Bible: 1 Peter 1:13-2:10

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,

1:25 but the word of the Lord 19  endures forever. 20 

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.

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