11So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.
22Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual 3milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation--
if indeed you have 4tasted that the Lord is good.
As you come to him, a living stone 5rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,
56you yourselves like living stones are being built up as 7a spiritual house, to be 8a holy priesthood, 9to offer spiritual sacrifices 10acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
For it stands in Scripture: 11"Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, 12and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."
So the honor is for you who 13believe, but for those who 14do not believe, 15"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,"a8
and 16"A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense."They stumble because they disobey the word, 17as they were destined to do.
But you are 18a chosen race, 19a royal 20priesthood, 21a holy nation, 22a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you 23out of darkness into 24his marvelous light.
1025Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Beloved, I urge you 26as sojourners and exiles 27to abstain from the passions of the flesh, 28which wage war against your soul.
1229Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, 30they may see your good deeds and glorify God on 31the day of visitation.