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1 Peter 1:13-25 (HCSB)

A Call to Holy Living

13 Therefore, with your minds ready for action,[a] be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. 15 But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.[b]

17 And if you address as Father the One who judges impartially based on each one’s work,you are to conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your temporary residence. 18 For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, 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 chosen[c] before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times for you 21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.

22 By obedience to the truth,[d] having purified yourselves[e] for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly[f] from a pure[g] heart, 23 since you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God.24 For

All flesh is like grass,
and all its glory like a flower of the grass.
The grass withers, and the flower falls,
25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.[h]

And this is the word that was preached as the gospel to you.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Peter 1:13 Lit Therefore, when you have the loins of your mind girded
  2. 1 Peter 1:16 Lv 11:44-4519:220:7
  3. 1 Peter 1:20 Or foreknown
  4. 1 Peter 1:22 Other mss add through the Spirit
  5. 1 Peter 1:22 Or purified your souls
  6. 1 Peter 1:22 Or intensely
  7. 1 Peter 1:22 Other mss omit pure
  8. 1 Peter 1:25 Is 40:6-8