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1 Peter 2:4-12 (Holman Christian Standard)

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4 Coming to Him, a living stone-rejecteda by men but chosen and valuableb to God- 5 you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual housec for a holy priesthoodd to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Gode through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture: Look! I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and valuable cornerstone, and the one who believes in Him will never be put to shame! f g h 7 So the honor is for you who believe; but for the unbelieving, The stone that the builders rejected- this One has become the cornerstone, i j and 8 A stone that causes men to stumble, k and a rock that trips them up. l m n They stumble by disobeying the message; they were destined for this. 9 But you are a chosen race, o p a royal priesthood, q r a holy nation, s a people for His possession, t u so that you may proclaim the praises v w of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.x 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.y

A Call to Good Works

11 Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residentsz to abstain from fleshly desiresaa that war against you.bb cc 12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles,dd so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do evil, they may, by observing your good works, glorify Godee in a day of visitation.ff gg
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