51you yourselves like living stones are being built up as 2a spiritual house, to be 3a holy priesthood, 4to offer spiritual sacrifices 5acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
For it stands in Scripture: 6"Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, 7and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame."
So the honor is for you who 8believe, but for those who 9do not believe, 10"The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,"a8
and 11"A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense. "They stumble because they disobey the word, 12as they were destined to do.
But you are 13a chosen race, 14a royal 15priesthood, 16a holy nation, 17a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you 18out of darkness into 19his marvelous light.
1020Once 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 21as sojourners and exiles 22to abstain from the passions of the flesh, 23which wage war against your soul.
1224Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, 25they may see your good deeds and glorify God on 26the day of visitation.
1327Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution,b whether it be to the emperorc as supreme,
or to governors as sent by him 28to punish those who do evil and 29to praise those who do good.
For this is the will of God, 30that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.