1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood:
Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
Praise to God for a Living Hope
3Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, 9for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11trying to find out the time and circumstances to which the Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. 12It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you, when they spoke of the things that have now been told you by those who have preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Even angels long to look into these things.
13Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. 14As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”1:16 Lev. 11:44,45; 19:2
17Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply, from the heart.1:22 Some early manuscripts from a pure heart 23For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24For,
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25but the word of the Lord endures forever.”1:25 Isaiah 40:6-8 (see Septuagint)
And this is the word that was preached to you.
1Bitrus, manzon Yesu Kiristi,
Zuwa ga zaɓaɓɓu na Allah, baƙi a duniya, da suke a warwatse ko’ina a Fontus, Galatiya, Kaffadokiya, Asiya da kuma Bitiniya, 2waɗanda aka zaɓa bisa ga rigyasanin Allah Uba, ta wurin aikin tsarkakewar Ruhu, don biyayya ga Yesu Kiristi, su kuma sami yayyafan jininsa.
Alheri da salama su zama naku a yalwace.
Yabo ga Allah domin bege mai rai
3Yabo ya tabbata ga Allah Uban Ubangijinmu Yesu Kiristi! Cikin jinƙansa mai girma ya ba mu sabuwar haihuwa cikin bege mai rai ta wurin tashin Yesu Kiristi daga matattu, 4da kuma cikin gādon da ba zai taɓa lalacewa, ɓacewa ko koɗewa ba, ajiyayye a sama dominku, 5ku waɗanda ta wurin bangaskiya ake kiyayewa ta wurin ikon Allah har yă zuwa ceton da yake a shirye da za a bayyana a ƙarshen lokaci. 6A kan wannan kuke cike da farin ciki ƙwarai, ko da yake yanzu na ɗan lokaci kuna fuskantar baƙin ciki daga gwaje-gwaje iri-iri. 7Wannan kuwa domin a tabbatar da sahihancin bangaskiyarku ne, wadda ta fi zinariya daraja nesa, ita zinariya kuwa, ko da yake mai ƙarewa ce, akan gwada ta da wuta, domin bangaskiyan nan taku ta jawo muku yabo da girma da ɗaukaka a bayyanar Yesu Kiristi. 8Ko da yake ba ku taɓa ganinsa ba, kuna ƙaunarsa; kuma ko da yake ba kwa ganinsa yanzu, kun gaskata shi, kun kuma cika da farin ciki ƙwarai, wanda ya fi gaban faɗi, 9gama kuna samun sakamakon bangaskiyarku, ceton rayukanku ke nan.
10Game da ceton nan, annabawa, waɗanda suka yi maganar alherin da za tă zo gare ku, sun yi bincike mai zurfi, a natse, 11suna ƙoƙari su san lokaci da kuma yanayin da Ruhun Kiristi da yake cikinsu yana nunawa sa’ad da ya yi faɗi a kan wahalolin Kiristi da kuma ɗaukaka da za tă bi. 12Aka bayyana musu cewa ba kansu ne suke bauta wa ba sai ku, sa’ad da suka yi maganar abubuwan da aka faɗa muku ta wurin waɗanda suka yi muku wa’azin bishara, ta wurin Ruhu Mai Tsarki wanda aka aika daga sama. Ko mala’iku ma suna marmari su ga waɗannan abubuwa.
Ku zama masu tsarki
13Saboda haka, ku shirya kanku don aiki; ku zama masu kamunkai; ku kafa begenku duka a kan alherin da za a ba ku sa’ad da aka bayyana Yesu Kiristi. 14Kamar ’ya’ya masu biyayya, kada ku bi mugayen sha’awace-sha’awacen da dā kuke da su sa’ad da kuke rayuwa a cikin jahilci. 15Amma kamar yadda wanda ya kira ku yake mai tsarki, haka ku ma sai ku kasance masu tsarki cikin dukan abubuwan da kuke yi; 16gama a rubuce yake cewa, “Ku zama masu tsarki, domin ni mai tsarki ne.”1.16 Fir 11.44,45; Fir 19.2; Fir 20.7
17Tun da yake kuna kira ga Uba wanda yake yin wa kowane mutum shari’a bisa ga ayyukansa ba bambanci, sai ku yi rayuwarku a nan kamar baƙi cikin tsoro mai bangirma. 18Gama kun san cewa ba da abubuwa masu lalacewa kamar azurfa ko zinariya ce aka fanshe ku daga rayuwar banza da kuka karɓa daga kakanni-kakanninku ba, 19sai dai an fanshe ku da jini mai daraja na Kiristi, ɗan rago marar aibi ko lahani. 20An zaɓe shi kafin halittar duniya, amma an bayyana shi a zamanin ƙarshe saboda ku. 21Ta gare shi ne kuka gaskata da Allah, wanda ya tā da shi daga matattu, aka kuma ɗaukaka shi, ta haka bari bangaskiyarku da begenku su kasance ga Allah.
22Yanzu da kuka tsarkake kanku ta wurin yin biyayya ga gaskiyan nan, don ku kasance da ƙauna mai gaskiya wa ’yan’uwanku, sai ku ƙaunaci juna ƙwarai, daga zuciya. 23Gama an sāke haihuwarku, ba da iri da yake lalacewa ba, sai dai marar lalacewa, ta wurin rayayyiya da kuma madawwamiyar maganar Allah. 24Gama,
“Dukan mutane kamar ciyawa suke,
darajarsu kuma kamar furannin jeji ne;
ciyawa takan yanƙwane furannin kuma su kakkaɓe,
25amma maganar Ubangiji tana nan har abada.”1.25 Ish 40.6-8
Wannan kuwa ita ce kalmar da aka yi muku wa’azi.