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1 Peter 2:11-17 (Holman Christian Standard)

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A Call to Good Works

11 Dear friends, I urge you as aliens and temporary residentsa to abstain from fleshly desiresb that war against you.c d 12 Conduct yourselves honorably among the Gentiles,e so that in a case where they speak against you as those who do evil, they may, by observing your good works, glorify Godf in a day of visitation.g h 13 Submiti to every human institution because of the Lord, whether to the Emperorj as the supreme authority, 14 or to governors as those sent out by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For it is God's will that you, by doing good, silence the ignorancek of foolish people. 16 As God's slaves, [live] as free people, but don't use your freedoml as a way to conceal evil. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood.m Fear God.n Honor the Emperor.o p
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