Bible: 1 Peter 2:11-25

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  2:23 When he was maligned, he 19  did not answer back; when he suffered, he threatened 20  no retaliation, 21  but committed himself to God 22  who judges justly. 2:24 He 23  himself bore our sins 24  in his body on the tree, that we may cease from sinning 25  and live for righteousness. By his 26  wounds 27  you were healed. 28  2:25 For you were going astray like sheep 29  but now you have turned back to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

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