1 Peter 2:5-15 NIV

5 you also, like living stones, are being built1 into a spiritual house2 to be a holy priesthood,3 offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.4

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6 For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone,5 and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."a6

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7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,7 "The stone the builders rejected8 has become the capstone,b "c9

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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."d10 They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for.11

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      9 But you are a chosen people,12 a royal priesthood,13 a holy nation,14 a people belonging to God,15 that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.16

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      10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;17 once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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      11 Dear friends,18 I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world,19 to abstain from sinful desires,20 which war against your soul.21

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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 deeds22 and glorify God23 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 authority24 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 wrong25 and to commend those who do right.26

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      15 For it is God's will27 that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.28

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