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 2Pet 1:1; Mt 24:22; Mdo 16:7Petro, mtume wa Yesu Kristo:
Kwa wateule wa Mungu, wageni katika ulimwengu, waliotawanyika kote katika Ponto, Galatia, Kapadokia, Asia na Bithinia. 21:2 Rum 8:29; 2The 2:13; Ebr 10:22; 12:24Ni ninyi ambao mlichaguliwa tangu mwanzo na Mungu Baba kulingana na alivyotangulia kuwajua, kupitia kwa kazi ya utakaso wa Roho, katika utiifu kwa Yesu Kristo na kunyunyiziwa damu yake:
Neema na amani ziwe kwenu kwa wingi.
Tumaini Lenye Uzima
31:3 1Kor 1:3; Efe 1:3; Tit 3:5; Yak 1:18; 1Pet 3:21Ahimidiwe Mungu, Baba wa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo! Kwa rehema zake kuu ametuzaa sisi mara ya pili katika tumaini lenye uzima kupitia kwa kufufuka kwa Yesu Kristo kutoka kwa wafu, 41:4 1Tim 4:8; Mdo 20:32; Rum 8:17; 1Pet 5:4; Kol 1:5ili tuupate urithi usioharibika, usio na uchafu, ule usionyauka: uliotunzwa mbinguni kwa ajili yenu, 51:5 1Sam 2:9; Yn 10:28; Rum 11:14; 8:18ninyi ambao mnalindwa na nguvu za Mungu kwa njia ya imani, hadi uje ule wokovu ulio tayari kufunuliwa nyakati za mwisho. 61:6 Rum 5:2; 1Pet 5:10; 4:12Katika hili mnafurahi sana, ingawa sasa kwa kitambo kidogo mmehuzunishwa kwa majaribu ya namna nyingi. 71:7 Mit 17:3; Isa 48:10; 1The 2:19Haya yamewajia ili kwamba imani yenu, iliyo ya thamani kuliko dhahabu ipoteayo, ingawa hujaribiwa kwa moto, ionekane kuwa halisi na imalizie katika sifa, utukufu na heshima wakati Yesu Kristo atadhihirishwa. 81:8 Yn 20:29; 1Yn 4:10; 2Kor 5:7; Ebr 11:1, 27Ingawa hamjamwona, mnampenda; tena ingawa sasa hammwoni, mnamwamini na kujawa na furaha isiyoneneka yenye utukufu usioelezeka. 91:9 Rum 6:22Maana mnaupokea wokovu wa roho zenu, ambao ndio lengo la imani yenu.
101:10 Mt 22:24; 3:17Kwa habari ya wokovu huu, wale manabii waliosema kuhusu neema ambayo ingewajia ninyi, walitafuta kwa bidii na kwa uangalifu mkubwa, 111:11 Mdo 16:7; Za 22:1; Isa 52:13; 53:12; Lk 24:26wakijaribu kujua ni wakati upi na katika mazingira gani ambayo Roho wa Kristo aliyekuwa ndani yao alionyesha, alipotabiri kuhusu mateso ya Kristo na utukufu ule ambao ungefuata. 121:12 Efe 3:10; Lk 2:13Walidhihirishiwa kwamba walikuwa hawajihudumii wao wenyewe, bali waliwahudumia ninyi, waliponena kuhusu mambo hayo, ambayo sasa yamehubiriwa kwenu na wale waliowahubiria ninyi Injili kwa Roho Mtakatifu aliyetumwa kutoka mbinguni. Hata malaika wanatamani kuyafahamu mambo haya.
Mwito Wa Kuishi Maisha Matakatifu
131:13 Mdo 24:25; 1Pet 1:3, 21; Ebr 3:6; 1Pet 1:7, 10; 1Kor 1:7; Efe 5:19; Kol 3:16Kwa hiyo, tayarisheni nia zenu kwa kazi; mwe na kiasi, mkitumainia kikamilifu ile neema mtakayopewa Yesu Kristo atakapodhihirishwa. 141:14 Rum 12:2; Efe 4:18Kama watoto watiifu, msifuate tamaa zenu mbaya wakati mlipoishi kwa ujinga. 151:15 Isa 35:8; 1The 4:7; 1Yn 3:3Bali kama yeye aliyewaita alivyo mtakatifu, nanyi kuweni watakatifu katika mwenendo wenu wote. 161:16 Law 19:2; 20:7Kwa maana imeandikwa: “Kuweni watakatifu, kwa kuwa mimi ni mtakatifu.”
171:17 Mdo 10:34; Ebr 12:28Kwa sababu mnamwita Baba ahukumuye kila mtu kulingana na matendo yake pasipo upendeleo, enendeni kwa hofu ya kumcha Mungu wakati wenu wa kukaa hapa duniani kama wageni. 181:18 Mt 20:28; 1Kor 6:20Kwa maana mnafahamu kwamba mlikombolewa kutoka mwenendo wenu usiofaa ambao mliurithi kutoka kwa baba zenu, si kwa vitu viharibikavyo kama fedha na dhahabu, 191:19 Yn 1:29; Kut 12:5bali kwa damu ya thamani ya Kristo, yule Mwana-Kondoo asiye na dosari wala doa. 201:20 Mt 25:34; Ebr 9:26Yeye alichaguliwa kabla ya kuwekwa kwa misingi ya ulimwengu, lakini akadhihirishwa katika siku hizi za mwisho kwa ajili yenu. 211:21 Rum 10:9Kupitia kwake mmemwamini Mungu, aliyemfufua kutoka kwa wafu na akampa utukufu, ili imani yenu na tumaini lenu ziwe kwa Mungu.
221:22 Yak 4:8; Rum 12:10; Ebr 13:1Basi kwa kuwa mmejitakasa nafsi zenu kwa kuitii ile kweli hata mkawa na upendo wa ndugu usio na unafiki, basi pendaneni kwa dhati kutoka moyoni. 231:23 Yn 1:13; Ebr 4:12Kwa maana mmezaliwa upya, si kwa mbegu ile iharibikayo, bali kwa ile isiyoharibika, kupitia kwa neno la Mungu lililo hai na linalodumu milele. 241:24 Za 103:15; Isa 40:6Maana,
“Wanadamu wote ni kama majani,
nao utukufu wao ni kama maua ya kondeni;
majani hunyauka na maua huanguka,
251:25 Isa 40:6-8; Yak 1:10-11lakini neno la Bwana ladumu milele.”
Hili ndilo neno lililohubiriwa kwenu.