International Standard Version
To: The exiles of the Dispersionc in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2the people chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father through the sanctifying action of the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus, the Messiah,d and to be sprinkled with his blood.
May grace and peace be yours in abundance!
Our Hope and Joy are in the Messiah
3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah!e Because of his great mercy he has granted us a new birth, resulting in an immortal hope through the resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah,f from the dead 4and to an inheritance kept in heaven for you that can’t be destroyed, corrupted, or changed. 5Through faith you are being protected by God’s power for a salvation that is ready to be revealed at the end of this era. 6You greatly rejoice in this, even though you have to suffer various kinds of trials for a little while, 7so that your genuine faith, which is more valuable than gold that perishes when tested by fire, may result in praise, glory, and honor when Jesus, the Messiah,g is revealed.
8Though you have not seenh him, you love him. And even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9because you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10Even the prophets, who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours, carefully researched and investigated this salvation. 11They tried to find out what era or specific time the Spirit of the Messiahi in them kept referring to when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiahj and the glories that would follow. 12It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you in regard to the things that have now been announced to you by those who brought you the good news through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. These are things that even the angels desire to look into.
13Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep a clear head, and set your hope completely on the grace to be given you when Jesus, the Messiah,k is revealed. 14As obedient children, do not be shaped by the desires that used to influence you when you were ignorant. 15Instead, be holy in every aspect of your life, just as the one who called you is holy. 16For it is written, “You must be holy, because I am holy.”l
17If you call “Father” the one who judges everyone impartially according to what they have done, you must live in reverent fear as long as you are strangers in a strange land. 18For you know that it was not with perishable things like silver or gold that you have been ransomed from the worthless way of life handed down to you by your ancestors, 19but with the precious blood of the Messiah,m like that of a lamb without blemish or defect. 20On the one hand, he was foreknown before the creationn of the world, but on the other hand, he was revealed at the end of time for your sake. 21Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope might be in God.
Love One Another
22Now that you have obeyed the trutho and have purified your souls to love your brothers sincerely, you must love one another intensely and with a pure heart. 23For you have been born again, not by a seed that perishes but by one that cannot perish—by the living and everlasting word of God.p 24For
“All human lifeq is like grass,
and all its glory is like a flower in the grass.
The grass dries up and the flower drops off,
Now this word is the good news that was announced to you.
a 1:1 The Gk. lacks From
b 1:1 Or Christ
c 1:1 i.e. the Jewish communities outside of Israel
d 1:2 Or Christ
e 1:3 Or Christ
f 1:3 Or Christ
g 1:7 Or Christ
h 1:8 Other mss. read known
i 1:11 Or Christ
j 1:11 Or Christ
k 1:13 Or Christ
l 1:16 Cf. Lev 11:44-45; Lev 19:2
m 1:19 Or Christ
n 1:20 Or foundation
o 1:22 Other mss. read the truth through the Spirit
p 1:23 Or by the word of the living and everlasting God
q 1:24 Lit. all flesh
r 1:25 MT source citation reads LORD
s 1:25 Cf. Isa 40:6-8