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1 Peter 2:9-12 (New International Version)

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9 But you are a chosen people,1 a royal priesthood,2 a holy nation,3 a people belonging to God,4 that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.5 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;6 once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Dear friends,7 I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world,8 to abstain from sinful desires,9 which war against your soul.10 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds11 and glorify God12 on the day he visits us.
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