Introduction to 1 Peter

(Pioneer Bible Translators and The Word for the World use the following introduction in many of their translation projects around the world.)

The letter of 1 Peter was written by the Apostle Peter. Peter began his letter by saying who he was and to whom he was writing. He addressed the letter to all Christians who he called “strangers” (1:1, 1:17, and 2:11). He referred to his readers like this several times because they were scattered in different countries. Because this letter resembles Paul’s letter to the Ephesians in some ways, many believe that 1 Peter was written after Ephesians around 65 years after the birth of Christ. Peter wrote this letter from Rome which he called Babylon (5:13).

Peter states that he wrote this letter for the purpose of “encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God” (5:12). There are several similarities between 1 Peter 2:113:7, Ephesians 5:186:9, and Colossians 3:184:6. All three of these sections give instruction about family relationships and obeying authorities. He also encourages Christians to persevere when there is suffering because the end is near (4:1).

Outline:

1. Peter introduces himself and addresses his readers (1:1-2).
2. Then he thanks God for the salvation that they all share and what that means for their lives (1:3-2:10).
3. Next he instructs believers how to live well in the world and addresses various relationships such as between husband and wife and slave and master (2:11-4:11).
4. After that Peter encourages them to persevere when suffering (4:12-5:11).
5. Then he closes his letter (5:12-14).

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Translation: French

Introduction à 1 Pierre

La première lettre de Pierre a été écrite par l’apôtre Pierre. Pierre a commencé sa lettre en se présentant et en expliquant à qui il l’adressait. Cette lettre était destinée à tous les chrétiens qu’il désignait “étrangers” (1:1, 1:17, et 2:11). Il s’adressait comme ceci plusieurs fois à ses lecteurs car ceux-ci étaient dispersés dans différents pays. Vu que cette lettre ressemble à certains égards à celle de Paul aux Ephésiens, beaucoup pensent que la première lettre de Pierre a été écrite après celle des Ephésiens environ 65 ans après la naissance de Christ. Pierre a écrit sa lettre de Rome qu’il appelait Babylone (5:13).

Pierre affirme avoir écrit cette lettre “ pour vous exhorter et pour vous attester que c’est la véritable grâce de Dieu” (5 :12). Il existe plusieurs similitudes entre 1 Pierre 2 :11-3 :7, Ephésiens 5 :18-6 :9 et Colossiens 3 :18-4 :6. Toutes ces trois sections donnent des directives sur les relations familiales et l’obéissance aux autorités.

Résumé

1 Pierre se présente et s’adresse à ses lecteurs (1:1-2).
2 Puis il remercie Dieu du salut que tout le monde partage et explique ce que cela signifie pour leur vie. (1:3-2:10).
3 Ensuite il instruit les croyants sur la façon de bien vivre dans le monde, et il aborde la question des différentes relations telles qu’elles existent entre mari et femme et esclave et maître (2 :11-4 :11).
4 Après cela, Pierre les encourage à persévérer dans la souffrance (4 :12-5 :11).
5 Puis il termine sa lettre (5 :12-14).

Translation: Swahili

Utangulizi wa kitabu cha 1 Petro

Barua ya 1 Petro iliandikwa na Mtume Petro. Petro alianza uandishi wa barua yake kwa kujieleza yeye alikuwa ni nani, na ni kina nani aliokuwa anawaandikia. Barua yake ilielekezwa kwa Wakristo wote wanaoishi “ulimwenguni kama wageni” (1 Petro 1:1). Mara kadhaa yeye anawataja wasomaji wake kwa jina hili. Kwa kuwa barua yake inafanana na barua ya Paulo kwa Waefeso kwa namna fulani, watu wengi wameamini kwamba barua ya 1 Petro iliandikwa baada ya barua kwa Waefeso katika kipindi kinachokaribia mwaka 65 baada ya kuzaliwa Yesu Kristo. Petro aliiandika barua hii akiwa katika mji wa Roma mahali ambapo yeye mwenyewe alipaita Babeli (5:13).

Petro anaeleza kwamba aliiandika barua hii kwa kusudi la “kuonya na kushuhudia ya kuwa hii ndiyo neema ya kweli ya Mungu. Simameni imara katika hilo” (5:12). Kuna hali kadhaa za kufanana kati ya 1 Petro 2:11–3:7, Waefeso 5:18–6:9, na Wakolosai 3:18–4:6. Sehemu zote hizi tatu zinatoa maelekezo yanayohusu mahusiano ya kifamilia na utii kwa mamlaka za kiutawala. Pia anawatia moyo Wakristo wavumilie inapotokea hali ya kuteswa kwa sababu ule mwisho unakaribia (4:1).

Muhtasari:
1. Petro anajitambulisha yeye mwenyewe na anawataja wasomaji walengwa wa barua yake (1:1-2).
2. Kisha anamshukuru Mungu kwa ajili ya wokovu ambao wote wanaushiriki, na anaelezea maana ya ukweli huo katika maisha (1:3-2:10).
3. Kinachofuatia anawaelekeza waumini jinsi ya kuishi vyema ulimwenguni na anashughulikia baadhi ya mahusiano mfano mume na mke na mtumwa na bwana wake (2:11-4:11).
4. Baada ya hapo Petro anawatia moyo wavumilie wanapokuwa katika mateso (4:12-5:11).
5. Kisha anahitimisha barua yake (5:12-14)