1 Peter 2:1-12 (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. 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 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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