Laying aside therefore all malice and all guile and hypocrisies and envyings and all evil speakings,
as newborn babes desire earnestly the pure mental a milk of the word, that by it ye may grow up to salvation,
if indeed ye have tasted that the Lord [is] good.
To whom coming, a living stone, cast away indeed as worthless by men, but with God chosen, precious,
yourselves also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
Because it is contained in the scripture: b Behold, I lay in Zion a corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believes on him c shall not be put to shame.
To you therefore who believe [is] the preciousness; but to the disobedient, the stone which the builders cast away as worthless, this is become head of [the] corner, d8
and a stone of stumbling and rock of offence; e [who] stumble at the word, being disobedient f to which also they have been appointed.
But *ye* [are] a chosen race, a kingly priesthood, a holy nation, g a people for a possession, that ye might set forth the excellencies of him who has called you out of darkness to his wonderful light;