1 Peter 2

A Living Stone and a Holy People

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

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

k  Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
l  and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

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

o  “The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
Greek  the head of the corner

8and

q  “A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”

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

9But you are s  a chosen race t  a royal u  priesthood v  a holy nation w  a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you x  out of darkness into y  his marvelous light. 10 z  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 aa  as sojourners and exiles ab  to abstain from the passions of the flesh ac  which wage war against your soul. 12 ad  Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers ae  they may see your good deeds and glorify God on af  the day of visitation.

Submission to Authority

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

18 as  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 at  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 au  if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21For av  to this you have been called aw  because Christ also suffered for you ax  leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 ay  He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 az  When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten ba  but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 bb  He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we bc  might die to sin and bd  live to righteousness. be  By his wounds you have been healed. 25For bf  you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to bg  the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

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