Bible: 1 Peter 2

2:1 So get rid of 1  all evil and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2:2 And 2  yearn 3  like newborn infants for pure, spiritual milk, 4  so that by it you may grow up to 5  salvation, 6  2:3 if you have experienced 7  the Lord’s kindness. 8 

A Living Stone, a Chosen People

2:4 So as you come to him, 9  a living stone rejected by men but 10  chosen and priceless 11  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 12  spiritual sacrifices that are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 2:6 For it says 13  in scripture, “Look,I lay in Zion a stone, a chosen and priceless cornerstone, 14  and whoever believes 15  in him 16  will never 17  be put to shame.” 18  2:7 So you who believe see 19  his value, 20  but for those who do not believe, the stone that the builders rejected has become the 21  cornerstone, 22  2:8 and a stumbling-stone 23  and a rock to trip over. 24  They stumble 25  because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 26  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 27  of the one who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 2:10 You 28  once were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You were shown no mercy, 29  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 30  among the non-Christians, 31  so that though 32  they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when he appears. 33 

Submission to Authorities

2:13 Be subject to every human institution 34  for the Lord’s sake, whether to a king as supreme 2:14 or to governors as those he commissions 35  to punish wrongdoers and praise 36  those who do good. 2:15 For God wants you 37  to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 2:16 Live 38  as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves. 39  2:17 Honor all people, love the family of believers, 40  fear God, honor the king.

2:18 Slaves, 41  be subject 42  to your masters with all reverence, not only to those who are good and gentle, but also to those who are perverse. 2:19 For this finds God’s favor, 43  if because of conscience toward God 44  someone endures hardships in suffering unjustly. 2:20 For what credit is it if you sin and are mistreated and endure it? But if you do good and suffer and so endure, this finds favor with God. 45  2:21 For to this you were called, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving an example for you to follow in his steps. 2:22 He 46  committed no sin nor was deceit found in his mouth. 47  2:23 When he was maligned, he 48  did not answer back; when he suffered, he threatened 49  no retaliation, 50  but committed himself to God 51  who judges justly. 2:24 He 52  himself bore our sins 53  in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning 54  and live for righteousness. By his 55  wounds 56  you were healed. 57  2:25 For you were going astray like sheep 58  but now you have turned back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

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