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1 Peter 2:10-20 (English Standard Version)

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10 1Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 11 Beloved, I urge you 2as sojourners and exiles 3to abstain from the passions of the flesh, 4which wage war against your soul. 12 5Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, 6they may see your good deeds and glorify God on 7the day of visitation.

Submission to Authority

13 8Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution,a whether it be to the emperorb as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him 9to punish those who do evil and 10to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, 11that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 12Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but 13living as servantsc of God. 17 14Honor everyone. 15Love the brotherhood. 16Fear God. Honor the emperor. 18 17Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19 For this is a gracious thing, when, 18mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it if, when you sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But 19if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.
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