1Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To God’s elect, exiles scattered throughout the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, 2 who 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
3 Praise 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, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 7 These 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. 8 Though 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, 9 for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets, who spoke of the grace that was to come to you, searched intently and with the greatest care, 11 trying 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. 12 It 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.
13 Therefore, 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. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”[a]
17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear. 18 For 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, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
22 Now 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.[b] 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For,
“All people are like grass,
and all their glory is like the flowers of the field;
the grass withers and the flowers fall,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.”[c]
And this is the word that was preached to you.
1Kutoka kwa Petro, mtume wa Yesu Kristo. Kwa wateule wa Mungu ambao wametawanyika, wanaoishi ugenini huko Ponto, Galatia, Kapadokia, Asia na Bithinia. 2 Ninyi mlichaguliwa tangu mwanzo na Mungu Baba na kutakaswa na Roho, mpate kumtii Yesu Kristo na kunyunyiziwa damu yake. Nawatakieni neema na amani tele.
Tumaini Lenye Uzima
3 Asifiwe Mungu, Baba wa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo! Kwa rehema yake kuu ametufanya tuzaliwe upya ili tupate tumaini lenye uzima kwa kufufuka kwa Bwana wetu Yesu Kristo kutoka kwa wafu; 4 na tupokee urithi usioharibika, usiooza na usiochuja, ambao umewekwa mbinguni kwa ajili yenu. 5 Nanyi, kwa imani, mnalindwa na nguvu ya Mungu mpaka utakapofika wokovu ambao uko tayari kufunuliwa wakati wa mwisho.
6 Furahini sana katika hilo, ingawa sasa kwa kitambo kidogo ni lazima mpate majaribu ya kila aina. 7 Majaribu yataifanya imani yenu, ambayo ina thamani kuliko dhahabu, iwe imepimwa na kuthibitishwa kuwa ya kweli kama vile dhahabu ambayo ingawa ni kitu kiharibikacho, hupimwa kwa moto. Ndipo mtapata sifa, utukufu na heshima siku ile Yesu Kristo atakapofunuliwa. 8 Ingawa hamja pata kumwona, mnampenda. Na ingawa hamumwoni sasa mnamwamini na kujawa na furaha tukufu isiyoelezeka. 9 Maana mnapokea wokovu wa roho zenu, ambao ndio lengo la imani yenu.
10 Manabii waliotabiri kuhusu neema hiyo ambayo ninyi mnge pewa, walitafuta sana na kwa makini habari za wokovu huu. 11 Walijaribu kutafuta kujua ni nani au ni wakati upi uliomaan ishwa na Roho wa Kristo aliyekuwa akisema ndani yao alipotabiri kuhusu mateso ya Kristo na utukufu utakaofuata. 12 Walidhihir ishiwa kuwa kazi waliyokuwa wakifanya si kwa faida yao bali ni kwa ajili yenu. Kwa maana walinena nanyi habari za mambo ambayo sasa mmekwisha elezwa na wale waliowahubiria Injili kwa uwezo wa Roho Mtakatifu aliyetumwa kutoka mbinguni. Hata malaika wanata mani kufahamu mambo haya.
Mwito Wa Kuishi Maisha Matakatifu
13 Kwa hiyo, ziandaeni nia zenu, muwe na kiasi, wekeni tumaini lenu lote katika neema ile mtakayopewa wakati ule Yesu Kristo atakapodhihirishwa. 14 Kama watoto watiifu, msikubali kutawaliwa na tamaa mbaya mlizokuwa nazo wakati mkiishi katika ujinga. 15 Bali kama yeye aliyewaita alivyo mtakatifu, kadhalika ninyi muwe watakatifu katika mwenendo wenu; 16 maana imeandikwa: “Muwe watakatifu kwa sababu mimi ni mtakatifu.”
17 Kwa kuwa mnamwita “Baba” yeye ahukumuye matendo ya kila mtu pasipo upendeleo, ishini maisha yenu hapa duniani kama wageni, kwa kumcha Mungu. 18 Maana mnafahamu kwamba mlikombolewa kutokana na maisha duni yasiyofaa ambayo mlirithi kutoka kwa baba zenu. Hamkukombolewa kwa kutumia vitu viharibikavyo kama fedha na dhahabu, 19 bali mlikombolewa kwa damu ya thamani ya Kristo, Mwana-Kondoo asiye na dosari wala doa. 20 Yeye alichaguliwa kabla ya dunia kuumbwa lakini akadhihirishwa katika siku hizi za mwisho kwa ajili yenu. 21 Kwa ajili yake ninyi mnamwamini Mungu aliyemfufua kutoka kwa wafu akampa utukufu, na kwa hiyo imani yenu na matumaini yenu yako kwa Mungu.
22 Na sasa kwa kuwa mmekwisha kujitakasa kwa kuitii ile kweli na kuwapenda ndugu zenu kwa kweli, pendaneni kwa moyo wote. 23 Maana mmezaliwa upya, si kwa mbegu iharibikayo, bali kwa mbegu isiyoharibika, kwa neno la Mungu lililo hai na linalodumu hata milele. 24 Maana, “Binadamu wote ni kama nyasi na utukufu wao ni kama ua la mwituni. Nyasi hunyauka na ua huanguka, 25 lakini neno la Mungu hudumu milele.” Na neno hilo ni Habari Njema ambayo mlihubiriwa.