1 Peter 2:4-12 NIV

The Living Stone and a Chosen People

4 As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him—

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

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    • d 2:5 - Or "into a temple of the Spirit"
      6 For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”b

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      7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,”c

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        • f 2:7 - Psalm 118:22
          8 and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”dThey stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.

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          9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

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

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          Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society

          11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.

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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 deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.

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