So get rid of every kind of evil, every kind of deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander.
Desire God's pure word as newborn babies desire milk. Then you will grow in your salvation.
Certainly you have tasted that the Lord is good!
You are coming to Christ, the living stone who was rejected by humans but was chosen as precious by God.
You come to him as living stones, a spiritual house that is being built into a holy priesthood. So offer spiritual sacrifices that God accepts through Jesus Christ.
That is why Scripture says, "I am laying a chosen and precious cornerstone in Zion, and the person who believes in him will never be ashamed."
This honor belongs to those who believe. But to those who don't believe: "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,
a stone that people trip over, a large rock that people find offensive." The people tripped over the word because they refused to believe it. Therefore, this is how they ended up.
However, you are chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, people who belong to God. You were chosen to tell about the excellent qualities of God, who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.