also he is a stone that will make people stumble, a rock over which they will trip. They are stumbling at the Word, disobeying it - as had been planned.
But you are a chosen people, the King's cohanim, a holy nation, a people for God to possess! Why? In order for you to declare the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; before, you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residentsl not to give in to the desires of your old nature, which keep warring against you;
but to live such good lives among the pagans that even though they now speak against you as evildoers, they will, as a result of seeing your good actions, give glory to God on the Day of his coming.
For the sake of the Lord, submit yourselves to every human authority - whether to the emperor as being supreme,
or to governors as being sent by him to punish wrongdoers and praise those who do what is good.
For it is God's will that your doing good should silence the ignorant talk of foolish people.
Submit as people who are free, but not letting your freedom serve as an excuse for evil; rather, submit as God's slaves.
Be respectful to all - keep loving the brotherhood, fearing God and honoring the emperor.
Household servants, submit yourselves to your masters, showing them full respect - and not only those who are kind and considerate, but also those who are harsh.