Bible: 1 Pet 1:17-2:12
1:22 You have purified 6 your souls by obeying the truth 7 in order to show sincere mutual love. 8 So 9 love one another earnestly from a pure heart. 10 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 11 is like grass
and all its glory like the flower of the grass; 12
the grass withers and the flower falls off,
And this is the word that was proclaimed to you.
2:1 So get rid of 15 all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2:2 And 16 yearn 17 like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, 18 so that by it you may grow up to 19 salvation, 20 2:3 if you have experienced 21 the Lord’s kindness. 22
A Living Stone, a Chosen People
2:4 So as you come to him, 23 a living stone rejected by men but 24 chosen and priceless 25 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 26 spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 2:6 For it says 27 in scripture, “Look,I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless cornerstone, 28 and whoever believes 29 in him 30 will never 31 be put to shame.” 32 2:7 So you who believe see 33 his value, 34 but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the 35 cornerstone, 36 2:8 and a stumbling-stone 37 and a rock to trip over. 38 They stumble 39 because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 40 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 41 of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 2:10 You 42 once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, 43 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 44 among the non-Christians, 45 so that though 46 they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when he appears. 47