Peter A

Chapter 1
Peter an apostle of Jesus Christ to the chosen sojourners of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithunia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of 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, the one who according to his great mercy has regenerated us to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, that has been kept in heaven for you 5 who are guarded by the power of God through faith to a salvation ready to be revealed at the last time. 6 In which you exult, though for a little while if necessary you may grieve in manifold trials, 7 in order that the proving of your faith, much more precious than gold that perishes, even though it is proved through fire, may be found to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 whom you love without having seen, in whom though you do not see but believe you exult with unspeakable and glorious joy, 9 obtaining the end of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning which salvation the prophets, who prophecied concerning the grace
intended for you, sought out and searched out, 11 searching for what, or what sort of time, the Spirit of Christ fore-witnessing in them made clear the sufferings of Christ and the glories after them; 12 to whom it was revealed that they ministered these same things not to themselves but to you, which now were announced to you through the ones who evangelized you by the Holy Spirit sent forth from heaven, which things the angels of heaven long to look into.
13 Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, being sober, perfectly hope on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves to your former ignorant longings, 15 but also become holy yourselves in all your conduct like the holy one who has called you, 16 because it is written, “You shall be holy, because I am holy.” 17 And if you invoke the Father who without respect to persons judges according to each man's work, pass the time of your sojourning in fear, 18 knowing that it was not with corruptible silver or gold that you were redeemed from your vain conduct handed down from your fathers, 19 but with
the precious blood of Christ as that of an unspotted and unblemished lamb, 20 who was on one hand foreknown from the foundations of the world, on the other manifested in the last times because of you 21 who through him believe in God who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope would be in God. 22 Having purified your souls by obedience to the truth unto unfeigned brotherly love, love one another earnestly from the heart, 23 having been regenerated not by corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the living and remaining word of God. 24 Because all flesh is as grass, and all of its glory as the flower of grass; the grass dried and the flower fell out; 25 but the word of the Lord remains unto the age.  And this is the word preached as good news to you.

Chapter 2
Therefore putting away all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envies and all detractions, 2 desire the pure spiritual milk like newborn babes, in order that by it you may grow to salvation, 3 if you tasted that the Lord is good, 4 to whom you are approaching, a living stone, on one hand rejected by men, on the other chosen by God, precious; 5 you also as living stones are being built a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ; 6 because it is contained in scripture, “Behold I lay in Sion a chosen precious corner foundation stone, and the one who believes on him will by no means be shamed.” 7 Therefore it is precious to you who believe; but a stone which the builders rejected to the unbelievers, this became the head of the corner 8 and a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense; they stumbled at the word by disobeying, 9 to which indeed they were appointed; but you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for possession, so that you may tell out the virtues of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light; 10 who were not a people, but are now a people of God, those who were not pitied, but are now pitied.
11 Beloved, I exhort you as sojourners and aliens to abstain from fleshly lust, which war against your soul; 12 having your conduct good among the nations, in order that while they speak against you as evildoers, by observing your good works they may glorify God in the day of visitation.
13 Submit to every human ordinance because of the Lord:  whether to a king as being supreme, 14 or to governors as being sent by him for vengeance on evildoers but praise for well-doers; 15 because so is the will of God, doing good to silence the foolish ignorance of men; 16 as free, and not having freedom as a cloak of evil, but as slaves of God. 17 Honor all men, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. 18 House servants, submit yourselves in all fear to your masters, not only to the good and forbearing but also to the perverse. 19 For this is favorable if anyone bears grief suffering unjustly because of conscience of God. 20 For what glory is it if you endure buffeting for sinning? But if you suffer for doing good, this is favorable with God. 21 For you were called to this, because indeed Christ suffered on your behalf, leaving behind an example to you in order that you should follow in his steps; 22 who did not sin nor was guile found in his mouth; 23 who when reviled did not revile in return, suffered and did not threaten, but delivered himself to the one who judges righteously; 24 who himself carried up our sins in his body onto the tree, in order that dying to sins we might live to righteousness; by whose bruise you were cured. 25 For you were as wandering sheep, but now you turned to the shepherd and bishop of your souls.

Chapter 3
Likewise wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands, in order that even if any disobey the word, through the conduct of the wives they may be gained without a word, 2 observing your reverently pure conduct. 3 Of whom let it not be the outward plaiting of hair and putting on gold ornaments or of adorning with garments of clothing, 4 but in the incorruptible adorning of the hidden heart of man of the meek and quiet spirit, which is of great value before God. 5 For then indeed so the holy women who hoped in God adorned themselves, submitting themselves to their own husbands, 6 as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord; of whom you became children
by doing good and not fearing any terror. 7 Husbands likewise, dwelling together with the female according to knowledge as with a weaker vessel, assigning honor as co-heirs indeed of the grace of life, so your prayers will not be hindered. 8 Now the conclusion: be all of one mind, sympathetic, loving the brothers, compassionate, humble-minded, not giving back evil instead of evil or reviling instead of reviling, but on the contrary blessing, because you were called to this in order that you might inherit blessing. 10 For the one who wishes to love life and to see good days, let him restrain his tongue from evil and his lips to not speak guile, 11 and 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 petition, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil things.
13 And who is the one who will harm you if you become zealots of the good? 14 But if you indeed suffer because of righteousness, you are blessed. But do not fear their terror nor be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always ready for defense to every one who asks you for a word concerning the hope in you, 16 but with meekness and fear, having a good conscience, in order that while you are spoken against the ones who abuse you may be shamed by your good conduct in Christ. 17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if the will of God wills, than for doing evil. 18 Because Christ indeed died once concerning sins, a righteous man on behalf of unrighteous ones, in order that he might bring you to God, on the one hand being put to death in the flesh, on the other quickened in the spirit; 19 in which indeed he preached when he went to the spirits in prison, 20 to those who were disobedient then in the days of Noe when the longsuffering of God waited while an ark was prepared, in which a few, this is eight souls, were quite saved through water. 21 Which figure of baptism now saves us also, not a putting away of the filth of the flesh but an answer of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is at the right hand of God, having gone into heaven, angels and authorities and powers being subjected to him.

Chapter 4
Therefore you also arm yourselves with the same mind as Christ who suffered in the flesh, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 for the purpose of no longer living the time that remains in the flesh in the lusts of men but in the will of God. 3 For sufficient time has passed away to have worked out the purpose of the nations, who have gone on in licentiousness, lusts, debaucheries, carousals, drinking bouts and unlawful idolatries. 4 While they are surprised at you not running with them to the same excess of profligacy, blaspheming; 5 who will render account to the one who is ready to judge living and dead. 6 For indeed good news was preached for this, in order that they on one hand might be judged according to men in the flesh, on the other might live according to God in the spirit.
7 Now the end of all things has drawn near. Therefore be sober-minded and be sober unto prayers; 8 before all things have fervent love toward yourselves, because love covers a multitude of sins; 9 be hospitable to one another without murmuring; 10 as each one has received a gift, minister it to yourselves as good stewards of the manifold grace of God; 11 if anyone speaks, as the oracles of God; if anyone ministers, as by strength which God supplies; in order that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, whose is the glory and the might unto the ages of the ages: Amen.
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial happening among you to try you, as if a surprising thing is occurring to you, 13 but rejoice as you share the sufferings of Christ, in order that you may rejoice exulting at the revelation of his glory. 14 If you are reproached in the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the glory and the spirit of God rest on you. 15 Do not let anyone of you suffer as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a prier into other men's affairs; 16 but if as a Christian, do not let him be shamed, but let him glorify God by this name. 17 Because it is the time to begin the judgment from the household of God; and if firstly from us, what will be the end of those who disobey the gospel of God? 18 And if the righteous man is scarcely saved, where will the impious and sinner appear? 19 So indeed as ones who suffer according to the will of God let them commit their souls to a faithful Creator in well-doing.

Chapter 5
I the co-elder and witness of the sufferings of Christ, also the sharer of the glory that is about to be revealed, therefore exhort the elders among you: 2 shepherd the flock of God among you, not by way of compulsion but willingly according to God, nor from eagerness for base gain but eagerly, 3 nor as exercising lordship over your allotted people but becoming examples of the flock; 4 and when the chief shepherd appears you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, younger men, submit yourselves to older men, and all of you gird on humility toward one another, because God resists arrogant men, but to humble men he gives grace.
6 Therefore be humbled under the mighty hand of God, in order that he may exalt you in time, 7 casting all of your anxiety on him, because it matters to him concerning you. 8 Be sober, watchful.  Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion seeking whom to devour; 9 whom oppose firmly in faith, knowing the same sufferings are being accomplished in your brotherhood in the world. 10 Now the God of all grace, the one who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, who suffered a little himself, will adjust, confirm, strengthen and found you. 11 His is the might unto the ages of the ages:  Amen.
12 Through Silvanus the faithful brother, as I reckon, I wrote to you by means of a few words, exhorting and witnessing this to be the true grace of God, in which you stand. 13 The co-chosen in Babylon and Mark my son greet you. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of Christian love. Peace to all you who are in Christ.