Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;1 once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Dear friends,2 I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world,3 to abstain from sinful desires,4 which war against your soul.512
Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds6 and glorify God7 on the day he visits us.
Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority8 instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority,
or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong9 and to commend those who do right.1015
For it is God's will11 that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.1216
Live as free men,13 but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;14 live as servants of God.1517
Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers,16 fear God, honor the king.1718
Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect,18 not only to those who are good and considerate,19 but also to those who are harsh.
For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.2020
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.21