New International Reader's Version

1 Peter 1

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. You 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

Give 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. He 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. Through 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. Because 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. Your 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. Even 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. You are receiving the salvation of your souls. This salvation is the final result of your faith.

10 The 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. 11 They 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. 12 It 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

13 So 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. 14 You should obey your Father. You shouldn’t give in to evil desires. They controlled your life when you didn’t know any better. 15 The God who chose you is holy. So you should be holy in all that you do. 16 It is written, “Be holy, because I am holy.” (Leviticus 11:44,45; 19:2)

17 You 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. 18 You 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. 19 Instead, you were bought with the priceless blood of Christ. He is a perfect lamb. He doesn’t have any flaws at all. 20 He was chosen before God created the world. But he came into the world for your sake in these last days. 21 Because 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.

22 You 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. 23 You 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. 24 It 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.
25     But the word of the Lord lasts forever.” (Isaiah 40:6–8)

And this is the word that was preached to you.

Nádej pre kazdého

Prvý Petrov List 1

1 Peter, apoštol Pána Ježiša Krista, píše prisťahovalcom rozptýleným v Ponte, Galácii, Kapadócii, Ázii a Bytínii.

Milí priatelia! Boh vás už dávno poznal a vyvolil si vás, aby ste sa stali jeho deťmi. Duch Svätý pôsobil vo vašich srdciach a očistil vás krvou Ježiša Krista, aby ste žili jemu podobným životom. Nech vás Boh bohato požehnáva a vyslobodzuje zo všetkých úzkostí a strachu!

Radosť z dosiahnutého cieľa

Vďaku a česť vzdajme Bohu, Otcovi nášho Pána Ježiša Krista, že pre jeho milosrdenstvo sme mohli začať celkom nový život, plný nádeje, pretože Ježiš vstal z mŕtvych.

Teraz patríte do jeho rodiny, preto vás čaká nádherné dedičstvo, ktoré nepodlieha nijakým zmenám ani skaze. Je pripravené pre vás v nebi.

Pretože veríte, Božia moc vás chráni, aby ste došli až do cieľa -- získali spasenie, ktoré sa v plnosti ukáže v blížiacom sa poslednom dni.

To je dôvod na veľkú radosť, hoci viem, že teraz ste plní úzkosti a doliehajú na vás rozličné pokušenia a skúšky.

Prichádzajú preto, aby sa ukázalo, či vaša viera je pevná a rýdza. Veď aj zlato sa pretavuje v ohni a vaša viera má v Božích očiach neporovnateľne vyššiu hodnotu ako zlato. Ak vaša viera v týchto skúškach obstojí, Ježiš vás radostne prijme, až príde v onen posledný deň.

Aj keď ste ho nikdy nevideli, predsa ho milujete, a hoci ho ešte nevidíte, predsa v neho veríte. A prežívate nesmiernu radosť z toho,

že dosahujete cieľ svojej viery -- spasenie,

10 ktoré sa usilovali odhaliť a poznať už proroci.

11 Predpovedali ho a pátrali, na aký čas a na aké okolnosti poukazoval Duch Svätý, ktorý v nich pôsobil a ktorý prorokoval Kristovo utrpenie i jeho slávu.

12 Boh im však zjavil, že to nebude za ich života, ale oveľa neskôr -- za vášho života. Sú to pravdy, ktoré vám zvestovali ľudia zmocnení tým istým z neba zoslaným Duchom Svätým. Sú to také nezvyčajné a úžasné veci, že aj anjeli v nebi túžia ich bližšie poznať.

Čo znamená byť svätý

13 Vaša myseľ nech je pripravená, buďte triezvi a ostražití. Všetku svoju nádej uprite na dar Božej milosti, ktorý prijmete, keď sa vráti Ježiš Kristus.

14 Žite pred Bohom ako jeho poslušné deti. Nedopustite, aby váš charakter formovalo myslenie vášho niekdajšieho života bez Boha.

15 Naopak, buďte svätí vo všetkom podobne ako ten, ktorý vás pozval, aby ste sa stali Božími deťmi.

16 Veď je napísané: Buďte svätí, lebo ja som svätý."

17 Pamätajte, že u vášho nebeského Otca, ku ktorému sa modlíte, nebude na súde nijaká protekcia. Bude vás súdiť spravodlivo podľa vášho konania; a tak, kým ste tu na zemi, žite v bázni pred ním.

18 Viete predsa, čím bolo zaplatené za to, aby ste nemuseli žiť životom bez zmyslu a cieľa, aký ste zdedili po svojich predkoch. Nebolo to zlatom a striebrom, ktoré strácajú svoju hodnotu,

19 ale drahou krvou Ježiša Krista. On ako Baránok bez chyby a bez poškvrny

20 bol na to určený už pred stvorením sveta, ale prišiel kvôli vám až v tomto čase.

21 Keď poznáte Krista, veríte aj v Boha, ktorý ho vzkriesil z mŕtvych a dal mu veľkú slávu. A tak vaša viera a nádej môže byť zakotvená v Bohu.

Nový život je dôvod na lásku

22 Teraz môžete bez pretvárky milovať každého, pretože ste boli očistení od sebectva a nenávisti tým, že ste prijali Krista. Majte sa preto úprimne a vrúcne radi.

23 Veď vám bol daný nový život -- nie ten, ktorý ste dostali od svojich rodičov ako pominuteľný dar, ale ten, ktorý ste prijali cez živé Božie slovo a ktorý potrvá večne.

24 Je totiž pravda, že každý človek je ako tráva, ktorá zožltne a uschne, a všetka jeho veľkosť je ako kvet, ktorý opadá.

25 Ale Božie slovo zostáva naveky -- to slovo radostnej zvesti, ktoré sme vám priniesli.