Bible: 1 Pet. 1:13-2:12
1:13 Therefore, get your minds ready for action 1 by being fully sober, and set your hope 2 completely on the grace that will be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 3 1:14 Like obedient children, do not comply with 4 the evil urges you used to follow in your ignorance, 5 1:15 but, like the Holy One who called you, become holy yourselves in all of your conduct, 1:16 for it is written, “You shall be holy, because I am holy.” 6 1:17 And if you address as Father the one who impartially judges according to each one’s work, live out the time of your temporary residence here 7 in reverence. 1:18 You know that from your empty way of life inherited from your ancestors you were ransomed – not by perishable things like silver or gold, 1:19 but by precious blood like that of an unblemished and spotless lamb, namely Christ. 1:20 He was foreknown 8 before the foundation of the world but 9 was manifested in these last times 10 for your sake. 1:21 Through him you now trust 11 in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
1:22 You have purified 12 your souls by obeying the truth 13 in order to show sincere mutual love. 14 So 15 love one another earnestly from a pure heart. 16 1:23 You have been born anew, not from perishable but from imperishable seed, through the living and enduring word of God. 1:24 For
all flesh 17 is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of the grass; 18
the grass withers and the flower falls off,
And this is the word that was proclaimed to you.
2:1 So get rid of 21 all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2:2 And 22 yearn 23 like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, 24 so that by it you may grow up to 25 salvation, 26 2:3 if you have experienced 27 the Lord’s kindness. 28
A Living Stone, a Chosen People
2:4 So as you come to him, 29 a living stone rejected by men but 30 chosen and priceless 31 in God’s sight, 2:5 you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer 32 spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 2:6 For it says 33 in scripture, “Look,I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless cornerstone, 34 and whoever believes 35 in him 36 will never 37 be put to shame.” 38 2:7 So you who believe see 39 his value, 40 but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the 41 cornerstone, 42 2:8 and a stumbling-stone 43 and a rock to trip over. 44 They stumble 45 because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 46 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may proclaim the virtues 47 of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 2:10 You 48 once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, 49 but now you have received mercy.
2:11 Dear friends, I urge you as foreigners and exiles to keep away from fleshly desires that do battle against the soul, 2:12 and maintain good conduct 50 among the non-Christians, 51 so that though 52 they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when he appears. 53