New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures Reference Bible
of Jesus Christ, to the temporary residents+
in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia,+
Asia, and Bithynia, to the ones chosen+
2 according to the
foreknowledge of God the Father,+
with sanctification by the spirit,+
for the purpose of their being obedient and sprinkled+
with the blood of Jesus Christ:+
May undeserved kindness and peace be increased to YOU.+
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,+ for according to his great mercy he gave us a new birth*+ to a living hope+ through the resurrection+ of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an incorruptible and undefiled and unfading inheritance.+ It is reserved* in the heavens for YOU,+ 5 who are being safeguarded* by God’s power through faith+ for a salvation+ ready to be revealed+ in the last period of time.+ 6 In this fact YOU are greatly rejoicing, though for a little while at present, if it must be, YOU have been grieved by various trials,+ 7 in order that the tested quality* of YOUR faith,+ of much greater value than gold that perishes despite its being proved by fire,+ may be found a cause for praise and glory and honor at the revelation*+ of Jesus Christ. 8 Though YOU never saw him, YOU love him.+ Though YOU are not looking upon him at present, yet YOU exercise faith in him and are greatly rejoicing with an unspeakable and glorified joy, 9 as YOU receive* the end* of YOUR faith, the salvation of YOUR souls.+
10 Concerning this very salvation a diligent inquiry and a careful search+ were made by the prophets who prophesied+ about the undeserved kindness meant for YOU.+ 11 They kept on investigating* what particular season+ or what sort of [season] the spirit+ in them was indicating concerning Christ*+ when it was bearing witness beforehand about the sufferings for Christ+ and about the glories+ to follow these. 12 It was revealed to them that, not to themselves,+ but to YOU, they were ministering the things that have now been announced+ to YOU through those who have declared the good news to YOU with holy spirit+ sent forth from heaven. Into these very things angels are desiring to peer.*+
13 Hence brace up YOUR minds for activity,*+ keep YOUR senses completely;+ set YOUR hope* upon the undeserved kindness+ that is to be brought to YOU at the revelation+ of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children,* quit being fashioned+ according to the desires YOU formerly had in YOUR ignorance, 15 but, in accord with the Holy One who called YOU, do YOU also become holy yourselves in all [YOUR] conduct,+ 16 because it is written: “YOU must be holy, because I am holy.”+
17 Furthermore, if YOU are calling upon the Father who judges impartially*+ according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves with fear+ during the time of YOUR alien residence.+ 18 For YOU know that it was not with corruptible things,+ with silver or gold, that YOU were delivered*+ from YOUR fruitless form of conduct received by tradition from YOUR forefathers. 19 But it was with precious blood,+ like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb,+ even Christ’s.+ 20 True, he was foreknown before the founding*+ of the world, but he was made manifest at the end of the times for the sake of YOU+ 21 who through him are believers in God,+ the one who raised him up from the dead+ and gave him glory;+ so that YOUR faith and hope might be in God.+
22 Now that YOU have purified+ YOUR souls* by [YOUR] obedience to the truth with unhypocritical brotherly affection+ as the result, love one another intensely* from the heart.+ 23 For YOU have been given a new birth,+ not by corruptible,+ but by incorruptible+ [reproductive] seed,*+ through the word+ of [the] living and enduring+ God. 24 For “all flesh is like grass, and all its glory is like a blossom of grass;+ the grass becomes withered, and the flower falls off,+ 25 but the saying of Jehovah* endures forever.”+ Well, this is the “saying,”+ this which has been declared+ to YOU as good news.
2 Accordingly, put away all badness+ and all deceitfulness and hypocrisy and envies and all sorts of backbiting,+ 2 [and,] as newborn infants,+ form a longing for the unadulterated milk+ belonging to the word, that through it YOU may grow to salvation,+ 3 provided YOU have tasted that the Lord* is kind.+
4 Coming to him as to a living stone,+ rejected,+ it is true, by men,+ but chosen, precious, with God,+ 5 YOU yourselves also as living stones are being built up a spiritual house+ for the purpose of a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices+ acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.+ 6 For it is contained in Scripture: “Look! I am laying in Zion a stone, chosen, a foundation cornerstone, precious; and no one exercising faith in it will by any means come to disappointment.”*+
7 It is to YOU, therefore, that he is precious,* because YOU are believers; but to those not believing, “the identical stone that the builders rejected+ has become [the] head of [the] corner,”+ 8 and “a stone of stumbling and a rock-mass of offense.”+ These are stumbling because they are disobedient to the word.* To this very end they were also appointed.+ 9 But YOU are “a chosen race,* a royal priesthood, a holy nation,+ Ex.19:6 a people for special possession,+ that YOU should declare abroad the excellencies”*+ of the one that called YOU out of darkness into his wonderful light.+ 10 For YOU were once not a people, but are now God’s people;+ YOU were those who had not been shown mercy, but are now those who have been shown mercy.+ Eph.2:12-16
11 Beloved, I exhort YOU as aliens and temporary residents+ to keep abstaining from fleshly desires,+ which are the very ones that carry on a conflict against the soul.*+ 12 Maintain YOUR conduct fine among the nations,+ that, in the thing in which they are speaking against YOU as evildoers, they may as a result of YOUR fine works+ of which they are eyewitnesses glorify God in the day for [his] inspection.+
13 For the Lord’s* sake subject+ yourselves to every human creation:+ whether to a king+ as being superior 14 or to governors as being sent by him to inflict punishment on evildoers but to praise doers of good.+ Rom.13:1-6 15 For so the will of God is, that by doing good YOU may muzzle the ignorant talk of the unreasonable* men.+ 16 Be as free people,+ and yet holding YOUR freedom, not as a blind for badness,+ but as slaves of God.+ 17 Honor [men] of all sorts,+ have love for the whole association of brothers,*+ be in fear of God,+ have honor for the king.+
18 Let house servants be in subjection+ to [their] owners with all [due] fear,+ not only to the good and reasonable, but also to those hard to please. 19 For if someone, because of conscience toward God, bears up under grievous things and suffers unjustly, this is an agreeable thing.+ 20 For what merit is there in it if, when YOU are sinning and being slapped,* YOU endure it?+ But if, when YOU are doing good and YOU suffer,+ YOU endure it, this is a thing agreeable with God.+
21 In fact, to this [course] YOU were called, because even Christ suffered for YOU,+ leaving YOU a model* for YOU to follow his steps closely.+ 22 He committed no sin,+ nor was deception found in his mouth.+ 23 When he was being reviled,+ he did not go reviling in return.+ When he was suffering,+ he did not go threatening, but kept on committing himself to the one+ who judges righteously. 24 He himself bore* our sins+ in his own body upon the stake,*+ in order that we might be done with sins+ and live to righteousness. And “by his stripes YOU were healed.”+ Gal.3:13 25 For YOU were like sheep, going astray;+ but now YOU have returned to the shepherd+ and overseer* of YOUR souls.*
3 In like manner,+ YOU wives, be in subjection+ to YOUR own husbands, Eph.5:22 in order that, if any are not obedient+ to the word, they may be won*+ without a word* through the conduct of [their] wives,+ 2 because of having been eyewitnesses of YOUR chaste conduct+ together with deep respect [Greek: fear―φόβω]. Eph.5:33 Prov.31:30 3 And do not let YOUR adornment be that of the external braiding of the hair+ and of the putting on of gold ornaments+ or the wearing of outer garments, 4 but let it be the secret person*+ of the heart in the incorruptible [apparel]+ of the quiet and mild spirit,+ which is of great value in the eyes of God. 5 For so, too, formerly the holy women* who were hoping in God used to adorn themselves, subjecting themselves to their own husbands, 6 as Sarah used to obey Abraham, calling him “lord.”+ And YOU have become her children, provided YOU keep on doing good and not fearing any cause for terror.+
7 YOU husbands, continue dwelling in like manner+ with them according to knowledge,+ assigning them honor+ as to a weaker vessel, the feminine one, since YOU are also heirs+ with them of the undeserved favor of life, in order for YOUR prayers not to be hindered.+ Eph5:25; 33; Col. 3:19
8 Finally, all of YOU be like-minded,+ showing fellow feeling,* having brotherly affection, tenderly compassionate,+ humble in mind,+ 9 not paying back injury for injury+ or reviling for reviling,+ but, to the contrary, bestowing a blessing,+ because YOU were called to this [course], so that YOU might inherit a blessing.
10 For, “he that would love life and see good days,+ let him restrain his tongue+ from what is bad and [his] lips from speaking deception,+ 11 but let him turn away from what is bad+ and do what is good; let him seek peace and pursue it.+ 12 For [the] eyes+ of Jehovah* are upon the righteous ones, and his ears are toward their supplication;+ but [the] face of Jehovah* is against those doing bad things.”+
13 Indeed, who is the man that will harm YOU if YOU become zealous for what is good?+ 14 But even if YOU should suffer for the sake of righteousness, YOU are happy.+ However, the object of their fear do not YOU fear,+ neither become agitated.+ 15 But sanctify the Christ as Lord* in YOUR hearts,+ always ready to make a defense+ before everyone that demands of YOU a reason for the hope in YOU, but doing so together with a mild temper+ and deep respect.*
16 Hold a good conscience,+ so that in the particular in which YOU are spoken against they may get ashamed+ who are speaking slightingly of YOUR good conduct in connection with Christ.+ 17 For it is better to suffer because YOU are doing good,+ if the will of God wishes it, than because YOU are doing evil.+ 18 Why, even Christ died once for all time concerning sins,+ a righteous [person] for unrighteous ones,+ that he might lead YOU to God,+ he being put to death in the flesh,+ but being made alive in the spirit.+ 19 In this [state] also he went his way and preached* to the spirits in prison,+ 20 who had once been disobedient+ when the patience of God+ was waiting in Noah’s days, while the ark was being constructed,+ in which a few people, that is, eight souls, were carried safely through the water.+
21 That which corresponds to this* is also now saving YOU,+ namely, baptism, (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the request made to God for a good conscience,)+ through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.+ 22 He is at God’s right hand,+ for he went his way to heaven; and angels+ and authorities and powers were made subject to him.+ Matt.28:18
4 Therefore since Christ suffered in the flesh,+ YOU too arm yourselves with the same mental disposition;*+ because the person that has suffered in the flesh has desisted from sins,+ 2 to the end that he may live the remainder of [his] time in the flesh,+ no more for the desires of men, but for God’s will.+ 3 For the time+ that has passed by is sufficient for YOU to have worked out the will of the nations+ when YOU proceeded in deeds of loose conduct,*+ lusts, excesses with wine,+ revelries, drinking matches, and illegal idolatries.+ 4 Because YOU do not continue running with them in this course to the same low sink of debauchery,+ they are puzzled and go on speaking abusively of YOU.+ 5 But these people will render an account to the one+ ready to judge those living and those dead.+ 6 In fact, for this purpose the good news was declared also to the dead,+ that they might be judged as to the flesh from the standpoint of men+ but might live as to the spirit+ from the standpoint of God.
7 But the end* of all things has drawn close.+ Be sound in mind,+ therefore, and be vigilant* with a view to prayers.+ 8 Above all things, have intense* love for one another,+ because love covers a multitude of sins.+ 9 Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.+ 10 In proportion as each one has received a gift, use it in ministering to one another as fine stewards* of God’s undeserved kindness expressed in various ways.+ 11 If anyone speaks, [let him speak] as it were [the] sacred pronouncements+ of God; if anyone ministers,+ [let him minister] as dependent on the strength that God supplies;+ so that in all things God may be glorified+ through Jesus Christ. The glory+ and the might are his forever and ever. Amen.
12 Beloved ones, do not be puzzled at the burning among YOU, which is happening to YOU for a trial,+ as though a strange thing were befalling YOU. 13 On the contrary, go on rejoicing+ forasmuch as YOU are sharers in the sufferings of the Christ,+ that YOU may rejoice and be overjoyed also during the revelation*+ of his glory. 14 If YOU are being reproached for the name of Christ,+ YOU are happy,+ because the [spirit] of glory, even the spirit of God, is resting upon YOU.+
15 However, let none of YOU suffer+ as a murderer or a thief or an evildoer or as a busybody+ in other people’s matters. 16 But if [he suffers]+ as a Christian,* let him not feel shame,+ but let him keep on glorifying God in this name. 17 For it is the appointed time for the judgment to start with the house of God.+ Now if it starts first with us,+ what will the end be of those who are not obedient to the good news of God?+ 18 “And if the righteous [man] is being saved with difficulty,+ where will the ungodly [man] and the sinner make a showing?”+ 19 So, then, also let those who are suffering in harmony with the will of God keep on commending their souls to a faithful Creator while they are doing good.*+
5 Therefore, to the older men* among YOU I give this exhortation, for I too am an older man+ with [them]* and a witness+ of the sufferings of the Christ, a sharer even of the glory that is to be revealed:+ 2 Shepherd+ the flock of God+ in YOUR care, not under compulsion,* but willingly;*+ neither for love of dishonest gain,+ but eagerly; 3 neither as lording+ it over those who are God’s* inheritance,*+ but becoming examples to the flock.+ 4 And when the chief shepherd+ has been made manifest, YOU will receive* the unfadable+ crown of glory.+
5 In like manner, YOU younger men, be in subjection+ to the older men. But all of YOU gird yourselves with lowliness of mind toward one another,+ because God opposes the haughty ones, but he gives undeserved kindness to the humble ones.+
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt YOU in due time;+ 7 while YOU throw all YOUR anxiety+ upon him, because he cares for YOU.+ 8 Keep YOUR senses, be watchful.+ YOUR adversary, the Devil, walks about like a roaring lion, seeking to devour* [someone].+ 9 But take YOUR stand against him,+ solid in the faith, knowing that the same things in the way of sufferings are being accomplished in the entire association of YOUR brothers* in the world.+ 10 But, after YOU have suffered a little while,+ the God of all undeserved kindness, who called YOU to his everlasting glory+ in union+ with Christ, will himself finish YOUR training, he will make YOU firm,+ he will make YOU strong.+ 11 To him be the might+ forever. Amen.
12 Through Silvanus,*+ a faithful brother, as I account him, I have written YOU in few [words],+ to give encouragement and an earnest witness that this is the true undeserved kindness of God; in which stand firm.+ 13 She who is in Babylon,*+ a chosen one like [YOU], sends YOU her greetings, and so does Mark+ my son. 14 Greet one another with a kiss of love.+
May all of YOU who are in union with Christ have peace.+