1 Peter 2:9-19 (English Standard Version)

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9 But you are 1a chosen race, 2a royal 3priesthood, 4a holy nation, 5a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you 6out of darkness into 7his marvelous light. 10 8Once 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 9as sojourners and exiles 10to abstain from the passions of the flesh, 11which wage war against your soul. 12 12Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, 13they may see your good deeds and glorify God on 14the day of visitation.

Submission to Authority

13 15Be 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 16to punish those who do evil and 17to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, 18that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 19Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but 20living as servantsc of God. 17 21Honor everyone. 22Love the brotherhood. 23Fear God. Honor the emperor. 18 24Servants, 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, 25mindful of God, one endures sorrows while suffering unjustly.
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