I, Peter, am writing this letter to Jewish believers who have been scattered throughout five provinces in Asia Minor. I wish them God's blessings.
God has done great things for you. Although you are now enduring trials to test your faith, you are rejoicing about your salvation. That salvation is something that the prophets who lived long ago did not fully understand.
You must live holy and reverent lives and love each other, because Christ has bought you and given you a new life.
Do not act maliciously or be hypocrites. God is joining you together into a holy group indwelt by his Spirit, to do deeds that are pleasing to him.
You slaves must submit yourselves to your masters, even if they mistreat you. Imitate Christ in the way in which he suffered unjustly.
You women should submit yourselves to your husbands, even if they are not believers, and make your inner beings/hearts beautiful with qualities that will not fade away.
Agree with each other, love each other, be humble, and bless those who do evil to you instead of retaliating.
Think as Christ did when he suffered, and conduct your lives as God wants you to, not doing the immoral things that you used to do.
Keep thinking sensibly. Love each other earnestly. Provide hospitality to others. Use your spiritual gifts well. Do kind deeds with all the energy that you have.
Do not be surprised about your sufferings for being Christians, and do not be ashamed when that happens. Instead, commit yourselves to God.
You elders must care for your congregations with enthusiasm, not being greedy for money or acting like bosses. Instead, be examples to them.
Resist the devil by always being alert and trusting in Christ's message, remembering that believers everywhere are also suffering as you are.
I have written this short message to encourage you. The believers here, including Mark, greet you. May God give you inner peace.