Bible: 1 Peter 2:1-11

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,

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