1 Peter 2:1-9 GW

1 So get rid of every kind of evil, every kind of deception, hypocrisy, jealousy, and every kind of slander.
2 Desire God's pure word as newborn babies desire milk. Then you will grow in your salvation.
3 Certainly you have tasted that the Lord is good!
4 You are coming to Christ, the living stone who was rejected by humans but was chosen as precious by God.
5 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.
6 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."
7 This honor belongs to those who believe. But to those who don't believe: "The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,
8 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.
9 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.