Bible: 1 Peter 2-4

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.

Wives and Husbands

3:1 In the same way, wives, be subject to your own husbands. Then, 59  even if some are disobedient to the word, they will be won over without a word by the way you live, 60  3:2 when they see your pure and reverent conduct. 61  3:3 Let your 62  beauty 63  not be external – the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry 64  or fine clothes 3:4 but the inner person 65  of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight. 3:5 For in the same way the holy women who hoped in God long ago adorned themselves by being subject to their husbands, 3:6 like Sarah who obeyed 66  Abraham, calling him lord. You become her children 67  when you do what is good and have no fear in doing so. 68  3:7 Husbands, in the same way, treat your wives with consideration as the weaker partners 69  and show them honor as fellow heirs of the grace of life. In this way nothing will hinder your prayers. 70 

Suffering for Doing Good

3:8 Finally, all of you be harmonious, 71  sympathetic, affectionate, compassionate, and humble. 3:9 Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless 72  others 73  because you were called to inherit a blessing. 3:10 For

the one who wants to love life and see good days must keep 74  his tongue from evil and his lips from uttering deceit.

3:11 And he must turn away from evil and do good;

he must seek peace and pursue it.

3:12 For the eyes of the Lord are 75  upon the righteous and his ears are open to their prayer.

But the Lord’s face is against those who do evil. 76 

3:13 For 77  who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? 3:14 But in fact, if you happen to suffer 78  for doing what is right, 79  you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them 80  or be shaken. 81  3:15 But set Christ 82  apart 83  as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. 84  3:16 Yet do it with courtesy and respect, 85  keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. 86  3:17 For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, 87  than for doing evil.

3:18 88 

Because Christ also suffered 89  once for sins,

the just for the unjust, 90 

to bring you to God,

by being put to death in the flesh

but 91  by being made alive in the spirit. 92 

3:19 In it 93  he went and preached to the spirits in prison, 94 

3:20 after they were disobedient long ago 95  when God patiently waited 96  in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark 97  a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water. 3:21 And this prefigured baptism, which now saves you 98 not the washing off of physical dirt 99  but the pledge 100  of a good conscience to God – through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, 3:22 who went into heaven and is at the right hand of God 101  with angels and authorities and powers subject to him. 102 

4:1 So, since Christ suffered 103  in the flesh, you also arm yourselves with the same attitude, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin, 104  4:2 in that he spends the rest of his time 105  on earth concerned about the will of God and not human desires. 4:3 For the time that has passed was sufficient for you to do what the non-Christians 106  desire. 107  You lived then 108  in debauchery, evil desires, drunkenness, carousing, drinking bouts, 109  and wanton idolatries. 110  4:4 So 111  they are astonished 112  when you do not rush with them into the same flood of wickedness, and they vilify you. 113  4:5 They will face a reckoning before 114  Jesus Christ 115  who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. 4:6 Now it was for this very purpose 116  that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, 117  so that though 118  they were judged in the flesh 119  by human standards 120  they may live spiritually 121  by God’s standards. 122 

Service, Suffering, and Judgment

4:7 For the culmination of all things is near. So be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of prayer. 123  4:8 Above all keep 124  your love for one another fervent, 125  because love covers a multitude of sins. 126  4:9 Show hospitality 127  to one another without complaining. 4:10 Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another 128  as good stewards of the varied grace of God. 4:11 Whoever speaks, let it be with 129  God’s words. 130  Whoever serves, do so with the strength 131  that God supplies, so that in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong 132  the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

4:12 Dear friends, do not be astonished 133  that a trial by fire is occurring among you, 134  as though something strange were happening to you. 4:13 But rejoice in the degree that you have shared in the sufferings of Christ, so that when his glory is revealed 135  you may also rejoice and be glad. 136  4:14 If you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed, because the Spirit of glory, 137  who is the Spirit of God, 138  rests 139  on you. 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer or thief or criminal or as a troublemaker. 140  4:16 But if you suffer as a Christian, 141  do not be ashamed, but glorify 142  God that you bear such a name. 143  4:17 For it is time for judgment to begin, starting with the house 144  of God. And if it starts with us, what will be the fate 145  of those who are disobedient to the gospel of God? 4:18 And if the righteous are barely saved, what will become of 146  the ungodly and sinners? 147  4:19 So then let those who suffer according to the will of God entrust their souls to a faithful Creator as they do good. 148 

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