New International Reader's Version

1 Peter 1:1-25

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.

Be Holy

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.

Mawu a Mulungu mu Chichewa Chalero

1 Petro 1:1-25

1Ndine Petro, mtumwi wa Yesu Khristu.

Ndikulemba kalatayi kwa onse osankhidwa ndi Mulungu, alendo mʼdziko lapansi, obalalikira ku Ponto, Galatiya, Kapadokiya, Asiya ndi Bituniya. 2Mulungu Atate anakusankhani, atakudziwani kuyambira pachiyambi, ndipo Mzimu Woyera wakuyeretsani kuti mumvere Yesu Khristu ndikutsukidwa ndi magazi ake.

Chisomo ndi mtendere zikhale ndi inu mochuluka.

Kuyamika Mulungu Chifukwa cha Chiyembekezo Chamoyo

3Alemekezedwe Mulungu, Atate wa Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu. Mwachifundo chake chachikulu anatibadwitsa kwatsopano, mʼchiyembekezo chamoyo pomuukitsa Yesu Khristu kwa akufa, 4kuti tidzalandire chuma chomwe sichingawonongeke, kuyipitsidwa kapena kufota. Chuma chimenechi akukusungirani kumwamba. 5Mwachikhulupiriro, mukusungidwa ndi mphamvu ya Mulungu mpaka chipulumutso chitafika chimene chinakonzedwa kuti adzachionetse nthawi yotsiriza. 6Zimenezi zikukondweretseni kwambiri, ngakhale tsopano, kwa kanthawi kochepa, mukumva zowawa mʼmayesero osiyanasiyana. 7Mayeserowa abwera nʼcholinga chakuti chikhulupiriro chanu, chimene ndi chamtengo woposa wa golide, amene amawonongeka ngakhale amayengedwa ndi moto, chitsimikizike kuti ndi chenicheni. Pamenepo ndiye mudzalandire mayamiko, ulemerero ndi ulemu pamene Yesu Khristu adzaoneka. 8Ngakhale kuti simunamuone, mumamukonda; ndipo ngakhale kuti simukumuona tsopano, mumamukhulupirira ndipo mumakondwera ndi chimwemwe chachikulu ndi chosaneneka. 9Motero mukulandira mphotho ya chikhulupiriro chanu, ndiyo chipulumutso cha moyo wanu.

10Kunena za chipulumutso chimenechi, aneneri amene ananeneratu za chisomo chimene chimabwera kwa inu, anafunafuna mofufuzafufuza za chipulumutsochi, 11kufuna kudziwa nthawi ndi momwe zidzachitikire zinthu zimene Mzimu wa Khristu amene ali mwa iwo ankanenera za kuvutika kwa Khristu, ndi ulemerero umene adzakhale nawo pambuyo pake. 12Mulungu anawawululira kuti ntchito yawoyo sankayigwira chifukwa cha iwo eni, koma chifukwa inu, pamene iwo ankayankhula zinthu zimene mwamva tsopano kuchokera kwa amene amalalikira Uthenga Wabwino mwamphamvu ya Mzimu Woyera wotumidwa kuchokera kumwamba. Ngakhale angelo amalakalaka kuona nawo zinthuzi.

Khalani Oyera Mtima

13Choncho konzani mtima wanu, khalani odziretsa; khazikitsani chiyembekezo chanu kotheratu pa chisomo chimene mudzapatsidwe pamene Yesu Khristu adzaonekera. 14Monga ana omvera, musatsatenso zilakolako zoyipa zomwe munali nazo pamene munali osadziwa. 15Koma monga amene anakuyitanani ndi woyera, inunso khalani oyera mtima mʼmakhalidwe anu wonse. 16Pakuti, kwalembedwa kuti, “Khalani oyera mtima, chifukwa Ine ndine Woyera.”

17Popeza mumapemphera kwa Atate amene amaweruza munthu aliyense mopanda tsankho molingana ndi zochita zake, pa nthawi imene muli alendo pa dziko lapansi khalani moopa Mulungu. 18Pakuti mukudziwa kuti simunawomboledwe ndi zinthu zimene zimawonongeka monga siliva kapena golide, kuchoka ku khalidwe lanu lachabe limene munalandira kwa makolo anu. 19Koma munawomboledwa ndi magazi a mtengowapatali a Khristu, Mwana Wankhosa wopanda banga kapena chilema. 20Iye anasankhidwa lisanalengedwe dziko lapansi, koma waonetsedwa chifukwa cha inu pa nthawi ino yotsiriza. 21Kudzera mwa Iye mumakhulupirira Mulungu, amene anamuukitsa kwa akufa namupatsa ulemerero. Nʼchifukwa chake chikhulupiriro ndi chiyembekezo chanu chili mwa Mulungu.

22Tsopano mwayeretsa mitima yanu pomvera choonadi, kuti muzikondana ndi abale anu, kukondana kwenikweni kochokera pansi pa mtima. 23Popeza mwabadwanso, osati ndi mbewu imene imawonongeka, koma imene siwonongeka, ndiye kuti ndi Mawu a Mulungu amoyo ndi okhalitsa. 24Pakuti,

“Anthu onse ali ngati udzu,

ndipo ulemerero wawo uli ngati duwa la kuthengo.

Udzu umafota ndipo duwa limathothoka,

25koma mawu a Ambuye adzakhala mpaka muyaya.”

Ndipo awa ndi mawu amene tinalalikira kwa inu.