and 1"A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense."They stumble because they disobey the word, 2as they were destined to do.
But you are 3a chosen race, 4a royal 5priesthood, 6a holy nation, 7a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you 8out of darkness into 9his marvelous light.
1010Once 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 11as sojourners and exiles 12to abstain from the passions of the flesh, 13which wage war against your soul.
1214Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, 15they may see your good deeds and glorify God on 16the day of visitation.
1317Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution,a whether it be to the emperorb as supreme,
or to governors as sent by him 18to punish those who do evil and 19to praise those who do good.
For this is the will of God, 20that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.
1621Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but 22living as servantsc of God.
1723Honor everyone. 24Love the brotherhood. 25Fear God. Honor the emperor.
1826Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust.