Modern Literal Version
1 Peter 1]



     1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the chosen who are travelers from the dispersion from Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithyna, 1:2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the holiness of the Spirit, to obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: grace to you° and may peace be multiplied.



     1:3 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is gracious*, who according to his much mercy has born us again into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1:4 into an incorruptible, undefiled and unfading inheritance having been guarded in the heavens *for you°; 1:5 who are kept through faith in the power of God, into a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1:6 In which hope you° are glad now for a few moments, if it is essential, you° have been made sorrowful in various tests, 1:7 in order that the trial of your° faith, (being much more precious than gold, which perishes), even now being tested through fire, may be found *for praise and honor and to glory in the revelation of Jesus Christ.


     1:8 You° love* whom you° have not seen {Or: known}; now you° believe in whom you° do not see; in both you° are glad with unspeakable and glorified joy; 1:9 getting for yourselves the end of your° faith, that is the salvation of your° souls. 1:10 Concerning which salvation the prophets, who prophesied concerning the favor that would come to you°, sought out and utterly searched out; 1:11 searching what time or what sort of time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating, when testifying beforehand of the sufferings *for Christ and the glories following after these things. 1:12 To whom it was revealed, that they were serving these things not to themselves, but to you°; which things now have been reported to you° through those who proclaimed the good-news to you° in the Holy Spirit, when* he was sent forth from heaven; into which things messengers desire to peer into.



     1:13 Hence when* you° have girded up the loins of your° mind, while being sober, hope° completely upon the grace being brought to you° at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 1:14 like children of obedience not fashioning yourselves in your° former lusts in the time of your° ignorance; 1:15 but according to he who called you°, who is holy, you° yourselves also become° holy in all your° conduct; 1:16 because it has been written, 'Become° holy, because I am holy.' {Lev 11:44-45, 19:2, 20:7,26} 1:17 And if you° call upon the Father, who impartially judges according to the work of each one, conduct° yourselves in fear during the time of your° foreign residency here; 1:18 knowing that you° were redeemed from your° futile conduct handed down from your° forefathers not with corruptible things like with silver or with gold. 1:19 But like that of an unblemished and unstained lamb, you were redeemed by the precious blood of Christ, 1:20 who indeed, having been known beforehand, before the conception of the world, but was manifested in the last times because of you°, 1:21 who believe through him in God. The God who raised him up from the dead and gave him glory; so-that your° faith and hope might be in God. 1:22 Having purified your° souls in the obedience to the truth through the Spirit toward non-pretended brotherly-love, intensely love one another from a clean heart; 1:23 having been born again, not out of corruptible seed, but from the incorruptible, through the word of God, which is living and remaining forever. 1:24 Because, 'All flesh is like grass and all the glory of man is like the flower of grass. The grass dried up and the its flower fell away. 1:25 But the declaration of the Lord is abiding forever.' {Isa 40:6-9} And this is the declaration of the good-news which was proclaimed to you°.



[1 Peter 2]



     2:1 Therefore having placed away from yourselves all malice and all treachery, and hypocrisies and envies, and all slanders, 2:2 as newborn babies, long-for° the logical milk which has no treachery, in order that you° may grow in it; 2:3 if indeed*, you° have tasted it, that the Lord is kind; 2:4 coming to whom is a living stone, having indeed been rejected* by men, but chosen and precious with God. 2:5 You°, yourselves, like living stones, are also built up as a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 2:6 Because it is contained in the Scripture, 'Behold, I place in Zion, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and the one who believes on him may never* be ashamed.' {Isa 28:16} 2:7 Therefore, to those who believe is the honor, but to the disobedient, 'The stone which the builders rejected*, this became to them the head of the corner'; {Psa 118:22} 2:8 and, 'A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense'; {Isa 8:14} those who are stumbling in the word, being disobedient, toward which they were also appointed*. 2:9 But you° are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people *for God's ownership, *that you° may proclaim the virtues of the one who called you° out of darkness into his marvelous light; 2:10 who previously were not a people, but now are the people of God; who had not been shown-mercy, but now have been shown-mercy.



     2:11 Beloved, I am encouraging you°, as foreigners and travelers, to abstain from fleshly lusts, which are warring against the soul; 2:12 having your° good conduct seen among the Gentiles; in order that, in what they are speaking against you°, as evildoers, they may glorify God in the day of visitation, having eye-witnessed things from your° good works.



     2:13 Therefore be° subject to every human creation because of the Lord: whether to the king, as being superior to you°; 2:14 or to governors, as they are sent through him *for vengeance on evildoers and praise to the doers of good. 2:15 Because so is the will of God, doing good things to hush the ignorance of foolish men; 2:16 as free and yet not having your° freedom as a cover-up of malice, but as bondservants of God. 2:17 Honor° all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear° God. Honor° the king.



     2:18 Domestic servants, be subject to your° masters in all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the crooked. 2:19 For* this is grace, if anyone undergoes sorrows, suffering wrongfully because of his consciousness of God. 2:20 For* what credit is it, if, when* you° are sinning and are battered for it, you° will be enduring it? But if, when* you° are doing good and are suffering for it, you° will be enduring it; this is grace with God. 2:21 For* you° were called into this, because Christ also suffered on our behalf, leaving a model for you°, in order that you° should follow after his footprints. 2:22 He who did no sin, nor was treachery found in his mouth; 2:23 who, being reviled, was not reviling again in return; when suffering, was not threatening, (but was giving himself to the one who judges righteously), 2:24 who, himself, carried our sins in his body upon the tree, in order that we might live to righteousness, having died to our sins; by whose wounds you° were healed. 2:25 For* you° were being misled like sheep, but now were returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your° souls.



[1 Peter 3]



     3:1 Likewise, wives be subject to your° own husbands; in order that, even if some are disobedient to the word, they might be gained without a word through the conduct of their wives; 3:2 having eye-witnessed your° pure conduct in fear; 3:3 whose adornment, do not let it be the outward adornment of braiding the hair, and of placing on of gold things or of clothing of expensive garments; 3:4 but let it be the hidden human things of the heart, in the incorruptible clothing of a meek and quiet spirit, which is greatly-valued in God's sight. 3:5 For* so, the holy women, those also hoping in God, were previously adorning themselves, being subject to their own husbands; 3:6 as Sarah obeyed* Abraham, calling him lord; whose children you° became, doing good and not fearing any terror.



     3:7 Likewise the husbands, dwell together with your° wives according to the knowledge, bestowing honor to the wife, as the weaker vessel, as also being joint heirs of the grace of life; *that* your° prayers may not be hindered.



     3:8 Now to the end, all be like-minded, sympathetic, loving the brethren, affectionate, friendly; 3:9 not repaying evil in exchange-for evil or reviling in exchange-for reviling, but instead, speaking well of others; knowing that you° were called *for this, in order that you° should inherit a blessing. 3:10 For* he who wills to love* life and to see good days, let his tongue cease from speaking evil, and also his lips not to speak treachery. 3:11 Let him shun evil and let him practice good. Let him seek peace and let him pursue it, 3:12 because the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous and his ears are toward their supplication. But the face of the Lord is against those who are practicing evil.



     3:13 And who is he who will be mistreating you°, if you° become imitators of the good one? 3:14 But even if you° should suffer because of righteousness, you° are fortunate. But do° not fear because of their fear, nor should you° be disturbed; 3:15 but make° the Lord God holy in your° hearts, and be ready habitually with a defense to everyone who is asking you° for a reason concerning the hope which is in you°, with meekness and fear; 3:16 having a good conscience; in order that, in what they are speaking against you° as evildoers, they may be ashamed who are railing at your° good conduct in Christ. 3:17 For* it is better to suffer doing good than for doing evil, (if the will of God wills it). 3:18 Because Christ also suffered once for all on behalf of our sins, the righteous on behalf of the unrighteous, in order that he might lead you° to God; having indeed been slain in the flesh, but was given-life in the Spirit; 3:19 in which, he also traveled and preached to the spirits in prison {Eph 2:17}, 3:20 when* they previously were disobedient, when the patience of God was waiting in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water; 3:21 which is our counterpart, immersion*, saves us also now, not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the demand of a good conscience toward God, through the resurrection of Jesus Christ; 3:22 who is at the right hand of God, having traveled into heaven; with messengers and authorities and powers having been made subject to him.



[1 Peter 4]



     4:1 Therefore, Christ having suffered on our behalf who are in the flesh, (you° also weaponize° yourselves with the same mind), because he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin; 4:2 *that* you should no longer have your life, (the rest of your° time in the flesh), in the lusts of men, but in the will of God. 4:3 For* enough time which has passed away from our life is for us to have worked the will of the Gentiles, and having conducted-ourselves in: unbridled-lusts, lusts, drunkenness, revelings, drinking-bouts and illegal {immoral} idolatries; 4:4 in which they are surprised by you°, that you° are not running together with them into the same outpouring of riotousness, blaspheming; 4:5 who will be giving account to the one holding ready to judge the living and the dead. 4:6 For* the good-news was proclaimed even to the dead toward this end, in order that they might be judged indeed according to men in the flesh, but may live according to God in the Spirit.



     4:7 But the end of all things has drawn near. Therefore, be° sensible and be° sober *for prayers. 4:8 But before all things, having the intense love* *for yourselves, because love* will hide a multitude of sins. 4:9 Be hospitable to one another without murmurings; 4:10 just-as each has received a gift*, serving it *for yourselves, as good stewards of the various favors of God. 4:11 If anyone is speaking, speak as the oracles of God; if anyone is serving, serve as from the strength which God is supplying; in order that God may be glorified in all things through Jesus Christ to whom is the glory and the dominion forevermore. Amen.



     4:12 Beloved, do° not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you°, happening to you° *for a test, as though a strange thing is befalling to you°. 4:13 But accordingly you° are sharing in the sufferings of the Christ with us, rejoice°, in order that you° may also rejoice in the revelation of his glory, being glad. 4:14 If you° are reproached in the name of Christ, you° are fortunate, because the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you°. He is indeed blasphemed according to their manner, but he is glorified according to your manner. 4:15 For* let not anyone of you° suffer like a murderer, or a thief, or an evildoer, or like a meddler in the affairs of others. 4:16 But if anyone suffers as a Christian, let him not be ashamed, but let him glorify God in this respect. 4:17 Because the time for judgment is to begin from the house of God, and if it begins first from us, what will be the end of those who are disobedient to the good-news of God? 4:18 And if the righteous one is scarcely saved, where will the ungodly and the sinner appear? 4:19 So-then those who are also suffering according to the will of God in good-doing, let them consign themselves, their souls, as to a faithful Creator.



[1 Peter 5]



     5:1 I am encouraging the elders the ones among you°, (the fellow elder and witness of the sufferings of the Christ, also the partner of the glory which is about to be revealed). 5:2 Shepherd° the flock of God among you°, exercising the oversight, not by compulsion, but willfully, nor covetously, but eagerly; 5:3 nor like one lording it over his inheritances {Or: lots}, but by becoming examples to the flock. 5:4 And when* the Chief-Shepherd is made manifest, you° will be getting the unfading crown of glory.


     5:5 Likewise, the younger ones, be° subject to the elder ones. But all of you° be subject to one another, clothe° yourselves with humility, because 'God resists the haughty, but is giving grace to the humble.' {Prov. 3:34} 5:6 Therefore humble° yourselves under the powerful hand of God, in order that he may exalt you° in time; 5:7 having tossed forth all your° anxiety upon him, because there is care concerning you° with him. 5:8 Be° sober! Watch°! Your° opponent, the devil, like a roaring lion, is walking around seeking whom he may swallow, 5:9 to whom, stand° against, solid in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are to be completed in the world by your° brotherhood. 5:10 But the God of all grace, who called you° to his everlasting glory in Christ Jesus, when* you° have suffered a small time, he himself may frame you° up, will establish, will strengthen and will found you°. 5:11 The glory and the dominion is to him, forevermore. Amen.



     5:12 Through Silvanus, our faithful brother, as I count him, I have written to you° a few words, encouraging and testifying this to be the true grace of God in which you° are standing. 5:13 She who is in Babylon, chosen together with you°, and my son Mark greets you°. 5:14 Greet° one another with a kiss of love*.


     Peace to all of you° who are in Christ Jesus. Amen.



     {NOTES: Please read the Preface and other non-bible sections. * is our universal footnoting for words contained in the 'Definitions' section. These words are NOT the same Greek word as the non-asterisk form; i.e. *FOR is different from FOR* is different from FOR.}


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