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 honour 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 for ever.’1:25 Isaiah 40:6-8 (see Septuagint)
And this is the word that was preached to you.
1Saa krataa yi fi Yesu Kristo somafo Petro nkyɛn,
Ɔde kɔma Onyankopɔn nnipa a wayi wɔn a wɔabɔ ahwete sɛ ahɔho kɔ Ponto, Galatia, Kapadokia, Asia ne Bitinia amantam mu no. 2Wɔnam Agya Onyankopɔn botae so na woyii mo na wɔnam ne Honhom so tew mo ho sɛ munni Yesu Kristo akyi na ɛnam so ama ne mogya no atew mo ho:
Adom ne asomdwoe a ɛdɔɔso nka mo.
3Momma yɛnna Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo Agya no ase. Esiane nʼahummɔbɔ dodow nti, ɔnam nyan a onyan Yesu Kristo fii owu mu no so maa yɛn nkwa foforo. Eyi ma yenya anidaso a ase atim, 4enti yɛrehwɛ anim sɛ yebenya nhyira dodow a Onyankopɔn akora a ɔde bɛma ne mma no bi. Ɔde asie wɔ ɔsoro ama mo, efisɛ hɔ de, ɛremporɔw anaa ɛrensɛe na ɛrempa nso. 5Na Onyankopɔn gyina ne tumi kɛse no so bɛhwɛ sɛ mubedu hɔ wɔ asomdwoe mu na mo nsa aka, efisɛ mugye no di. Ɛbɛyɛ mo de nna a edi akyiri no mu ama obiara ahu. 6Ɛwɔ mu sɛ ebia ɛbɛba mprempren, esiane ɔhaw bebree a mobɛfa mu no nti, mo werɛ bɛhow de, nanso momma mo ani nnye saa asɛm yi ho. 7Ɔhaw ba sɛnea ɛbɛyɛ a wobehu sɛ mo gyidi no yɛ kann. Sikakɔkɔɔ a wotumi sɛe no no mpo, wɔde ogya sɔ hwɛ, enti ɛsɛ sɛ wɔsɔ mo gyidi a ɛsom bo kyɛn sikakɔkɔɔ no hwɛ hu sɛ ebetumi agyina ana. Ɛno ansa na da a Yesu Kristo bɛba no, mubenya anuonyam. 8Ɛwɔ mu sɛ munhu Yesu de, nanso modɔ no. Munhu no mprempren de, nanso mugye no di. Anigye a moanya no boro so, 9efisɛ mo nsa renka gyidi so mfaso a ɛyɛ mo kra nkwagye no.
10Saa nkwagye yi na adiyifo no de boasetɔ hwehwɛɛ mu, hyɛɛ saa akyɛde yi a Onyankopɔn de bɛma mo no ho nkɔm. 11Wɔpɛɛ sɛ wohu bere no ne ɔkwan a ɛnam so bɛba. Saa bere yi ne bere a Kristo Honhom a ɛte wɔn mu no rekyerɛ wɔ nkɔmhyɛ a ɛfa Kristo amanehunu a ɔbɛfa mu ne anuonyam a ebedi akyi no ho. 12Onyankopɔn daa no adi kyerɛɛ saa adiyifo no sɛ, wɔanyɛ adwuma no amma wɔn ho, na mmom wɔyɛ de som mo. Wɔnam Honhom Kronkron a wɔsomaa no fii ɔsoro no tumi so kaa Asɛmpa no kyerɛɛ mo. Ɛwɔ mu sɛ abɔfo no pɛɛ sɛ wɔbɛte Asɛmpa yi de, nanso wɔde brɛɛ mo nko ara.
13Enti munsi mo adwene pi na munni dwuma. Munnyina yiye na momma mo ani nna nhyira a wɔde bɛma mo Yesu Kristo ba a ɔbɛba no mu no so. 14Muntie Onyankopɔn, na mommma akɔnnɔ abrabɔ a edii mo so bere a na munnim no no nni mo so. 15Na mmom monyɛ kronkron wɔ biribiara a moyɛ mu, sɛnea Onyankopɔn a ɔfrɛɛ mo no yɛ kronkron no. 16Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se, “Ɛsɛ sɛ moyɛ kronkron, efisɛ meyɛ kronkron.”
17Monkae sɛ mo Agya a ɔwɔ ɔsoro a mobɔ no mpae no nhwɛ nnipa anim wɔ nʼatemmu mu. Ɛno nti momfa nidi nyinaa mma no wɔ mo nna a aka mo wɔ asase yi so no. 18Efisɛ munim bo a wotua de gyee mo fii abrabɔ bɔne a mo nananom kyerɛɛ mo no mu. Ɛnyɛ ade a ɛhwere ne bo a ɛsom te sɛ dwetɛ anaa sikakɔkɔɔ no. 19Kristo a ɔte sɛ oguamma a onni dɛm no de ne ho bɔɔ afɔre a ne bo yɛ den ma munyaa ahofadi. 20Ansa na wɔrebɔ wiase no, na Onyankopɔn ayi no na mo nti na nna a edi akyiri no wɔdaa no adi no. 21Ɛnam ne so na mugyee Onyankopɔn a onyan no fii awufo mu na ɔmaa no anuonyam no dii. Ɛnam so ama mo gyidi ne mo anidaso ase atim wɔ Onyankopɔn mu no.
22Afei a moayɛ osetie ama nokware no nti, mo ho atew na mododɔ mo nuanom agyidifo nokware mu yi, mumfi mo koma nyinaa mu nnodɔ mo ho mo ho. 23Efisɛ wɔawo mo foforo; emfi aba a ɛporɔw mu, na mmom efi Onyankopɔn asɛm a ɛmporɔw no mu. 24Kyerɛwsɛm no ka se,
“Nnipa nyinaa te sɛ sare;
na wɔn anuonyam te sɛ nhwiren.
Sare no wu ma ne nhwiren no po,
25nanso Awurade asɛm no wɔ hɔ daa nyinaa.”
Eyi ne asɛm a Asɛmpa no de brɛɛ mo.