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 honor 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 forever.”1:25 Isaiah 40:6-8 (see Septuagint)
And this is the word that was preached to you.
1Ndine Petro, mtumwi wa Yesu Khristu.
Ndikulemba kalatayi kwa onse osankhidwa ndi Mulungu, alendo mʼdziko lapansi, obalalikira ku Ponto, Galatiya, Kapadokiya, Asiya ndi Bituniya. 2Mulungu Atate anakusankhani, atakudziwani kuyambira pachiyambi, ndipo Mzimu Woyera wakuyeretsani kuti mumvere Yesu Khristu ndikutsukidwa ndi magazi ake.
Chisomo ndi mtendere zikhale ndi inu mochuluka.
Kuyamika Mulungu Chifukwa cha Chiyembekezo Chamoyo
3Alemekezedwe Mulungu, Atate wa Ambuye athu Yesu Khristu. Mwachifundo chake chachikulu anatibadwitsa kwatsopano, mʼchiyembekezo chamoyo pomuukitsa Yesu Khristu kwa akufa, 4kuti tidzalandire chuma chomwe sichingawonongeke, kuyipitsidwa kapena kufota. Chuma chimenechi akukusungirani kumwamba. 5Mwachikhulupiriro, mukusungidwa ndi mphamvu ya Mulungu mpaka chipulumutso chitafika chimene chinakonzedwa kuti adzachionetse nthawi yotsiriza. 6Zimenezi zikukondweretseni kwambiri, ngakhale tsopano, kwa kanthawi kochepa, mukumva zowawa mʼmayesero osiyanasiyana. 7Mayeserowa abwera nʼcholinga chakuti chikhulupiriro chanu, chimene ndi chamtengo woposa wa golide, amene amawonongeka ngakhale amayengedwa ndi moto, chitsimikizike kuti ndi chenicheni. Pamenepo ndiye mudzalandire mayamiko, ulemerero ndi ulemu pamene Yesu Khristu adzaoneka. 8Ngakhale kuti simunamuone, mumamukonda; ndipo ngakhale kuti simukumuona tsopano, mumamukhulupirira ndipo mumakondwera ndi chimwemwe chachikulu ndi chosaneneka. 9Motero mukulandira mphotho ya chikhulupiriro chanu, ndiyo chipulumutso cha moyo wanu.
10Kunena za chipulumutso chimenechi, aneneri amene ananeneratu za chisomo chimene chimabwera kwa inu, anafunafuna mofufuzafufuza za chipulumutsochi, 11kufuna kudziwa nthawi ndi momwe zidzachitikire zinthu zimene Mzimu wa Khristu amene ali mwa iwo ankanenera za kuvutika kwa Khristu, ndi ulemerero umene adzakhale nawo pambuyo pake. 12Mulungu anawawululira kuti ntchito yawoyo sankayigwira chifukwa cha iwo eni, koma chifukwa inu, pamene iwo ankayankhula zinthu zimene mwamva tsopano kuchokera kwa amene amalalikira Uthenga Wabwino mwamphamvu ya Mzimu Woyera wotumidwa kuchokera kumwamba. Ngakhale angelo amalakalaka kuona nawo zinthuzi.
Khalani Oyera Mtima
13Choncho konzani mtima wanu, khalani odziretsa; khazikitsani chiyembekezo chanu kotheratu pa chisomo chimene mudzapatsidwe pamene Yesu Khristu adzaonekera. 14Monga ana omvera, musatsatenso zilakolako zoyipa zomwe munali nazo pamene munali osadziwa. 15Koma monga amene anakuyitanani ndi woyera, inunso khalani oyera mtima mʼmakhalidwe anu wonse. 16Pakuti, kwalembedwa kuti, “Khalani oyera mtima, chifukwa Ine ndine Woyera.”
17Popeza mumapemphera kwa Atate amene amaweruza munthu aliyense mopanda tsankho molingana ndi zochita zake, pa nthawi imene muli alendo pa dziko lapansi khalani moopa Mulungu. 18Pakuti mukudziwa kuti simunawomboledwe ndi zinthu zimene zimawonongeka monga siliva kapena golide, kuchoka ku khalidwe lanu lachabe limene munalandira kwa makolo anu. 19Koma munawomboledwa ndi magazi a mtengowapatali a Khristu, Mwana Wankhosa wopanda banga kapena chilema. 20Iye anasankhidwa lisanalengedwe dziko lapansi, koma waonetsedwa chifukwa cha inu pa nthawi ino yotsiriza. 21Kudzera mwa Iye mumakhulupirira Mulungu, amene anamuukitsa kwa akufa namupatsa ulemerero. Nʼchifukwa chake chikhulupiriro ndi chiyembekezo chanu chili mwa Mulungu.
22Tsopano mwayeretsa mitima yanu pomvera choonadi, kuti muzikondana ndi abale anu, kukondana kwenikweni kochokera pansi pa mtima. 23Popeza mwabadwanso, osati ndi mbewu imene imawonongeka, koma imene siwonongeka, ndiye kuti ndi Mawu a Mulungu amoyo ndi okhalitsa. 24Pakuti,
“Anthu onse ali ngati udzu,
ndipo ulemerero wawo uli ngati duwa la kuthengo.
Udzu umafota ndipo duwa limathothoka,
25koma mawu a Ambuye adzakhala mpaka muyaya.”
Ndipo awa ndi mawu amene tinalalikira kwa inu.