And coming to Him as to a livingstone which has been 1rejected by men, but is achoice and precious in the sight of God,
52you also, as livingstones, bare being built up as a 3spiritualhouse for a holy4priesthood, to 5offer up spiritualsacrificesacceptable to GodthroughJesusChrist.
For this is contained in cScripture : "6BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICESTONE, A 7PRECIOUSCORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN dHIM WILL NOT BE eDISAPPOINTED."
78Thispreciousvalue, then, is for you who believe ; but for those who disbelieve, "9THE STONEWHICH THE BUILDERS10REJECTED, THISBECAME THE VERYCORNER stone,"
and, "11A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE "; 12for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, 13and to this doom they were alsoappointed.
But you are 14A CHOSENRACE, A royal15PRIESTHOOD, A 16HOLYNATION, 17A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you 18out of darkness into His marvelouslight ;
1019for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD ; you had NOT RECEIVEDMERCY, but now you have RECEIVEDMERCY.
1120Beloved, 21I urge you as 22aliens and strangers to abstain from 23fleshlylustswhichwage24waragainst the soul.
1225Keep your behaviorexcellentamong the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they 26slander you as evildoers, they may fbecause of your gooddeeds, as they observe them, 27glorifyGod28in the day of gvisitation.