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.

Nueva Versión Internacional

1 Pedro 1:1-25

1Pedro, apóstol de Jesucristo,

a los elegidos, extranjeros dispersos por el Ponto, Galacia, Capadocia, Asia y Bitinia, 2según la previsión1:2 la previsión. Lit. el conocimiento previo. de Dios el Padre, mediante la obra santificadora del Espíritu, para obedecer a Jesucristo y ser redimidos1:2 redimidos. Lit. rociados. por su sangre:

Que abunden en ustedes la gracia y la paz.

Alabanza a Dios por una esperanza viva

3¡Alabado sea Dios, Padre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo! Por su gran misericordia, nos ha hecho nacer de nuevo mediante la resurrección de Jesucristo, para que tengamos una esperanza viva 4y recibamos una herencia indestructible, incontaminada e inmarchitable. Tal herencia está reservada en el cielo para ustedes, 5a quienes el poder de Dios protege mediante la fe hasta que llegue la salvación que se ha de revelar en los últimos tiempos. 6Esto es para ustedes motivo de gran alegría, a pesar de que hasta ahora han tenido que sufrir diversas pruebas por un tiempo. 7El oro, aunque perecedero, se acrisola al fuego. Así también la fe de ustedes, que vale mucho más que el oro, al ser acrisolada por las pruebas demostrará que es digna de aprobación, gloria y honor cuando Jesucristo se revele. 8Ustedes lo aman a pesar de no haberlo visto; y, aunque no lo ven ahora, creen en él y se alegran con un gozo indescriptible y glorioso, 9pues están obteniendo la meta de su fe, que es su salvación.

10Los profetas, que anunciaron la gracia reservada para ustedes, estudiaron cuidadosamente esta salvación. 11Querían descubrir a qué tiempo y a cuáles circunstancias se refería el Espíritu de Cristo, que estaba en ellos, cuando testificó de antemano acerca de los sufrimientos de Cristo y de la gloria que vendría después de estos. 12A ellos se les reveló que no se estaban sirviendo a sí mismos, sino que les servían a ustedes. Hablaban de las cosas que ahora les han anunciado los que les predicaron el evangelio por medio del Espíritu Santo enviado del cielo. Aun los mismos ángeles anhelan contemplar esas cosas.

Sean santos

13Por eso, dispónganse para actuar con inteligencia;1:13 dispónganse … inteligencia. Lit. ceñidos los lomos de su mente. tengan dominio propio; pongan su esperanza completamente en la gracia que se les dará cuando se revele Jesucristo. 14Como hijos obedientes, no se amolden a los malos deseos que tenían antes, cuando vivían en la ignorancia. 15Más bien, sean ustedes santos en todo lo que hagan, como también es santo quien los llamó; 16pues está escrito: «Sean santos, porque yo soy santo».1:16 Lv 11:44,45; 19:2; 20:7; Is 40:6-8 17Ya que invocan como Padre al que juzga con imparcialidad las obras de cada uno, vivan con temor reverente mientras sean peregrinos en este mundo. 18Como bien saben, ustedes fueron rescatados de la vida absurda que heredaron de sus antepasados. El precio de su rescate no se pagó con cosas perecederas, como el oro o la plata, 19sino con la preciosa sangre de Cristo, como de un cordero sin mancha y sin defecto. 20Cristo, a quien Dios escogió antes de la creación del mundo, se ha manifestado en estos últimos tiempos en beneficio de ustedes. 21Por medio de él ustedes creen en Dios, que lo resucitó y glorificó, de modo que su fe y su esperanza están puestas en Dios.

22Ahora que se han purificado obedeciendo a la verdad y tienen un amor sincero por sus hermanos, ámense de todo corazón1:22 de todo corazón. Var. con corazón puro. los unos a los otros. 23Pues ustedes han nacido de nuevo, no de simiente perecedera, sino de simiente imperecedera, mediante la palabra de Dios que vive y permanece. 24Porque

«todo mortal es como la hierba,

y toda su gloria como la flor del campo;

la hierba se seca y la flor se cae,

25pero la palabra del Señor permanece para siempre».1:25 Is 40:6-8

Y esta es la palabra del evangelio que se les ha anunciado a ustedes.