1 Peter 1
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the sojourners of the Dispersion in Pontus,
Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
2 elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit,
unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His
abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus
Christ from the dead,
4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in
Heaven for you,
5 who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in
the last time.
6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been
grieved by various trials,
7 that the testing of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though
it is tested by fire, may be found unto praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus
8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him yet, believing, you
rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory,
9 receiving the outcome of your faith; the salvation of your souls.
10 Of this salvation the prophets have sought out and searched diligently, who
prophesied concerning the grace towards you,
11 searching for what, or what manner of time, the Spirit of Christ who was in them was
indicating when He testified beforehand of the sufferings of Christ and the glories after
12 To them it was revealed that, not to themselves, but to us they were ministering the
things which now have been reported to you through those who have preached the gospel
to you by the Holy Spirit sent from Heaven; things which angels desire to look into.
13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the
grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts in your ignorance;
15 but as He who called you is holy, you also become holy in all conduct,
16 because it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.
17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one's
work, behave yourselves throughout the time of your sojourning in fear;
18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from
your vain way of life received by tradition from your fathers,
19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in
these last times for you
21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory,
so that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto sincere
love of the brethren, love one another fervently out of a pure heart,
23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the Word
of God which lives and abides forever,
24 because All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The
grass withers, and its flower falls away,
25 but the Word of the Lord endures forever. Now this is the Word which by the
gospel was preached to you.
1 Peter 2
1 Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,
2 as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the Word, that you may grow thereby,
3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to
offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief
cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be ashamed.
7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, The
stone which the builders rejected has become the Head of the corner,
8 and a Stone of stumbling and a Rock of offense. They stumble, being disobedient to the Word, to which they also were appointed.
9 But you are an elect race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of His
possession, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into
His marvelous light;
10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who did not have mercy
but now have mercy.
11 Beloved, I beg you as foreigners and sojourners, abstain from fleshly lusts which war
against the soul,
12 having your behavior honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against
you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the
day of visitation.
13 Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man because of the Lord;
whether to the king as supreme,
14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and
for the praise of those who do good.
15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of
16 as free, yet not using liberty as a pretext for evil, but as bondservants of God.
17 Honor all people. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and fair, but
also to the perverse.
19 For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief,
20 For what praise is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you endure it patiently?
But when you do good and suffer, if you endure it patiently, this is favorable with God.
21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an
example, that you should follow His steps:
22 Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth;
23 who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not
threaten, but gave Himself over to Him who judges righteously;
24 who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins,
might live unto righteousness; by whose stripes you were healed.
25 For you were like sheep going astray, but have now returned to the Shepherd and
Overseer of your souls.
1 Peter 3
1 Wives, likewise, be subject to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the
Word, they, without a word, may be won by the behavior of their wives,
2 when they observe your pure behavior with fear.
3 Do not let your adornment be outward; arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on
4 rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a meek
and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God.
5 For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned
themselves, being subject to their own husbands,
6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good
and are not afraid with any terror.
7 Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as
to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers
may not be cut off.
8 Finally, all of you be of one mind, sympathetic; loving the brothers, be tenderhearted,
9 not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing
that you were called to this, in order that you may inherit blessing.
10 For He who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil,
and his lips from speaking deceit.
11 Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayers;
but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
13 And who is he who will harm you if you become imitators of what is good?
14 But even if you should suffer because of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not
be afraid of their terror, nor be troubled.
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to
everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;
16 having a good conscience, that when they speak against you as evildoers, those who
falsely accuse your good conduct in Christ may be ashamed.
17 For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, that He might
bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,
19 by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison,
20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the
days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were
saved through water.
21 There is also an antitype which now saves us; immersion (not the removal of the filth
of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ,
22 Who has gone into Heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and
powers having been made subject to Him.
1 Peter 4
1 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same
mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has been released from sin,
2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh in the lusts of men, but in
the will of God.
3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles, when
we walked in licentiousness, lusts, drunkenness, carousing, drinking parties, and
4 In this regard, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same
overflow of dissipation, blaspheming.
5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be
judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
7 But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be of sound mind and calm in your
8 And above all things have fervent love for one another, for love will cover a multitude
9 Be hospitable to one another without murmuring.
10 As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the
manifold grace of God.
11 If anyone speaks, let him speak as the words of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it
as with the strength which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through
Jesus Christ, to whom is the glory and might forever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved, do not be astonished at the fiery trial which is to try you, as though
something unheard of was happening to you;
13 but rejoice in so far as you partake of Christ's sufferings, that when His glory is
revealed, you may also rejoice with exceeding joy.
14 If you are reproached for the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory
and of God rests upon you. According to them He is blasphemed, but according to you
He is glorified.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, a thief, an evildoer, or as a meddler in other
16 Yet if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God
in this regard.
17 For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins
with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
18 Now if the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner
19 Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to
Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator.
1 Peter 5
1 The elders who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the
sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory about to be revealed:
2 Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by
compulsion but willingly, not eager for dishonest gain but with a ready mind;
3 not exercising dominion over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;
4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does
not fade away.
5 Likewise you that are younger, be subject to your elders. Yes, all of you be subject to
one another, and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, but gives grace to
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in
7 casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares about you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring
lion, seeking whom he may devour.
9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are experienced by
your brethren in the world.
10 But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus,
after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
11 To Him be the glory and might forever and ever. Amen.
12 By Silvanus, our faithful brother as I consider him, I have written to you briefly,
exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand.
13 Those in Babylon, elect together with you, greet you; and so does Mark my son.
14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to you all who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.