The First Epistle of
PETER
-- Literal Translation of the Holy Bible - Copyright 1976 - 2000 --

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1 Peter 1
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the elect sojourners of the dispersion of Pontus, of Galatia, of Cappadocia, of Asia, and of Bithynia,
2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit to obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied to you.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, He according to His great mercy having regenerated us to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, having been kept in Heaven for you
5 the ones in the power of God being guarded through faith to a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time;
6 in which you exult; yet a little while, if need be, grieving in manifold trials,
7 so that the proving of your faith, much more precious than perishing gold, but having been proved through fire, may be found to praise and honor and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
8 whom having not seen, you love; in whom not yet seeing, but believing, you exult with joy unspeakable and being glorified,
9 obtaining the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 About which salvation the prophets sought out and searched out, prophesying concerning the grace for you,
11 searching for what, or what sort of time the Spirit of Christ made clear within them; testifying beforehand of the sufferings belonging to Christ, and the glories after these.
12 To whom it was revealed that not to themselves, but to us they ministered the same things, which now were announced to you by those having preached the gospel to you in the Holy Spirit sent from Heaven; into which things angels long to look into.
13 Because of this, having girded up the loins of your mind, being sober, perfectly hope on the grace being brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
14 as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves to your former lusts in your ignorance,
15 but according to the Holy One who has called you, you also become holy in all conduct;
16 because it has been written, "Be holy," "because I am holy." Lev. 19:2
17 And if you call on the Father, the One judging according to the work of each one without respect of faces pass the time of your sojourning in fear,
18 knowing that not with corruptible things, silver or gold, were you redeemed from your worthless way of life handed down from your fathers,
19 but with precious blood of Christ, as a lamb without blemish and without spot,
20 indeed having been foreknown before the foundation of the world, but revealed in the last times because of you,
21 the ones believing in God through Him, He raising Him from the dead, and giving glory to Him so that your faith and hope may be in God.
22 Having purified your souls in the obedience of the truth through the Spirit to unpretended brotherly love, love one another fervently out of a pure heart,
23 being regenerated, not by corruptible seed, but incorruptible, through the living Word of God, and remaining forever.
24 Because "all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of men as the flower of grass; the grass was dried, and its flower fell out,
25 but the Word of the Lord remains forever." And this is the Word announced as gospel to you. Isaiah 40:6-8

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1 Peter 2
1 Then laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil words,
2 as newborn babes desire the pure soul-nourishing milk, that you may grow by it;
3 if indeed you "tasted" "that the Lord is good;" LXX-Psa. 33:9; MT-Psa. 34:8
4 to whom having drawn near, a living Stone, indeed having been rejected by men, but chosen by God, precious;
5 you also as living stones are being built a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 Because of this, it is also contained in the Scripture: "Behold," I lay in Zion" an elect, "precious Stone," "a Corner-foundation;" "and the one believing in Him shall not be ashamed, never!" Isa. 28:16
7 Then to you who believe belongs the preciousness. But to disobeying ones, He is the "Stone which those building rejected; this One became the Head of the Corner," Psa. 118:22
8 and a Stone-of-stumbling, and a Rock-of-offense" to the ones stumbling, being disobedient to the Word, to which they were also appointed. Isa. 8:14
9 But you are "an elect race," "a royal priesthood," "a holy nation," "a people for possession," so that "you may openly speak of the virtues" of the One who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; LXX-Ex. 23:22; MT-Ex. 19:5, 6
10 you who then were "not a people, but now are the people" of God; "the one not pitied then but now pitied." Hos. 1:6, 9 2:1, 23
11 Beloved, I exhort you as pilgrims and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul;
12 having your behavior good among the nations, in that which they speak against you as evildoers; by observing your good works, they may glorify God in a day of visitation.
13 Then be in obedience to every creation of men because of the Lord; whether to a king, as being supreme;
14 or to governors, as through Him having indeed being sent for vengeance on evildoers, but praise on well doers,
15 because so is the will of God, doing good to silence the ignorance of foolish men;
16 as free, and not having freedom as a cover of evil, but as slaves of God;
17 honor all, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.
18 Servants, be obedient to your masters in all fear, not only to those good and forbearing, but also to the perverse ones.
19 For this is a grace, if because of conscience toward God anyone bears grief, suffering unjustly.
20 For what glory is it if you patiently endure while sinning and being buffeted? But if you are suffering while doing good, and patiently endure, this is a grace from God.
21 For you were called to this, for even Christ suffered on our behalf, leaving behind an example for us, that you should follow His steps;
22 "who did not sin, nor was guile found in His mouth;" Isa. 53:9
23 who, having been reviled, did not revile in return; suffering, He did not threaten, but gave Himself up to Him who was judging righteously;
24 who "Himself carried up in His body our sins" onto the tree; that dying to sins, we might live to righteousness, of whom "by His wound you were healed."
25 For you were "as sheep going astray," but now you turned back to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. Isa. 53:4-6

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1 Peter 3
1 Likewise, wives, submitting yourselves to your own husbands, that even if any disobey the Word, through the behavior of the wives, without a word they will be won,
2 observing your pure behavior in fear.
3 Of whom let it not be the outward act of braiding of hairs, and of putting gold around, or of clothing, garments of adornment,
4 but the hidden man of the heart, in the incorruptible adornment of the meek and quiet spirit, which is of great value before God.
5 For so once indeed the holy women who were hoping on God adorned themselves, submitting themselves to their own husbands,
6 as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord; whose children you became, doing good, and fearing no terror. Gen. 18:12
7 Likewise, husbands, dwelling together according to knowledge, as with a weaker vessel, the female, bestowing honor, as truly being co-heirs of the grace of life, not cutting off your prayers.
8 And, finally, be all of one mind, sympathetic, loving the brothers, tenderhearted, friendly,
9 not giving back evil for evil, or reviling against reviling; but, on the contrary, give blessing; knowing that you were called to this in order that you might inherit blessing.
10 "For the one desiring to love life, and to see good days, let him restrain his tongue from evil, even his lips not to speak guile.
11 Let him turn aside from evil, and let him do good. Let him seek peace, and pursue it;
12 because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against any doing evil things." LXX-Psa. 33:13-17; MT-Psa. 34:12-16
13 And who is the one harming you if you become imitators of the good?
14 But if you truly suffer because of righteousness, blessed are you. "But do not fear their fear, nor be disturbed.
15 But sanctify" Isa. 8:12, 13 the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give an answer to everyone asking you a reason concerning the hope in you, with meekness and fear,
16 having a good conscience, that while they speak against you as evildoers, they may be shamed, those falsely accusing your good behavior in Christ.
17 For it is better, if the will of God wills it, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.
18 Because even Christ once suffered concerning sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God; indeed being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit;
19 in which also, going in to the spirits in prison, He then proclaimed
20 to disobeying ones, when once the long-suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, an ark having been prepared, into which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
21 Which antitype now also saves us, baptism (not a putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ;
22 who going into Heaven is at the right of God, the angels, and authorities, and powers being subjected to Him).

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1 Peter 4
1 Therefore, Christ having suffered for us in the flesh, also you arm yourselves with the same thought, because he having suffered in the flesh has been made to rest from sin,
2 for him no longer to live in the lusts of men, but to live the remaining time in the flesh in the will of God.
3 For the time of life having passed is sufficient for us to have worked out the will of the nations, having gone on in wantonness, lusts, drunkenness, parties, carousings, and lawless idolatries;
4 in which they are surprised, you not running with them into the same overflow of unsavedness, blaspheming;
5 who will give account to Him having readiness to judge the living and dead.
6 For to this end also the gospel was preached to the dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but might live according to God in the Spirit.
7 But the end of all things has drawn near. Be of sound mind, then, and be sensible to prayers;
8 and above all things having fervent love to yourselves, "because love will cover a multitude of sins." Prov. 10:12
9 Be hospitable to one another without murmurings,
10 each one as he received a gift, ministering it to yourselves as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
11 If anyone speaks, let it be as the words of God; if anyone ministers, as by strength which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ; to whom is the glory and the might to the ages of the ages. Amen.
12 Beloved, do not be astonished at the fiery trial happening among you for your testing, as if a surprise were occurring to you;
13 but according as you share the sufferings of Christ, rejoice; so that you may rejoice exultingly at the revelation of His glory.
14 If you are reviled in the name of Christ, you are blessed, because "the Spirit of God and of glory rests on you." Truly, according to them, He is blasphemed; but according to you, He is glorified. Isa. 11:2
15 For do not let any of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or an evildoer, or as a meddler in the affairs of others.
16 But if one suffers as a Christian, do not let him be ashamed, but to glorify God in this respect.
17 Because the time has come to begin the judgment from the house of God; and if firstly from us, what will be the end of the ones disobeying the gospel of God?
18 And "if the righteous is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and sinner appear?" Proverbs 11:31
19 So as indeed the ones suffering according to God's will, as to a faithful Creator, let them commit their souls in well-doing.

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1 Peter 5
1 I, a fellow elder, exhort the elders among you, I being also witness of the sufferings of Christ, and being sharer of the glory about to be revealed:
2 Shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight, not by compulsion, but willingly; nor eagerly for base gain, but readily;
3 nor as exercising lordship over the ones allotted to you, but becoming examples of the flock.
4 And at the appearing of the Chief Shepherd, you will receive the never fading crown of glory.
5 Likewise, younger ones be subject to older ones; and all being subject to one another. Put on humility, because God sets Himself "against proud ones, but He gives grace to humble ones." Prov. 3:34
6 Then be humbled under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in time;
7 "casting all your anxiety onto Him," because it matters to Him concerning you. LXX-Psa. 54:23; MT-Psa. 55:22
8 Be sensible, watch, because your adversary the Devil walks about as a roaring lion seeking someone he may devour;
9 whom firmly resist in the faith, knowing the same sufferings are being completed in your brotherhood in the world.
10 Now the God of all grace, the One calling you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, you having suffered a little, Himself will perfect, confirm, strengthen, establish you.
11 To Him be the glory and the might forever and ever. Amen.
12 I wrote to you by a few words by way of Silvanus the faithful brother, as I reckon, exhorting and witnessing this to be the true grace of God, in which you stand.
13 The fellow-elected in Babylon greet you; also Mark my son.
14 Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace be to you, all those in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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Scripture taken from the Literal Translation of the Holy Bible
Copyright 1976 - 2000
By Jay P. Green, Sr.
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