1 Peter 2:13-25 NIV

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,

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14 or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong2 and to commend those who do right.3

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15 For it is God's will4 that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.5

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      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

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      17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers,9 fear God, honor the king.10

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      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.

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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.13

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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.14

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      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.

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      22 "He committed no sin,19 and no deceit was found in his mouth."a20

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        • e 2:22 - Isaiah 53:9
          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

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          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

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          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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