So rid yourselves ofa all wickedness, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all slander.
Like newborn infants, desire the unadulterated spiritual milk,b so that you may grow by it in [your] salvation,cd3
since you have tasted that the Lord is good. e4
Coming to Him, a living stone-rejectedf by men but chosen and valuableg to God-
you yourselves, as living stones, are being built into a spiritual househ for a holy priesthoodi to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Godj 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! klm7
So the honor is for you who believe; but for the unbelieving, The stone that the builders rejected- this One has become the cornerstone, no and
A stone that causes men to stumble, p and a rock that trips them up. qrs They stumble by disobeying the message; they were destined for this.
But you are a chosen race, tu a royal priesthood, vw a holy nation, x a people for His possession, yz so that you may proclaim the praises aabb of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.cc