Bible: 1 Pet 2:5-12

2:5 you yourselves, as living stones, are built up as a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood and to offer 1  spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 2:6 For it says 2  in scripture, “Look,I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless cornerstone, 3  and whoever believes 4  in him 5  will never 6  be put to shame.” 7  2:7 So you who believe see 8  his value, 9  but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the 10  cornerstone, 11  2:8 and a stumbling-stone 12  and a rock to trip over. 13  They stumble 14  because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 15  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 16  of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 2:10 You 17  once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, 18  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 19  among the non-Christians, 20  so that though 21  they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when he appears. 22 

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