Nova Versão Internacional

1 Pedro 1:1-25

1Pedro, apóstolo de Jesus Cristo,

aos eleitos de Deus, peregrinos dispersos no Ponto, na Galácia, na Capadócia, na província da Ásia e na Bitínia, 2escolhidos de acordo com o pré-conhecimento de Deus Pai, pela obra santificadora do Espírito, para a obediência a Jesus Cristo e a aspersão do seu sangue:

Graça e paz lhes sejam multiplicadas.

Louvor a Deus por uma Esperança Viva

3Bendito seja o Deus e Pai de nosso Senhor Jesus Cristo! Conforme a sua grande misericórdia, ele nos regenerou para uma esperança viva, por meio da ressurreição de Jesus Cristo dentre os mortos, 4para uma herança que jamais poderá perecer, macular-se ou perder o seu valor. Herança guardada nos céus para vocês 5que, mediante a fé, são protegidos pelo poder de Deus até chegar a salvação prestes a ser revelada no último tempo. 6Nisso vocês exultam, ainda que agora, por um pouco de tempo, devam ser entristecidos por todo tipo de provação. 7Assim acontece para que fique comprovado que a fé que vocês têm, muito mais valiosa do que o ouro que perece, mesmo que refinado pelo fogo, é genuína e resultará em louvor, glória e honra, quando Jesus Cristo for revelado. 8Mesmo não o tendo visto, vocês o amam; e, apesar de não o verem agora, creem nele e exultam com alegria indizível e gloriosa, 9pois vocês estão alcançando o alvo da sua fé, a salvação das suas almas.

10Foi a respeito dessa salvação que os profetas que falaram da graça destinada a vocês investigaram e examinaram, 11procurando saber o tempo e as circunstâncias para os quais apontava o Espírito de Cristo que neles estava, quando predisse a vocês os sofrimentos de Cristo e as glórias que se seguiriam àqueles sofrimentos. 12A eles foi revelado que estavam ministrando, não para si próprios, mas para vocês, quando falaram das coisas que agora lhes são anunciadas por meio daqueles que pregaram o evangelho pelo Espírito Santo enviado dos céus; coisas que até os anjos anseiam observar.

Exortação à Santidade

13Portanto, estejam com a mente preparada, prontos para agir; estejam alertas e ponham toda a esperança na graça que será dada a vocês quando Jesus Cristo for revelado. 14Como filhos obedientes, não se deixem amoldar pelos maus desejos de outrora, quando viviam na ignorância. 15Mas, assim como é santo aquele que os chamou, sejam santos vocês também em tudo o que fizerem, 16pois está escrito: “Sejam santos, porque eu sou santo”1.16 Lv 11.44,45; 19.2; 20.7.

17Uma vez que vocês chamam Pai àquele que julga imparcialmente as obras de cada um, portem-se com temor durante a jornada terrena de vocês. 18Pois vocês sabem que não foi por meio de coisas perecíveis como prata ou ouro que vocês foram redimidos da sua maneira vazia de viver, transmitida por seus antepassados, 19mas pelo precioso sangue de Cristo, como de um cordeiro sem mancha e sem defeito, 20conhecido1.20 Ou escolhido antes da criação do mundo, revelado nestes últimos tempos em favor de vocês. 21Por meio dele vocês creem em Deus, que o ressuscitou dentre os mortos e o glorificou, de modo que a fé e a esperança de vocês estão em Deus.

22Agora que vocês purificaram a sua vida pela obediência à verdade, visando ao amor fraternal e sincero, amem sinceramente uns aos outros e de todo o coração. 23Vocês foram regenerados, não de uma semente perecível, mas imperecível, por meio da palavra de Deus, viva e permanente. 24Pois

“toda a humanidade1.24 Grego: carne. é como a relva

e toda a sua glória como a flor da relva;

a relva murcha e cai a sua flor,

25mas a palavra do Senhor permanece para sempre”1.24,25 Is 40.6-8.

Essa é a palavra que foi anunciada a vocês.

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.