, who prophesied about the grace that would come to you (in Christ):


11 Inquiring as to what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ, which (spoke) in (and through) them was showing them, when they testified beforehand (about) the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that would follow.


12 To whom it was revealed that they were not ministering these things to themselves but to us, the things which are now reported to you by (me and) those who have preached the gospel to you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things (pertaining to salvation) even the angels desire to look into.


13 Therefore, be prepared, ready and alert, having a sound mind (that is not intoxicated by the corruption in the world), but (abiding in the sure) hope to the end (waiting patiently) for the grace (wherein you will receive strength) that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;


14 Like little children, you can go to rest (trusting in the Father to care for your life, fully reliant upon Him), no longer having to establish your own life according to (the world’s corrupt wisdom) where you formerly lusted for life (in vain) in your ignorance.


15 But just as the One who has (surnamed) you (His son) is holy (having set you apart to be fathered with His life), so (will you as His children) be holy (set apart to be fathered by Him) in all manner of life (and Godlikeness);


16 Because it is written, you will be holy (set apart unto Me and by Me, for you are My portion) because I AM holy (and My heart is set apart unto you).


17 And if you call upon the Father (for the incorruptible life He has set you apart for), the One who impartially judges according (whether or not) the quality of a man's work be perishable, so will you pass the time of living as a stranger in a strange land, esteeming Him (and His incorruptible work):


18 Because knowing this, you know that you were not released from the bondage of death by corruptible things, such as silver and gold, from that life where you formerly labored in vain (never finding rest) living by the traditions established by your fathers (and not God).


19 But (you were released from the reign of death) with the precious blood (that ran out) of Christ, (the only life that could measure the true value of your own), like that of an (innocent) lamb without blemish (blameless) and without spot (unstained):


20 (Christ) who truly was foreordained (the substance and the promise of eternal life) before the foundation of the world (before death entered), but was revealed in (immortal flesh) in these last times for you (to behold the promise in immortal flesh and bone),


21 (Christ) who by Him do (you) believe in God (as your Father), who raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory; so that your faith and hope might (rest) in God (for the certainty of the same life).


22 Seeing you have purified your hearts, being persuaded of the truth through the Spirit of life (that you behold in Christ, which gives birth to a) sincere love for the brethren, so that (abiding in His life) you would love one another passionately and with a pure heart:


23 Being born again from above (by the Spirit of God), not from corruptible seed (of the flesh), but of incorruptible (of the Spirit), by (Christ) the word of God, which lives and abides forever.


24 Because all flesh is like grass, and all the glory that a man (could bring forth in himself) is like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower thereof fades away:


25 But the word of the Lord (which God has spoken about you in Christ) endures forever (in immortal flesh and bone at the Father’s right hand). And this is the word (that contains the power of His indestructible life) which by the gospel (of Jesus Christ) is preached to you.


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