1 Peter 2:10-20 NIV

10 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.

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11 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.5

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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 deeds6 and glorify God7 on the day he visits us.

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Submission to Rulers and Masters

13 Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every authority8 instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority,

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14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong9 and to commend those who do right.10

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15 For it is God's will11 that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.12

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      16 Live as free men,13 but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;14 live as servants of God.15

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      17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers,16 fear God, honor the king.17

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      18 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.

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      19 For it is commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is conscious of God.20

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      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.21

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