1I, Peter, am writing this letter. I am an apostle of Jesus Christ.
I am sending this letter to you, God’s chosen people. You are people who have had to wander in the world. You are scattered all over the areas of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia. 2You have been chosen in keeping with what God the Father had planned. That happened through the Spirit’s work to make you pure and holy. God chose you so that you might obey Jesus Christ. God wanted you to be in a covenant relationship with him. He established this relationship by the blood of Christ.
May more and more grace and peace be given to you.
Peter Praises God for a Living Hope
3Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In his great mercy he has given us a new birth and a living hope. This hope is living because Jesus Christ rose from the dead. 4He has given us new birth so that we might share in what belongs to him. This is a gift that can never be destroyed. It can never spoil or even fade away. It is kept in heaven for you. 5Through faith you are kept safe by God’s power. Your salvation is going to be completed. It is ready to be shown to you in the last days. 6Because you know all this, you have great joy. You have joy even though you may have had to suffer for a little while. You may have had to suffer sadness in all kinds of trouble. 7Your troubles have come in order to prove that your faith is real. Your faith is worth more than gold. That’s because gold can pass away even when fire has made it pure. Your faith is meant to bring praise, honor and glory to God. This will happen when Jesus Christ returns. 8Even though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not see him now, you believe in him. You are filled with a glorious joy that can’t be put into words. 9You are receiving the salvation of your souls. This salvation is the final result of your faith.
10The prophets searched very hard and with great care to find out about this salvation. They spoke about the grace that was going to come to you. 11They wanted to find out when and how this salvation would come. The Spirit of Christ in them was telling them about the sufferings of the Messiah. These were his sufferings that were going to come. The Spirit of Christ was also telling them about the glory that would follow. 12It was made known to the prophets that they were not serving themselves. Instead, they were serving you when they spoke about the things that you have now heard. Those who have preached the good news to you have told you these things. They have done it with the help of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
13So be watchful, and control yourselves completely. In this way, put your hope in the grace that lies ahead. This grace will be brought to you when Jesus Christ returns. 14You should obey your Father. You shouldn’t give in to evil desires. They controlled your life when you didn’t know any better. 15The God who chose you is holy. So you should be holy in all that you do. 16It is written, “Be holy, because I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:44,45; 19:2)
17You call on a Father who judges each person’s work without favoring one over another. So live as outsiders during your time here. Live with the highest respect for God. 18You were set free from an empty way of life. This way of life was handed down to you by your own people of long ago. You know that you were not bought with things that can pass away, like silver or gold. 19Instead, you were bought with the priceless blood of Christ. He is a perfect lamb. He doesn’t have any flaws at all. 20He was chosen before God created the world. But he came into the world for your sake in these last days. 21Because of what Christ has done, you believe in God. It was God who raised him from the dead. And it was God who gave him glory. So your faith and hope are in God.
22You have made yourselves pure by obeying the truth. So you have an honest and true love for each other. So love one another deeply, from your hearts. 23You have been born again by means of the living word of God. His word lasts forever. You were not born again from a seed that will die. You were born from a seed that can’t die. 24It is written,
“All people are like grass.
All their glory is like the flowers in the field.
The grass dries up. The flowers fall to the ground.
25But the word of the Lord lasts forever.” (Isaiah 40:6–8)
And this is the word that was preached to you.
1Saa krataa yi fi Yesu Kristo somafo Petro nkyɛn,
Ɔde kɔma Onyankopɔn nnipa a wayi wɔn a wɔabɔ ahwete sɛ ahɔho kɔ Ponto, Galatia, Kapadokia, Asia ne Bitinia amantam mu no. 2Wɔnam Agya Onyankopɔn botae so na woyii mo na wɔnam ne Honhom so tew mo ho sɛ munni Yesu Kristo akyi na ɛnam so ama ne mogya no atew mo ho:
Adom ne asomdwoe a ɛdɔɔso nka mo.
3Momma yɛnna Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo Agya no ase. Esiane nʼahummɔbɔ dodow nti, ɔnam nyan a onyan Yesu Kristo fii owu mu no so maa yɛn nkwa foforo. Eyi ma yenya anidaso a ase atim, 4enti yɛrehwɛ anim sɛ yebenya nhyira dodow a Onyankopɔn akora a ɔde bɛma ne mma no bi. Ɔde asie wɔ ɔsoro ama mo, efisɛ hɔ de, ɛremporɔw anaa ɛrensɛe na ɛrempa nso. 5Na Onyankopɔn gyina ne tumi kɛse no so bɛhwɛ sɛ mubedu hɔ wɔ asomdwoe mu na mo nsa aka, efisɛ mugye no di. Ɛbɛyɛ mo de nna a edi akyiri no mu ama obiara ahu. 6Ɛwɔ mu sɛ ebia ɛbɛba mprempren, esiane ɔhaw bebree a mobɛfa mu no nti, mo werɛ bɛhow de, nanso momma mo ani nnye saa asɛm yi ho. 7Ɔhaw ba sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wobehu sɛ mo gyidi no yɛ kann. Sikakɔkɔɔ a wotumi sɛe no no mpo, wɔde ogya sɔ hwɛ, enti ɛsɛ sɛ wɔsɔ mo gyidi a ɛsom bo kyɛn sikakɔkɔɔ no hwɛ hu sɛ ebetumi agyina ana. Ɛno ansa na da a Yesu Kristo bɛba no, mubenya anuonyam. 8Ɛwɔ mu sɛ munhu Yesu de, nanso modɔ no. Munhu no mprempren de, nanso mugye no di. Anigye a moanya no boro so, 9efisɛ mo nsa renka gyidi so mfaso a ɛyɛ mo kra nkwagye no.
10Saa nkwagye yi na adiyifo no de boasetɔ hwehwɛɛ mu, hyɛɛ saa akyɛde yi a Onyankopɔn de bɛma mo no ho nkɔm. 11Wɔpɛɛ sɛ wohu bere no ne ɔkwan a ɛnam so bɛba. Saa bere yi ne bere a Kristo Honhom a ɛte wɔn mu no rekyerɛ wɔ nkɔmhyɛ a ɛfa Kristo amanehunu a ɔbɛfa mu ne anuonyam a ebedi akyi no ho. 12Onyankopɔn daa no adi kyerɛɛ saa adiyifo no sɛ, wɔanyɛ adwuma no amma wɔn ho, na mmom wɔyɛ de som mo. Wɔnam Honhom Kronkron a wɔsomaa no fii ɔsoro no tumi so kaa Asɛmpa no kyerɛɛ mo. Ɛwɔ mu sɛ abɔfo no pɛɛ sɛ wɔbɛte Asɛmpa yi de, nanso wɔde brɛɛ mo nko ara.
13Enti munsi mo adwene pi na munni dwuma. Munnyina yiye na momma mo ani nna nhyira a wɔde bɛma mo Yesu Kristo ba a ɔbɛba no mu no so. 14Muntie Onyankopɔn, na mommma akɔnnɔ abrabɔ a edii mo so bere a na munnim no no nni mo so. 15Na mmom monyɛ kronkron wɔ biribiara a moyɛ mu, sɛnea Onyankopɔn a ɔfrɛɛ mo no yɛ kronkron no. 16Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se, “Ɛsɛ sɛ moyɛ kronkron, efisɛ meyɛ kronkron.”
17Monkae sɛ mo Agya a ɔwɔ ɔsoro a mobɔ no mpae no nhwɛ nnipa anim wɔ nʼatemmu mu. Ɛno nti momfa nidi nyinaa mma no wɔ mo nna a aka mo wɔ asase yi so no. 18Efisɛ munim bo a wotua de gyee mo fii abrabɔ bɔne a mo nananom kyerɛɛ mo no mu. Ɛnyɛ ade a ɛhwere ne bo a ɛsom te sɛ dwetɛ anaa sikakɔkɔɔ no. 19Kristo a ɔte sɛ oguamma a onni dɛm no de ne ho bɔɔ afɔre a ne bo yɛ den ma munyaa ahofadi. 20Ansa na wɔrebɔ wiase no, na Onyankopɔn ayi no na mo nti na nna a edi akyiri no wɔdaa no adi no. 21Ɛnam ne so na mugyee Onyankopɔn a onyan no fii awufo mu na ɔmaa no anuonyam no dii. Ɛnam so ama mo gyidi ne mo anidaso ase atim wɔ Onyankopɔn mu no.
22Afei a moayɛ osetie ama nokware no nti, mo ho atew na mododɔ mo nuanom agyidifo nokware mu yi, mumfi mo koma nyinaa mu nnodɔ mo ho mo ho. 23Efisɛ wɔawo mo foforo; emfi aba a ɛporɔw mu, na mmom efi Onyankopɔn asɛm a ɛmporɔw no mu. 24Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se,
“Nnipa nyinaa te sɛ sare;
na wɔn anuonyam te sɛ nhwiren.
Sare no wu ma ne nhwiren no po,
25nanso Awurade asɛm no wɔ hɔ daa nyinaa.”
Eyi ne asɛm a Asɛmpa no de brɛɛ mo.