1 Peter 2:11-21 NIV

11 Dear friends,1 I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world,2 to abstain from sinful desires,3 which war against your soul.4

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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 deeds5 and glorify God6 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 authority7 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 wrong8 and to commend those who do right.9

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15 For it is God's will10 that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.11

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      16 Live as free men,12 but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;13 live as servants of God.14

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      17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers,15 fear God, honor the king.16

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      18 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect,17 not only to those who are good and considerate,18 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.19

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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.20

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      21 To this21 you were called,22 because Christ suffered for you,23 leaving you an example,24 that you should follow in his steps.

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