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1 Peter 1:22-24 New English Translation (NET Bible)

22 You have purified[a] your souls by obeying the truth[b] in order to show sincere mutual love.[c] So[d] love one another earnestly from a pure heart.[e] 23 You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For

all flesh[f] is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of the grass;[g]
the grass withers and the flower falls off,


  1. 1 Peter 1:22 tn Grk “having purified,” as the preparation for the love described in the second half of the verse.
  2. 1 Peter 1:22 tc Most later mss (P M) have διὰ πνεύματος (dia pneumatos, “through the Spirit”) after ἀληθείας (alētheias, “truth”), while the words are lacking in a broad spectrum of early and significant witnesses (P72 א A B C Ψ 33 81 323 945 1241 1739 vg sy co). On external grounds, the shorter reading cannot be easily explained if it were not autographic. The longer reading is clearly secondary, added to show more strongly God’s part in man’s obedience to the truth. But the addition ignores the force that the author gives to “purified” and ruins the balance between v. 22 and v. 23 (for in v. 23 the emphasis is on God’s part; here, on mankind’s).
  3. 1 Peter 1:22 tn Grk “for sincere brotherly love.”
  4. 1 Peter 1:22 tn Verses 22-23 are a single sentence in the Greek text. To improve clarity (and because contemporary English tends to use shorter sentences) these verses have been divided into three sentences in the translation. In addition, “So” has been supplied at the beginning of the second English sentence (v. 22b) to indicate the relationship with the preceding statement.
  5. 1 Peter 1:22 tc A few mss (A B 1852 vg) lack καθαρᾶς (katharas, “pure”) and read simply καρδίας (kardias, “from the heart”) ”) or καρδίας ἀληθινῆς (kardias alēthinēs, “from a true heart,” found in א2 vgms), but there is excellent ms support (P72 א* C P Ψ 33 1739 M co) for the word. The omission may have been accidental. In the majuscule script (kaqaras kardias) an accidental omission could have happened via homoioteleuton or homoioarcton. καθαρᾶς should be considered the initial reading. The NA28 prints καθαρᾶς καρδίας with a diamond, indicating that the decision was a toss-up or, in the words of the preface, “there are two variants which in the editors’ judgement could equally well be adopted in the reconstructed initial text.”
  6. 1 Peter 1:24 sn Here all flesh is a metaphor for humanity—human beings as both frail and temporary.
  7. 1 Peter 1:24 tn Or “a wildflower.”
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