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.
11:1 a 2Pe 1:1 b Mat 24:22 c Bik 16:7Nze Peetero omutume wa Yesu Kristo, mpandiikira abalonde ba Katonda, abaasaasaanira mu Ponto, ne mu Ggalatiya ne mu Kapadokiya, ne mu Asiya ne mu Bisuniya, 21:2 a Bar 8:29 b 2Bs 2:13 c Beb 10:22; 12:24Katonda Kitaffe be yasooka okumanya ne batukuzibwa Omwoyo olw’okugondere Yesu Kristo, era ne balongoosebwa n’omusaayi ggwe, ogwabamansirwako.
Ekisa n’emirembe byeyongerenga mu mmwe.
31:3 a 2Ko 1:3; Bef 1:3 b Tit 3:5; Yak 1:18 c 1Ko 15:20Katonda Kitaawe wa Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo atenderezebwe. Olw’okusaasira kwe okungi twazaalibwa mu bulamu obulina essuubi omulundi ogwokubiri, olw’okuzuukira kwa Yesu Kristo mu bafu. 41:4 Bak 1:5Bw’atyo n’atusuubiza omugabo mu busika, ogw’olubeerera ogutakyusa langi era ogutafuma, gw’atuterekedde mu ggulu. 51:5 Yk 10:28Era Katonda, mu buyinza bwe, alibakuuma olw’okukkiriza kwammwe, n’abatuusa mu bulokozi obwateekebwateekebwa okubikkulirwa mu biro eby’enkomerero. 61:6 a Bar 5:2 b 1Pe 5:10 c Yak 1:2Ekyo, kijja kubasanyusa nnyo newaakubadde nga mujja kusanga ebizibu bya ngeri nnyingi okumala akaseera. 71:7 a Yak 1:3 b Yob 23:10; Zab 66:10; Nge 17:3 c Bar 2:7Kubanga okugezesebwa kw’okukkiriza kwammwe, kwa muwendo mungi nnyo okusinga zaabu egezebwa mu muliro n’ekakasibwa, kulyoke kusaanire ettendo n’ekitiibwa n’okugulumizibwa ku lunaku luli Mukama waffe Yesu Kristo lw’alirabikirako. 81:8 Yk 20:29Newaakubadde nga Yesu oyo temumulabangako, kyokka mumwagala, era ne kaakano temumulaba naye mumukkiriza ne mujjula essanyu eritayogerekeka ne mumugulumiza, 91:9 Bar 6:22era ekiva mu kukkiriza kwammwe kwe kulokolebwa kw’emyoyo gyammwe.
101:10 a Mat 26:24 b Mat 13:17Bannabbi baafuba nga bwe baasobola okuvumbula era n’okutegeera okulokolebwa kuno, ne bategeeza eby’omu maaso ku kisa kya Katonda ky’agenda okubawa. 111:11 2Pe 1:21Omwoyo wa Kristo ng’ali mu bo, yategeeza eby’omu maaso ku kubonaabona kwa Kristo era n’ekitiibwa ekiriddirira, ne bafuba okuvumbula omuntu gwe kirituukako n’ekiseera we kirituukira. 121:12 nny 25Bannabbi bano Katonda yabalaga nti ebyo tebabikola ku lwabwe, wabula ku lwammwe. Era kaakano Enjiri ebuuliddwa gye tuli ffenna. Yatubuulirwa mu maanyi ga Mwoyo Mutukuvu eyava mu ggulu. Bino by’ebintu ne bamalayika bye bayaayaanira okutegeera.
Twayitibwa kuba Batukuvu
13Noolwekyo mwetegeke nga muli bateefu, nga mutadde emitima gyammwe ku kisa kya Katonda ekiribaweebwa, Yesu Kristo bw’alirabika. 141:14 a Bar 12:2 b Bef 4:18Mugonderenga Katonda, kubanga muli baana be, muleme kufugibwa okwegomba kwammwe okubi okw’edda, kwe mwatambulirangamu mu butamanya. 151:15 2Ko 7:1; 1Bs 4:7Kale, nga Katonda eyabayita bw’ali omutukuvu, nammwe mubeerenga batukuvu mu byonna bye mukola. 161:16 Lv 11:44, 45Nga bwe kyawandiikibwa nti, “Mubenga batukuvu, kubanga nze ndi mutukuvu.”
171:17 a Bik 10:34 b Beb 12:28Mujjukire nti Kitammwe gwe musaba, asalira omusango buli muntu awatali kusaliriza, musaana mumusseemu ekitiibwa, nga mwetwala ng’abagenyi ku nsi kuno. 181:18 Mat 20:28Kubanga mumanyi nti mwanunulibwa mu mpisa zammwe embi ezaava ku bajjajjammwe. Temwanunulibwa na bintu ebiggwaawo nga ffeeza oba zaabu. 191:19 a Yk 1:29 b Kuv 12:5Wabula mwanunulibwa n’omusaayi gwa Kristo ogw’omuwendo omungi ennyo, ogw’omwana gw’endiga ogutaliiko kamogo oba ebbala. 201:20 a Bef 1:4 b Beb 9:26Kristo yategekebwa dda nga n’ensi tennatondebwa, kyokka mu nnaku zino ezaakayita n’alabisibwa ku lwammwe. 211:21 Bar 4:24Mu ye, mwe mwayita okukkiriza Katonda eyamuzuukiza mu bafu, n’amuwa ekitiibwa, era okukkiriza kwammwe n’okusuubira kwammwe kyebivudde binywerera ku Katonda.
221:22 a Yak 4:8 b Yk 13:34; Beb 13:1Kale kaakano nga bwe mumaze okutukuza emyoyo gyammwe olw’okukkiriza amazima, ne mwagalanira ddala mu luganda lwennyini, mweyongere okwagalana n’omutima ogutaliimu bukuusa. 231:23 a Yk 1:13 b Beb 4:12Kubanga okusinziira mu kigambo kya Katonda ekiramu era eky’olubeerera, mwazaalibwa omulundi ogwokubiri. 24Kubanga,
“Abantu bonna bali ng’omuddo,
n’ekitiibwa kyabwe kiri ng’ekimuli ky’omuddo.
Omuddo gukala, ekimuli kyagwo ne kigwa.
251:25 Is 40:6-8Naye ekigambo kya Mukama Katonda kibeerera emirembe gyonna.”
Era ekigambo ekyo y’Enjiri eyababuulirwa.