1 Peter 2:2-12 NIV

2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk,1 so that by it you may grow up2 in your salvation,

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3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.3

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The Living Stone and a Chosen People

4 As you come to him, the living Stone4--rejected by men but chosen by God5 and precious to him--

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5 you also, like living stones, are being built6 into a spiritual house7 to be a holy priesthood,8 offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.9

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6 For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone,10 and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."a11

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7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,12 "The stone the builders rejected13 has become the capstone,b "c14

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    • b 2:7 - Or "cornerstone"
    • c 2:7 - Psalm 118:22
      8 and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall."d15 They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for.16

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      9 But you are a chosen people,17 a royal priesthood,18 a holy nation,19 a people belonging to God,20 that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.21

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      10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;22 once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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      11 Dear friends,23 I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world,24 to abstain from sinful desires,25 which war against your soul.26

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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 deeds27 and glorify God28 on the day he visits us.

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