Bible: 1 Peter 2:11-22

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 1  among the non-Christians, 2  so that though 3  they now malign you as wrongdoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God when he appears. 4 

Submission to Authorities

2:13 Be subject to every human institution 5  for the Lord’s sake, whether to a king as supreme 2:14 or to governors as those he commissions 6  to punish wrongdoers and praise 7  those who do good. 2:15 For God wants you 8  to silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good. 2:16 Live 9  as free people, not using your freedom as a pretext for evil, but as God’s slaves. 10  2:17 Honor all people, love the family of believers, 11  fear God, honor the king.

2:18 Slaves, 12  be subject 13  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, 14  if because of conscience toward God 15  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. 16  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 17  committed no sin nor was deceit found in his mouth. 18 

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