8 and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.”aThey 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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13 Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every human authority: whether to the emperor, as the supreme authority,

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

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15 For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.

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      16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.

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      17 Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.

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      18 Slaves, in reverent fear of God submit yourselves to your masters, not only to those who are good and considerate, but also to those who are harsh.

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