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1 Peter 2:1-10 (New International Version)

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1 Therefore, rid yourselves1 of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander2 of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk,3 so that by it you may grow up4 in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.5

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-- 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 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 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 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 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 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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