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1 Peter 2:13-25 (English Standard Version)

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Submission to Authority

13 1Be 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 2to punish those who do evil and 3to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, 4that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 5Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but 6living as servantsc of God. 17 7Honor everyone. 8Love the brotherhood. 9Fear God. Honor the emperor. 18 10Servants, 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, 11mindful 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 12if when you do good and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight of God. 21 For 13to this you have been called, 14because Christ also suffered for you, 15leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. 22 16He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. 23 17When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, 18but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. 24 19He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we 20might die to sin and 21live to righteousness. 22By his wounds you have been healed. 25 For 23you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to 24the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
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