1 Peter 2:12-22 (English Standard Version)

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12 1Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, 2they may see your good deeds and glorify God on 3the day of visitation.

Submission to Authority

13 4Be 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 5to punish those who do evil and 6to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, 7that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 8Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but 9living as servantsc of God. 17 10Honor everyone. 11Love the brotherhood. 12Fear God. Honor the emperor. 18 13Servants, 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, 14mindful 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 15if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For 16to this you have been called, 17because Christ also suffered for you, 18leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 19He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.
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