Coming to Him, a living stone-rejecteda by men but chosen and valuableb to God-
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.
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! fgh7
So the honor is for you who believe; but for the unbelieving, The stone that the builders rejected- this One has become the cornerstone, ij and
A stone that causes men to stumble, k and a rock that trips them up. lmn They stumble by disobeying the message; they were destined for this.
But you are a chosen race, op a royal priesthood, qr a holy nation, s a people for His possession, tu so that you may proclaim the praises vw of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.x10
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
Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residentsz to abstain from fleshly desiresaa that war against you.bbcc12
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.ffgg