New Revised Standard Version
[1 Peter 1]
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,
To the exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and
Bithynia, 2 who have been chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified
by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to be sprinkled with his
May grace and peace be yours in abundance.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy
he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of
Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable,
undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who are being protected by
the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the
last time. 6 In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had
to suffer various trials, 7 so that the genuineness of your faith – being more
precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire – may be found
to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8
Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see
him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious
joy, 9 for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that
was to be yours made careful search and inquiry, 11 inquiring about the person
or time that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated when it testified in
advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the subsequent glory. 12 It
was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in regard
to the things that have now been announced to you through those who brought
you good news by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven – things into which angels
long to look!
Body of the letter; the new identity as the elect and holy people of God
13 Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all
your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed.
14 Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you
formerly had in ignorance. 15 Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy
yourselves in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, "You shall be holy, for
I am holy."
17 If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according
to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. 18 You
know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your
ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the
precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20 He
was destined before the foundation of the world, but was revealed at the end
of the ages for your sake. 21 Through him you have come to trust in God, who
raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are
set on God.
22 Now that you have purified your souls by your obedience to the truth so
that you have genuine mutual love, love one another deeply from the heart. 23
You have been born anew, not of perishable but of imperishable seed, through
the living and enduring word of God. 24 For
"All flesh is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever."
That word is the good news that was announced to you.
[1 Peter 2]
1 Rid yourselves, therefore, of all malice, and all guile, insincerity, envy,
and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure, spiritual milk, so
that by it you may grow into salvation – 3 if indeed you have tasted that the
Lord is good.
4 Come to him, a living stone, though rejected by mortals yet chosen and
precious in God's sight, and 5 like living stones, let yourselves be built
into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices
acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in scripture:
"See, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious;
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."
7 To you then who believe, he is precious; but for those who do not believe,
"The stone that the builders rejected
has become the very head of the corner,"
"A stone that makes them stumble,
and a rock that makes them fall."
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own
people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him who called you
out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people,
but now you are God's people;
once you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.
Christian existence and conduct in society
11 Beloved, I urge you as aliens and exiles to abstain from the desires of the
flesh that wage war against the soul. 12 Conduct yourselves honorably among
the Gentiles, so that, though they malign you as evildoers, they may see your
honorable deeds and glorify God when he comes to judge.
13 For the LORD's sake accept the authority of every human institution,
whether of the emperor as supreme, 14 or of governors, as sent by him to
punish those who do wrong and to praise those who do right. 15 For it is God's
will that by doing right you should silence the ignorance of the foolish. 16
As servants of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a
pretext for evil. 17 Honor everyone. Love the family of believers. Fear God.
Honor the emperor.
18 Slaves, accept the authority of your masters with all deference, not only
those who are kind and gentle but also those who are harsh. 19 For it is a
credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering
unjustly. 20 If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is
that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God's
approval. 21 For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered
for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.
22 "He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth."
23 When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not
threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. 24 He himself
bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live
for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 25 For you were going
astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of
[1 Peter 3]
1 Wives, in the same way, accept the authority of your husbands, so that, even
if some of them do not obey the word, they may be won over without a word by
their wives' conduct, 2 when they see the purity and reverence of your lives.
3 Do not adorn yourselves outwardly by braiding your hair, and by wearing gold
ornaments or fine clothing; 4 rather, let your adornment be the inner self
with the lasting beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious
in God's sight. 5 It was in this way long ago that the holy women who hoped in
God used to adorn themselves by accepting the authority of their husbands. 6
Thus Sarah obeyed Abraham and called him lord. You have become her daughters
as long as you do what is good and never let fears alarm you.
7 Husbands, in the same way, show consideration for your wives in your life
together, paying honor to the woman as the weaker sex, since they too are also
heirs of the gracious gift of life – so that nothing may hinder your prayers.
8 Finally, all of you, have unity of spirit, sympathy, love for one another, a
tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or abuse for
abuse; but, on the contrary, repay with a blessing. It is for this that you
were called – that you might inherit a blessing. 10 For
"Those who desire life
and desire to see good days,
let them keep their tongues from evil
and their lips from speaking deceit;
11 let them turn away from evil and do good;
let them seek peace and pursue it.
12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
and his ears are open to their prayer.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil."
Responsible suffering in the face of hostility; suffering for doing right;
13 Now who will harm you if you are eager to do what is good? 14 But even if
you do suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. Do not fear what they
fear, and do not be intimidated, 15 but in your hearts sanctify Christ as
Lord. Always be ready to make your defense to anyone who demands from you an
accounting for the hope that is in you; 16 yet do it with gentleness and
reverence. Keep your conscience clear, so that, when you are maligned, those
who abuse you for your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame. 17 For it
is better to suffer for doing good, if suffering should be God's will, than to
suffer for doing evil. 18 For Christ also suffered for sins once for all, the
righteous for the unrighteous, in order to bring you to God. He was put to
death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit, 19 in which also he went and
made a proclamation to the spirits in prison, 20 who in former times did not
obey, when God waited patiently in the days of Noah, during the building of
the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were saved through water. 21
And baptism, which this prefigured, now saves you – not as a removal of dirt
from the body, but as an appeal to God for a good conscience, through the
resurrection of Jesus Christ, 22 who has gone into heaven and is at the right
hand of God, with angels, authorities, and powers made subject to him.
[1 Peter 4]
Application to the Christian life
1 Since therefore Christ suffered in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the
same intention (for whoever has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin),
2 so as to live for the rest of your earthly life no longer by human desires
but by the will of God. 3 You have already spent enough time in doing what the
Gentiles like to do, living in licentiousness, passions, drunkenness, revels,
carousing, and lawless idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you no longer join
them in the same excesses of dissipation, and so they blaspheme. 5 But they
will have to give an accounting to him who stands ready to judge the living
and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was proclaimed even to the
dead, so that, though they had been judged in the flesh as everyone is judged,
they might live in the spirit as God does.
7 The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline
yourselves for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, maintain constant love
for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Be hospitable to one
another without complaining. 10 Like good stewards of the manifold grace of
God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received. 11 Whoever
speaks must do so as one speaking the very words of God; whoever serves must
do so with the strength that God supplies, so that God may be glorified in all
things through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and
Suffering in joy and hope
12 Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that is taking place among
you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But
rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also
be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed. 14 If you are reviled
for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the spirit of glory, which is
the Spirit of God, is resting on you. 15 But let none of you suffer as a
murderer, a thief, a criminal, or even as a mischief maker. 16 Yet if any of
you suffers as a Christian, do not consider it a disgrace, but glorify God
because you bear this name. 17 For the time has come for judgment to begin
with the household of God; if it begins with us, what will be the end for
those who do not obey the gospel of God? 18 And
"If it is hard for the righteous to be saved,
what will become of the ungodly and the sinners?"
19 Therefore, let those suffering in accordance with God's will entrust
themselves to a faithful Creator, while continuing to do good.
[1 Peter 5]
1 Now as an elder myself and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as
one who shares in the glory to be revealed, I exhort the elders among you 2 to
tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not
under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it – not for sordid
gain but eagerly. 3 Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples
to the flock. 4 And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of
glory that never fades away. 5 In the same way, you who are younger must
accept the authority of the elders. And all of you must clothe yourselves with
humility in your dealings with one another, for
"God opposes the proud,
but gives grace to the humble."
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, so that he may
exalt you in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for
you. 8 Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary
the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him,
steadfast in your faith, for you know that your brothers and sisters in all
the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. 10 And after you have
suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his
eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and
establish you. 11 To him be the power forever and ever. Amen.
Conclusion of the letter
12 Through Silvanus, whom I consider a faithful brother, I have written this
short letter to encourage you and to testify that this is the true grace of
God. Stand fast in it. 13 Your sister church in Babylon, chosen together with
you, sends you greetings; and so does my son Mark. 14 Greet one another with a
kiss of love.
Peace to all of you who are in Christ.