1:4 that is, 1 into 2 an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for you, 1:5 who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1:6 This brings you great joy, 3 although you may have to suffer 4 for a short time in various trials. 1:7 Such trials show the proven character of your faith, 5 which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away 6 – and will bring praise 7 and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8
3 tn Grk “in which you exult.”
4 tc ‡ The oldest and best witnesses lack the verb (א* B, along with 1505 pc), but most
tn Grk “Though now, for a little while if necessary, you may have to suffer.”
5 tn Or “genuineness,” the result of testing. On the other hand it may denote the process of testing: “that the proving of your faith…may bring praise.”
sn The author is not asserting that the quality of the readers’ faith is in doubt and will be proven by future trials. He declares their faith to be a present reality in v. 5 and 9, so in context v. 8 affirms that their faith is indeed genuine.
6 tn Grk “which is passing away but is tested by fire,” describing gold in a lesser-to-greater comparison with faith’s proven character.