1 Peter 2:9-25 NIV

9 But you are a chosen people,1 a royal priesthood,2 a holy nation,3 a people belonging to God,4 that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.5

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10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God;6 once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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11 Dear friends,7 I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world,8 to abstain from sinful desires,9 which war against your soul.10

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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 deeds11 and glorify God12 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 authority13 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 wrong14 and to commend those who do right.15

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15 For it is God's will16 that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men.17

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      16 Live as free men,18 but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil;19 live as servants of God.20

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      17 Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers,21 fear God, honor the king.22

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      18 Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect,23 not only to those who are good and considerate,24 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.25

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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.26

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      21 To this27 you were called,28 because Christ suffered for you,29 leaving you an example,30 that you should follow in his steps.

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      22 "He committed no sin,31 and no deceit was found in his mouth."a32

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        • e 2:22 - Isaiah 53:9
          23 When they hurled their insults at him,33 he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats.34 Instead, he entrusted himself35 to him who judges justly.36

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          24 He himself bore our sins37 in his body on the tree,38 so that we might die to sins39 and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.40

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          25 For you were like sheep going astray,41 but now you have returned to the Shepherd42 and Overseer of your souls.43

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