Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia,
Asia, and Bithynia,
 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of
the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be
 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant
mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold
 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though
it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
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:
 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that
should come unto you:
 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in
them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which
are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent
down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
 Wherefore gird up the loins of your
mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of
 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your
 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of
persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation
received by tradition from your fathers;
 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without
blemish and without spot:
 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was
manifest in these last times for you,
 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead,
and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
 Seeing ye have purified your souls in
obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another
with a pure heart fervently:
 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the
word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man
as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:
 But the word of the
Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,
As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
 If so be ye have
tasted that the Lord is gracious.
 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men,
but chosen of God, and precious,
 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
 Wherefore also it is
contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth
on him shall not be confounded.
 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which
be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,
And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto
also they were appointed.
 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar
people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous
 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained
mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain
from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that,
whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold,
glorify God in the day of visitation.
 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether