1 Peter 2

As Newborn Babes

1Therefore a  putting aside all
Or wickedness
malice and all deceit and
plural nouns
hypocrisy and
plural nouns
envy and all
plural nouns
,
f  slander,
2 g  like newborn babies, long for the
Or unadulterated
,
i  pure
Or spiritual (Gr logikos) milk
milk of the word, so that by it you may k  grow
Or up to salvation
in respect to salvation,
3if you have m  tasted
Lit that the Lord is kind
,
o  the kindness of the Lord.

As Living Stones

4And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been p  rejected by men, but is
Lit chosen; or elect
choice and precious in the sight of God,
5 r  you also, as living stones
Or allow yourselves to be built up; or build yourselves up
are being built up as a t  spiritual house for a holy u  priesthood, to v  offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6For this is contained in
Or a scripture
Scripture: x  Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a y  precious corner stone,
And he who believes in
Or it
Him will not be
Or put to shame
disappointed.”

7 ab  This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, ac  The stone which the builders ad  rejected,
This became the very corner stone,”

8and, ae  “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”;
af  for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, ag  and to this doom they were also appointed.

9But you are ah  a chosen race, a royal ai  priesthood, a aj  holy nation, ak  a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you al  out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 am  for you once were not a people, but now you are the people of God; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

11 an  Beloved ao  I urge you as ap  aliens and strangers to abstain from aq  fleshly lusts which wage ar  war against the soul. 12 as  Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they at  slander you as evildoers, they may
Or as a result of
because of your good deeds, as they observe them av  glorify God aw  in the day of
I.e. Christ’s coming again in judgment
visitation.

Honor Authority

13 ay  Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, 14or to governors as sent
Lit through
by him ba  for the punishment of evildoers and the bb  praise of those who do right.
15For
Lit so
,
bd  such is the will of God that by doing right you may be  silence the ignorance of foolish men.
16Act as bf  free men, and
Lit not having
do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bh  bondslaves of God.
17 bi  Honor all people bj  love the brotherhood bk  fear God bl  honor the
Or emperor
king.

18 bn  Servants, be submissive to your masters with all respect, not only to those who are good and bo  gentle, but also to those who are
Or perverse
unreasonable.
19For this finds
Or grace
favor, if for the sake of br  conscience toward God a person bears up under sorrows when suffering unjustly.
20For what credit is there if, when you sin and are harshly treated, you endure it with patience? But if bs  when you do what is right and suffer for it you patiently endure it, this finds
V 19, note 1
favor with God.

Christ Is Our Example

21For bu  you have been called for this purpose, bv  since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you bw  an example for you to follow in His steps, 22who bx  committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in His mouth; 23
Lit who
and while being bz  reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering, He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously;
24and He Himself
Or carried...up to the cross
,
cb  bore our sins in His body on the
Lit wood
,
cd  cross, so that we ce  might die to
Lit sins
sin and live to righteousness; for cg  by His
Lit wound; or welt
wounds you were ci  healed.
25For you were cj  continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the ck  Shepherd and
Or Bishop, Overseer
Guardian of your souls.
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