1 Peter 2:13-25 (New International Version)

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Submission to Rulers and Masters

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority1 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 wrong2 and to commend those who do right.3 15 For it is God's will4 that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.5 16 Live as free men,6 but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;7 live as servants of God.8 17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers,9 fear God, honor the king.10 18 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect,11 not only to those who are good and considerate,12 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.13 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.14 21 To this15 you were called,16 because Christ suffered for you,17 leaving you an example,18 that you should follow in his steps. 22 "He committed no sin,19 and no deceit was found in his mouth."a20 23 When they hurled their insults at him,21 he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.22 Instead, he entrusted himself23 to him who judges justly.24 24 He himself bore our sins25 in his body on the tree,26 so that we might die to sins27 and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.28 25 For you were like sheep going astray,29 but now you have returned to the Shepherd30 and Overseer of your souls.31
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