Bible: 1 Peter 1:13-5:14
1:13 Therefore, get your minds ready for action 1 by being fully sober, and set your hope 2 completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 3 1:14 Like obedient children, do not comply with 4 the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance, 5 1:15 but, like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct, 1:16 for it is written, “You shall be holy, because I am holy.” 6 1:17 And if you address as Father the one who impartially judges according to each one’s work, live out the time of your temporary residence here 7 in reverence. 1:18 You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold, 1:19 but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ. 1:20 He was foreknown 8 before the foundation of the world but 9 was manifested in these last times 10 for your sake. 1:21 Through him you now trust 11 in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
1:22 You have purified 12 your souls by obeying the truth 13 in order to show sincere mutual love. 14 So 15 love one another earnestly from a pure heart. 16 1:23 You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. 1:24 For
all flesh 17 is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of the grass; 18
the grass withers and the flower falls off,
And this is the word that was proclaimed to you.
2:1 So get rid of 21 all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2:2 And 22 yearn 23 like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, 24 so that by it you may grow up to 25 salvation, 26 2:3 if you have experienced 27 the Lord’s kindness. 28
A Living Stone, a Chosen People
2:4 So as you come to him, 29 a living stone rejected by men but 30 chosen and priceless 31 in God’s sight, 2:5 you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer 32 spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 2:6 For it says 33 in scripture, “Look,I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless cornerstone, 34 and whoever believes 35 in him 36 will never 37 be put to shame.” 38 2:7 So you who believe see 39 his value, 40 but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the 41 cornerstone, 42 2:8 and a stumbling-stone 43 and a rock to trip over. 44 They stumble 45 because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 46 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues 47 of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 2:10 You 48 once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, 49 but now you have received mercy.
2:11 Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul, 2:12 and maintain good conduct 50 among the non-Christians, 51 so that though 52 they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when he appears. 53
Submission to Authorities
2:13 Be subject to every human institution 54 for the Lord’s sake, whether to a king as supreme 2:14 or to governors as those he commissions 55 to punish wrongdoers and praise 56 those who do good. 2:15 For God wants you 57 to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 2:16 Live 58 as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves. 59 2:17 Honor all people, love the family of believers, 60 fear God, honor the king.
2:18 Slaves, 61 be subject 62 to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are perverse. 2:19 For this finds God’s favor, 63 if because of conscience toward God 64 someone endures hardships in suffering unjustly. 2:20 For what credit is it if you sin and are mistreated and endure it? But if you do good and suffer and so endure, this finds favor with God. 65 2:21 For to this you were called, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in his steps. 2:22 He 66 committed no sin nor was deceit found in his mouth. 67 2:23 When he was maligned, he 68 did not answer back; when he suffered, he threatened 69 no retaliation, 70 but committed himself to God 71 who judges justly. 2:24 He 72 himself bore our sins 73 in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning 74 and live for righteousness. By his 75 wounds 76 you were healed. 77 2:25 For you were going astray like sheep 78 but now you have turned back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.
Wives and Husbands
3:1 In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands. Then, 79 even if some are disobedient to the word, they will be won over without a word by the way you live, 80 3:2 when they see your pure and reverent conduct. 81 3:3 Let your 82 beauty 83 not be external – the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry 84 or fine clothes – 3:4 but the inner person 85 of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight. 3:5 For in the same way the holy women who hoped in God long ago adorned themselves by being subject to their husbands, 3:6 like Sarah who obeyed 86 Abraham, calling him lord. You become her children 87 when you do what is good and have no fear in doing so. 88 3:7 Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as the weaker partners 89 and show them honor as fellow heirs of the grace of life. In this way nothing will hinder your prayers. 90
Suffering for Doing Good
3:8 Finally, all of you be harmonious, 91 sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble. 3:9 Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless 92 others 93 because you were called to inherit a blessing. 3:10 For
the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep 94 his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit.
3:11 And he must turn away from evil and do good;
he must seek peace and pursue it.
3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are 95 upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the Lord’s face is against those who do evil. 96
3:13 For 97 who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? 3:14 But in fact, if you happen to suffer 98 for doing what is right, 99 you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them 100 or be shaken. 101 3:15 But set Christ 102 apart 103 as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. 104 3:16 Yet do it with courtesy and respect, 105 keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. 106 3:17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, 107 than for doing evil.3:18 108
Because Christ also suffered 109 once for sins,
the just for the unjust, 110
to bring you to God,
by being put to death in the flesh
3:20 after they were disobedient long ago 115 when God patiently waited 116 in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark 117 a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water. 3:21 And this prefigured baptism, which now saves you 118 – not the washing off of physical dirt 119 but the pledge 120 of a good conscience to God – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 3:22 who went into heaven and is at the right hand of God 121 with angels and authorities and powers subject to him. 122
4:1 So, since Christ suffered 123 in the flesh, you also arm yourselves with the same attitude, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin, 124 4:2 in that he spends the rest of his time 125 on earth concerned about the will of God and not human desires. 4:3 For the time that has passed was sufficient for you to do what the non-Christians 126 desire. 127 You lived then 128 in debauchery, evil desires, drunkenness, carousing, drinking bouts, 129 and wanton idolatries. 130 4:4 So 131 they are astonished 132 when you do not rush with them into the same flood of wickedness, and they vilify you. 133 4:5 They will face a reckoning before 134 Jesus Christ 135 who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. 4:6 Now it was for this very purpose 136 that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, 137 so that though 138 they were judged in the flesh 139 by human standards 140 they may live spiritually 141 by God’s standards. 142
Service, Suffering, and Judgment
4:7 For the culmination of all things is near. So be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of prayer. 143 4:8 Above all keep 144 your love for one another fervent, 145 because love covers a multitude of sins. 146 4:9 Show hospitality 147 to one another without complaining. 4:10 Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another 148 as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 4:11 Whoever speaks, let it be with 149 God’s words. 150 Whoever serves, do so with the strength 151 that God supplies, so that in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong 152 the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
4:12 Dear friends, do not be astonished 153 that a trial by fire is occurring among you, 154 as though something strange were happening to you. 4:13 But rejoice in the degree that you have shared in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed 155 you may also rejoice and be glad. 156 4:14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory, 157 who is the Spirit of God, 158 rests 159 on you. 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or thief or criminal or as a troublemaker. 160 4:16 But if you suffer as a Christian, 161 do not be ashamed, but glorify 162 God that you bear such a name. 163 4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin, starting with the house 164 of God. And if it starts with us, what will be the fate 165 of those who are disobedient to the gospel of God? 4:18 And if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of 166 the ungodly and sinners? 167 4:19 So then let those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator as they do good. 168
Leading and Living in God’s Flock
5:1 So as your fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings and as one who shares in the glory that will be revealed, I urge the elders among you: 5:2 Give a shepherd’s care to 169 God’s flock among you, exercising oversight 170 not merely as a duty 171 but willingly under God’s direction, 172 not for shameful profit but eagerly. 5:3 And do not lord it over 173 those entrusted to you, 174 but be examples to the flock. 5:4 Then 175 when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that never fades away.
5:5 In the same way, you who are younger, 176 be subject to the elders. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. 177 5:6 And God will exalt you in due time, 178 if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand 179 5:7 by casting 180 all your cares 181 on him because he cares for you. 5:8 Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, 182 is on the prowl looking for someone 183 to devour. 5:9 Resist him, 184 strong in your faith, because you know 185 that your brothers and sisters 186 throughout the world 187 are enduring 188 the same kinds of suffering. 189 5:10 And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ 190 will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 191 5:11 To him belongs 192 the power forever. Amen.
5:12 Through Silvanus, 193 whom I know to be a faithful brother, 194 I have written to you briefly, in order to encourage you and testify 195 that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. 196 5:13 The church 197 in Babylon, 198 chosen together with you, 199 greets you, and so does Mark, my son. 5:14 Greet one another with a loving kiss. 200 Peace to all of you who are in Christ. 201