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1 Peter 2:4-10 (New International Version)

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The Living Stone and a Chosen People

4 As you come to him, the living Stone1--rejected by men but chosen by God2 and precious to him-- 5 you also, like living stones, are being built3 into a spiritual house4 to be a holy priesthood,5 offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.6 6 For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone,7 and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."a8 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,9 "The stone the builders rejected10 has become the capstone,b "c11 8 and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall."d12 They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for.13 9 But you are a chosen people,14 a royal priesthood,15 a holy nation,16 a people belonging to God,17 that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.18 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;19 once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
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