1 Peter 2 NIV

1 Therefore, rid yourselves1 of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander2 of every kind.

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2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk,3 so that by it you may grow up4 in your salvation,

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3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.5

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The Living Stone and a Chosen People

4 As you come to him, the living Stone6--rejected by men but chosen by God7 and precious to him--

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5 you also, like living stones, are being built8 into a spiritual house9 to be a holy priesthood,10 offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.11

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6 For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone,12 and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."a13

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7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,14 "The stone the builders rejected15 has become the capstone,b "c16

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    • b 2:7 - Or "cornerstone"
    • c 2:7 - Psalm 118:22
      8 and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall."d17 They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for.18

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      9 But you are a chosen people,19 a royal priesthood,20 a holy nation,21 a people belonging to God,22 that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.23

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      10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;24 once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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      11 Dear friends,25 I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world,26 to abstain from sinful desires,27 which war against your soul.28

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      12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds29 and glorify God30 on the day he visits us.

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      Submission to Rulers and Masters

      13 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority31 instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority,

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      14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong32 and to commend those who do right.33

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      15 For it is God's will34 that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.35

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          16 Live as free men,36 but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;37 live as servants of God.38

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          17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers,39 fear God, honor the king.40

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          18 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect,41 not only to those who are good and considerate,42 but also to those who are harsh.

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          19 For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.43

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          20 But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God.44

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          21 To this45 you were called,46 because Christ suffered for you,47 leaving you an example,48 that you should follow in his steps.

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          22 "He committed no sin,49 and no deceit was found in his mouth."e50

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            • e 2:22 - Isaiah 53:9
              23 When they hurled their insults at him,51 he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.52 Instead, he entrusted himself53 to him who judges justly.54

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              24 He himself bore our sins55 in his body on the tree,56 so that we might die to sins57 and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.58

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              25 For you were like sheep going astray,59 but now you have returned to the Shepherd60 and Overseer of your souls.61

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