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1 Peter 2:12-22 (New International Version)

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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 deeds1 and glorify God2 on the day he visits us.

Submission to Rulers and Masters

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority3 instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong4 and to commend those who do right.5 15 For it is God's will6 that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.7 16 Live as free men,8 but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;9 live as servants of God.10 17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers,11 fear God, honor the king.12 18 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect,13 not only to those who are good and considerate,14 but also to those who are harsh. 19 For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.15 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.16 21 To this17 you were called,18 because Christ suffered for you,19 leaving you an example,20 that you should follow in his steps. 22 "He committed no sin,21 and no deceit was found in his mouth."a22
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