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1 Peter 2

A Living Stone and a Holy People

1+ So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2+ Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual + milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3if indeed you have + tasted that the Lord is good.

4As you come to him, a living stone + rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5+ you yourselves like living stones are being built up as + a spiritual house, to be + a holy priesthood, + to offer spiritual sacrifices + acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6For it stands in Scripture:

+ “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,

a cornerstone chosen and precious,

+ and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

7So the honor is for you who + believe, but for those who + do not believe,

+ “The stone that the builders rejected

has become the cornerstone,”+

8and

+ “A stone of stumbling,

and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, + as they were destined to do.

9But you are + a chosen race, + a royal + priesthood, + a holy nation, + a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you + out of darkness into + his marvelous light. 10+ Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11Beloved, I urge you + as sojourners and exiles + to abstain from the passions of the flesh, + which wage war against your soul. 12+ Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, + they may see your good deeds and glorify God on + the day of visitation.

Submission to Authority

13+ Be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution,+ whether it be to the emperor+ as supreme, 14or to governors as sent by him + to punish those who do evil and + to praise those who do good. 15For this is the will of God, + that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16+ Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but + living as servants+ of God. 17+ Honor everyone. + Love the brotherhood. + Fear God. Honor the emperor.

18+ Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19For this is a gracious thing, when, + mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But + if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21For + to this you have been called, + because Christ also suffered for you, + leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22+ He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23+ When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, + but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24+ He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we + might die to sin and + live to righteousness. + By his wounds you have been healed. 25For + you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to + the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

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