1 Peter 2

The Living Stone and a Holy People

1 So rid yourselves of a all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander. b 2 Like newborn infants, desire the pure spiritual milk, c so that you may grow by it for your salvation,
Other mss omit in your salvation
3 since you have tasted e that the Lord is good. f , g 4 Coming to Him, a living stone – rejected by men but chosen and valuable to God 5you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual house for a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God h through Jesus Christ. 6 For it is contained in Scripture:

Look! I lay a stone in
Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the future
a chosen and honored
Or valuable
Lit head of the corner
and the one who believes in Him
will never be put to shame!
Or be disappointed
o , p

7 So honor will come to you who believe, but for the unbelieving,

The stone that the builders rejected
this One has become the cornerstone, q , r

8 and

A stone to stumble over,
Or a stone causing stumbling

and a rock to trip over.
Or a rock to trip over
u , v

They stumble because they disobey the message; they were destined w for this.

9 But you are a chosen race,
Or generation, or nation
y , z a royal priesthood, aa , ab
a holy nation, ac , ad a people for His possession, ae , af
so that you may proclaim the praises
Or the mighty deeds
ah , ai
of the One who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light. aj
10 Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
you had not received mercy, ak
but now you have received mercy.

A Call to Good Works

11 Dear friends, I urge you as strangers and temporary residents al to abstain am from fleshly an desires that war against you.
Or against the soul
12 Conduct aq yourselves honorably among the Gentiles,
Or among the nations, or among the pagans
so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do what is evil, they will, by observing your good works, glorify God on the day of visitation.
The day when God intervenes in human history, either in grace or in judgment

13 Submit au to every human authority
Or creature
because of the Lord, whether to the Emperor
Lit king
as the supreme authority ax
14 or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do what is evil and to praise those who do what is good. 15 For it is God’s will ay that you silence the ignorance az of foolish people by doing good. 16 As God’s
slave: The strong Greek word doulos cannot be accurately translated in English by "servant" or "bond servant"; the HCSB translates this word as "slave," not out of insensitivity to the legitimate concerns of modern English speakers, but out of a commitment to accurately convey the brutal reality of the Roman empire's inhumane institution as well as the ownership called for by Christ.
slaves, bb live as free people, but don’t use your freedom as a way to conceal evil. bc
17 Honor everyone. Love bd the brotherhood. be Fear God. bf Honor the Emperor.
Lit king

Submission of Slaves to Masters

18 Household slaves, submit with all fear bh to your masters, bi not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.
Or unscrupulous; lit crooked
19 For it brings favor
Other mss add with God
if, mindful of God’s will,
Other mss read if, because of a good conscience
Lit if, because of conscience toward God
someone endures grief from suffering unjustly.
20 For what credit is there if you sin and are punished, and you endure it? But when you do what is good and suffer, bo if you endure it, this brings favor with God.

21 For you were called to this,
because Christ also suffered bp for you,
leaving you an example, bq
so that you should follow br in His steps.
22 He did not commit sin, bs
and no deceit bt was found in His mouth; bu , bv
23 when He was reviled,
He did not revile in return;
when He was suffering,
He did not threaten
but entrusted Himself to the One who judges bw justly.
24 He Himself bore our sins bx
in His body by on the tree, bz
so that, having died to sins, ca
we might live for righteousness; cb
you have been healed by His wounds. cc , cd
25 For you were like sheep going astray, ce , cf
but you have now returned
to the Shepherd cg and Guardian
Or Overseer
of your souls.
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