Bible: 1 Pet 2:9-17

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 1  of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 2:10 You 2  once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, 3  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 4  among the non-Christians, 5  so that though 6  they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when he appears. 7 

Submission to Authorities

2:13 Be subject to every human institution 8  for the Lord’s sake, whether to a king as supreme 2:14 or to governors as those he commissions 9  to punish wrongdoers and praise 10  those who do good. 2:15 For God wants you 11  to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 2:16 Live 12  as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves. 13  2:17 Honor all people, love the family of believers, 14  fear God, honor the king.

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