First Epistle of Peter (Translated)

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Chapter 1

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, From Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christs, to the chosen refugees among the elect scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. chosen by foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctification of the Holy Spirit, by obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: May grace and peace be upon you many times over.
3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whose abundant mercy we have the hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance, one that will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.
5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. You are kept by the power of God through faith, to a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: You greatly rejoice in that, although now for a little while, if need be, you suffer injury through various trials,
7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: so that the proof of your faith, which is much more precious than gold (which is perishable even if it is examined under fire), might be found to praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ, Even gold is indeed perishable when exposed to certain powerful acids in combination. But faith in Christ can withstand anything.
8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see [him] not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: Whom, though you have never seen Him, you love, and in Whom, though you do not see HIm now, but still believe, you rejoice with joy that is indescribable and fully glorious.
9 Receiving the end of your faith, [even] the salvation of [your] souls. You receive the purpose of your faith, which is the salvation of your souls.
10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace [that should come] unto you: The prophets have inquired and searched diligently about that salvation, and prophesied about the grace that should come to you,
11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. searching out what time, or what kind of time, the Spirit of Christ that was in them indicated, when it bore witness before to the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that would follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. This was revealed to them, so that not to themselves, but to us they ministered the things now reported to you by those who have preached the gospel to you with the Holy Spirit, sent down from heaven. Even the angels would like to look into this.
13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; So prepare your mind for battle, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ,
14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: like obedient children, not living after the pattern of the lusts that you, in your ignorance, were used to feeling.
15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; He Who has called you is Holy, so you be holy in all types of conversation.
16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. As it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy."
17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning [here] in fear: And if you call on the Father, Who judges according to every man's deeds without regard to who he is, then pass the time of your journey here in fear.
18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, [as] silver and gold, from your vain conversation [received] by tradition from your fathers; To the extent that you know that you were not bought with corruptible things, like silver and gold, from your empty conversation that you received by tradition from your fathers,
19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish and without spot.
20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, In fact he was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was shown plainly in these last times for you.
21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God. By Him you believe in God, Who raised Him up from the dead, and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope might be in God.
22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently: Given that you have cleansed your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit into genuine love of the brothers, make sure that you love one another fervently and with a clean heart.
23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. You are born again, not from a corruptible seed, but from an incorruptible one: by the Word of God, Which lives and abides forever.
24 For all flesh [is] as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: Because: "All flesh is like grass, and all the glory of man is like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away."
25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you. "But the Word of the Lord endures forever." And this is the Word that by the gospel is preached to you.

Chapter 2

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 Therefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, So: laying aside all malice, and all trickery, and hypocrisies, and envious thoughts, and all evil speaking,
2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: like newborn babies, you should desire the sincere milk of the Word, so that you may grow in it.
3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord [is] gracious. If you have learned from experience that the Lord is gracious,
4 To whom coming, [as unto] a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, [and] precious, coming to HIm as you would come to a living stone, in fact rejected by men but chosen by God, and precious,
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. then you also, as living stones, are built on a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. That is why it is also contained in Scripture: "Behold, I lay in Zion a Chief Cornerstone, chosen and preciouis, and he who believes on Him will never be put to shame."
7 Unto you therefore which believe [he is] precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, Therefore to you who believe, He is precious. But to them who are disobedient, "the stone that the builders rejected, is now the chief cornerstone,"
8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, [even to them] which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. and "a stone for stumbling, and a rock to cause men to sin."
9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: But you are "a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people into possession, that you should show forth the praises of Him Who has called you" out of darkness into His marvelous light.
10 Which in time past [were] not a people, but [are] now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. In the past, you were not a people. But now you are the people of God. You had not obtained mercy, but now you have obtained mercy.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech [you] as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; Beloved, I beg of you as refugees and pilgrims, abstain from the lusts of the flesh, that make war against the soul.
12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by [your] good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. Have honest conversation among the Gentiles, so that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they might, by your good works, which they will see, glorify God in the Day of Visitation.
13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake, whether it be to the king, as supreme,
14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. or to governors, as to those sent by the king to punish evildoers, and for the praise of those who do well.
15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men: That is the will of God, that by doing well, you can put the ignorance of foolish men to silence,
16 As free, and not using [your] liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. like free men, and not using your liberty as a cloak for maliciousness, but like the servants of God.
17 Honour all [men]. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king. Honor all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the king.
18 Servants, [be] subject to [your] masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. You house servants, subject yourselves to your masters with all fear, not only to good and gentle masters, but also to those who are less than honest.
19 For this [is] thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. This is a blessing, if a man, for a conscience toward God, endures grief and suffers wrongfully.
20 For what glory [is it], if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer [for it], ye take it patiently, this [is] acceptable with God. What glory can you have if, when you are harassed for things that are your fault, you take it patiently? But if, when you do well, and suffer for that, you take that patiently, this is acceptable with God.
21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: For you were called even to this: because Christ also suffered for us, and left us an example, so that we should follow in His steps:
22 Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth: "He did no sin, nor was any guile found in His mouth."
23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed [himself] to him that judgeth righteously: And when he was reviled, he did not revile back. When he suffered, he did not threaten, but committed himself to Him Who judges justly.
24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed. He Himself bore our sins on His own body on the tree, so that we, being dead to sins, might live to righteousness. By His stripes we are healed.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls. You were like sheep going astray, but have now been returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Chapter 3

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 Likewise, ye wives, [be] in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives; In the same way, wives should be subject to their own husbands, so that, if anyone does not obey the Word, they also might, even without the Word, be won by the conversation of the wives,
2 While they behold your chaste conversation [coupled] with fear. when they see your chaste conversation tempered with fear.
3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; Wives should not adorn themselves merely outwardly, with hair-dos, gold jewelry, and apparel,
4 But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price. but instead the hidden man of the heart, in something that cannot be corrupted, the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which God finds very precious.
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands: In fact, in the old times the holy women, who trusted in God, used to adorn themselves in this way, and were in subjection to their own husbands.
6 Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement. Sarah obeyed Abraham, and called him "lord." You are her daughters, as long as you do well, and are not afraid with the sort of thing that arouses ordinary fear.
7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with [them] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. In the same way, husbands should live with them according to understanding, giving honor to the wife, as they would to the weaker vessel, and understanding that you are heirs together of the grace of life, so that your prayers will not be held back.
8 Finally, [be ye] all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, [be] pitiful, [be] courteous: Finally, you should be all of one mind, and have compassion for one another. Love as brothers, full of pity, and courteous.
9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. Do not return evil for evil, or railing for railing. To the contrary, render blessing, knowing that you are called to this, so that you will inherit a blessing.
10 For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: For: "Let him who wishes to love life, and see good days, restrain his tongue from speaking evil, and his lips from speaking any guile."
11 Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it. "Let him avoid evil, and do good. Let him seek peace, and make an effort for it."
12 For the eyes of the Lord [are] over the righteous, and his ears [are open] unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord [is] against them that do evil. "For the eyes of the Lord are over the just, and His ears are open to their prayers. But the face of the Lord turns against those who do evil."
13 And who [is] he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? And what kind of person can truly hurt you, if you are followers of the good?
14 But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy [are ye]: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; On the other hand, if you suffer for the cause of justice, be happy, and don't be afraid of their fearsome aspect, or be troubled.
15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear: Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be always ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you a question about the hope that you have in you with meekness and fear.
16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ. Have a good conscience, so that, whereas they speak ill of you, as they would of evildoers, they who falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ will be ashamed of themselves.
17 For [it is] better, if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well doing, than for evil doing. If it's God's will that you suffer, better to suffer for doing well than for doing ill.
18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: For Christ has also suffered--once--for sins, the Just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God. He was put to death in the flesh, but revived in the Spirit.
19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; By that Spirit he also went and preached to other imprisoned spirits.
20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. These spirits were disobedient, while God was patiently waiting in the days of Noah, while he was building his Ark, in which a few souls--eight, to be exact--were saved by water.
21 The like figure whereunto [even] baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: Today, baptism also saves us, the antitype of Noah and his family (not putting away the filth of the flesh, but having an answer of a good conscience toward God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him. He has gone into heaven, and sits on the right hand of God. Messengers and authorities and powers are made subject to him.

Chapter 4

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; Just as Christ has physically suffered for us, prepare yourselves mentally just as He did: for anyone who suffers physically is released from sin,
2 That he no longer should live the rest of [his] time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. so that he no longer lives out his life in the physical lusts of men, but abides by God's will.
3 For the time past of [our] life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries: We have moved beyond our pasts when we imitated the Gentiles by pursuing lasciviousness, lusts, material excess, partying, feasting, and hateful idolatries.
4 Wherein they think it strange that ye run not with [them] to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of [you]: They ostracize you if you do not pursue the same riotous living, and will speak badly about you;
5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. they will be accountable to He who is ready to judge the living and the dead.
6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. For this is why the Gospel was preached even to the dead, so that they might be judged according to the living, and come alive in God's Spirit.
7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. But the end of all is near: sober up, and keep a prayerful watch.
8 And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Above all have earnest charity with each other, for charity can compensate for many sins.
9 Use hospitality one to another without grudging. Be hospital to each other without complaint.
10 As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. As every man has received the gift, nevertheless minister it each other, as good stewards of the abundant grace of God.
11 If any man speak, [let him speak] as the oracles of God; if any man minister, [let him do it] as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. If any man speaks, he ought to speak according to the Word of God, and if any man does any sort of dustman's service, let him do that according to his God-given abilities, so that God might have glory in all things through Jesus Christ, to Whom be praise and lordship for ever and ever.
12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: Beloved, do not suppose that the test-by-fire that is about to test you is some kind of strange thing that has happened to you.
13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. Be glad about it--glad to participate in Christ's sufferings, so that when His glory is revealed, you may be exceedingly glad yourselves.
14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy [are ye]; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified. If you are insulted on account of the Name of Christ, you can be happy about that, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests on you. The rest is probably an extra-Biblical interpolation that crept into the Byzantine family of manuscripts.
15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or [as] a thief, or [as] an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men's matters. But make sure that none of you suffer for being a murderer, or a thief, or a criminal, or a busybody in other people's business.
16 Yet if [any man suffer] as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. Yet if you suffer for being a Christian, don't be ashamed of that. Rather, glorify God for this.
17 For the time [is come] that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if [it] first [begin] at us, what shall the end [be] of them that obey not the gospel of God? FOr the time is at hand in which a verdict must be handed down, beginning with the house of God. If it first begins with us, what will be the fate of those who do not obey the gospel of God?
18 And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear? And: "If the just will be saved with difficulty, then where will the ungodly and the sinners appear?"
19 Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls [to him] in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator. So let those who suffer at the will of God trust Him, in well-doing, as one trusts a faithful Creator, to keep their souls.

Chapter 5

Verse King James Version Proposed Conservative Translation Analysis
1 The elders which are among you I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed: I exhort the elders among you (for I am an elder myself, a witness to the sufferings of Christ, and a participant in the glory that will be revealed):
2 Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight [thereof], not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; Feed the flock of God among you, not by constraint, but willingly according to God, and not with greed for material gain, but with readiness and zeal,
3 Neither as being lords over [God's] heritage, but being ensamples to the flock. and not as if you were lords of the heritage, but fellow members of the flock.
4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away. And when the ranking Shepherd appears, you will receive a crown of glory that will not fade away.
5 Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all [of you] be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Likewise, you new men, submit yourselves to the elders. In fact all of you should subject yourselves to one another, and be clothed in humility. "God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble."
6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: So humble yourselves under the strong Hand of God; He will exalt you all in good time.
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Throw all your worries on Him, because He cares for you.
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Be sober, and be on the lookout. Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, looking for someone to eat!
9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. Resist him steadfastly in the faith, and know that the same afflictions are fulfilled in your brothers that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle [you]. But may the God of all grace, Who has called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered for awhile, cleanse you, establish you, strengthen you, and found you.
11 To him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. To him be the rulership for ever and ever.
12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother unto you, as I suppose, I have written briefly, exhorting, and testifying that this is the true grace of God wherein ye stand. By Silas, a faithful brother to you, as I reckon him, I have written briefly, exhorting and and testifying that this is the true grace of God in which you stand.
13 The [church that is] at Babylon, elected together with [you], saluteth you; and [so doth] Marcus my son. The church at Babylon, chosen together with you, salutes you, and so does my son Marcus.
14 Greet ye one another with a kiss of charity. Peace [be] with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen. Greet one another with a kiss of charity. May peace be with all of you in Christ.
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