New Living Translation

1 Peter 1

Greetings from Peter

1This letter is from Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ.

I am writing to God’s chosen people who are living as foreigners in the provinces of Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.[a] God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ.

May God give you more and more grace and peace.

The Hope of Eternal Life

All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see.

So be truly glad.[b] There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.

You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

10 This salvation was something even the prophets wanted to know more about when they prophesied about this gracious salvation prepared for you. 11 They wondered what time or situation the Spirit of Christ within them was talking about when he told them in advance about Christ’s suffering and his great glory afterward.

12 They were told that their messages were not for themselves, but for you. And now this Good News has been announced to you by those who preached in the power of the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. It is all so wonderful that even the angels are eagerly watching these things happen.

A Call to Holy Living

13 So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world. 14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. 15 But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. 16 For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”[c]

17 And remember that the heavenly Father to whom you pray has no favorites. He will judge or reward you according to what you do. So you must live in reverent fear of him during your time here as “temporary residents.” 18 For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And it was not paid with mere gold or silver, which lose their value. 19 It was the precious blood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God. 20 God chose him as your ransom long before the world began, but now in these last days he has been revealed for your sake.

21 Through Christ you have come to trust in God. And you have placed your faith and hope in God because he raised Christ from the dead and gave him great glory.

22 You were cleansed from your sins when you obeyed the truth, so now you must show sincere love to each other as brothers and sisters.[d] Love each other deeply with all your heart.[e]

23 For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God. 24 As the Scriptures say,

“People are like grass;
    their beauty is like a flower in the field.
The grass withers and the flower fades.
25     But the word of the Lord remains forever.”[f]

And that word is the Good News that was preached to you.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia were Roman provinces in what is now Turkey.
  2. 1:6 Or So you are truly glad.
  3. 1:16 Lev 11:44-45; 19:2; 20:7.
  4. 1:22a Greek must have brotherly love.
  5. 1:22b Some manuscripts read with a pure heart.
  6. 1:24-25 Isa 40:6-8.

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu

1 Petro 1

1Kutoka kwa Petro, mtume wa Yesu Kristo. Kwa wateule wa Mungu ambao wametawanyika, wanaoishi ugenini huko Ponto, Galatia, Kapadokia, Asia na Bithinia. 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

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; na tupokee urithi usioharibika, usiooza na usiochuja, ambao umewekwa mbinguni kwa ajili yenu. Nanyi, kwa imani, mnalindwa na nguvu ya Mungu mpaka utakapofika wokovu ambao uko tayari kufunuliwa wakati wa mwisho.

Furahini sana katika hilo, ingawa sasa kwa kitambo kidogo ni lazima mpate majaribu ya kila aina. 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. Ingawa hamja pata kumwona, mnampenda. Na ingawa hamumwoni sasa mnamwamini na kujawa na furaha tukufu isiyoelezeka. 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.