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.
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.
1Krataa yi firi Yesu Kristo ɔsomafoɔ Petro nkyɛn,
Meretwerɛ krataa yi akɔma Onyankopɔn nnipa a wɔahwete sɛ ahɔhoɔ kɔ Ponto, Galatia, Kapadokia, Asia ne Bitinia amantam mu no. 2Onyankopɔn, yɛn Agya, na ɛfiri teteete no ɔfrɛɛ mo. Na ɔnam ne Honhom so ayɛ mo kronkron. Ɛno enti, moayɛ ɔsetie ama Yesu Kristo, na ɔde ne mogya ate mo ho:
Adom ne asomdwoeɛ a ɛdɔɔso nka mo.
3Momma yɛnna Onyankopɔn a ɔyɛ yɛn Awurade Yesu Kristo Agya no ase. Esiane nʼahummɔborɔ dodoɔ enti, ɔnam nyane a ɔnyanee Yesu Kristo firii owuo mu no so ama yɛn nkwa foforɔ. Yei ma yɛnya anidasoɔ a atim, 4enti yɛrehwɛ anim sɛ yɛbɛnya nhyira dodoɔ a Onyankopɔn akora a ɔde bɛma ne mma no bi. Ɔde asie wɔ ɔsoro ama mo ɛfiri sɛ, ɛhɔ deɛ, ɛremporɔ anaa ɛrensɛe, na ɛrempa nso. 5Na Onyankopɔn gyina ne tumi kɛseɛ no so bɛhwɛ sɛ mobɛduru hɔ asomdwoeɛ mu, na mo nsa aka, ɛfiri sɛ, mogye no di. Ɛbɛyɛ mo dea nna a ɛdi akyire no mu ama obiara ahunu. 6Ɛwom sɛ, ebia, ɛsiane ɔhaw bebree a mobɛfa mu no enti, mo werɛ bɛho deɛ, nanso momma mo ani nnye saa asɛm yi ho. 7Ɔhaw ba sɛdeɛ ɛbɛyɛ a wɔbɛhunu sɛ mo gyidie no yɛ kann. Sikakɔkɔɔ a wɔtumi sɛe no no mpo, wɔde ogya sɔ hwɛ. Enti, mo gyidie a ɛsom bo kyɛn sikakɔkɔɔ no, ɛsɛ sɛ wɔsɔ hwɛ hunu sɛ, ɛbɛtumi atim anaa. Ɛno ansa na da a Yesu Kristo bɛba no, mobɛnya animuonyam. 8Ɛwom sɛ monhunuu Yesu deɛ, nanso modɔ no. Monhunu no seesei deɛ, nanso mogye no di. Anigyeɛ a moanya no boro so 9ɛfiri sɛ, mo nsa reka gyidie ho mfasoɔ a ɛyɛ mo kra nkwagyeɛ no.
10Saa nkwagyeɛ yi na tete adiyifoɔ no de boasetɔ hwehwɛɛ mu, ɛberɛ a wɔhyɛɛ saa akyɛdeɛ yi a Onyankopɔn de bɛma mo no ho nkɔm. 11Wɔpɛɛ sɛ wɔhunu ɛberɛ no ne ɛkwan a ɛnam so bɛba. Saa ɛberɛ yi ne ɛberɛ a Kristo Honhom a ɔte wɔn mu no kyerɛɛ wɔn wɔ nkɔmhyɛ mu sɛ Kristo bɛhunu amane, na akyire no wanya animuonyam. 12Onyankopɔn daa no adi kyerɛɛ saa adiyifoɔ no sɛ, wɔanyɛ wɔn adwuma no amma wɔn ho, na mmom, wɔyɛ de som mo. Wɔnam Honhom Kronkron a wɔsomaa no firii ɔsoro no tumi so kaa Asɛmpa no kyerɛɛ mo. Yei yɛ adeɛ a ɛyɛ nwanwa yie, na abɔfoɔ mpo de anigyeɛ sononko rehwɛ anwanwadwuma a ɛrekɔ so yi.
13Enti, monsi mo adwene pi na monni mo ho so. Monnyina yie ma momma mo ani nna nhyira a wɔde bɛma mo wɔ Yesu Kristo ba a ɔbɛba no mu no so. 14Montie Onyankopɔn, na mommma akɔnnɔ abrabɔ a ɛdii mo so ɛberɛ a na monnim no nni mo so. 15Na mmom, monyɛ kronkron wɔ biribiara a moyɛ mu sɛdeɛ Onyankopɔn a ɔfrɛɛ mo no yɛ kronkron no. 16Atwerɛsɛm no aka sɛ, “Ɛsɛ sɛ moyɛ kronkron, ɛfiri sɛ, meyɛ kronkron.”
17Monkae sɛ mo Agya a ɔwɔ ɔsoro a mobɔ no mpaeɛ no renhwɛ nnipa anim wɔ nʼatemmuo mu. Ɛno enti mo nna a aka mo wɔ asase yi so no, momfa anidie nyinaa mma no. 18Ɛfiri sɛ, monim bo a wɔtua de gyee mo firii abrabɔ bɔne a mo nananom kyerɛɛ mo no mu. Ɛnyɛ adeɛ a ɛhwere ne boɔ a ɛsom te sɛ dwetɛ anaa sikakɔkɔɔ no. 19Na mmom Kristo a ɔyɛ odwammaa a ɔnni dɛm no de ne ho bɔɔ afɔdeɛ a ne boɔ yɛ den ma monyaa ahofadie. 20Ansa na wɔrebɔ ewiase no, na Onyankopɔn ayi no, na mo enti na nna a ɛdi akyire no, wɔdaa no adi. 21Ɛnam ne so na mogyee Onyankopɔn a ɔnyanee no firii awufoɔ mu na ɔmaa no animuonyam no diiɛ. Ɛnam ne so ama mo gyidie ne mo anidasoɔ atim wɔ Onyankopɔn mu.
22Seesei a moayɛ ɔsetie ama nokorɛ no, mo ho ate. Ɛno enti, monnodɔ mo nuanom agyidifoɔ nokorɛ mu. Momfiri mo akoma nyinaa mu nnodɔ mo ho mo ho. 23Ɛfiri sɛ, wɔawo mo foforɔ; wɔanwo mo ɛmfiri aba a ɛporɔ mu, na mmom, ɛfiri Onyankopɔn asɛm a ɛmporɔ mu. 24Sɛdeɛ Atwerɛsɛm no aka no,
“Nnipa nyinaa te sɛ ɛserɛ;
na wɔn animuonyam te sɛ nhwiren.
Ɛserɛ no wu ma ne nhwiren no po,
25nanso Awurade asɛm no wɔ hɔ daa nyinaa.”
Yei ne asɛm a Asɛmpa no de brɛɛ mo.